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Donald Trump accused of lewd misconduct on the set of The Apprentice

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Garance Burke is a San Francisco-based reporter with the Associated Press who investigated Donald Trump, and his behind-the-scenes behavior on the long-running TV show The Apprentice. The program pitted contestants against one another in an effort to get hired — or not get fired — by Trump, who starred on the show between 2004 and 2015.



Burke conducted her research for two months before publishing an article on October 3rd — a piece that led to a big reveal, and some big changes in the national dialogue. KALW’s Ben Trefny asked her for the details on what she found.


GARANCE BURKE: "Well, I started off with a pretty open ended question. What was it like to work with Mr. Trump on The Apprentice? And pretty soon, I got the sense that he was saying a lot of things about women's bodies on set that people hadn't necessarily heard of before. He was talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, asking the male contestants on the show to talk about which female contestants they would like to have sex with, rating contestants by the size of their breasts."

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.

Garance Burke is an investigative reporter with the Associated Press. She spoke with KALW's Ben Trefny. Since her article was published, at least 11 women have come forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. You can find Burke’s article here.


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Ben joined KALW in 2004. As Executive News Editor and then News Director, he helped the news department win numerous regional and national awards for long- and short-form journalism. He also helped teach hundreds of audio producers, many of whom work with him at KALW, today.