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'Serial' producers respond to prosecutor, defend 'fair' reporting

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Serial
Elise Bergerson

In light of The Intercept‘s interview with Kevin Urick, the prosecutor in the case against Adnan Syed, the team behind Serial rebuked some of Urick’s claim that they did not make enough of an effort to reach him.

In the interview, Urick stated that he was only contacted by Serial host Sarah Koenig once, on Dec. 12, 2014, shortly before the podcast ended.

Urick told The Intercept that “They did not make multiple attempts to reach me. They never showed up at my office.”

However, the Serial team stands by their original claim that Koenig had in fact been attempting to reach Urick for months. They released the full statement sent to The Intercept, which only printed a portion of their response.

The Twitter account then went on to defend Koenig and her team, restating that the Serial host did in fact make multiple attempts over several months to reach out to Urick for interview and that they are “committed to reporting that’s comprehensive, fair, and exhaustively fact-checked.”

The interview with Urick included further thoughts from the prosecutor on Serial and Koenig’s reporting. The Intercept had also previously interviewed another big figure in the story of Adnan Syed portrayed on the podcast, Jay Wilds.