Daily Archives: March 21, 2012

Bob Caldwell

Willamette Week’s Corey Pein did some digging and learned this about the woman who was with Oregonian editorial page editor Bob Caldwell just before he died:
* She’s a full-time call girl who has been advertising for three years on TNA Board, a NSFW website used by hookers and johns.
* She charges up to $200 an hour and insists that prospective clients give her on at least two references from other prostitutes. Her ad states: “I do not see newbies!”
* She was a cheerleader in high school.
* She didn’t know Caldwell worked at the Oregonian until after his death, according to her mother.
* The woman with Bob Caldwell on day he died works as an Internet call girl
* Earlier: Caldwell was with 23-year-old woman before he died of cardiac arrest

UPDATE: “There was a lot of debate about the way to handle this story,” Willamette Week’s Corey Pein says in a phone interview. At least one staffer didn’t think the paper should even pursue it.

But the feeling of most WW journalists was that they needed to tell the story that the Oregonian failed to tell about Caldwell and the young woman.

“Peter Bhatia’s editors note left a lot of unanswered questions, which is the whole reason we did our story. It didn’t address who this woman really is.”

Pein did some public records and Google searches to learn more about the her. “It didn’t take a lot of digging,” he says. The ads that the 23-year-old placed on the TNA Board showed “it was clear that she wasn’t nearly just a college student,” says the reporter, “but that she was a college student and a full-time call girl. … That was sort of the key piece that the Oregonian either failed to find or failed to share with readers.” (Pein says the woman has since scrubbed her web posts.)

“This was a pretty hardcore forum the woman was advertising on. It would be untruthful to say that this was merely a college student who needed money for textbooks.”

Why not name her?

“It didn’t seem to add much to the story. We gave a pretty full picture of her life and her work. It was a picture that the Orgeonian for some reason didn’t share” with readers.

Pein says colleague Hannah Hoffman was sent to the woman’s home but “didn’t have a lot of success interviewing her.” The conversation with the student-prostitute and her mother was “pretty curt,” and followed by an emailed statement. Did the young woman actually write it? “I would be surprised if she were not receiving some advice,” says Pein. (The statement says: “I feel extremely sad and helpless that I was unable to do more to save his life. His death will haunt me for the rest of my life.”)

Pein’s story also reported for the first time that fired Oregonian reporter Kathleen Glanville drove to the young woman’s apartment after Caldwell’s death and moved his vehicle from the scene. “She told that to multiple sources,” says Pein. “The reason for her firing is maybe a little more clear now.”

Edith Chapin is leaving CNN to become NPR News Senior Foreign Editor. Since 2007, she’s been the cable news network’s vice president and deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C. NPR says “she brings a critical constellation of skills to this job: leadership, editorial heft and a deep understanding of the world.” NPR’s release is after the jump.

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The next issue of Time lists “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012.” Here are those selected in the News & Information category:

* Andy Revkin
* Lisa Ling
* Pat Kiernan
* Breaking News Storm
Andy Carvin
* Today Show
* The Economist
* AJELive
* Occupy Wall Street
* Tim Pool
* Brian Stelter
* Anderson Cooper
* BBC Breaking
* Matthew Keys
* Rachel Zoll
* Barkha Dutt
* Jorge Ramos
* Maria Popova
* OMG Facts
* U.S. Census Bureau
* Buzzfeed
* Richard Betts
* Maggie Koerth Baker

Here’s my favorite passage in the Brookfield Patch story about two men charged with scamming newspaper subscribers to get Christmas tips. (They put holiday letters into cards — “It’s been a pleasure delivering papers” — and asked for money.)

[Scam suspect] Schumacher sat down for an interview with investigators and started the conversation by saying “I just wanted to start this off by saying I bought the cards, I bought the paper, I wrote the letter and I stuffed the envelopes in front of the cops at Starbucks.”

* Two charged in newspaper delivery trips grift
* Earlier: Scammer solicits tips from as many as 1,000 families