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  • Dying For Help: Fixing The Nation's Emergency Response System

    Two year investigation fixes stunning weaknesses in the nation’s 911 system, resulting in improvements at the FCC and state governments, an elegant invention to solve the problem, and two US patents that will make us all safer.
  • Dishonorable Conduct

    This prime time documentary showcased a year's worth of investigative reporting from WSMV-TV's investigative unit into the Tennessee National Guard, prompting developments including an assistant district attorney publicly questioning the Governor and the Major General, and a Molotov cocktail thrown at the house of one of our whistleblowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD-2vDBdIOE&feature=youtu.be http://www.wsmv.com/story/31370495/court-records-testimony-show-recruiter-accused-of-rape-before-shooting-guardsmen http://www.wsmv.com/story/32296052/retired-first-sgt-says-curse-filled-resignation-letters-stems-from-toxic-leadership
  • Fostering Profits

    This BuzzFeed News investigative series exposes the widespread abuse of children and teenagers at National Mentor Holdings, the nation's leading firm in the lucrative but secretive industry of for-profit foster care, where state governments pay private companies to recruit, train, and hire foster parents, place children, and then even hire the social workers who are supposed to oversee and monitor the children's well-being.
  • State Integrity Investigation 2015

    The State Integrity Investigation 2015 is a data-driven examination of state government accountability, transparency and anti-corruption measures and a complete re-do for an unprecedented project first published in 2012. The investigation—a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity—resulted in a graded report card for each state, a ranking of the states and a package of more than 50 articles telling the stories behind the scores and highlighting national trends. Experienced journalists were hired in each state to research and answer 245 “integrity indicators,” on which the report cards are based, and to write short feature articles about their states.
  • Tijuana Tire Valley

    In an investigation that took us across the border, we explored the failure of the California state government to properly allocate funds collected from a consumer fee to prevent severe pollution of a bi-national region. We discovered California recycling fees were being used to ship tires to the border where they are sold and resold in Mexico; until the tires eventually wash back into environmentally sensitive lands in the United States. NBC7 Investigates uncovered a ballooning $60 million state "tire recycling management fund" that has since been targeted for better use by the Speaker of the Assembly. We followed tires from the California tire store to the border to deeper into Mexico to Tijuana, where tires are in such surplus they have become a fixture of architecture.
  • Boat Launch: Dark, Deadly and Unregulated

    A News Tribune investigation found that at least eight cars have plunged into the water at the Narrows Marina boat launch over the past 17 years. Four of 11 occupants were killed and another was left permanently disabled. The accidents involved many different types of people, and all the incidents involved similar conditions: Dark, rainy and high tide. Despite the deaths, the owner of the marina did little to improve safety at the boat launch and management even discouraged further media coverage of a rescue at the location. The News Tribune also found no local or state government regulations specific to boat launch facilities.
  • Exposing the Unknown Dangers to Children: CA's Broken Day Care Oversight System

    In an ongoing year-long joint investigation, NBC Bay Area and The Center for Investigative Reporting peeled back the layers of California’s ineffective and antiquated day care oversight system, revealing parents’ little access to simple inspection information, infrequent checkups by state regulators and disorganization at the highest levels of state government. In a groundbreaking team effort, the journalists spent hundreds of hours scanning and organizing thousands of child care inspection documents, creating databases to analyze that information and then posting them online for the first time in California. The reporting brought transparency to an opaque and confusing system and put the problems into the public’s eye, leading to significant action by elected officials and a change in state law.
  • Holding Officials Accountable

    “Holding Officials Accountable” focuses on four separate WVUE investigations. Our investigative team’s extensive research drove each of these series and uncovered questionable - and in two instances illegal - spending of hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars. The investigations held officials accountable by asking tough questions and pushing for answers that launched federal and state investigations and led to two separate corruption charges. Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3NSAFpEfsc&feature=youtu.be
  • Legislative Spending

    The Morning Call created Pennsylvania’s first-ever map-based online database that sheds a light on how the state’s 253 lawmakers spent at least $13.8 million in taxpayer money in 2013. The result of The Morning Call’s efforts, Watchdog Report: Legislative Spending, published in three stories and accompanied by online maps and records, is nothing short of a virtual audit. It is the only place taxpayers – and lawmakers themselves -- can go to see how 203 representatives and 50 senators spent money because the Legislature has never done a similar in-depth audit. The stories and database allows users to compare how much lawmakers spent on anything they want, from office rents to meals to hotels to a private consultant who promoted a lawmaker’s acting gig. With such leeway and latitude, it’s easy to see why the Legislature wants to keep spending records from the public eye.
  • Explosion at West

    Tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer at a central Texas plant exploded last April with the force of a small earthquake. The blast came just two days after the Boston Marathon and, in the national media, was overshadowed by events in the Northeast. While not the result of a terrorist attack, the explosion in West, Texas, was far larger and deadlier, and raised more significant public safety issues. In a series of investigative reports over eight months, The Dallas Morning News revealed that ammonium nitrate remains virtually unregulated by federal and state governments, despite its well-known explosive potential. (Timothy McVeigh used it in 1995 to blow up an Oklahoma City federal building.) Efforts to strengthen oversight have been blocked by industry lobbyists and government gridlock, The News found, even as the Pentagon sought bans on ammonium nitrate in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In pro-business, anti-regulation Texas, the federal government’s lax oversight meant no oversight at all. West Fertilizer Co. – scene of the disaster – violated almost every safety best practice. No state agency was charged with preventing an ammonium nitrate blast. There was no public registry of companies that handled the compound, even though many facilities are near homes and schools. Texas prohibits most counties from having fire codes and does not require facilities like West to obtain liability insurance. Gov. Rick Perry and other state politicians, who created this wide-open environment, washed their hands of the problem. They said West was a tragic accident that no amount of regulation could have prevented. The News’ findings, however, proved otherwise.