UFOs, Journalism and the New York Times
with Leslie Kean
Time: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Location: Enterprise Room

I have been reporitng on UFOs in the mainstream media for twenty years. Most recently, I brought a major UFO story onto the front page of the New York Times. In December 2017, Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and I broke the story of the existence of a secret Pentagon program investigating UFOs, while also releasing two official DOD videos. Our second story about Navy pilots reporting UFOs off the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015, with another video, was the 10th most read Times story in all of 2019. Another article related to Project Blue Book provided a detailed history of official UFO investigations. In this lecture, I will describe what it has been like covering this taboo subject for so long; what I learned on the way; and how attitudes within media have changed. I’ll show you some of my earlier stories, discuss the evolution of my reporting, and then focus on the New York Times. How did we get those stories into the Times, and what was the process like? What did the stories reveal and why were they important? There will be plenty of time for questions.


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