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  • Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

    Each week, hundreds of young people—teenagers and children—attempt to flee the gang warfare that has gripped large swaths of Central America, heading north, crossing thousands of miles in hopes of obtaining asylum or settling with relatives in the United States. From October 2013 through July of this year, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied minors arrived at our southern border. In this powerful documentary for The New York Times, Pulitzer Center grantees Brent and Craig Renaud trace the journey from the violent streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras through Guatemala and across the Suchiate River aboard flimsy rafts to Mexico. From there, some try to hop “the Beast”—a slow-moving freight train. Others hitchhike or simply make the long trek on foot. No matter the method they choose, the risk of arrest by authorities, abuse by human traffickers or abduction by drug cartels is a constant danger. As the debate on immigration takes center stage in the Republican presidential primary campaign, the Renaud brothers look at the causes and conditions that compel children to stake their lives on this dangerous journey. “Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis” shows us the reality of the so-called “illegals” who seek safe shelter in America. http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/americas/100000003901101/central-america-child-migrants.html http://pulitzercenter.org/education/meet-journalists-renaud-honduras
  • Homegrown Terror

    The Tribune-Review spent a year investigating the changing face of the terrorist threat in the age of the Islamic State. The series documents the ways in which domestic law enforcement, communities and individuals are affected by and adapting to the danger. It examines weaknesses in the ways agencies and communities respond, and gathers together history, research, the opinions of top experts, the capabilities of domestic security agencies and the limits of American law to put this growing threat in context. http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/8489172-74/somali-bihi-minneapolis#axzz3dQ6Qbq3d
  • Healthcare crisis, Corp. Fraud

    SIRF's work in exposing how Valeant, a high-flying pharmaceutical company, concealed its ownership of a specialty pharmacy that helped it to massive profits led to a multi-month drama that saw its share price cut by 75%, subpoena's and the closure of the unit.
  • Dirty Brigades: No Clean Hands in Iraq’s ISIS Fight

    Torture, beheadings, the cold blooded shooting of unarmed civilians, and all of it caught on camera in war-ravaged Iraq by the perpetrators acting with impunity. But the horror show was not by ISIS this time. An ABC News investigation, "Dirty Brigades: No Clean Hands in Iraq's ISIS Fight," found ample evidence of terrorist-like atrocities routinely committed over the past year by U.S.-trained Iraqi Security Forces, who Washington has been arming as the key to defeating ISIS. Incredibly, elite Iraqi Special Forces, special police and counterterrorism units were documenting their own horrific acts, filling the dark underbelly of Iraqi social media with gruesome snapshots and videos of their own war crimes in an apparent effort to stir up sectarian bloodlust. In the first in-depth exposé and analysis of these atrocities, the ABC News Brian Ross Investigative Unit, led by Producer James Gordon Meek, spent six months collecting and researching a photo and video gallery of horrors, interviewing human rights investigators, U.S. Special Forces veterans and diplomats who served in Iraq, as well as confronting both the American and Iraqi governments with their findings. The team presented the investigation to millions over three consecutive nights on ABC World News Tonight With David Muir, accompanied by in-depth digital reports, both print and broadcast, on ABCNews.com and ABC/Apple TV.
  • State of Terror

    In an unmatched examination of the Islamic State that began well before the attacks in Paris, The Times showed the secrets behind the group’s baffling resilience, tracking ISIS on battlefields in Syria, Libya and Iraq, and exposing its recruiting techniques, money trails and systematic policy of rape.
  • ISIS Hits Home: San Bernardino

    As news of the horrific San Bernadino unfolded and all three networks went into live coverage mode, the ABC News investigative team started digging , providing investigative reporting in real time, both accurate and exclusive coverage for to a national stunned by the first major domestic terror attack by followers of ISIS. Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative team brought insights and exclusives starting with the first (and still exclusive ) photo of the female attacker Tashfeen Malik and perhaps the most riveting of images, the first exclusive look at the terror couple, husband and wife as they entered the United States through customs.
  • Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis

    A WFAA investigation found that pigs are treated better than inmates inside Texas' prison system, where inmates are dying painful and preventable deaths and guards are also sickened by the stifling heat inside un-air conditioned units, prompting calls by critics at the United Nations and elsewhere for reform. https://vimeo.com/wfaa/review/151846234/686ead36ea
  • Unequal Risk

    The Center for Public Integrity’s “Unequal Risk” series highlights a long-neglected public health crisis: The deaths of some 50,000 people a year from work-related illnesses and the shamefully weak regulations governing toxic exposures on the job. Academics and advocates are pointing to our work to call attention to this grossly overlooked problem.
  • 911: Lost On The Line

    A single death. A single 911 call. Together they reveal a nationwide problem: roughly half of all cell phone calls to 911 don't allow dispatchers to see the callers' location. Continuing our coverage over 10 major broadcast stories, a 30 minute primetime special, and a national USA Today article, we exposed this major public safety crisis and held the powerful accountable. Now the problem is getting fixed, and saving lives. NOTE: This story was primarily MMJ, produced by the reporter working alone as photographer and editor. https://youtu.be/XW7_pFKEDKc http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/22/cellphone-911-lack-location-data/23570499/ http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/01/31/911-location-problems-/22645139/
  • Investigating Texas "Calm Rooms"

    This nine-month-long investigation uncovered video showing a Texas teacher physically abusing an 8-year-old autistic boy, while forcing him into a closet-like-space known as a “calm room.” Our reporting led to the teacher’s firing, triggered a state review of the use of so-called “calm rooms” and prompted immediate changes in one of the state’s largest school districts. Our team discovered many school districts use “calm rooms” in ways that violate state law or at least skirt the edges of the law. The rooms were intended to give troubled kids a place to cool off in a crisis but instead are used like holding cells in some Texas schools. Parents are often never told when their children are placed in calm rooms because Texas law currently does not require notification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FnL4NbW-WI&feature=youtu.be