She grew up in Kent, England. She immigrated when she was 12. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a BJ in 1979. She worked for the Clearwater Sun, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The "Tainted Justice" series, brought about a FBI / Philadelphia Police internal affairs investigation.
- Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, HarperCollins, 2014, 978-0-06-208544-3
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2011-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Jeffrey C. Billman (October 20, 2010). "Literature & Journalism: Barbara Laker & Wendy Ruderman: The News Hounds". Philadelphia City Paper. Archived from the original on July 1, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
- "City reveals 47 arbitration decisions involving Philadelphia cops", Philadelphia Daily News, Barbara Laker, Chris Brennan, Wendy Ruderman, December 24, 2010
- "Covering 'Tainted Justice' And Winning A Pulitzer", NPR
- "Daily News Pulitzer Prize winners Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman", WHYY, April 14, 2010
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