Code of Silence - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

Code of Silence

  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Hawn Holt Family Auditorium
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 PM
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Code of Silence tells the story of federal court employee Cathy McBroom, who had to flee her job as a case manager in Galveston, Texas, after enduring years of sexual harassment and assault by her boss—US District Judge Samuel Kent. Following a decade of firsthand reporting at the Houston Chronicle, investigative reporter Lise Olsen charts McBroom’s assault and the aftermath.

This session will be recorded by C-SPAN’s Book-TV and aired at a later date.

About the Author & Speaker

Lise Olsen - The San Antonio Book Festival

Lise Olsen

Lise Olsen is a Texas-based investigative reporter and author whose work has prompted reforms, freed the wrongfully detained, restored names to murder victims and contributed to the prosecutions of a corrupt congressman and a rogue federal judge. Her work has appeared in the Texas ObserverTexas Monthly, the Houston Chronicle and in documentaries on A & E and CNN. She has three times been named Texas Reporter of the Year by the Texas AP Managing Editors. Her first book, Code of Silence, won the Texas Institute of Letters’ Carr P. Collins’ Award for Best Book of Nonfiction in 2022.

Cathy Carnew McBroom - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Texas Monthly

Cathy Carnew McBroom

Cathy Carnew McBroom was the whistleblower in the case of United States of America v. Samuel B. Kent, which is the subject of Code of Silence written by Lise Olsen. After 15 years of service with the U.S. District Court, McBroom retired and now lives happily with her husband in Belize. She is a mother of three and a grandmother to four beautiful granddaughters and one awesome grandson.


Cathy Carnew McBroom - The San Antonio Book Festival

Rick Casey

Rick Casey is a former columnist for the San Antonio Light, the Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. He moderated KLRN’s Texas Week with Rick Casey. Over the course of his career, he was twice named “Best General Columnist” by the Texas Managing Editors Association. In 2009 he was awarded the MOLLY National Journalism Prize. He currently writes for the San Antonio Report. Casey has never successfully been sued for libel and he flunked Latin and typing as a freshman in high school.

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