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NPR’s Childs on reporting on the rich and powerful

August 16, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

Mary Childs

Mary Childs, business journalist and co-host of NPR’s “Planet Money,” shares her hard-earned tips and tricks for reporting on the rich and powerful during this video session presented by the VPM + ICA Community Media Center.

Childs explains how she navigated the trenchant reporting required for her new book “The Bond King” this book, including sifting through boxes of dense documents, navigating US libel laws, and dealing with her powerful, mercurial subject.

“The Bond King” (released by MacMillan Publishers on March 15, 2022) is the story of how investor Bill Gross made American finance his casino. Over the course of decades, Gross turned the sleepy bond market into a destabilized game of high risk, high reward; founded Pimco, one of today’s most powerful, secretive, and cutthroat investment firms; helped to reshape our financial system in the aftermath of the Great Recession―to his own advantage; and gained legions of admirers, and enemies, along the way. Like every American antihero, his ambition would also be his undoing.

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