David Sirota's reports on Colorado's PERA system, including the Westword cover story "At PERA, Retirees Face Cuts While Wall Street Gets Millions," play a prominent role (as does Sirota himself) on a PBS Frontline episode that airs tonight.
"The Pension Gamble" looks at "the role of state governments and Wall Street in driving America’s public pensions into a multi-trillion-dollar hole," according to PBS. And Sirota is one of the featured journalists in the special.
"Many of you know that I've spent the last five-plus years doing investigative reporting on Wall Street's relationship to public pension systems," says Sirota. "That reporting has resulted in government investigations, legislative initiatives and divestment — and it has also garnered journalism awards as well as ugly personal attacks from politicians that have been exposed by our reporting (Chris Christie, I'm looking at you)."
The Frontline episode airs at 9 p.m. tonight on Rocky Mountain PBS; it will also live-stream online.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.