How to Rehabilitate Your Reputation


Have you made a huge mistake? Or is someone unfairly dragging your name through the mud? This week on How To Do It: The Guide to Things You Hope You Never Need To Know, Josh Bloch and Sarah Treleaven find out how to rehabilitate your reputation. First, they hear from disgraced former New York Times journalist Jayson Blair about life after scandal. Plus, they talk to a man who was falsely accused of murder about how he rebuilt his life, as well as a young woman who is single-handedly trying to turn around the image of one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

They also sit down with an online reputation consultant to Google themselves and see what kind of dirt they can dig up on each other. And they talk to "master of disaster" Chris Lehane about what some people (Bill Clinton) do right and what others (Anthony Weiner) do very wrong.

In this episode we speak with...

  • Jayson Blair, the disgraced New York Times journalist-turned-life coach.
  • Ron Dalton, who was falsely convicted of murdering his wife and now works with AIDWYC to speak out for others who have been wrongly imprisoned.
  • José Ferriz, the former mayor of the Mexican city of Juarez, and Yesica Guerra, a former Juarez resident who runs Crónicas de Héroes, a website devoted to random acts of kindness in Juarez and other dangerous places.
  • Matt Earle, online reputation expert and president of
  • Chris Lehane, American political consultant and co-author of Masters of Disaster.

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