If there’s a sweet spot in investigative journalism, Brian Rosenthal found it. His investigation into special education in Texas schools managed to pull back the curtain on a policy that was felt by thousands of students, teachers and parents – and was understood by none. Brian’s reporting for the Houston Chronicle revealed that state officials were arbitrarily blocking hundreds of thousands of children from the services they needed. On this episode, Brian talks about his investigation and its impact.
Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.
- Read “Denied,” Brian Rosenthal’s investigation for the Houston Chronicle.
- View and download the data the Chronicle used for this investigation.
- Members only: Learn more about how Brian reported this story by reading his IRE Awards questionnaire (File 27817_q.pdf).
Erin McKinstry reported this story. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. Original episode artwork comes from podcast host Blake Nelson. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.
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