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Carreyrou to start podcast on Theranos trial

July 12, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

Former Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou, who wrote the book “Bad Blood” about the fall of Theranos and founder Elizabeth Holmes, is launching a podcast to air during her upcoming trial.

The first two episodes will air on Aug. 26, a few days before jury selection begins.

“It’s the last chapter of a saga that began six years ago, the final chapter I couldn’t write… And it promises to be fascinating,” he wrote on Twitter.

Carreyrou won two Pulitzer Prizes but left the newspaper in 2019 over its paid speaking ban for journalists. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press honored Carreyrou with a Freedom of the Press Award for his reporting on the Theranos scandal.

Theranos’s lawyers also used threats of litigation against Carreyrou and The Journal in attempts to have the story killed.

“Bad Blood” won the Business Book of the Year in 2018. He also won the Polk Award for financial reporting for his Theranos coverage.

His investigation of Theranos Inc. raised serious doubts about claims by the firm and its celebrated 31-year-old founder, Holmes, that its new procedure for drawing and testing blood was a transformational medical breakthrough in wide use at the firm’s labs.

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