CHICAGO, Aug. 29, 2018 – 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014, and the shooting captured national attention following the release of the police dash-cam video. Now, nearly four years later, the trial of Jason Van Dyke for murder will start Sept. 5.
WBEZ 91.5 Chicago and the Chicago Tribune are introducing a new podcast, 16 Shots, which aims to be the most comprehensive coverage of the Laquan McDonald shooting, the trial, and the story’s national implications. The first episode, available today, also includes the first interview Officer Van Dyke has given since the shooting.
“This trial comes at an important moment in the broader national conversation about race and policing,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer for WBEZ. “16 Shots will bring depth and context to the events leading up to the McDonald shooting and will follow the story through to the final verdict – a case that will be resonant not only for those following the trial here in Chicago, but also in cities and communities nationwide.”
“16 Shots will expand the public understanding of this very compelling story. We are proud of the high-quality journalism that has launched an important conversation across the country,” said Bruce Dold, publisher and editor in chief, Chicago Tribune.
16 Shots is hosted by WBEZ’s Jennifer White; she is also the host of WBEZ’s Making Obama and Making Oprah podcasts. Reporting from WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan, Chip Mitchell and Patrick Smith, as well as several reporters of the Chicago Tribune, will appear in the podcast.
Four background episodes of the podcast will be released starting today in the days leading up to the Sept. 5 trial, followed by additional episodes released throughout the trial with sharp analysis related to its developments. Supplementary content about 16 Shots is available at www.wbez.org/16shots, in addition to trial coverage at WBEZ and Chicago Tribune.
About WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago
WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Obama and Making Oprah; Nerdette; and Sound Opinions. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
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About Chicago Tribune Media Group
Chicago Tribune Media Group is a diversified media, marketing and advertising solutions company dedicated to serving communities across Chicagoland for over 175 years. CTMG's portfolio includes Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune, six daily suburban publications, including the Daily Southtown, Post-Tribune, The Beacon-News, Naperville Sun, The Courier-News, Lake County News-Sun, and over 30 weekly community publications. Additional CTMG brands include Spanish-language publication, Hoy; food and entertainment tabloid RedEye; and Chicago Magazine.
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