Investigative Reporter Wayne Barrett Dies At 71 Wayne Barrett chronicled Donald Trump's rise on the New York scene. Barrett made his name as an investigative journalist at the Village Voice newspaper. We have a remembrance.
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Investigative Reporter Wayne Barrett Dies At 71

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Investigative Reporter Wayne Barrett Dies At 71

Investigative Reporter Wayne Barrett Dies At 71

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Wayne Barrett chronicled Donald Trump's rise on the New York scene. Barrett made his name as an investigative journalist at the Village Voice newspaper. We have a remembrance.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This morning we are mourning the loss of one man who chronicled Donald Trump's rise. Wayne Barrett died yesterday at the age of 71.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Barrett made a name for himself as an investigative reporter at The Village Voice newspaper. He was a dogged critic of New York mayors Ed Koch - Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani and a certain Donald J. Trump.

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WAYNE BARRETT: I've always felt I could go toe-to-toe with anybody.

MARTIN: That's Barrett speaking to New York local news in 2011.

GREENE: Now, in 1992, Barrett wrote "Trump: The Deals And The Downfall." The book was a flop at first, but Barrett's deep knowledge of the president-elect made him a go-to source for journalists during the 2016 campaign.

MARTIN: He suffered from lung disease, but Barrett continued his reporting on Donald Trump through Election Day. He told Democracy Now! last year that Trump motivated him.

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BARRETT: You know I'm in a sick bed a lot, but he gets me up out of it.

GREENE: That is journalist Wayne Barrett who died yesterday at 71 years old.

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