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  • WBTV Investigates: Hurricane Recovery Delays

    Two hurricanes devastated parts of eastern North Carolina two years apart: Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018. Despite the gap, the state had made little progress in helping victims of Hurricane Matthew get back in their owns by the time Florence hit. For the past year, we've uncovered problem after problem with the state's efforts to administer hundreds of millions of dollars in federal disaster aid. Our work has prompted multiple legislative hearings; the creation of a legislative investigative committee and the formation of a new state disaster recovery office.
  • 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.
  • Degree of Deception

    A lawsuit filed by a former Queens University accusing her alma mater of mishandling her reported sexual assault prompted us to dig deeper and find out how other area universities were handling sexual assault on campus. Our questions prompted four schools to amend their Clery reports,a report required by federal law outlining the number of certain types of crimes that happen on campus, to add additional reported sexual assaults. Following our first story into Queens University, the school settled its lawsuit and amended its Clery report. Ultimately, our investigation prompted four colleges and universities to amend their Clery reports to add sexual assaults. https://youtu.be/fJoKjUmt3DU
  • Campaign Finance Questions

    To date, our investigation has uncovered irregularities and possible violations of state campaign law in the campaign finance reports of XXX members of the North Carolina General Assembly. Our investigation continues. Recently, we reported that our questions have prompted an inquiry by the FBI. https://youtu.be/HJ9ZS2TZZQk
  • Secret Deaths: CNN uncovers high surgical mortality rate at a Florida hospital

    Cohen’s groundbreaking investigation on Anderson Cooper 360 told the story of how the state of Florida allowed a troubled pediatric heart surgery program in West Palm Beach to continue to operate despite a high mortality rate and against the advice of its own experts. After Cohen’s story, St. Mary’s Medical Center shuttered the program and the CEO resigned.
  • ESPN, Outside the Lines: “Pat Tillman: 10 Years Later an Enduring Tragedy"

    In the 10 years since the death of former NFL and Arizona State football player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, none of the platoon mates who fired upon him had spoken publicly about the episode. In late 2013, ESPN’s Outside the Lines followed up its own original reporting on the fratricide, locating and contacting Tillman’s fellow Army Rangers who had acknowledged to investigators having fired upon his position. After multiple conversations with the Rangers over several months, one of the men who fired upon Tillman, Steven Elliott, agreed to break a decade of silence. That on-camera interview led to two April 2014 programs, the latest in OTL’s groundbreaking reporting about one of the most infamous friendly-fire deaths in U.S. military history.
  • Cross-Border Killings

    In October 2012, a U.S. Border Patrol agent fired through the 20-foot steel fence separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Mexico, killing an unarmed 16-year-old Mexican boy with 10 bullets through his body. The agents said he was throwing rocks. This was not an isolated incident by a rogue agent, but just the latest in a string of cross-border shootings that raise questions about oversight and accountability of the U.S. Border Patrol. In the last three years, Border Patrol agents have killed 6 Mexican citizens on their native soil, firing through the border to threaten and injure even more. One man was shot while picnicking with his family on the banks of the Rio Grande. Another 15-year-old boy was hit between the eyes with a bullet for allegedly throwing rocks. None of these cases has led to any known disciplinary action or criminal charges against the border police, and U.S. courts have rejected claims made by victims’ families, asserting that Mexican citizens do not have the same constitutional protections as U.S. citizens. Fault Lines travels to the border town of Nogales – presently the nexus for this increasingly lawless law enforcement – to meet the families who have lost their sons at the hands of U.S. agents with no follow up or acknowledgement from U.S. officials.
  • Locked Out

    The Oregonian spent six months investigating the location of subsidized housing in the Portland area and related failures under the nation's Fair Housing Act. Although the federal law was supposed to fight housing discrimination and end segregation, the newspaper found that investments controlled and funded by government have often been in the region's poorest neighborhoods and areas with high minority concentrations. Because people of color often have a greater need for subsidized housing, these spending decisions reinforce and perpetuate segregation in a largely white metro area.
  • Shades of Mercy: Presidential Pardons

    Reporters obtained exclusive access to thousands of internal documents and conducted scores of interviews with pardon applicants, Justice Department, and top legal advisers to every president since Ronald Reagan. What the documents showed were repeated instances in which white applicants with serious criminal records received pardons, while minority applicants who committed lesser crimes were rejected.
  • Show Me the Money: Housing Authority Investigation

    "In this four-part investigation, KCET primarily focused on how employees at the Housing Authority of the city of LA spent taxpayer money. They also looked at the salaries and bonuses of managers, and uncovered a pattern of wrongful termination lawsuits, which cost taxpayers over $13 million dollars in just four years."