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  • The Daily News: Yellow School Bus Crisis

    This Daily News series dealt with yellow school buses and a crisis that included extensive delays, fraud in hiring bus staffers with criminal pasts, and how bus contracts were awarded.
  • To Build a Home: The Navajo Housing Tragedy

    Arizona Republic staffers Craig Harris, Dennis Wagner and Michael Chow spent more than a year examining how one tribe - the Navajo Nation - could receive more than $1 billion in federal funds for homes, yet have a massive housing crisis amid a generation of wasteful spending, construction blunders and a stockpiling of funds.
  • Preying on Prisoners

    In “Preying on Prisoners,” The Marshall Project exposed how Texas, the state with the most instances of prison sex abuse, fails to penalize prison staffers who sexually abuse inmates. In a six-month investigation, Alysia Santo found that since 2000, the state prison system referred only 400 cases of suspected sexual assault by prison employees for prosecution, of which prosecutors refused to pursue almost half. Ultimately, 126 prison workers were convicted, but just nine were sentenced to jail time, and the rest were subject to fines and a few years probation, with the promise of a clean criminal record if the court’s conditions were met.
  • Proposed Virginia Beach Arena Deal

    The idea of building an arena to lure a professional sports team to Virginia has been batted around for years. Virginia Beach is the latest to pitch a deal that may be privately funded or publicly funded-- or both. After discovering secret meetings were being held by city staffers tasked with researching the deal, our Investigative Reporter, Nick Ochsner began asking questions the city didn't want to answer.
  • Gaming the Capital: Profiting From Washington’s Secrets

    Investors are getting rich by exploiting the poorly guarded corridors of power in Washington. They are extracting insider tips about companies, winning sneak peeks at market data and tapping privileged insiders such as lobbyists to make huge trading profits at the expense of average investors. In a powerful series of investigations, The Wall Street Journal in 2013 exposed how investors have wormed their way into the political and regulatory system. A reporting team picked from among its best staffers in Washington and New York examined secret trading records, thousands of pages of disclosure forms and gigabytes of complex financial data. Their reporting showed how the nation’s capital is awash in insider information. It exposed potential criminality. It upended long-standing practices in both cities. And it showed how insiders relentlessly exploit their connections.
  • Rising Violence in California Psychiatric Hospitals

    The series of reports verified the claims by staffers at California's psychiatric hospitals that violence had been increasing in recent years. The stories traced the possible reasons for the escalating violence and followed the development of this controversy over the course of the year.
  • Inside Scientology

    "The story provides an unprecedented view of life inside the Church of Scientology as told by former church staffers". Their accounts state how management promoted a culture of violence and abuse. Further, if someone ran away from the Church they were interrogated to keep them quiet about the inner troubles. But in late 2009, many parishioners began to speak out about the management's behavior.
  • The Mark Foley Investigation

    Almost a year after the media received the first emails Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) sent to underage Congressional pages,'s investigative team went online with the story. Using the interactive function of their website, former pages forwarded to ABC more email exchanges they’d had with Foley, some of which were sexually explicit. After the first posting, Foley staffers claimed the pages "misunderstood", and that political opponents were smearing Foley. When the more explicit emails were read back to Foley, he tried to bargain with the investigative team: he would resign if the site didn't post the emails. ABC said no deal, and Foley resigned the next day. The issue morphed into "who knew" and why Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert had done nothing before to stop Foley's behavior. The story sparked an investigation by the FBI's Cyber Division, and criminal charges were filed against Foley in Florida. This series includes interviews with Brian Ross on breaking the story, and other media stories about the coverage.
  • University of Montana Space Programs

    The University of Montana was granted $3 million in federal earmarks from NASA between 2004 and 2005 to develop space research and create space-related jobs. UM used the money to create a for profit group called Inland Northwest Space Alliance, and a campus group called the Northern Rockies Center for Space Privatization. The majority of the money went to paying six figure salaries to university officials, former Sen. Conrad Burn's staffers, as well as their spouses and lovers.
  • Power Trips: Congressional Staffers Share the Road

    An investigation of public documents revealed that members of Congress and their staffs accepted "more that 23,000 all-expenses-paid trips worth almost $50 million from January 2000 through mid-2005." The investigation, which also included helping put together a database of documents detailing these congressional trips paid for by special interests, found "more than 90 trips sponsored by lobbyists and others paid for by registered foreign agents." There were also a series of trips taken to a $1,000 per night fishing lodge in Alaska, with then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert one of those who took such a trip. These were sponsored by a charity funded by oil and gas executives.