U.S. History

"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"

Betty Medsger

About the Program

Betty Medsger tells the story of the March 1971 break-in at FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by eight activists from the group Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI.  The documents they stole revealed the existence  of J. Edgar Hoover's secret Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) that targeted people and groups the FBI considered to be subversive, including, but not limited to, members of the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement.  During this event hosted by the Philadelphia Free Library, Betty Medsger interviews three of the eight activists who participated in the burglary.       

About the Authors

Betty Medsger

Betty Medsger was a reporter for The Washington Post at the time of the March 1971 break-in at FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, and was the first reporter to receive stolen files from the group that committed the burglary.  She is former chair of the journalism department at San Francisco State University and founder of the university's Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism.  For more, visit: theburglary.com. 


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Past Airings

  • Sunday, March 9th at 8:15am (ET)
  • Sunday, February 23rd at 2:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, February 16th at 3pm (ET)
  • Saturday, February 15th at 7pm (ET)
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