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  • VTDigger: The flying fraternity

    A six-month investigation by VTDigger uncovered a “good ol’ boys club” at the Vermont National Guard in which male officials receive preferential treatment, break rules and abuse alcohol. We revealed numerous examples of how the Guard has created a toxic environment for women who say they have been sexually harassed and passed up for promotions.
  • SB Tribune/ProPublica: Criminal Justice in Elkhart, Indiana

    Reports by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica revealed deep flaws and abuses of power in the criminal justice system in Elkhart, Indiana -- from new revelations in the wrongful convictions of two innocent men, to the promotions of police supervisors with serious disciplinary records, to the mishandling of police misconduct cases -- and led to the resignation of the police chief, an independent investigation of the department and criminal charges against two officers.
  • 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.
  • Big Beef Money

    Is a government-mandated extra $1 charge on every piece of product sold -- which adds up to $80 million annually and goes into the pockets of a group of highly-paid executives -- a story? You bet it is. That's exactly what Harvest Public Media and KCPT, two Kansas City-based public media outlets, exposed in their investigation into the beef check-off. Noted for its "Beef: It's what's for dinner" ads, the promotional fund is created by charging ranchers an additional $1 for every animal sold. And those ranchers? They don't get a say in how the money is used. That's why two Kansas ranchers went rogue and are trying to change the way the fund is operated.
  • A Beef Over Politics Small Ranchers Raise Cain Over Cattle Fee

    A deep dive into the controversial federal program that requires all U.S. cattle ranchers to contribute a total of $80 million a year into a beef promotion fund that many ranchers say squanders millions of dollars a year and which they have little or no control over. Our reporting took an in-depth look at expenditures, some illegally used for federal lobbying and some that appear to be clear conflicts of interest – including at the state level, where there had been little or no reporting until now.
  • Hidden Behind the Badge

    For more than a decade, the New Jersey State Police had to answer to a federal monitor after admissions the force engaged in racial profiling on state highways in the late 1990s. That oversight ended in 2009, but "Hidden Behind the Badge," a yearlong investigation by The Star-Ledger’s Christopher Baxter, showed many of the State Police’s bad habits remain. In a remarkable run of reporting throughout 2012, Baxter exposed actions by troopers that shocked the public, drew national attention, prompted unprecedented shakeups of top brass and spurred new state investigations, suspensions, criminal charges and legislation. He also got the attention of New Jersey’s most powerful political leaders by digging into how the State Police operates, showing whistleblowers fear career-killing reprisals for speaking up, proving the promotion system is more subjective than nearly any other in the country and raising questions about training to recognize diabetic shock.
  • Will "The Winner" Rogers

    Years before Chip Rogers became majority leader in the Georgia Senate, the rising Republican star was known as “Will ‘The Winner’” Rogers, advising callers for a fee how to bet against the pointspread on pro and college football. My nine-month investigation – a collaboration between Atlanta Unfiltered and The News Enterprise, a student reporting initiative of Emory College’s Journalism Program – reveals how Rogers got started in the industry and how he met the gambling industry entrepreneur who would take a $2.2 million eyesore off his hands two decades later. While Rogers says today that he was nothing more than on-air “talent” reading a script for a client, my follow-up stories show that while serving as a freshman legislator, Rogers regularly oversaw production of promotional mailings that advertised over-the-phone sports handicapping services and an offshore casino.
  • Fire Academy Diversity

    WBAL-TV exposed the fact that the Baltimore City Fire Department had abandoned its policy regarding recruitment designed to make the agency more diverse. The department has a history of overlooking minorities in recruiting and promotions. 63.2% of Bailtimore is African-American, but out of a 45 class of cadets, only 5 were African-American and 3 were women.
  • Up in Smoke: The Chris Bartkowicz story"

    After KUSA aired promotions for a story taking viewers inside a medical marijuana grow house, the Drug Enforcement Agency immediately raided the grower's home. Protests outside the KUSA studios followed, along with a discussion of states' rights versus federal law regarding medical marijuana.
  • "Breach of Trust"

    Soldiers on all levels of the U.S. Armed Forces used fake college diplomas to increase chances of "promotions and pay raises." WHNT-TV revealed that several AMCOM employees had also presented "fake degrees" to the "Department of the Army." The investigation spurred a reconstruction of HR Specialist training, as the command's "ability to detect" to false diplomas was severely flawed.