Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz, Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal
Melissa Korn & Jennifer Levitz discuss their book, Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal, with journalist Kate Linebaugh.
The largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice broke on March 12, 2019, sending shock waves through American schools and families. In Unacceptable, veteran Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz trace the wiretapped calls, covert payments, and blatant deceit that brought the feds to Beverly Hills mansions and Upper East Side apartments, their residents all linked by one man: college whisperer and ultimate hustler Rick Singer.
This is a true-crime drama of greed and privilege run amok. And it’s an important interrogation of class divisions and the myths of meritocracy in higher education, loopholes in admissions systems ripe for corruption, and modern parenthood and the lengths to which the privileged will go to preserve their status.
About the Authors:
Melissa Korn is a higher education reporter for The Wall Street journal. Previously, she wrote for Dow Jones Newswires. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Jennifer Levitz is a national reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she wrote for the Providence Journal and has been a member of two Pulitzer Prize finalist teams. She graduated from Loyola University of Maryland.
About the Moderator:
Kate Linebaugh is the co-host of The Journal. She has worked at The Wall Street Journal for 15 years, most recently as the deputy U.S. news coverage chief.