Interviews

At WNYC for a recording of the Brian Lehrer show, Oct. 18, 2017

I frequently discuss my stories on radio, podcasts or TV. Here are a few of my recent interviews.

July 1, 2020: Planet Money’s Indicator Podcast hosted me to discuss my page one story about the financial struggles facing student borrowers — and how investors who own bonds backed by student loans managed to sidestep those struggles. Give it a listen here or in audio player below.

August 8, 2019: I went on CNBC’s Power Lunch to discuss my report on how inflated credit ratings – one major cause of the 2008 financial crisis – are making a comeback. You can view the segment here or check it out below.

October 18, 2017: I stopped by the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC studios to chat with WNYC’s Jessica Gould and The Real Deal’s Will Parker about why real estate developers donate so much money to New York state politicians. It was part of WNYC’s October series called “a people’s guide to power” – this was the real estate edition, which was based off of this ProPublica investigation I published in 2016.

June 27, 2017: I spoke with WNYC’s morning edition about my ProPublica investigation of New York’s “preferential rent” loophole, which was destroying housing affordability across New York City. Update: In June 2019, state lawmakers closed this loophole, protecting thousands of tenants.

May 2, 2016: My collaborative cross-border investigation into dividend tax avoidance was featured on Germany’s report München, a 60 Minutes-like TV show which aired an eight minute segment on complex stock-lending deals that were costing taxpayers across Europe billions in forgone revenues. My interview begins around 1:40 into the segment.

April 28, 2015: Allan Sloan and I stopped by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show to discuss our joint page-one investigation in The Washington Post about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s management of the state’s finances. It wasn’t as pretty a picture as Christie, then a potential 2016 contender for the White House, was describing it in stump speeches.

Jan 5, 2015: I spoke with WHYY’s Dave Heller about New Jersey’s bailout of bondholders who owned some of its tobacco bonds. The deal cost the state millions in forgone revenues while helping a hedge fund pocket a massive payday that eclipsed New Jersey’s cut of the proceeds. Have a listen, or read the investigation here.

Dec. 23, 2014: I teamed up with Stan Alcorn at Marketplace to put together a radio segment on how investment bankers pressured credit rating firms to give favorable grades to billions of dollars of bonds backed by payments from the 1998 tobacco settlement – only to see the debt sour and veer toward defaults. It’s an episode eerily reminiscent of what happened in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis. Have a listen below.