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'Serial' Host Sarah Koenig Talks Journalism, Season Two at Penn State

Courtney Barrow
PSN News

 Schwab Auditorium on Penn State University Park’s campus was packed to capacity last night with fans of the incredibly popular podcast, “Serial.”

The podcast is State College resident Sarah Koenig’s investigation into the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Sayed, for her murder.

Koenig spoke about the research and development of the podcast. She also stressed to journalism students about the importance of fact checking.

Koenig took questions from the audience after her speech. The questions ranged from ethics, sexism in journalism to the parody “Saturday Night Live” aired about “Serial.” She elicited many laughs, and imparted some wisdom to the budding journalists in the audience.

Koenig responded to a question about what she had planned for the next season of Serial. She replied, “If any of you has a story, there’s an e-mail. No, we do not have a story.”  

Erin Cassidy Hendrick was an associate producer at WPSU. She produced the programs “BookMark” and “This I Believe” for the station.
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