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  • Over the Line: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV investigation of Georgia's police shootings

    The most comprehensive examination of fatal police shootings in Georgia history uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, police cover-ups and breakdowns in justice that prompted state leaders to take action. The year-long investigation identified 184 fatal shootings in Georgia since 2010, details of each case and its outcome in the courts. The series distinguishes itself by the scope of the data-driven reporting and the ability of reporters to encourage reluctant police officers, prosecutors and grand jurors to go on the record and break the code of silence that has kept questionable police shootings hidden from the public. http://bcove.me/tv4wuzmd http://investigations.myajc.com/overtheline/database/ https://vimeo.com/150303553
  • The Dennis Hastert Scandal

    When U.S. prosecutors indicted Dennis Hastert last spring for violating obscure financial regulations connected to payments of more than a million dollars to an unnamed individual, this exclusive Brian Ross investigation exposed the true story behind the charges. Recalling a tip from 10 years earlier that came by fax during their reporting of the Mark Foley congressional page scandal, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and Chief Investigative Producer Rhonda Schwartz located and convinced a key source to finally go public. In an exclusive interview, Jolene Burdge revealed that her now-deceased brother had been molested in his teens by Hastert, his high school wrestling coach and that there were likely other victims. While her brother never received money from Hastert, Burdge’s story helped to explain the mystery of why Hastert had been caught trying to cover up more than a million dollars of payments in hush money. http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/exclusive-woman-hastert-abused-brother-high-school-31581732 http://video-cdn.abcnews.com/160114_ire_broadcast_video_large_hastert.mp4
  • Are Any Plastics Safe?: Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing truth about the products you use everyday

    An investigation questioning the safety of BPA-free plastics used in many common household products that also details the Big Tobacco-style campaign to cover up the facts. Nearly two decades after scientists discovered that BPA, a common plastic additive that mimics the hormone estrogen, is linked to serious health problems, Mother Jones reporter Mariah Blake investigates new evidence that suggests even plastics labeled "BPA-free" may expose us to similar effects. Despite these findings, US regulators continue to ignore the evidence and potentially dangerous plastics are still everywhere-from your baby's bottle to your toothbrush. Blake takes an inside look at the tactics used to keep plastics in our homes despite potential worrisome health effects
  • PSTA-Driving Outside the Lines

    An Investigation into the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority showing it knowingly created an illegal plan to use a $354,000 Homeland Security Grant to promote a tax increase. As we got deeper into looking at the agency we found maintenance problems the agency tried to cover up and lie about and drivers on the road who should not have been behind the wheel
  • KARE 11 Investigates: Minneapolis VA

    As the VA wait time scandal unfolded nationally, local officials initially denied there were secret wait lists at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, then widely considered a national model of excellence. But in September, 2014, KARE 11 News disclosed how lives may have been put at risk by record falsification in Minneapolis. KARE 11’s investigation detailed allegations of VA whistleblowers that went far beyond being pressured to keep secret wait lists to cover up serious appointment delays.
  • KRIS-TV: The Trouble with TEA

    Series focused on the lengths educators will go to cover up teacher misconduct by focusing on one teacher, in particular, who bounced from school district to another, always leaving amid accusations of misconduct with female students. Our reporting uncovered the uncomfortable fact that: *All too often, a teacher can break local and state rules on professional conduct but, because the misconduct never leads to formal criminal charges, the teacher is protected. *School districts will deliberately alter public records to protect a teacher from unflattering publicity. *The investigative arm of the state education agency is woefully understaffed and overwhelmed. *School districts cannot always afford to pursue termination proceedings due to the threat of a costly lawsuit from the teacher. Instead, they'll let the teacher resign. *Even state lawmakers now admit the investigative arm of the state education is in dire need of changes.
  • Betrayed by Silence

    This yearlong MPR News investigation revealed that, despite decades of assurances that the Catholic Church was safe, leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had continued to cover up abuse of children by priests. In a series of multiplatform presentations – including radio reports, an hour-long radio documentary, a four-chapter Web story and an online database of accused priests – we revealed the scope of the abuse crisis and the financial decisions by leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese that protected priests and kept victims quiet.
  • I-Team: Highway Robbery

    WCPO's investigative unit exposed widespread theft of traffic fines by court clerks in a local community notorious as a speed trap -- Arlington Heights, Ohio. Bigger than the thefts by a pair of court clerks was the government cover up that persisted for at least a decade. We obtained documents showing two successive police chiefs had warned the mayor and fiscal officer of Arlington Heights that a substantial amount of cash was missing as far back as 2002. Rather than heeding those warnings, the elected leaders of Arlington Heights marginalized both police chiefs, who eventually resigned. Our ongoing investigation has directly resulted in: · Multiple felony indictments against two government employees for theft in office. · Passage and subsequent repeal of an illegal ban on television cameras in public council meetings. · The complete and permanent shut-down of the speed trap on I-75 through Arlington Heights, Ohio. · A call from the county prosecutor for the village to be dissolved and annexed into a neighboring city. · Committee passage of Ohio House Bill 523, eliminating mayors' courts in communities with fewer than 1,000 residents. · The adoption of a new public records policy for the Village of Arlington Heights, conforming with Ohio public records and open meetings laws. Chief Investigative Reporter Brendan Keefe successfully fought against a wall of resistance to obtain public documents and gain access to illegally-closed council meetings.
  • 'Perversion files' show locals helped cover up

    On June 14, 2012, following a civil trial, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that decades of the Boy Scouts’ confidential files would be made public. They would first need to allow the Scouts and plaintiffs’ attorneys time to redact the files of sensitive information. Given a months-long head start, editor Terry Petty and reporter Nigel Duara began the process of negotiating the unredacted files from a longtime source. The negotiations took two months and required the guarantee of an embargo. In August, they received a CD with 20,000 pages of perversion files. Duara and Petty combed through the files, looking for patterns. The Scouts’ concealment of the abuse has been reported before, beginning with an exhaustive series in the early 1990s from the Washington Times. But the AP team found something else: Locals helped. County attorneys, newspaper editors, mayors and police officers were all detailed in the files helping keep the Scouts’ name out of charging documents and off the front page. Indeed, a local county attorney proudly reported to Scouts leaders that he quashed an investigation in which a man confessed to sexually abusing two brothers “to protect the name of Scouting.”
  • Addressing 911

    It all started with a tip from people on the front lines, and quickly unraveled into a story that has sparked much needed oversight of Ingham County's new consolidated 911 center. The center merged two 911 dispatch centers into one back in June of 2012. In October, a group of first responders approached Reporter Ann Emmerich with alarming concerns about problems within the system. They believed at least two deaths could be connected to delayed response times because emergency crews were sent to the wrong address. They also believed county officials were trying to "cover up" the problems. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Ann Emmerich began digging into records from the 911 Dispatch Center. She obtained documented complaints from the Lansing Fire Department, call logs from the dispatch center, and time stamped recordings of 911 calls. Just days after Emmerich made those FOIA requests, Lansing's Mayor announced he would form a task force to investigate concerns with the County's 911 Center. At the time, there was no advisory board in place to oversee the center. Once officials went public with the formation of a task force, the original board that worked to establish the 911 center was brought back together to begin oversight.