Inside Baltimore's 'Healthy Holly' scandal with the reporter who broke it
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Two months ago, Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater learned that the state's flagship hospital system had paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at least $500,000 for her self-published "Healthy Holly" children's books — even as Pugh sat on the system's board.

More stunning details quickly emerged, and the resulting scandal has reshaped Maryland politics — Pugh resigned last week — and sparked new hospital legislation. Luke joined POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss how he got the story, how the Sun has covered the fallout and where Maryland's hospitals and politicians go from here.


Luke's initial March 13 story on the University of Maryland Medical System's deals with its board members.

Pugh's March 28 press conference, where she defended her work and touted "Healthy Holly" themed baby clothes.

Luke's May 4 story on Pugh's decision to resign.

The Baltimore Sun's archive of coverage in the scandal.

Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada reviewed the "Healthy Holly" book series and found it lacking.

HBO's John Oliver riffed on the Baltimore scandal last month.

Pugh appeared on POLITICO's "Women Rule" podcast in 2017, discussing her ambitions for Baltimore.

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