On the Road : July 2012

Behind the Story: The benefits of sticking with a story


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It’s hard to keep saying everything is fine when documents prove otherwise.

Although the General Services Administration continually denied knowledge of a "death list," investigative reporter Russ Ptacek discovered the list while working for Kansas City’s KSHB-TV. He continued the investigation at WUSA 9, in Washington, D.C.

A GSA employee created the "death list" to keep track of workers who died or were ill from causes believed to be linked to toxins in the building. To prove that the list existed, Ptacek filed a FOIA request for GSA Regional Commissioner Mary Ruwwe’s ...
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