Premiere SmartTalk at McDaniel features Pulitzer Prize-winning graduate

August 31, 2010

McDaniel alumna Wendy Ruderman talks about the old-fashioned, hit-the-streets reporting that won her the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting during the debut of the series SmartTalk at McDaniel at 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 in WMC Alumni Hall during Families Weekend.

In an on-stage conversation with McDaniel President Roger Casey, Ruderman will discuss the changing field of journalism as she tells the story behind “Tainted Justice,” the Philadelphia Daily News series she wrote with colleague Barbara Laker that exposed corruption among members of an elite narcotics squad on the Philly police force.

Premiering during McDaniel’s Families Weekend, SmartTalk at McDaniel is open to the public. The doors open at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 410-857-2290.

During the event, Ruderman will receive the Trustee Alumni Award from Board of Trustees Chair Martin K.P. Hill and President Casey in recognition of the credit she brings to her alma mater and for her professional and personal accomplishments, which took root even before she graduated from the college in 1991.

Ruderman wrote for the campus newspaper and contributed to Contrast, the college’s literary magazine. The Theatre Arts department produced her original play, “Playthings.” Her dedicated service was recognized with an invitation to join Trumpeters during her senior year, and she delivered remarks on behalf of her class during her 1991 Commencement.

The college, Ruderman told McDaniel’s magazine, “provided a nurturing environment that helped prepare me to head out into the world with greater confidence.”

Her career gives credence to her words. Before joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 2006, Ruderman was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for four years. She reported for the Bergen (N.J.) Record, the Trenton Times, the Associated Press and an online division of The New York Times. She worked in public relations briefly before earning a master’s degree from Columbia University’s prestigious School of Journalism.