By: Nu Yang
In December 2011, Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporter Nancy Phillips broke the story of sexual abuse allegations against longtime Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin. As a result, Conlin resigned from his position.
Phillips told the American Journalism Review, there was a “certain level of discomfort” investigating a work colleague (both papers are owned by Philadelphia Media Network), but she wasn’t fazed by the nature of the situation. She felt it was an important story that needed to be told.
“It’s obvious she has a lot of empathy and connects with people telling stories,” Mike Leary, editor of the Inquirer’s investigative team, told AJR. “It was really evident in the Conlin story.”