WNYC Studios has announced that it will end its “Trump Inc.” podcast with President Donald Trump now set to leave the White House.
Co-produced by WNYC Studios and ProPublica, investigative podcast “Trump Inc.” covered the POTUS and his family’s business dealings, including their conflicts of interest during the Trump presidency. The podcast has produced over 100 episodes since its launch in February 2018 and will air its final episode on Tuesday.
“[W]ith the Trump presidency (and therefore conflict of interest that drove ‘Trump, Inc.’) ending, so is the show,” Andrew Golis, WNYC Studios’ chief content officer, and Emily Botein, VP of on-demand content, wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, Variety reported.
Podcast hosts Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz will continue to follow Trump and track his legal reckonings, business and government.
However, WNYC bid goodbye to Meg Cramer, who served as an executive producer, and Katherine Sullivan, who joined the team as a ProPublica researcher and freelancer before crossing over to WNYC as reporter-producer.
The “Trump Inc.” team broke news about “inaugural improprieties, government spending at Trump properties, and took many, many, many looks at President Trump’s taxes (especially his attempts to avoid paying them),” Golis and Botein said in the memo.
They recalled Masha Gessen calling the podcast “the most successful media undertaking in the age of Trump.”
“The show has been a triumph and has been defined by attributes that should make us all proud: deep investigative reporting, rich and creative storytelling, and a collaborative spirit, inside and outside of WNYC, rooted in fierce journalistic ambition,” they wrote in the statement.
“What started with an investigation by Andrea Bernstein, Ilya Marritz, and a team at ProPublica published in the New Yorker turned into a multi-year podcast and reporting collaboration that included dozens of journalists from nearly as many media organizations. Its team traveled the globe (Ukraine, India, Panama & more), won accolades (from the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award to this somewhat NSFWFH song from Samantha Bee), and spurred government investigations in the New York and the District of Columbia,” the execs continued.
Golis and Botein concluded the memo by inviting everyone to tune in to “Trump Inc.’s” finale on Tuesday, which is also officially Trump’s last full day as president.
‘Trump Inc’ Investigative Podcast Ending After Nearly 3 Years The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ International Business Times.