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  • Rocky Mountain PBS: Cultivating Crime

    “Cultivating Crime” took a deep dive into the underground world of illegal marijuana in Colorado. Coloradans thought legalizing marijuana would destroy the black market, but our investigation found it did the opposite. We revealed how law enforcement says Colorado is now a magnet for organized crime with international ties. Our investigation found that criminal prosecutions linked to the cultivation, conspiracy, and possession with intent to distribute of large amounts of marijuana increased dramatically after Colorado voters legalized the drug. Law enforcement officials said Colorado’s laws allowing home cultivation of marijuana opened the door for criminal organizations to move in from other parts of the world to grow large amounts of plants, under the cover of legalization, for sale in other states at much higher prices.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS / Insight with John Ferrugia: Traded and Trafficked

    Through innovative storytelling and community outreach, “Traded and Trafficked” has sparked constructive conversations in communities across the state of Colorado and inspired citizens in rural and suburban areas to take action against child sex trafficking.
  • RMPBS "Insight with John Ferrugia" - "Imminent Danger"

    This project examines the issue of killings by mentally ill persons with access to guns. The story is told through the eyes of a mother whose mentally ill son murdered a sheriff’s deputy and wounded four others, and of the Sheriff whose deputy died. Both agree the confrontation could have been avoided if only state law allowed earlier intervention when a mentally ill person with access to guns is spinning out of control. Both did everything possible to head off the crisis, but had no legal tools to prevent it. The project also includes an exclusive interview with the parents of Aurora Theater killer James Holmes who explain they simply did not recognize the warning signs that their son was mentally ill and capable of homicide. They hold themselves responsible for their son’s mass murder.
  • Insight with John Ferrugia: Protecting the Vulnerable

    The Rocky Mountain PBS investigation, Protecting the Vulnerable, brought various cases of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of intellectually disabled adults to the attention of state and local officials as well as community advocates, prompting them to improve the safety of Colorado’s host home system by reviewing and enhancing state regulations and working to develop new legislation.
  • Insight with John Ferrugia: Marijuana Murder?

    When Richard Kirk murdered his wife in 2014, the case was stunning. Recreational marijuana had been newly legalized in Colorado. Marijuana edibles were for sale and accessible. He bought one to try. And then he killed his wife, Kris. In this 35-minute podcast investigation, “Marijuana Murder?” radio producer Leigh Paterson and television reporter/producer Lori Jane Gliha worked together to obtain a long sought-after, exclusive interview with the killer and to explore new scientific research linking marijuana edibles to hallucinations and other psychiatric effects.
  • Dark Side of the Boom: How Dangerous Is Too Dangerous?

    In a multi-part radio and web series, Rocky Mountain PBS explored the oil and gas industry’s culture of risk-taking, asked why action has not been taken in North Dakota to lower the high fatality rate, and looked to other dangerous industries and states, past and present, for potential solutions.
  • justStopCO

    For one year, KUSA-TV and Rocky Mountain PBS/I-News collaborated to provide unprecedented perspective to what many have called the hit-and-run epidemic in Colorado. Through a series of reports, a half-hour special, and one of the largest hit-and-run databases in the country, justStopCO allows their viewers the opportunity to understand the depth of the problem while equipping them with the resources to do something about it. Their series not only changed minds, it also changed law.
  • Rape Kits 101

    9Wants to Know, working with I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS, found students at the two largest universities in Colorado had no access to rape kits in the cities where they go to school. In fact, students at University of Colorado in Boulder must make a 30-40 minute drive to the nearest hospital that will perform a rape kit. Rape kits are also known as a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) or a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Exam (SANE Exam). These exams are important to both treat a victim’s injuries and to collect forensic evidence to prosecute the perpetrator. Victims’ advocates say the distance dissuades many women in Boulder from obtaining the exam. Our story pushed Boulder officials to act more quickly in opening a SANE exam program in their city, providing a critical service to attack victims.
  • UNTREATED: How Ignoring Mental Illness Costs Us All

    This devastating Rocky Mountain PBS I-News series examined the state of behavioral health care in Colorado. The costs of untreated mental illnesses in the state run into the billions of dollar each year, factoring in emergency medical expenses, lost wages, disability payments, and the price of housing the mentally ill in county jails and state prisons, among other quantifiable numbers. As big as the financial burdens of untreated mental illness are, the personal costs are greater. In Colorado, people with mental illnesses are more than five times as likely to be in jail or in prison than in a hospital treatment bed. For rural Coloradans, mental health services can be hundreds of miles away, or simply put, unavailable. In a state that has suffered mass shooting tragedies rooted in mental illness, intervention is still exceedingly difficult, and the series explores the reasons why.