He exposed corruption and helped his newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in the 1930s. But how one-time Cedar Rapids Gazette Editor Verne Marshall did it was anything but ordinary.
This podcast of an IowaWatch Connection radio report features an extensive interview with Jerry Harrington, who writes about Marshall in his book, “Crusading Iowa Journalism Verne Marshall: Exposing Graft and the 1936 Pulitzer Prize,” published by The History Press.
“I think he was probably a difficult person to get along with. He was unafraid of writing anything in the newspaper when he felt he was on the side of righteousness,” Harrington said.
“He was an investigative journalist from the word, ‘go’. And he was dedicated to the proposition that whenever a journalist uncovered any sort of corruption in terms of public officials it was the duty of that newspaper to drive and to investigate and to report and uncover and shine a light on that as best as he could.”
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