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  • Committed to Secrecy

    A two-year investigation uncovered the Arizona State Hospital routinely failed to protect patients from sex abuse and dangerous sexual activity; and in the majority of cases, officials never investigated or reported serious allegations to authorities. ABC15 also exposed widespread corruption and misconduct. An entire administration concealed crimes, hid documents, stonewalled, and when confronted, denied the truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8bKCZ7c474&feature=youtu.be http://www.abc15.com/abc15-investigates-arizona-state-hospital
  • Money Where Your Mouth Is - Portland's Fluoride Fight

    It would be May of 2013 when Portland residents were asked to decide an issue most major metropolitan areas had decided back in the ‘50s – should we add fluoride to the city’s drinking water supply? Determined to go beyond campaign sound bites, KATU Consumer Investigator Shellie Bailey-Shah sought to uncover scientific proof - either supporting or disputing the argument that fluoridated water would lead to fewer cavities in children. Crunching the state of Oregon’s raw data in more logical ways than the state itself had ever considered, Bailey-Shah provided voters with hyper-local evidence that fluoride would not, in fact, improve their children’s dental health. Moreover, Bailey-Shah revealed how the state – a strong political and financial supporter of the community fluoridation campaign – stonewalled efforts to bring these new revelations to light.
  • Anatomy of a Recall

    The series had its origin in a recall announcement. Ground beef sold by Maine-based Hannaford Foods had been linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened 14 people in seven states. On Dec. 15, the grocery chain announced the recall of all its in-store ground beef with a sell-by date of Dec. 17 or earlier. When officials stonewalled on basic questions, our reporters worked with dozens of sources, including food safety experts, former USDA employees, butchers, agriculture academics and the outbreak victims themselves to demonstrate how this one outbreak, the latest of scores of similar outbreaks nationwide, was a result of federal regulators and local retailers knowingly ignoring best practices that could have prevented the outbreak in the first place, or allowed investigators to trace the source of the salmonella contamination.
  • Watching Tony Die?

    Wendy Halloran first requested public records from the Arizona Department of Corrections (“ADOC”) in the fall of 2010, shortly after Anthony Lester died at the Manzanita Detention Unit in Tucson. As she investigated the incident, Halloran learned that ADOC officers who responded to the call in Lester’s prison cell retrieved a video camera to document the incident. The resulting video depicted the officers’ response to Lester’s suicide attempt. It has taken a monumental effort and significant legal action which was necessitated by ADOC's repeated stonewalling of Halloran and KPNX's request for access to this video. The Arizona Department of Corrections desired to limit the risk of institutional embarrassment and shield the public from its right to evaluate the work of prison guards when a mentally ill inmate dies on their watch. In the end, KPNX and Wendy Halloran substantially prevailed.
  • Serial Secrets: Catching a Killer

    "Serial Secrets: Catching a Killer" chronicles a Vermont police investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a suburban couple. Bill and Lorraine Currier were abducted from their Vermont home and brutally murdered by a serial killer. He would evade authorities for more than year. In that time, he would kill again. My coverage was the first to reveal his identity and how dangerous he really was. Despite being stonewalled at every turn, I was able to bring viewers exclusive reports that eventually sparked debate about the use of unnamed sources and the public's right to know details about an ongoing criminal case. The FBI has since revealed that Israel Keyes planned his murders years in advance, burying "kill kits" across the country. He confessed to murdering at least eight victims over the past decade before committing suicide in December. The details of his kills still haunt Vermonters today.
  • Cashing In

    During a period of tight city finances, Memphis was outlaying a yearly average of as much as $2,300 per day on attorneys fees. Nealry $8 million across 22 law firms was payed out by taxpayers in a four year time frame. WREG-TV uncovered that many of these lawyers were personal friends of the mayor, and the station's requests for budget items were purposefully stalled and stonewalled until serious actions of litigation against the city were threatened.
  • Recalled Trucks Burn as Ford Fiddles

    In recent years, Ford Trucks have been the target of a massive recall. Yet some of the models - including some not on the recall list - continue to catch fire and burn. Consumer Affairs first started examining fires in Ford trucks and SUVs in 2003, "citing instance after instance of trucks spontaneously bursting into flame, often while parked and unattended." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered a recall of an estimated 3.8 million Ford trucks from the 1994-2002 models, but the recall moved slowly as Ford cited delays in getting replacement parts. And as trucks continued to catch fire, so did consumer complaints, which were "stonewalled" by Ford. In addition, some people's 2003 models were prone to fire, but when their trucks burst into flame and were ruined, they were informed that there is no recall protocol for 2003 models.
  • Stonewall

    This story addresses clause in Ohio's Bioterrorism Bill, which allows it to hide information gathered during public health investigations. The reporter discovered that hiding this information was more of a pattern than an exception. She found examples of the Department's efforts to bury information, stonewall citizens, and downplay health risks. For example...in one community, data was skewed to show no link between toxins in the soil and local leukemia cases. Not only does the Health Department hide this information, they make it nearly impossible to retrieve, by ignoring information requests...even the State Attorney General couldn't get answers to its health-related inquiry.
  • Stonewalled; The Lost Command; The Missing Motive; Killing Time; No One Told Mr. D

    A Westword investigative series focuses on little-noticed aspects of the shootings at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 and the reaction of the police. The stories uncover "troubling questions ... concerning what police officers knew about the killers prior to that day, the inadequate law enforcement response to the "siege" at the school, and the integrity of the investigation..." The series examines "the missteps by the sheriff and his investigators that alienated victims' families." The reporter points to a slow-moving operation that "allowed a heroic teacher to bleed to death over the course of four hours..." as an outrageous example of the wrong police reaction to the shootings. The series also reports on "gaps in the official record that continue to fuel allegations on stonewalling and cover-up."
  • The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm

    Life Magazine finds that the children of many Gulf War veterans are suffering the long-term consequences of Desert Storm. Hundreds of families face official stonewalling regarding their children's birth defects.