Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman, Philadelphia Daily News
|Barbara Laker a native of Kent, England, Barbara Laker came to the United States when she was 12. She graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1979. She worked for the Clearwater Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times-Herald and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer joining the Philadelphia Daily News in 1993. At the Daily News, she has been a general assignment reporter, assistant city editor and investigative reporter.
|Wendy Ruderman, 40, born in Cane Place, NY. and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. has been a newspaper reporter for more than 15 years. After graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a bachelor’s in communications in 1991, she landed her first journalism job as editor of a small weekly newspaper, The Williamstown Plain Dealer, where she wrote nearly all the articles, took and developed most photos in the newspaper’s darkroom, edited and managed freelancers, and “pasted up” the paper each week on “blue lines.” She left the Plain Dealer in 1993 and joined the public relations staff at WHYY-TV and 91 FM in Philadelphia, where she he1ped publicize PBS and NPR programs, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross.” Ruderman then earned a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997. She went on to cover both administrations of governors Christie Whitman and James McGreevey, working in the statehouse bureau of The Trenton Times, Associated Press and Bergen Record. From 1997 through 2002, Ruderman aggressively covered Trenton and broke several major stories about racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police. In December 2002, The Philadelphia Inquirer hired her as a staff writer, She joined the Philadelphia Daily News in 2007.