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  • ’Drag this out’: Atlanta mayor’s office directs delay of public requests

    In a unique partnership, WSB-TV joined resources with investigative journalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Reporters, producers and editors crafted stories for the needs of their audiences and platforms but broke them in tandem. Management from both media outlets collaborated to make a formal complaint with the state after reporting on city officials frustrating Georgia’s Open Records Act. WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both owned by parent company Cox Media Group
  • Investigation to Resignation to Plea Deal

    The press secretary for Houston's mayor hid thousands of emails from the media after a records request. Those emails would show she was spending significant amounts of time pitching reality shows to Hollywood producers while on the clock for the city of Houston. That decision was exposed and led to her eventual arrest: a major message to public officials that violations of the open records act can lead to criminal charges.
  • Sex and sabotage

    Through an extensive use of Oklahoma's Open Records Act, the Journal Record obtained emails, text messages and records of telephone calls that told how two Department of Environmental Quality staff members conspired with a state legislator to torpedo the agency's funding. The records show the lawmaker was romantically entangled with one agency official and also showed the agency's executive director sexually harassed other agency employees and promoted employees who were not qualified.
  • Final Justice

    For five years, the investigative team from WEWS reviewed trial testimonies, interviewed witnesses and jurors and uncovered police records obtained through the Ohio Open Records Act in order to prove that Darrell Houston, serving time in prison for murder, was innocent. Their two part report found sufficient evidence for a new trial.
  • Fetish Cost Cop Job

    The author investigated claims that an officer was indulging his fetish of photographing young men without their shirts, and occasionally only in their underwear.
  • Crime and Science

    The author tracked a high-profile murder case in North Carolina in which scientific evidence was a factor. The two part series looked at what can happen when errors, contamination or manipulation call the science into question.
  • In Pursuit of a Sexual Predator

    A narrative account of a bungled hunt for one of Louisville's most prolific serial rapists, a manipulative predator who attacked 14 women over four years and escaped detection in part because of sloppy police and turf battles. Evidence was lost in some cases and in others rape kits weren't processed to save money. The newspaper's account showed how a single detective who believed the crimes were connected was able to convince his supervisors they were linked and how he reopened cases that others had closed for lack of evidence.
  • COTA: A Ticket to Ride

    WBNS-TV conducted a one year investigation and a series of open records requets to look into allegations of corruption by Ron Barnes, president of Central Ohio's Transit Authority (COTA). Through their investigation, they uncovered a series of e-mails between Barnes and former transit authority board member Ernie Sullivan, who negotiated a high-priced consultants job for himself in clear violation of Ohio's Ehtics Law. The Ethics Commission found violations of the state ethics law, ordered the resignation of former transit authority board member and current consultant Ernie Sullivan. The Commission also ordered Sullivan and COTA president Ron Barnes to refund taxpayers $18,000.
  • The Bottom Line of Caring

    The Journal-Constitution looks at why, after so many horrible stories about nursing homes have been written and told, the problems continue. This series, according to the contest entry, provides the answer: "Many nursing homes are paid enough to provide better care, but they don't because the system that governs nursing homes allows the industry to place profits before patients."
  • Northern Arc: Road to Riches

    The Chronicle reports that officials who are supposed to approve or reject the construction of a proposed $2.2 billion highway north of Atlanta, own significant tracts of land close to it. The road would potentially increase the value of their land. One of the officials, Richard Chandler, resigned from the Atlanta Regional Commission Board after the publications, later followed by another three officials, including William Hasty, head of the state department of transportation.