We’ve gotten more national attention on our Monday story about bonds at Poway Unified School District than we imagined. While it’s been great, today a retired reporter and blogger in Michigan is upset with us for taking credit for breaking the story. I wanted to take the opportunity to address his concerns and explain how we came across the story.
Joel Thurtell is a retired Detroit Free Press reporter who has a long history of great reporting on this type of borrowing. He now keeps his own blog called Joel on the Road and did important work on Poway’s expensive borrowing back in May, long before we wrote about it.
Today, Thurtell wrote a letter to CNBC, which he posted on his blog, criticizing VOSD reporter Will Carless for taking credit for breaking the story and for not correcting CNBC when they credited us with breaking it.