02/27/2011 10:49 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Wayne Barrett, Legendary New York Journalist, Looks Back

In 37 years of prolific writing for The Voice -- 32 of them as an investigative columnist -- and in four books, Wayne Barrett has become the unrivaled master of long, dense articles about the unsavory side of New York's political culture. He has passed decades digging through government archives, court transcripts, property records, police blotters and campaign filings, weaving tales of corruption and hypocrisy involving union leaders, neighborhood power brokers, real estate developers, mayors and governors.

That ended in December, when he was laid off without explanation (he suspects budgetary reasons), prompting laments about the future of The Voice, of the city, of journalism itself.