The “Spotlight” Journalists: Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson

  Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson in discussion after a screening of Spotlight at The Columbia Journalism School. 

Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson in discussion after a screening of Spotlight at The Columbia Journalism School. 

“I wouldn’t want to hire an objective reporter,” said Walter “Robby” Robinson, of the Boston Globe, after a screening of Spotlight. “I want a reporter who’s fair, who’s thorough, who can present both sides of the story, but n a story like this, you can’t be objective. I can’t recall a story we’ve ever had where the distinction between good and evil was so apparent.”

We screened Spotlight in April of 2016, and had the pleasure of hearing from two of the real journalists on whom the film was based: Editor Walter “Robby” Robinson and reporter Sacha Pfeiffer. The two investigative journalists spoke to students about investigating the Catholic Church, interviewing victims of sexual assault, and holding truth to power.

The event was sponsored by The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, The Columbia Journalism School Documentary Program and the Sevellon Brown Fund.

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