Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "hotels" ...

  • WESD's Web of Deals

    A 16-month investigation of a regional education service agency showed that employees were charging the district for luxury rental cars, expensive hotels, Starbucks trips, and more as the district was struggling to stay afloat. It also found that numerous red flags raised over the past 10 years had been ignored.
  • Treasury Luxury Travel

    The Oregonian's investigation spotlighted an obscure corner of state government where Wall Street practices became business as usual, where a set of high-paid employees were granted special exemptions to operate outside the scope of state gift and ethics laws, and functioned with little internal or public oversight. The newspaper revealed that state investment officers charged with monitoring more than $50 billion in state pension investments routinely travel in luxury, paid for by taxpayers and the Wall Street investment managers they are supposed to be overseeing. They stay at high-end resorts and five-star hotels, eat at celebrated restaurants and fly first class. The tab is often picked up by investment firms managing Oregon's investments, who are competing for hundreds of millions of dollars in fees that the pension fund pays annually. The state treasury didn't monitor that travel. It kept no record of the expenses or gratuities provided its employees. And it ignored the potential conflicts of interest.
  • Dirty Hotel Room Glasses

    The investigation found that hotel chains "do not properly wash dirty hotel room glasses violating health codes." This can expose hotel guest to a variety of diseases.
  • Blowing the Whistle on a Casino Giant

    The Review-Journal found that remodeling at one hotel in Las Vegas was registered as cosmetic work, thus exempting it from permits or inspections. However, the work was far from cosmetic and the continued renovations threatened public and employee safety.
  • Money, Truth and Spin

    Former Canada Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and middleman Karlheinz Schreiber had a secret that lasted more than a decade. The pair had met in North American hotels three times, with Schreiber handing Mulroney envelopes totaling $300,000 in cash, money from a secret Swiss bank account. The scandal centered around "the steering of an Air Canada aircraft order to a firm for which Schreiber acted as promoter." Mulroney denied accepting a bribe.
  • Failure In the Sky

    20/20 and ABC News report on the "fatally flawed" air marshal system, even getting an air marshal to speak, undisguised and on the record. The marshals are intended to be anonymous, but the marshal, Spencer Pickard, notes the rules for the air marshals include staying in the same hotels, a dress code that prohibits jeans and sneakers, and "airport boarding procedures that force air marshals to identify themselves as passengers watch." These rules can compromise their anonymity, and render them targets for terrorists rather than the hidden lawmen they are intended to be. The story resulted in a review of policy by the Federal Air Marshal Service, and an eventual relaxing of the dress code and hotel policy. But a solution regarding the boarding procedures is still pending.
  • International Drive: Tourism's Main Street; I-Drive: How it Grew; I-Drive: Set to Boom

    This series of stories traces the development of Orlando's International Drive, where attractions, restaurants, gift-stores and hotels crowd together to lure in tourists. After examining the history of International Drive, Leusner recognizes that the strip's heyday has past. He talks to business owners and developers to make predictions about the area's future.
  • Hotel Insecurity?

    Dateline's hidden camera investigation went around the country to explore thirty hotels, big and small. Dateline found that from the front desk to the bedroom door, hotels are often leaving clients at risk.
  • Handshake Hotels

    In the course of their seven month investigation, reporters Andrea Bernstein and Amy Eddings broke the story of how the city spends more than $180 million a year housing the homeless in emergency hotel rooms and temporary apartments -- without formal contracts. For 20 years, New York City has failed its homeless, its communities, and its taxpayers by providing emergency housing through these handshake deals.
  • Port Authority Waste

    WTAE-TV reports on Allegheny County port authority's extravagant spending. At times of budget woes, when the agency had to cut bus routes and raise fares for the poorest segment of the community, its executives "were treating themselves with trips to Europe; gifts of silver, crystal and perfume for board members and contractors; and overnight stays in hotels with room rates of more than $300 per night."