Journalists Adam Sulfridge and Samantha Swindler were both in their 20s and working for a small newspaper, the Times-Tribune in Whitley County, Kentucky, when they began investigating rumors about Sheriff Lawrence Hodge and his ties to drug dealers.
Federal agents had investigated Hodge in the past but their inquiry fizzled. The sheriff was too insulated and powerful. People were afraid to talk. The feds thought Hodge was untouchable.
Check out this fantastic 60 Minutes video about how two young journalists were able to do what the feds couldn’t — bring down a corrupt sheriff.