Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecturer, Saturday, September 18
Wendy Ruderman, a reporter since 1991, is a new staff reporter at The Marshall Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that delves into the U.S. criminal justice system. She joined The Marshall Project this September from The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she worked for nearly 20 years and was a key member of the newspaper’s Investigations Team. Her most recent project, “Toxic City: Sick Schools,” authored with Inquirer reporters Barbara Laker and Dylan Purcell, won numerous national awards and was named as a Pulitzer finalist in the local reporting category. The series examined how environmental hazards, including asbestos, lead paint and mold, inside Philadelphia’s aging public schools rob children of healthy and safe places to learn and grow. Ruderman, along with colleague Barbara Laker, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series about police corruption. She earned a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997 and was a 2016 National Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism. She currently serves as a member of the Ethics Advisory Council at Villanova University. She lives in South Jersey with her two teenage boys.