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  • Affiliate Investigative Collaborations: Sky Rage and New Home Heartbreak

    This entry is to put forth the collaborations between the ABC News/Brian Ross Unit and the ABC local affiliate investigative teams with whom we report major consumer investigations. We believe this style of reporting on consumer issues together, combined with the way the reports are then presented around the country, is not only innovative, but service journalism in its most true form and at its finest.
  • Derby Pain Clinic's High Prescribing Of Cancer Drug Extends Beyond Nurse

    Culling and analyzing newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, C-HIT Senior Writer Lisa Chedekel found an interesting prescribing pattern: four nurse practitioners, all affiliated with a tiny Derby pain clinic, prescribed nearly all of the state's Medicare spending for the opioid painkiller Subsys. The nurses were responsible for 279 prescriptions for Subsys, at a cost of $2.3 million in 2014. Nationally, only 10 nurse practitioners prescribed Subsys - with the majority of prescriptions written by doctors.
  • A Collaborative Investigative Reporting Initiative

    The Georgia News Lab is an award-wining investigative reporting collaborative. Its mission is to train a new generation of investigative journalists and help increase diversity in newsrooms. The project is a partnership between four of the top college journalism programs in Georgia (the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University) and two of the dominant news outlets in the Southeast (the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV, an ABC affiliate). Through this unique collaboration, students learn advanced reporting techniques, work side by side with professional reporters, produce major investigative stories, and prepare for careers in investigative journalism. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/student-project-leads-ethics-investigation-subpoen/nm8r6/
  • Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes

    A USA TODAY investigation, in collaboration with affiliated Gannett newspapers and television stations across the U.S., found tens of thousands of miles of aging gas pipes lurking beneath American cities and towns despite the cast-iron and bare-steel gas pipes being the subject of safety warnings by the NTSB, safety advocates and regulators for decades. The data-and-documents driven investigation delved into the make and safety of natural gas pipes operated by every utility in the United States, shining light on some cities with some of the oldest, leakiest natural gas mains across the United States in a national story, television package and a digital interactive that let users see the age and safety record for communities where they live and work, compared to national norms.
  • ABC News 20/20 Brian Ross Investigates: Recall Roulette

    Our ABC News investigation, “Recall Roulette,” found that most recalled products are not turned in or fixed, remaining in homes or listed for sale. Under current federal law, there is no minimum effort that manufacturers have to make, or money they have to spend, to get the word out about the safety recalls. It is illegal to sell a recalled product, but in a joint investigation with 17 ABC News affiliates across the country, reporters found a wide range of recalled products easily available for resale. And in his first major interview, the new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission called out Craigslist for not doing enough to thwart recalled products from being posted on the site, calling it “morally irresponsible.”
  • Failing Heads

    An investigative series by online and local television affiliates into mounting complaints and evidence that a highway safety device produced by a Dallas-based company and sold in all 50 states and 60 countries was failing with catastrophic results, causing severe injuries, amputations and deaths on the highway that were otherwise avoidable. The investigation uncovered that not only did Trinity Industries, know from state officials, industry whistleblowers, and engineers that the device was prone to failing, they conspired with regulatory officials at the Federal Highway Administration to cover it up.
  • The Congressman, the Safari King, and the Woman Who Tried to Look Like a Cat

    The specific focus of this series was the International Conservation Caucus Foundation and the lawmakers, polluting corporations, and environmental groups who benefit from it. The political genius of the foundation is that it has allowed ICCF member companies such as ExxonMobil to greenwash their reputations by funding ICCF member nonprofits, such as the Nature Conservancy. Meanwhile, corporate and nonprofit contributions to the foundation paid for "educational" lunches, dinners, galas and junkets, giving foundation members access to grateful members of Congress. These events -- and the foundation itself -- make a conscious effort to avoid discussing politically contentious topics like climate change, arguably the biggest conservation challenge of our time. The ICCF, which was founded by the former lobbyist of a Nigerian dictator who ordered the execution of nine nonviolent environmental protesters, is certainly notable in its own right. But what makes this series more important than a simple expose about a deeply conflicted foundation is that the ICCF is just one of many congressionally affiliated nonprofits that have popped up in part to skirt lobbying reforms instituted after the Jack Abramoff scandal. The most shocking thing about the ICCF and its ilk, according to government transparency advocates, is that most of what they are doing appears to be completely legal.
  • A Rush of Financial Questions

    The Better Government Association (BGA) spent eight months researching the finances of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill), his campaign committees, and nonprofits he founded or otherwise is affiliated with. Our findings, published with the Chicago Sun-Times in a two-part series, paint a troubling portrait of Rush, and question whose interests he’s really serving in Congress.
  • Dangerous Discipline

    Thousands of American school children who suffer with autism or other behavioral problems have been injured and dozens have died at the hands of poorly trained teachers and staff who tried to subdue them using unsafe and at times unduly harsh techniques, an ABC News Brian Ross investigation has found. With no national standards for how a teacher can restrain an unruly child, the ABC News Nightline investigation found school officials around the country have been employing a wide array of methods ranging from sitting on children, handcuffing them, and locking them in padded, “seclusion rooms” for hours. One school even employed a device that delivered an electric shock. Dramatic, rare video, moving interviews with students as young as ten years old , exclusive interviews with parents whose children died during the use of restraints, confrontational interviews with school administrators plus original research by Producers Angela Hill and Matthew Mosk resulted in a stark and disturbing comprehensive investigation that aired on every ABC News platform nationwide: ABC News Nightline, World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC Radio and affiliate stations broadcast stories, as well as numerous print and video stories which were published on ABC News.com. The major investigative effort not only exposed the problem but explored the solution in a profile of the Centennial School in Pennsylvania, where special needs students are never physically restrained. The report was welcomed by parent groups, advocates for the disabled, and legislators for bringing national attention to a largely hidden and growing problem.
  • ABC News Partnership: Better Business Bureau Investigation

    The ABC News Investigative Unit along with six ABC local affiliate stations conducted an unprecedented investigation of the Better Business Bureau.