IRE members honored with Peabody Awards

Several members of Investigative Reporters and Editors were named 2014 Peabody Award winners. To learn more about the awards, click here.

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Extra Extra Monday: Tickets for black bicyclists, flaws in FBI hair analysis, new details in a cold case

How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you're black | Tampa Bay Times

The Tampa Police Department writes more bike tickets than any other agency in Florida, more than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined. The Tampa Bay Times analyzed more than 10,000 of these tickets and found that 8 out of 10 go to black bicyclists. A Tampa Bay Times investigation found that Tampa police target poor, black neighborhoods with a Florida statute that outlaws riding with no light and carrying a rider on the handlebars. Officers use bike law as ...

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IRE Radio Podcast | The Reporter Who Brought Down the Governor

Meet Nigel Jaquiss, the Pulitzer-winning journalist whose reporting brought about the resignation of Oregon’s longest-serving governor. Today we’re exploring Jaquiss’ path from Wall Street oil trader to muckraking journalist. He’s sharing his process for working through an investigation and explaining how he broke stories about some of the state’s most powerful politicians. We’ll also take a look at his most recent investigation, "First Lady Inc.," which recently won IRE’s highest honor for investigative reporting.

As always, you can find us on SoundcloudiTunes and Stitcher. If you have a story you think we should ...

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Consider running for the IRE Board of Directors, Contest Committee

2015 Board Election Schedule

April 13 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins

May 11 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot

May 18 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online

June 4 – Deadline to get on the ballot (5 p.m. EDT)

June 5 – Candidate forum at 6 p.m EDT

June 6 – Voting closes at 6:30 p.m. EDT

We are now accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors. This year six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election.

The initial filing period for candidates ...

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Evicted and abandoned: The World Bank's broken promise to the poor

More than 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by projects funded by the World Bank, according to an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Huffington Post and more than 20 other media partners.

The organization has regularly failed to meet its own policies, falling short of protecting people from harm caused when dams, power plants and other projects cause displacement.

The series is told in several parts, including a prologue, overview and a handful of close-up looks at specific regions that have been affected. One story examines how mass evictions in Ethiopia are ...

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Sources: Supervisors told to falsify reserve deputy's training records

Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told the Tulsa World that supervisors in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office were ordered to falsify training records for a reserve deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Harris.

Supervisors gave Robert Bates credit for field training he never took and firearms certifications he should not have received. Three officials who would not agree to sign-off on the training were transferred, sources told the paper.

An attorney for the Sheriff’s Office denied the World’s request for records showing the names of supervisors who signed off on Bates ...

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I attended an IRE conference for less than $30 and you can too!

By Samantha Sunne

Attending six conferences in three years - mostly as a student - I’ve made something of a tradition of going to IRE conferences on the cheap. There are four components to the cost of a conference, and each can be stripped down as far as you and your comfort level are willing to go. My personal record is $28 for all four components (Boston, IRE, 2012).

1. Travel: Philadelphia makes an easy trip ...

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Workers Alerted Company To Problems With Roof Before Collapse

Employees of the Woodgrain Millwork in Prineville, Oregon noticed several signs of a roof collapsing --  it had large, visible holes and when it rained, puddles of water collected on the floor. However, even after supervisors were notified and the bowing roof inspected, no action was taken by the company. 

Then, one night after a heavy snow, a section of the roof, larger than a football field, collapsed. Luckily, no one was hurt, but former employees interviewed for this story describe an environment where building maintenance was lax and the roof leaked for years.