How they did it: Reporters uncovered Trump hush payments to two women

Photo illustration featuring Donald Trump and Michael Cohen

A team from The Wall Street Journal uncovered secret payoffs that Donald Trump and his associates arranged during the 2016 presidential election campaign to suppress sexual allegations from two women, including a porn star known as Stormy Daniels. Here’s how the Journal did it:


Editor’s note: On March 12, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy will award the 2019 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to a stellar investigative report that has had a direct impact on government, politics and policy at the national, state or local levels. Seven reporting teams have been chosen as finalists for the 2019 prize, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists and $25,000 for the winner. This year, for the first time, Journalist’s Resource is publishing a series of interviews with the finalists, in the interest of giving a behind-the-scenes explanation of the process, tools, and legwork it takes to create an important piece of investigative journalism. Journalist’s Resource is a project of the Shorenstein Center, but had no involvement with or influence on the judging process for the Goldsmith Prize finalists or winner.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 11, 1965: Rev. James Reeb Dies in Selma

Rev. James Reeb Selma 1965

“He was murdered by the irresponsibility of every politician who has moved down the path of demagoguery, who has fed his constituents the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in eulogy for Rev. James Reeb, #tdih 1965
Rev. James Weeb died as a result of being severely beaten by a group of white men during Bloody Sunday in Selma two days earlier.