Wendy Ruderman is an award-winning investigative reporter. She earned a master's from Columbia University School of Journalism and has worked at the Inquirer since 2002. She has worked for the New York Times and Associated Press. She won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and was named a 2019 Pulitzer finalist for local reporting.

Latest Stories

Philadelphia has a lead poisoning problem. And some are fighting to eradicate it.

A new state report finds that children’s exposure to lead is much worse than previously known. State lawmakers detail legislation to help protect children from lead’s toxic scourge.

Pedestrian paradise? Street closure near Independence Mall is a history lesson of sorts

Fear of a street collapse has forced road closures near Independence Hall that are expected to last at least two weeks.

One man dead after double shooting in North Philadelphia

The 41-year-old man was shot in the head; another man, blocks away, was also shot.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to eliminate lead from Philadelphia schools faces opposition

Wolf's $100M plan would be funded by a tax on natural gas extraction. An industry executive and two Republican spokespeople spoke out against the tax.

How the ‘Toxic City’ investigation has protected Philadelphia children from environmental perils

Here's what city and school officials did to help protect children from health hazards in the wake of the Inquirer's two-year investigation, Toxic City.

Tourists turned away at Liberty Bell, Independence Hall amid government shutdown

Tourists expressed disappointment as they were turned away from Liberty Bell and Independence Hall during partial government shutdown that impacted National Park Service.

Despite recent cleanups, Philadelphia schools still expose kids and teachers to asbestos

The Philadelphia school district spent the summer cleaning up seven schools where the Inquirer's "Toxic City: Sick Schools" investigation found the highest numbers of cancer-causing asbestos fibers. Then, new problems surfaced.

Philadelphia school kids will get added protections from lead paint perils

A new law in Philadelphia will require for the first time that public schools must be certified as safe from lead-paint hazards.

Rittenhouse Square stabbing: How two lives – and two Philadelphias – led to a fatal night

The fatal encounter between a wealthy developer and a young food delivery man stoked the city's racial tensions. But the real story isn't all black and white.

Rittenhouse Square stabbing: How two lives – and two Philadelphias – led to a fatal night

The night Sean Schellenger and Michael White met ended in tragedy. Their lives, and the resulting case, illustrate Philadelphia's socioeconomic fault lines.