Required skimming: white-collar crime

Keeping up with the bad guys

This month, CJR presents “Required skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked your favorite awesome financial fraud site, or food mag, or whatever, please tell us in the comments.

Peter Henning, a Wayne State law prof, is a go-to source for all things white collar on the NYT’s Dealbook vertical.

—If there’s is a such a thing as an accountability columnist, Bloomberg’s Jon Weil is it. His take-no-prisoners broadsides on Wall Street and its many misdeeds are second-to-none.

William K. Black, an author and law professor, who helped prosecute hundreds of thrift executives as a federal regulator in the 1980s and a law professor, is something of a rock-star among those clamoring for prosecutions stemming from the financial crisis.

Jesse Eisinger, who with Jake Bernstein, won a Pulitzer for their epic series on the Magnetar hedge fund and other financial manipulations that fueled the crisis, writes a regular column for Dealbook that offers sophisticated takes on the dark side of the financial system.

—Founded in 1987, a very good year for white-collar crime, the Corporate Crime Reporter is the granddaddy of corporate and white-collar periodicals. Founder Russell Mokhiber is the brains behind the print newsletter and also runs an active blog on white-collar baddies.

Francine McKenna’s accounting-industry blog, re: The Auditors, isn’t about white-collar crime; it only seems that way. The auditors, after all, are usually in the middle of corporate crime and scandals, and McKenna is all over it.

—The White Collar Crime Prof Blog, edited by Stetson University’s Ellen S. Podgor, offers a meat-and-potatoes review significant appellate decisions and other news.

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Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014). Follow Dean on Twitter: @deanstarkman. Tags: