Baffled with David DesRoches

Taking a critical look at journalism and its impact on justice.

Eight Suggestions for Journalists and the Public to Consider as Russia Continues Its Invasion of Ukraine Baffled with David DesRoches

All information that emerges during wartime, no matter where it comes from, is tainted. It’s tainted because of the nature of war. War splits us. It unites one side against the other. It completely eliminates nuance. It over-simplifies everything. It consolidates everything into a neat little package: in this case, Russia versus the world.  And frankly, while Russia is obviously the aggressor here, we should be concerned about how unbalanced the coverage of this war has been. Most journalists are taking a clear side, which might be the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but is it right from a journalism perspective? So how can we – as journalists and as news consumers – make sense of it all? Is it even possible to know the truth about a war when virtually all information is coming with strings attached, and journalists themselves are aligning with one side? Baffled with David DesRoches is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio. Our social media coordinator is Jillian Catalano and our video guy is Jake McCarthy. Follow David on Twitter @SavingEJ and follow the studio on Instagram and Twitter @QUPodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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about the podcast

Do you ever wonder why journalists do the things they do? Why do they focus on one thing and ignore another? Should journalists be champions of democracy or does that impede their objectivity? Why do they pretend to be unbiased? And why do they care so much about awards? Baffled with David DesRoches just might have some answers. You might not agree with them, and that’s the point — to start a dialogue about this important industry. Hosted by an award-winning journalist (see that?), this podcast explores those moments when we consume media and say to ourselves, “Huh?” The goal is to offer thoughts on improving journalism and the media industry, and to also help non-journalists better understand the reporting process. In an era when distrust is as common as a cold, the need for podcasts like this cannot be overstated. So go and start one yourself!

This podcast is produced by journalism major Grace McGuire, and is a production of the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio.

About David DesRoches

David DesRoches is Quinnipiac University’s director of community programming, where he manages and hosts a network of podcasts. He is also an adjunct professor who teaches Audio Storytelling and Advanced Podcasting.

As a podcaster at the university, he’s hosted several podcasts including Isolated Together, about life during the pandemic, and also Baffled with David DesRoches, which is taking a critical look at the practice of journalism.

He worked for a decade as a journalist, with half his time spent with WNPR, the NPR member station in Hartford, Connecticut. His reporting has appeared nationally and internationally, earning him over two-dozen awards, including twice being named New England’s “Reporter of the Year” and being added to Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in 2015. He’s hosted live talk shows as well as the flagship NPR programs “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”

He’s also a musician who loves rye Manhattans, cheese, and mudita. Sometimes he wishes upon a star, but then he remembers: that’s dumb.