Investigative Reporting at the Journal
The "conscience of business."
HENRY GEMMILL, former managing editor
JOURNAL REPORTERS HAVE BEEN among the first to reveal wrong doing in high government places, in overseas financial dealings, in guarded palaces, corporate boardrooms, and union halls. Their names may not be as familiar as Woodward or Bernstein, but they command equal respect as investigative reporters on the financial scene. They deal with the frailties of human nature and the motives that prompt some people to contribute to, and other to defraud, society.
In the mid- 1970s, two years after the disappearance of former Teamsters' Union boss Jimmy Hoffa, the Journal detailed the alleged "sweetheart" deals in which firms were paying Tony Provenzano's union men wages far below those set forth in the National Motor Freight Agreement. The article revealed that Hoffa had been unhappy with the "sweetheart" arrangement and might have fought to overturn the deal. His disappearance, the Journal surmised, may have been linked to the threat posed by Hoffa's possible return to power as president of the Teamsters.