Tony Ortega to Discuss Scientology and the Changing Face of Media at ASU in Downtown Phoenix - 2015-09-11
It was 1995, and Ortega was a rookie reporter. He had written a couple of warm-up articles, but in his search for more ambitious stories, Ortega ended up writing a profile on Rick Alan Ross, an intervention specialist. Ross interested Ortega because he specialized in deprogramming former cult members. Ross was a controversial figure, partly because he had butted heads with the Church of Scientology.
Twenty years later, Ortega has become one of the foremost reporters on the Scientology beat, writing extensively about the church's operations and former members. His 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, chronicles the 16-year battle between author Paulette Cooper and Scientology's then-militant defenders. Ortega appears in the acclaimed HBO documentary Going Clear. Ortega created a blog, The Underground Bunker, where he writes daily posts about Scientology news and controversies.