Los Angeles Times' and Wondery's Podcast "Dirty John" Premieres at No. 1 on Apple Podcasts

The six-part series is reported and hosted by award-winning journalist Christopher Goffard

Los Angeles Times' and Wondery's six-part series "Dirty John" premiered at No. 1 on Apple Podcasts, topping the list of streams and downloads on the popular audio-on-demand platform. This exhilarating podcast is a companion to the print and online series currently running in The Times. It is reported and written by Christopher Goffard, who contributed to the coverage of corruption in the city of Bell that brought The Times the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing and captivated millions of readers last year with "Framed," a six-part series about revenge and ruin in the master-planned city of Irvine. Goffard also hosts the podcast, which was produced in partnership with Wondery.

"A big part of our mission is bringing our award-winning journalism to readers, viewers and listeners in new and innovative ways," said Times CEO and Publisher Ross Levinsohn. "This collaboration with Wondery is an excellent example of how we can expand our storytelling as platforms emerge and gain prominence — and we're thrilled to kick it off with a No.1 hit."

A true story of love, deceit, denial and, ultimately survival, "Dirty John" is one of the fastest-rising series on the Apple Podcasts chart. It jumped from #7 to #1 on October 2nd, the day the first episode launched. The first four episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, NPR One, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and RadioPublic, in addition the Times' website. The remaining episodes will roll out over the next few days.

Each episode peels back a new layer on John, a tall, handsome doctor whom Debra called her husband. But if John was an anesthesiologist in scrubs all the time, why did he never have any money? That's only the tip of this mind-blowing journalistic series that's filled with interviews with all the subjects of this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story.

"Dirty John is the kind of story that will draw both new and casual listeners to podcasts. We're proud to have joined forces with the L.A. Times on the production and marketing of this riveting miniseries," said Hernan Lopez, Founder & CEO of Wondery.

The podcast was produced by Karen Lowe ("This American Life") and executive produced by Hernan Lopez for Wondery.

For more information about the series, visit latimes.com/DirtyJohn.