Ep. 28: Diane Dimond | Uncovering Controversy
This week on The Balanced Voice Podcast we sit down with someone who has proven to be a truth teller in the face of adversity for the entirety of her journalism career. Diane Dimond gained national attention after breaking the story of child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson in 1993. She has worked as a correspondent for Hard Copy, Extra, NBC, Entertainment Tonight, Court TV, and Investigative Discovery where she covered events such as the O.J. Simpson case and conducted interviews with Holyywood Madam Heidi Flessi, Pamela Smart, Martin Luther King Jr. 's Assassin, Jeffery MacDonald, and so many more. In our conversation we discuss Diane’s commitment to uncovering injustice and reporting on facts even when it reveals an unpopular opinion. Ultimately we answer this question:
“How do you find the courage to fight for injustice even if you know it means standing alone?”
More About Diane Dimond:
Diane Dimond has enjoyed an award winning career in radio and television news.
She began her journalism career in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a radio newscaster and crime reporter for KOB Radio (now KKOB) she exposed corruption within the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, put a sheriff in jail and won acclaim from the American Bar Association when the association presented her with their coveted Silver Gavel Award for Outstanding Public Service reporting. Over her long career she has received numerous awards and is seen as a respected and well-connected journalist.
As a news anchor on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, a Capitol Hill correspondent for the RKO Radio Networks, a correspondent for WCBS-TV in New York and the Senior Investigative correspondent for the syndicated program Hard Copy Dimond built a reputation as a dogged investigative journalist. Her strength is in translating complicated stories and presenting them in conversational and understandable nuggets — be it on television, radio or in print.
She is probably best known for breaking the story of child molestation allegations against singer Michael Jackson in late 1993 and following the story through the entertainer’s criminal trial in 2005. Dimond’s book, “Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case,” is seen by many as the definitive work about the downfall of one of the most talented and controversial figures in the entertainment industry.
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The explosive, definitive account of Michael Jackson’s fall from grace has now been updated with four new fascinating chapters. Award-winning journalist Diane Dimond, who first broke the story of the King of Pop’s battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, takes you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade.
Diane Dimond recently wrote an open letter to Harris County District Court Judges about the current state of bond reform in Houston. To date, Crime Stoppers of Houston has identified 110 victims who have lost their lives to defendants released on multiple felony bonds in Harris County. We encourage you to read her open letter and follow our work on felony bond reform.
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