NYT Investigative Reporter, Host, The Coldest Case in Laramie Podcast & Author, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
In her hit podcast, The Coldest Case in Laramie, the first collaboration between Serial Productions and a reporter from The New York Times, Kim Barker opens the series by discussing the case that haunted her since childhood. Barker was a sophomore in high school in Laramie when she learned of the death of Shelli Wiley, a college student and waitress, who was murdered in her apartment. She’s never forgotten the case, which was never prosecuted and allegedly involved a former Laramie police officer. And the dogged investigative skills she’s used around the world and at home were brought to the forefront examining the evidence and outcome. That’s no surprise from the woman who was part of a team at The New York Times that won the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for digging into fatalities at police traffic stops. It’s an area she’s been reporting on since the death of George Floyd in 2020. It’s also something she’s truly passionate about. Read More >
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Official Trailer)
From tea with warlords in the countryside to parties with drunken foreign correspondents in the "dry" city of Kabul, journalist Kim Barker captures the humor and heartbreak of life in post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan in this profound talk. Baker offers an insider’s account of the region’s "forgotten war" at a time when all eyes were turned to Iraq. Candid, self-deprecating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Barker shares both her affection for the absurdities of these two hapless countries and her fear for their future stability.
In 2022, New York Times journalist Kim Barker was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting for digging into fatalities at police traffic stops, which disproportionately affect people of color. Barker has been covering stories on policing and police reform since the death of George Floyd in 2020, digging into how police unions got so entrenched and how and why police officers still operate largely with impunity. In her newest project, the hit podcast, The Coldest Case in Laramie, Barker once again digs into policing issues and why the Laramie Police Department failed to close the case of the 1985 murder of a 22-year-old University of Wyoming student. In this talk, Barker shares stories from her years covering law enforcement and talks about possible solutions.
"Kim was fantastic. She gave a great speech and was a pleasure to work with. Loved her sense of adventure and sense of humor. Everything with Kim was great, glad we brought her!"
"Fantastic. Great content. She shared some wonderful, intimate experiences from her experiences in the Middle East. Guests loved her."
"The event went really well! We had a lot of the Omaha Public in attendance which is awesome! I had great joy getting to know her. Thanks again for all of your help throughout this!"
"WE LOVED KIM BARKER! AWESOME SPEECH! Standing Ovation! She was such a great person to have."
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