Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "Nike" ...

  • The Swoosh Effect

    Our investigation exposed the insidious role of sneaker money in amateur basketball, offering new and damning examples of how companies such as Nike corrupt youth sports. Our reporting found that: Nike helped the family of Marvin Bagley III, a top-ranked recruit, move from bankruptcy into a gated community; Nike offered special perks to the star of its Portland grassroots team; Nike strategically offered apparel contracts to nearly all big Oregon high schools, costing the company $1 million annually; and the NCAA weakened rules for tracking shoe money in order to minimize transparency.
  • Big Brands on Campus

    "Big Brands on Campus" was a six-month investigation of the apparel contracts between universities and Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. At a time of boiling controversy about big money in amateur sports, it raised alarming questions about the influence of sneaker companies on college campuses. The series included three exhaustive print stories, two interactive maps, two databases, six slideshows and a dozen blog posts as well as extensive interaction with readers on Twitter.
  • Criminalizing Cartoons

    The investigation exposes a police chief's desperate attempt to acquire the name of an anonymous cartoonist, mocking his department on the Internet. A person going by the moniker MrFiddlesticks (and other names) was airing internal affairs dirty laundry in the form of parody. To find out who, the city prosecutor, police chief and a local judge teamed up to craft a criminal search warrant. KIRO-TV's investigative unit not only uncovered questionable legal tactics (like prosecutor shopping), but later caught police shredding hundreds of records related the case. First Amendment and FOIA issues are central to this ongoing investigation.
  • Behind the UConn Logo: A Broken Promise. As Colleges Profit, Sweatshops Worsen.

    This investigation showed that, even though several years ago the University of Connecticut pledged to battle the sweatshop conditions under which their lucrative licensed merchandise was made, not much progress has actually been made. The reporters found that most schools merely watch from the sidelines as factory conditions deteriorate. A trend towards moving production into China is one factor that contributed to the problems.
  • Demoulas vs. Demoulas

    A Boston Globe investigation looks at the most expensive and most protracted lawsuit in the history of Massachusetts: the court "battle over a $2 billion supermarket fortune" fought by the heirs of the Demoulases, a Greek immigrant family. One of the member of the family, Telemachus Demoulas, was accused of stealing stock and property in DeMoulas Supermarkets from his dead brother's estate, widow and children. The litigation process destroyed the family and entangled the state's legal community, the story reveals.
  • Midnight Run

    High school basketball coach Joel Hopkins knew "how to work people, especially young people. The more troubled they are, the more convincing he is." Hopkins talent for luring young players away from their high schools and into his program earned him the name "Coach Midnight." While working out of Durham, N.C., Hopkins would systematically "kidnap" young players from various high schools to join his program, promising them merchandising deals with the likes of Adidas and Nike, and prospects of going to schools like Kentucky or Alabama, or directly into the NBA. Prospects going into Hopkins program come with aspirations of emulating direct-to-NBA player Tracy McGrady, whom Hopkins coached at Durham's Mount Zion Christian Academy. When Hopkins felt he was done with one program he would move on to create another, taking all of his players with him. In this article Bruce Feldman examines the history of "Coach Midnight," and the problems he has left in his wake.
  • Utah's dogs are going to people monikers

    This computer-assisted report finds that there is a growing trend of people naming their pets with human names. To obtain this information, Carter made an open-records request for pet licenses from the Utah County Animal Shelter.
  • The Campus Anti-Sweatshop Movement

    The American Prospect reports the "the anti-sweatshop movement is the largest wave of student activism to hit campuses since students rallied to free Nelson Mandela by calling for a halt to university investments in South Africa more than a decade ago...The target of this renewed activism is the $2.5 billion collegiate licensing industry--led by major companies like Nike, Gear, Champion, and Fruit of the Loom - which pays colleges and university sizable royalties in exchange for the right to use the campus logo on caps, sweatshirts, jackets, and other items. Students are demanding that the workers who make these goods be paid a living wage, no matter where in the world industry operates. Students are also calling for an end to discrimination against women workers, public disclosure of the names and addresses of all factories involved in production, and independent monitoring in order to verify compliance."
  • "Inquisition held into the whereabouts of Cheryl Gibson and her five children" and many other headlines

    Hiawatha (Kans.) Daily World discovers a militaristic cult that held a woman and her five children captive and killed two other people.