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The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 26,000 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.

These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

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  • Inside Fannie Mae

    Internal documents obtained by the Free Press showed that contrary to Fannie Mae's public statements that it was doing everything possible to help struggling borrowers keep their hopes, it was quietly denying homeowners' requests to modify their loans if they were more than 12 months behind in their payments.

    Tags: Fannie May; borrow; homeowner; foreclosure

    By Jennifer Dixon

    Detroit Free Press


  • Culture of Corruption in the California National Guard

    The series showed that up to $100 milion in illegal or improper incentive payments were made to California National Guard members. The reporter found that funds meant to repay student loans and give cash bonuses to draw new recruits and entice Guard members to sign on for another stint went to soldiers who didn't qualify for the benefits.

    Tags: National Guard; military; California National Guard

    By Charles Piller

    Sacramento Bee


  • Pay Day Lenders Skirt Law

    The story revealed how a high end race car driver who is also a convicted felon is partnering with an Indian tribe to run a multi-million dollar payday loan business. By partnering with the tribe the lenders do not have to follow any state laws. The lender is currently under multiple investigations by attorneys general.

    Tags: payday loan; Better Business Bureau; property tax records

    By Armen Keteyian; Laura Strickler; David Heath; Keith Summa; Patricia Shevlin; Scott Pelley

    CBS News


  • Grave Mistakes

    An investigation showing how the database of deceased Americans created in 1980 under the Freedom of Information Act accidentally lists thousands of Americans as deceased, suffering frozen bank accounts, refused credit cards, denied student and mortgage loans, or arrests for suspected identity theft. It also exposes how identity thieves have learned to use the filed to commit numerous acts of identity theft for tax fraud.

    Tags: identity theft; deceased; federal records; tax fraud

    By Thomas Hargrove; Isaac Wolf; Lee Bowman

    Scripps Howard News Service


  • The Fed's Trillion-Dollar Secret

    "Bloomberg News sued the Federal Reserve under the FOI Act, seeking disclosure of its loans to banks during the financial crisis. The central bank fought the release of the data for more than two years, during which time congress and the courts both weighed in on Bloomberg's side."

    Tags: FOIA; Federal Reserve; foreign banking; central bank

    By Bradley Keoun; Phil Kuntz; Bob Ivry; Craig Torres; Scott Lanman; David Yanofsky; Donal Griffin; Greg Stohr; Christopher Condon

    Bloomberg Business News (Princeton, N.J.)


  • Fast and Loose

    Stories told how millionaire real estate developer Rusty Hyneman and partner Michael Bourne benefited from sweetheart bank loans. The stories illustrated wide-open bank practices that helped trigger the housing crisis and the Great Repression.

    Tags: Recession; housing crisis; banks; loans; developer

    By Marc Prususquia

    Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)


  • Government Vastly Undercounts Defaults

    The story explores the problem of student loan defaults, using unpublished data from the Education Department. It looks at what defaults costs borrowers and taxpayers and examines why for-profit colleges have the worst default rates.

    Tags: default; student loan; Education Department; loan; university

    By Kelly Field

    Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington


  • All the Devils are Here: The Hidden Story of the Financial Crisis

    This book offers an attempt to exlore all the various forces -- on Main Street, Washington and Wall St. -- that lead to the financial crisis of 2008. They explored the extent that subprime loans fed the crisis; how Wall Street dictated the degraded lending terms; and the efforts of federal regulators to thwart predatory lending at the state and local levels.

    Tags: financial crisis; subprime lending; housing crisis; foreclosure; predatory lending; Wall Street; Contrywide; Ameriquest; Goldman Sachs; Merrill Lynch; AIG;

    By Bethany McLean; Joe Nocera

    Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) (New York, NY)


  • Gambling on Growth

    For years, St. Cloud-area cities have used public financing to pay upfront for improving roads and extending water and sewer utilities to new housing developments. Developers were supposed to pay off the debt through assessments, but many are falling behind on payments, leaving cities to bear the cost.

    Tags: Developers; Finance; City Budget; Utilities; Housing; Roads; Funding; Loans; Debt

    By Kirsti Marohn; Lisa Mueller; Britt Johnsen

    St. Cloud (Minn.) Times


  • Self Dealing and Double Dipping in the California National Guard

    When the U.S. government decided to boost incentives for National Guard service and combat veterans, no one envisioned a system in which a single bureaucrat could approve tens of millions of payments to officers and others who probably weren't eligible. Yet these and other apparent abuses occurred in California's National Guard even after flags were raised, and they gained top-level attention only after Sacramento Bee reporter Charles Piller revealed them. As Piller reported, up to $100 million in potentially illegal or improper incentive payments were made to service members, including Guard captains and majors who knew they were ineligible for disbursements.

    Tags: Military; National Guard; California; Incentive; Payments; Benefits; Student Loans; Combat Veterans; War Profiteering; Finances; Salary

    By Charles Piller

    Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)