The Press as Purveyor of Truth (and Justice)

At university, I anticipated pursuing a career not as a philosopher but as a somewhat different kind of truth seeker: a journalist. At the Boston University Daily Free Press, I worked with colleagues who went on to be some of the best in the business: The New York Times’ David Barboza, CBS legal correspondent Andrew Cohen, and former Times journalist Wendell Jamieson. After stints as a reporter and City Editor at the FreeP, and as a reporter at the Boston Business Journal, I left journalism to pursue graduate study, earning a PhD in philosophy at the University of Chicago. In 2015, a personal experience with corruption in the academy reignited my journalistic impulses. Although my career choice has left it to others to harness the power of investigative journalism to spotlight corruption, promote ethical reflection, and foster accountability among individuals and institutions charged with governing in the public trust (including those guilty of abuses of power in the governance of institutions of higher education), I occasionally share my thoughts on topics relevant to academic life in the popular press and at my blog, The Gadfly.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

In The Brown Daily Herald:

What’s the University’s Moral Litmus Test for Accepting Donations?

Friday, August 9, 2019

In The Washington Post:

Prominent Economist Wrote Op-Ed About Amazon’s New Headquarters at Company’s Suggestion