Investigative Reporter Diana Henriques to Speak at UNCW

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - Diana Henriques, author of a book about historic Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff, will talk about "the death of trust" during two presentations at UNCW on March 20. Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence for fraud at the federal prison in Butner, N.C.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI) and the Cameron School of Business are sponsoring the lecture, scheduled 7:30-8:30 p.m., March 20, at the Burney Center, on the UNCW campus. Tickets are $8 for OLLI members, $10 for the general public, and free for UNCW students, faculty and staff. Registration is strongly encouraged, but tickets can be purchased at the door.

Henriques, a writer for The New York Times since 1989, is also a featured speaker during Business Week, a series of lectures and presentations scheduled March 19-20 for Cameron School students, faculty, staff and alumni. She has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime. She wrote The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust after covering the 2008 financial crisis and the aftermath of the Enron scandals with a team of reporters who were later selected as Pulitzer Prize finalists for their work.

Henriques has also published Fidelity's World, The White Sharks of Wall Street and The Machinery of Greed. Her previous work for The Times includes coverage of Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that suffered the largest death toll in the World Trade Center attacks, and a 2004 series that exposed the exploitation of American military personnel by financial service companies. Her stories prompted legislative reform and resulted in cash reimbursements for affected service members. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.

Henriques, now a contributing writer for The Times, is a visiting professor of writing at Princeton University.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, or 910-962-7631.