NYPD Secret Spying Topic of J-School Lecture

Posted on: October 18, 2013

Adam GoldmanInvestigative reporter Adam Goldman will discuss his 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning series that exposed the New York Police Department's Secret Spy Unit targeting Muslims when he comes to the College of Communication Arts & Sciences Wednesday, Oct. 23. The lecture is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in CAS 145.

Goldman and three other Associated Press reporters were awarded a Pulitzer for their reporting on the NYPD's secret surveillance program of Muslims since the 9/11 terror attacks. The series, which included 10 separate articles that ran from Aug. 24-Dec. 23, 2011, exposed the spying operation as being legally questionable. The operation also costs New York taxpayers millions of dollars while invading the privacy of thousands of people and stopping no known terror plots.

Besides a Pulitzer, the series won a George Polk Award, Harvards Goldsmith Award and the Edgar A. Poe Award from the White House Correspondents' Association.

Goldman and fellow AP investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo, who also worked on the series, recently came out with a book, "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against America, that digs more deeply into what they came to see as the NYPD's attempt to build its own "miniature CIA."

Goldman graduated from the University of Maryland in 1995. He started working for The Associated Press in 2002 as a business reporter covering gambling and tourism in Las Vegas. He then transferred to the New York City bureau as a general assignment reporter. He joined the Washington, D.C., bureau in 2010 as a national security reporter.

Goldman recently announced he is leaving The Associated Press after 11 years to join The Washington Post to cover terrorism on the newspaper's national security team. He begins his new position Nov. 1.

But before he joins the Post, Goldman will be at MSU's College of Communication Arts & Sciences. The program is being co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and the Muslim Studies Center. Steven Friess, adjunct journalism professor and contributor to New York Magazine, The New York Times and POLITICO, among others, will moderate the event.

To view the work that earned Goldman, Apuzzo, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley a Pulitzer Prize, see the Pulitzer Prize website.

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