Appearing before a standing-room-only crowd at his alma mater, Michael Hudson, a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee University and currently a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., described the fraudulent lending practices the led to the subprime mortgage crisis.
Hudson is the author of "The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America - and Spawned a Global Crisis," that documents his research into the subprime lending practices.
Formerly a reporter for the Roanoke Times, Hudson has written for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post, among other outlets. He is the winner of the George Polk and John Hancock awards. He edited the award-winning book "Merchants of Misery: How Corporate America Profits from Poverty" (1996) and appeared in the documentary film "Maxed Out" (2007).
The department of journalism and mass communications and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation sponsored Hudson's visit to campus.