22 Hours: An American Nightmare Investigative

Hosted By: Megan Cloherty & Jack Moore
Produced By: WTOP

22 Hours takes a look at the murder of a Washington D.C. family that included a couple, their 10 year old son and their housekeeper in 2015.

From the man driving by the home who first noticed the fire to a behind the scenes look at the family and suspects, you’ll be taken through the entire investigation, right alongside the journalists.

22 Hours: An American Nightmare Podcast Hosts:

Megan Cloherty Megan worked as a local TV news reporter for nearly a decade before venturing into the world of multimedia and radio reporting. She sought the career change, in part, to use her video editing, CMS coding and digital reporting skills learned through earning her Master of the Arts at American University and Bachelor of the Arts at the University of Missouri. Shortly after coming on to work behind the scenes on WTOP’s website in February 2012, Megan made the move back to reporting, turning stories for air and online.

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group. A graduate of Ohio State University, he also worked as a digital reporter and editor for Federal News Network.

Jack has been recognized with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and his work has also been recognized by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Meticulous Research: The depth of research conducted by Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore shines through, providing a comprehensive understanding of the crime and the individuals involved.
  • Emotional Connection: Listeners appreciate the hosts’ empathetic approach, enabling them to forge a genuine connection with the victims, their families, and the larger community affected by the tragedy.
  • Authentic Interviews: The podcast features interviews with key individuals involved in the case, including law enforcement officials, family members, and experts, providing valuable insights and perspectives.
  • Thought-Provoking Reflections: The podcast prompts listeners to reflect on broader issues such as crime, justice, and the fragility of human life, fostering conversations and discussions long after each episode concludes.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Pacing and Length: Some listeners have found the podcast’s pacing to be slow, particularly in certain episodes where the narrative may dwell on details that they deem unnecessary or repetitive. Additionally, a few individuals have felt that the overall length of the podcast is too long, leading to a sense of dragging or loss of interest.
  • Incomplete Coverage: While the podcast offers a detailed examination of the crime and investigation, a few listeners have expressed a desire for more exploration of certain aspects, such as the broader sociocultural context or a deeper analysis of potential motives behind the crime.
  • Overemphasis on Personal Lives: Some individuals have felt that the podcast dedicates too much time to the personal lives and relationships of the victims and suspects, detracting from the core investigative aspects of the story.

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