Reporter who helped uncover Enron woes to speak here

Bethany McLean was working for Fortune magazine when her work uncovered problems at the now-defunct company.

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WALLA WALLA -- A former journalist who helped uncover corruption at Enron will be the keynote speaker of this year's Hosokawa Lecture at Whitman College.

Bethany McLean, author and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, will speak as the 2009-10 Hosokawa Journalism Lecture on March 4 at 7 p.m. The lecture, "Media as Watchdog: Exposing Corporate Scandal," will be held in Maxey Auditorium, at Boyer and Otis, with a book signing following. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McLean was working as a reporter for Fortune magazine when she began reporting on Enron and questioning its practices. McLean is acknowledged for questioning Enron's inflated stock price in a March 5, 2001 Fortune article, "Is Enron Overpriced?" McLean worked with Fortune staffer Peter Elkind to write The Smartest Guys in the Room - The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, which was eventually made into an Academy Award-nomiated documentary.

Her column, "The Bulldog," was a regular Fortune feature. She joined Vanity Fair in 2008.

McLean comes to Whitman through the lecture series, which brings a noted journalist to the campus each year. The Hosokawa Endowment was established by David and Beverly Hosokawa and the Hosokawa Family Foundation in honor of David's father, Robert R. Hosokawa, who graduated Whitman in 1940.

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