Students Get Advice from Pulitzer Prize Winner

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Adam-Goldman2Students recently had the opportunity to meet and hear investigative reporter Adam Goldman speak about his career, the journalism field and story that earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

Goldman's lecture, co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and Muslim Studies Center, on Oct. 23 at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences focused on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series he and three other Associated Press reporters wrote.

The series, which ran from Aug. 24-Dec. 23, 2011, exposed the New York Police Department's secret surveillance program targeting Muslims since the 9/11 terror attacks. The operation was found to have cost New York taxpayers millions of dollars while invading the privacy of thousands of people and stopping no known terror plots.

"Doing these types of stories are not easy, but we do have a right as journalists to let people know what their governments are doing," Goldman said.

"Half of being successful is just being relentless. I can't even tell you how many people have said no to me...At the end of the day, if you are just trying to be fair in your reporting, that's great. You are not going to make everyone happy."

After his lecture, Goldman met with journalism students, offered advice and answered questions.

"This was a great opportunity to see someone that is at the top of his field and for him to come here and talk to students it was very inspiring," said Tiago Zielske, sophomore journalism student.

Adam-Goldman3Goldman also signed copies of his book, "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden's Final Plot Against America," that he co-wrote with fellow AP investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo, who also worked on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series. The book digs more deeply into the NYPD's secret surveillance program.

Goldman started working for the AP in 2002 as a business reporter covering gambling and tourism for the Las Vegas bureau. He later transferred to the New York City bureau as a general assignment reporter and then joined the Washington, D.C., bureau in 2010 as a national security reporter where he and Apuzzo covered the CIA and counterterrorism units. It was then that Goldman and Apuzzo started hearing about a secret surveillance unit within the NYPD, which the police department at first denied the existence of until people within the department started leaking documents.

"I don't think journalists set out to win a Pulitzer, it's just something you stumble into," Goldman said. "You don't write stories for prizes. You write stories to write stories."

On Nov. 1, Goldman will start his new job at The Washington Post, where he will cover terrorism on the newspaper's national security team.

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