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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalists to Speak at Widener University

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Barbara Laker (left) and Wendy Ruderman will speak at Widener on Feb. 4.

Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, the two Philadelphia Daily News reporters who earned the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of a Philadelphia police corruption scandal, will speak at Widener University on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall Room 109. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the discussion, Ruderman and Laker will hold a signing for their book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, which tells the story of their investigation of a rogue Philadelphia Police Department narcotics squad and the resulting stories in the Daily News that led to the Pulitzer Prize. A television series based on their book published in 2014 is in development with Sarah Jessica Parker slated to star in one of the lead roles. Busted is scheduled to be released in paperback in March.

The event is sponsored by the Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media site, which can be found at

Widener University is a metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve more than 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university’s website,