16 Shots Investigative

Hosted By: Jenn White
Produced By: WBEZ/Chicago Tribune

This podcast investigates the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, all caught on video.

This shooting of a black teenager, by a white police officer, caused an outrage that rocked the city of Chicago as well as the police department and city offices.

From the alleged cover-up, to the long history of friction between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department, and the trial of officer Van Dyke, 16 Shots is bringing you a fresh look at the case from all angles.

16 Shots Podcast Host:

Jenn White is a seasoned journalist and podcast host who has worked in public radio since 1999.

She is also a familiar voice on several WBEZ podcasts, including Making Oprah, Making Obama and 16 Shots, which chronicled the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald and the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. Before WBEZ, White was the local host of All Things Considered at Michigan Radio.

White is also skilled as a public speaker and has moderated numerous on-air gubernatorial and mayoral debates. She is a native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Empathy and Sensitivity: Jenn White’s interviewing approach is praised for its empathetic tone, allowing guests to share their stories in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Diverse Perspectives: The podcast strives to include a range of voices, including survivors, activists, law enforcement officials, and legal experts, contributing to a nuanced and multifaceted exploration of the topic.
  • Advocacy for Change: Many listeners appreciate how the podcast not only sheds light on the problems but also highlights potential solutions and advocates for systemic reforms to prevent future tragedies.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Bias or Lack of Objectivity: Some critics argue that the podcast may exhibit a bias or lack of objectivity in its approach to the topic of police-involved shootings. They suggest that the show may lean towards a particular narrative or perspective, potentially compromising the fairness and balance of the discussions.
  • Incomplete Coverage: Due to the complex nature of the subject matter, some listeners may feel that certain aspects or perspectives related to police-involved shootings are not adequately covered or explored in the podcast.
  • Overly Emotional Tone: While empathy and sensitivity are appreciated by many, some critics contend that the podcast occasionally veers into an overly emotional or sensationalized tone. They argue that this approach may detract from the factual analysis of the issues or undermine the objective examination of the subject matter.

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