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  • Swedish Radio: The Riding School

    In the nineties the riding instructor “Mårten” is convicted of sexual abuse of several pupils at his riding school. But other adults believe he is innocent, and despite the conviction, equestrian organizations allow Mårten and the riding school to continue. When Robert Barkman and Daniel Velasco start investigating the old case in 2017 Mårten is still having young pupils at the riding school. After months of investigations, some of the pupils starts speaking about what has happened there during the last decades. The documentary series The Riding School reveals how silence culture and denials arise, how power structures and betrayal from the adult world can lead to a person being able to continue abusing new pupils for decades, despite a conviction. The Riding School has had a big impact in Sweden and received Sweden's most prestigious journalist prizes.
  • KARE 11 Investigates: “A Pattern of Denial”

    KARE 11’s two-year investigation exposed a systemic nationwide pattern of veterans having their emergency medical bills improperly denied and often turned over to collection agencies. VA whistleblowers revealed to KARE that government quotas for processing claims – and a computer system that made it easier to deny claims than to approve them – were to blame for many denials. The improper denials could total billions of dollars.
  • The Education of Edwin Raymond

    For a cover story in the New York Times Magazine, Investigative Fund reporter Saki Knafo uses exclusive, secretly recorded audio from one officer, Edwin Raymond, to expose the NYPD’s rigid insistence on fulfilling arrest quotas — and the racial biases behind them — despite public denials that such a quota system exists. The story sparked a follow-up investigation by NBC New York and coverage by several other outlets. Ultimately, the story resulted in the promotion of the whistleblowing officer.
  • NFL at a Crossroads: Investigating a health crisis

    Awareness of the football concussion crisis reached the mainstream in 2013, and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” continued its now two-year investigation. In its crossplatform series of stories in 2013, “Outside the Lines” shed light on all aspects of the crisis, from the NFL’s years-long denials that playing football could lead to brain damage to how the crisis affects football at all levels to the behind-the-scenes happenings related to the settlement of a federal lawsuit more than 4,000 players had filed against the NFL.
  • Cross at Your Own Risk: Rails pose deadly threat

    This investigation reveals a number of statistics from "nearly 3,000 public rail crossings" in Louisiana. Along with these statistics, it also reveals the people behind the numbers and how it has impacted dozens of lives. Some of the major statistics found are "nearly 1,500 defects statewide, some rail crossings haven’t been inspected over the 10-year period studied, few safety violations resulted in a fine or other penalty, and despite the denials drivers were not always responsible for the accidents."
  • Depleted Uranium Radioactive Dust

    The investigation showed that while the U.S. military has downplayed the hazards of depleted uranium munitions. Also the "Pentagon has issued repeated denials that depleted uranium dust was a danger to the troops but...the military's own training videos told a different story." However these training videos made after the first Gulf War which warn about the dangers and show how to mitigate it, were not shown to troops before the second Gulf War. Causing soldiers to be "unknowingly exposed to this radio active dust and some claim they are sick today because of it."
  • Firm Beliefs

    The idea for this story came to light during a murder investigation. WTVF uncovered evidence linking the child-abuse death of an 8-year-old boy in the Atlanta area to the teachings of his family's church. The church, located just outside of Nashville, was started by Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin. Despite Shamblin's denials, the investigation uncovered church tapes that documented how she had instructed her followers to severely discipline their children. Among the tapes: a conference call in which the mother was applauded for locking her child in his room for days.
  • State of Denial

    This series by WFAA-TV in Dallas "revealed a Texas workers' compensation system in crisis," and found "state regulators often failed to enforce labor laws and penalize those insurance companies that unjustly deny benefits and medical treatment to injured workers." The investigation found "state regulators and insurance carriers developed a shockingly cozy relationship." Among other things, regulators slashed reimbursements to doctors up to 50 percent, and escalated the number of denials they handed down to workers, resulting in thousands of injured workers having to "wait six months or more before they're able to gain an initial hearing to dispute the denial of benefits and medical care." The investigation also found a number of underhanded techniques being employed, such as pressure being put on doctors participating in the "peer review" process of claims -- where those who approved medical care were not asked back, while doctors who denied claims were.
  • HMO's refusing emergency claims, hospitals assert. 2 missions in conflict. 'Managed Care' groups insist they must limit costs--doctors are frustrated.

    According to the article, "As enrollment in health maintenance organizations soars, hospitals across the country report that H.M.O.'s are increasingly denying claims for care provided in hospital emergency rooms. Such denials create obstacles to emergency care for H.M.O. patients and can leave them responsible for thousands of dollars in medical bills."
  • U.S. plans to pay for ills from radiation

    This article reports on the Clinton administration's plan to "right the wrongs of the past" and compensate workers who were exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals while working at nuclear weapons plants. This decision "reversed decades of official denials," Warrick reports.