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  • Journey to Jihad

    This is a nine-thousand-word investigation into the European jihadi pipeline. Using thousands of pages of leaked Belgian Federal Police records, which included wiretaps, electronic surveillance, seized radicalization pamphlets, and interrogation transcripts, it traces the web of connections between jihadi recruiters in Europe, and follows a reluctant ISIS member to Syria and back. It also reveals previously-unknown details on Amr al-Absi, the Syrian emir identified by the U.S. State Department as having been "in charge of kidnappings" for ISIS, as well war crimes committed against local civilians by his European recruits. I also took a portrait of the main subject, and a separate portrait of his father. Both pictures were published in the magazine. The article was my M.A. thesis project at Columbia Journalism School.
  • Surviving an ISIS Massacre

    ISIS massacred hundreds of Iraqi military recruits in June. Ali Hussein Kadhim survived. This is his improbable story. [Includes graphic images.]
  • Semper Fi: Always Faithful

    Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger was a devoted marine for nearly 25 years. As a drill instructor, he lived and breathed the Marine Corps and was responsible for training thousands of new recruits. When Jerry’s nine-year-old daughter Janey died of a rare type of leukemia, his world collapsed. As a grief-stricken father, he struggled for years to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led to the shocking discovery of one of the largest water contamination sites in US history. For thirty years, unbeknownst to the Marines living there, the Marine Corps improperly disposed of toxic cleaning solvents that contaminated the drinking water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. It is estimated that nearly one million Marines and their families may have been exposed to high levels of carcinogens through the water. 25 years after the wells were finally closed, only a fraction of former residents know about their exposure to the toxic chemicals. In the process of investigating the Camp Lejeune contamination, a larger issue comes into focus - the abysmal environmental record of the military. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense is the United States’ largest polluter, which raises grave questions about environmental conditions at other bases across the country. “Semper Fi: Always Faithful” is a timely and sobering story of the betrayal of US soldiers and is a call to action for more environmental oversight of military sites.
  • In Amazon’s Shadow: Online retail giant’s Lehigh Valley temporary staffing agency fights aggressively to keep workers from collecting unemployment

    The temporary staffing firm that recruits workers for an Amazon.com warehouse in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley is one of the most aggressive firms in the state when it comes to challenging unemployment claims. The seasonal nature of the Seattle e-tailer’s business requires it to temporarily double manpower at its warehouse during the holiday shopping season. That volatile employment demand leaves the company susceptible to high unemployment costs since the tax rates businesses pay to support the unemployment system are higher for employers that frequently let workers go. Amazon shelters itself from those higher cost by using a temporary staffing firm. And the staffing firm, Integrity Staffing Solutions, keeps its own costs in check by aggressively fighting claims of former warehouse workers. The result is people who lost their jobs as a result of illness or injury facing challenges when applying for a benefit to which many are entitled.
  • Culture of Corruption in the California National Guard

    The series showed that up to $100 milion in illegal or improper incentive payments were made to California National Guard members. The reporter found that funds meant to repay student loans and give cash bonuses to draw new recruits and entice Guard members to sign on for another stint went to soldiers who didn't qualify for the benefits.
  • Age of Treason

    Sharrock "presents an extensively reported portrait of the Oath Keepers, a self-styled patriot group that has established itself as a hub in the sprawling anti-Obama movement...the group recruits soldiers and law enforcement officers, asking them to reaffirm their oath to hold up the Constitution, but with a twist: they also vow to disobey any "illegal" or "unconstitutional" orders. While the Oath Keepers' official message is nonviolent, Sharrock uncovers how the group attracts conspiracy-minded members who are stockpiling weapons and advocating armed resistance against a government crackdown that they fear is imminent."
  • Dishonorable Deceptions

    NewsChannel 5 found that the "U.S. Army recruits soldiers with a known history of mental illness."
  • Gangs in the Military

    Gang activity in the military is on the rise. This "coincides with the increase in military recruits with a criminal history. Since 2003, in order to meet recruitment goal, 125,000 recruits with criminal backgrounds have been granted waiver for felonies, including robbery and assault, so they can join up."
  • Recruiting Investigation

    This investigation reveals that army recruiters are under such intense pressure to fill their quotas that they sometimes instruct enlistees to lie about vital information. Inside Edition documented recruiters telling enlistees to lie about drug use, medical conditions and criminal records.
  • The High Price of Recruiting

    This investigation revealed that Indiana University and Purdue University together spent more than $600.000 on procurement of football players in 2003-04. One recruit for IU was flown in a University-owned private jet--a flight that cost the school $11,656. No such incentives were made available to academic recruits.