I will never forget the day the Bill Cosby story broke. It was Jan. 20, 2005. I was working for the Philadelphia Daily News as an investigative crime reporter, so the story was assigned to me. “Not ‘the Cos,’ ”
I thought to myself as I raced out the door. I was a huge fan of The Cosby Show and I truly thought he was Dr. Huxtable.
But I covered crime and this was a story, so I set out to report it.
In many ways, I couldn’t have been more prepared.
Not only did I have a master’s in criminal justice, I’d spent much of the past year and a half digging into sexual-misconduct scandals within the Pennsylvania State Police after a state trooper was convicted of sexually molesting six women, most of whom had never gone to police when the assaults first happened. The tally eventually climbed to more than 30 victims. A couple of years earlier, I had done an expose on drug-facilitated sexual assaults, which were on the rise in Philadelphia. CLICK FOR MORE