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  • Childhood Poverty: Cincinnati's Crisis - Study says Cincinnati needs more affordable housing units to help break cycle of poverty

    For the last four years, we've been researching why Cincinnati has one of the top 5 worst rates of child poverty in the country. Our stories focus on who could be responsible, and more importantly, potential solutions to the problem. We have produced more than 100 stories on this topic since 2015.
  • WCPO: DNA Delay

    A tip from a rape victim leads WCPO Investigative Reporter Hillary Lake to uncover a DNA testing delay at the Kentucky State Crime Lab affecting thousands of new criminal cases, from assaults to rapes to murders, waiting on results to move forward in the justice system. The investigation leads to action from the Kentucky attorney general.
  • CinEnq: Professor accused of sexual misconduct

    Performer Bradley Garner was accused by several of his students of sexual misconduct that spanned two decades and involved minors. Yet, he quietly retired from the University of Cincinnati and was still teaching elsewhere. This story exposed the truth behind Garner’s departure -- that he faced allegations of sexualizing students, having sex with students and secretly filming it and texting explicit messages to students. It shone a light on the abusive flute studio he was running and the harassment those he taught around the country said they had to endure. And it prompted immediate action to protect future students.
  • Cincinnati Enquirer: 'A child could die'

    An investigation reveals feds were warned more than a dozen times of third-row seat instability problems in Honda Odysseys before the death of Kyle Plush.
  • Outside the Lines: Pete Rose Investigation

    Former Cincinnati Reds star Pete Rose said for years that he had never bet on baseball. Then, with a new book being released 11 years ago, Rose admitted to gambling on baseball when he was a manager, and only in a narrow two-year window. As he sought reinstatement to the game earlier this year, Rose maintained that he never bet on baseball when he was an active player. However, an Outside the Lines exclusive report called that denial into question, and ultimately impacted Rose's request for reinstatement. https://youtu.be/xcph3vjHexM
  • "NCAA - College Athletic Fees"

    In this months-long report, USA Today analyzed hundreds of "financial reports" that college athletic programs are "required to release to the NCAA." They found that many schools are relying more on student fees to finance sports programs (without student's knowledge). The investigation also reveals a growing "unrest" at many universities in response to the financial "divide between sports and academics."
  • "Union Township Investigation"

    A Cincinnati township has found itself in the midst of an "ethical swamp." Government officials made high dollar deals with contractors to make way for new developments in the city. The officials then took "high-level" positions "with the developer." In addition, bids were skewed so that they would only go to one contracting company, the same company that was owned by "the son of a township official."
  • Vote early, vote often

    Joint venture between WSB-TV in Atlanta and WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. The investigation uncovered voter fraud on the eve of the 2008 presidential election and and proved there to be no federal oversight to prevent voters from casting ballots in multiple states. The reporters took advantage of newly enacted voting laws in their states to track and compare the master voter rolls and early voting records of registered voters in Florida, Georgia and Ohio. They found more than 100,000 people who appeared to be registered in more than one states, with the potential to vote in both. They also found three individuals who already had used new early voting laws to cast ballots in both Florida and Georgia, a felony crime. They found an additional 12 people who had already voted in one state and also received an absentee ballot from another.
  • section 8: Subsidizing Surburbia

    "Thousands of poor people have moved out of Cincinnati's inner-city ghettos and settled into homes on middle-class, suburban streets- exactly the result a federal housing program intended. But that victory comes at a cost: Poor families with government subsidies that help pay the rent are creating new pockets of low-income housing in formerly stable, middle-class neighborhoods."
  • Gas price Secrets Revealed

    Using daily retail prices at more than 700 stations for two months in the Greater Cincinnati area obtained through years of diligent sourcing, we were able to prove or disprove several "myths" about how street prices are set. Some findings include: which chain was the market leader for retail gas; individual retailers lost money on gas even when prices hit $4; the day of the week when gas was cheapest and most expensive; which communities had the most expensive and cheapest gas.