A conversation with Thomas Peele
Our guest will be Thomas Peele, an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group, whose new book is titled, “Killing the Messenger – A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist.”
Bailey, the editor of the Oakland Post, was shot to death on Aug. 2, 2007, as he walked to work. The book tells the story of Bailey’s murder, the history of the Black Muslim movement, and the Oakland cult that his killers belonged to.
Peele became one of the lead reporters for the Chauncey Bailey Project – a consortium of news organizations, freelance journalists, educators and students who sought to investigate the shooting.
The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists contributed a $20,000 grant toward the Project.
In June 2011, a jury convicted Yusef Bey IV, former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, on charges that he ordered the murders of Bailey and two other men.
Bailey, 57, had been working on a story about financial problems at the bakery. He was the first journalist murdered over a domestic story in the U.S. since Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was killed in a 1976 car bombing.
Linda Jue, former president of the Northern California Chapter of SPJ will serve as moderator of the 30-minute program.
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Find “Killing the Messenger” on Amazon.com.
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