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Wondery Announces Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University, hosted by Laura Beil

Wondery Announces Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University, hosted by Laura Beil


September 5, 2023

Today, Wondery announced Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University, a new investigative podcast reported and hosted by award-winning health reporter Laura Beil. Centering on the scandal around Dr. Robert Hadden, an OB-GYN at Columbia University who abused his patients for more than 20 years, Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University shares the stories of numerous survivors and their decade-long battle to bring Hadden to justice and hold institutions accountable. Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University debuts its first two episodes on Monday, September 11 on Wondery+, Amazon Music, and wherever you get your podcasts. Wondery+ subscribers will get exclusive access to additional bonus episodes of the podcast. Prime members can listen ad-free on Amazon Music.

Dr. Robert Hadden was a trusted OB-GYN at Columbia University. Friendly, caring, unassuming… and behind the closed door of an exam room, one of the most prolific sexual predators in New York City. During his 25-year career, he assaulted hundreds, perhaps thousands, of patients, under the guise of medical exams. Those who tried to warn Columbia were ignored or not believed. When it appeared that no one — not Hadden, not Columbia — would be held to account, it was the survivors who undertook a decade-long fight for justice. In July, Hadden was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

“This series shows how elite medical institutions turn a blind eye to uphold their brand, not believing the patients they promised to protect. I’m indebted to the survivors who spoke to me for this podcast, in the hopes of preventing something like this from happening again,” said Beil. Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University is based on an investigation that lasted more than 18 months, including interviews with sources who have never spoken publicly and documents revealed for the first time.

In addition to the podcast, Beil and reporter Bianca Fortis of ProPublica co-authored an article to be published in ProPublica and New York Magazine.

Listeners are familiar with Laura’s journalistic work exposing wrongdoing in the healthcare industry. She is the host and reporter behind popular podcasts including the Dr. Death anthology, Bad Batch, and The Vaping Fix – all produced by Wondery. A former medical reporter for the Dallas Morning News, her work has appeared in The New York Times, ProPublica, Cosmopolitan, Texas Monthly, and many more. She is a recipient of the Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting.

Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University is a Wondery production.

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About Wondery

Wondery, an Amazon company, is a premium podcast studio known for character-driven, binge-worthy stories including Dr. Death, British Scandal, Even the Rich, and Business Wars, and distribution of hit partner shows SmartLess, My Favorite Murder, Morbid, and How I Built This. Wondery was behind eight of the “Top 25 New Shows of 2022”, according to Podtrac, including Twin Flames, Fed Up, and Will be Wild. Over 50 shows from Wondery have hit No. 1 on Apple Podcasts, including Scamfluencers and Twin Flames. Many Wondery podcasts have been adapted for scripted television or streaming series, including Dr. Death and Joe vs Carole on Peacock and The Shrink Next Door and WeCrashed on Apple TV+. Wondery has gained critical acclaim and commercial success for its immersive approach to sonic, emotionally driven storytelling.