Media Moves

What reporters will cover the Enron trial?

January 26, 2006

When there is a big trial, the big names of the media show up. Geraldo Rivera. Nancy Grace. Think of the throng of reporters at the O.J. Simpson trial.

That’s not likely to happen for the Enron trial, says Claudia Feldman of the Houston Chronicle. The business reporters get this assignment. She writes: “Many of the reporters streaming in and out of the federal courthouse here will be business and finance experts. Many have been covering the complicated and sometimes tedious story for years. It’s become a way of life — a second language, a steady diet, the assignment that never ends.

“We even office in the old Enron building,” said Jeff Franks, chief correspondent for Reuters’ Houston office. “We bleed Enron.”

“As do reporters covering the trial for the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. And the Washington Post, the Associated Press and Fortune. And other reporters representing media outlets from around the globe.”

Still, don’t you think it would have been fun to see someone from Entertainment Tonight cover the trial? Maybe a segment about what Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling are wearing to the courtroom?

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