University of South Carolina

Pulitzer Prize-winner to reveal secrets to investigative journalism

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

David Cay Johnston, one of the country’s top investigative journalists, will share his secrets on how to uncover wrongdoing in business and government Wednesday, March 21, at the University of South Carolina.

Johnston is a 2001 winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a columnist for Reuters. His talk, set for 6:30 p.m. in the School of Law auditorium, is free and open to the public.

He has written two national bestsellers. "Free Lunch” exposed large transfers of wealth from the poor, the middle class and the affluent to the super rich. “Perfectly Legal” unmasked the flawed U.S. tax system and its impact on the average citizen. It won the 2004 Investigative Book of the Year Award.

Johnston won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for a series of articles in The New York Times about the U.S. tax system and the Internal Revenue Service. The stories explained, among other things, how poor people have a higher chance than the wealthy of being audited.

He has reported for the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. He retired in 2008 after 13 years with the New York Times, and began teaching at Syracuse University’s College of Law as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. He joined Reuters in July 2011 as a columnist.

His USC appearance is sponsored by the Baldwin Business Journalism Initiative in the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

For more information, contact Rob Wells at 803-777-5232 or via email at

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