On Enron, Business, and Cover Stories—Bethany McLean, Vanity Fair

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A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Bethany McLean was previously a reporter at Fortune, where, in 2000, she received a tip suggesting she look into energy-trading giant Enron. Her subsequent investigative work would lead to a coauthored bestseller that became the definitive account of one of the largest business scandals of our time. She has also coauthored a bestselling book about the financial crisis and written two mini-books published by Columbia Global Reports.

Bethany and host Ted Fox started their conversation with her experience covering the Enron story and other instances of, in her words, “business gone wrong” before moving onto the new podcast she’s developing, our disrupted media environment and the appeal of audio content within it, and that time she wrote a celebrity profile for the cover of Vanity Fair.