Joe Hallinan

Dateline: Mon 07 Mar 2011

The above link will take you to Joseph T. Hallinan's opinion piece in NYT Sunday: "The Young and the Perceptive."

It's a round-about essay, really, about mistakes young people have caught -- with a pointed question: could the kids have spotted the shakes in the Wall Street infrastructure, before the walls came tumbling down? The hidden agenda is a nod to Joe's most recent book, "Why We Make Mistakes."

Joe was a former reporter at the Indianapolis Star -- funny, that doesn't get mentioned much in his blurbs -- and also most recently at the Wall Street Journal. While at the Star, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 with reporter Susan Headden for their investigative work on nursing home abuses.

He also is a fishing buddy of Howard "Skip" Hess, himself an investigative reporter at the News, and later outdoor writer at the Star, before Hess discovered fishing really is best.

One more pertinent bit of Hallinan history: the week after he won the Pulitzer, exec editor Frank Caperton had Hallinan sorting the mail (and fuming about it). Guess when his exit strategy was hatched....



news junkie [Member] said:

Hey, Ruth -- the Pulitzer was for their investigative work on medical malpractice.

2011-03-07 07:37:35

Gary Welsh [unverified] said:

Ruth, Have you noticed nobody at the Star has bothered to review Dick Cady's book, "Deadline: Indianapolis", another forgotten Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for the paper? I've had a number of people tell me they were glad to learn about the book and bought it on Amazon. Except for the discussons on your blog and mine, there has been no mention of it in the local news media. Not even Nuvo. Pretty pathetic.

2011-03-07 12:19:49

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

I'm not surprised. Does anyone at The Star even read books? Their reviews aren't locally written!

2011-03-07 12:51:59

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