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  • Taking Cover, by WBEZ and the Better Government Association

    A Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation into shootings by police in the Cook County suburbs. The investigation found a startling lack of accountability, or even effort to improve following questionable officer-involved shootings. It also found many of these small suburban departments struggled to pay for basic training and discipline for officers, with no support from the state.
  • BuzzFeed News: American Mercenaries

    This was an 8-month investigation that uncovered a privately-run assassination program in Yemen run by American Special Operations veterans and reservists working as mercenaries. Hired by the United Arab Emirates, Americans were sent to kill civilian political leaders from an Islamist party. The team, paid millions of dollars, was made up of about a dozen veterans from the most combat-skilled units America has: former SEALS, former Delta Force, and even former CIA ground branch. It was led by a charismatic former French Foreign Legionnaire who lives in the US suburbs.
  • The Triangle

    “The Triangle” is a five-episode web series that uncovered a more than 4000% increase in heroin-related deaths during the last five years. Our investigation started with a tip that two young people died from overdoses in Atlanta’s wealthy suburbs but no one was talking about it. A team of journalists confirmed that. We also identified a geographic region where the deaths were so hidden even some law enforcement agencies were unable to accurately attribute them to heroin. https://vimeo.com/198370121/dd0b282d3a
  • Living on the Edge

    A summer series about the growth of Edmonton, a Canadian city of about 1 million whose economy is driven by the development of the Alberta oilsands, 300 miles northeast of Edmonton. Living on the Edge examined how and where Edmonton is growing and explored the issues affecting the new residents in the burgeoning suburbs that ring in the city.
  • Heroin LLC

    Heroin, LLC is a multimedia investigation by WBEZ and The Chicago Reader that explores the supply chain and impact of heroin in the Chicago metro area and the Midwest. Heroin overdose deaths are up in Illinois. The drug is purer, it’s readily available, and the street price has plummeted. WBEZ and the Chicago Reader set out to examine how heroin gets to Chicago, how it moves throughout the city and suburbs, and how it is moved then throughout the Midwest. Our focus was this supply line, and the lives affected--often ruined--along the way.
  • Coyotes Under Fire

    A two-article series on the war against coyotes waged by the Wildlife Services agency and hunters and trappers in rural areas, and by police and hired contractors in suburbs and cities. Killing coyotes doesn't work. It's inhumane and a waste of taxpayer money. If done indiscriminately, it can kill unintended species and pets, harm people, and damage ecosystems and the environment. These stories describe what does work: Non-lethal methods of managing coyote populations that protect livestock, pets, people, and the environment.
  • Gangs

    The newspaper revealed that violent gangs were expanding their crime enterprises from urban neighborhoods to typically peaceful Tennessee suburbs and small towns.
  • Gangs in Garden City: How Immigration, Segregation and Youth Violence Are Changing

    Journalist Sarah Garland investigates how two of the most dangerous Central American gangs have made their way into the suburbs of Long Island. Garland also tells the story of several young people whose lives have been affected by gangs or gang violence. Her five-year investigation involves conversations with police, gang members and school officials. That information reveals a different opinion than that of the Department of Homeland Security, who believes the gangs to be a problem on the level of Al Qaeda.
  • The Real Estate Meltdown

    "Did Appraisers Juice the Market?" showed how appraisers overstated home values. Using disciplinary records and interviews, Shanklin and McClure found appraisers who exaggerated condo sizes, appraised homes without seeing them and stated that condos were worth the $240,000 sales price even though the price was padded with $40,000 of incentives. The "Subprime Mess" package was based on more than 2 million records and showed how unconventional loans moved from low-income, inner city neighborhoods to the burgeoning suburbs. "How Investors Helped Overheat the Market" explored the role of investors in Central Florida's real estate meltdown by analyzing hundreds of data records and found that sales of non owner-occupied homes grew from 25 percent of all local residential sales in 2002 to 70 percent in 2006.
  • The Partners Effect

    The Partners Effect is a series that "focuses on an out-of-balance healthcare finance system that rewards a few big hospitals and pays them far more for work, even when there is no evidence that the higher-priced care produces healthier patients. The stories detail how New England's biggest healthcare network, Partners HealthCare, is increasingly using its marketplace clout to export its expensive brand of medicine into the suburbs, imperiling community hospitals, and how its cozy relationship with the state's largest insurer has helped to trigger a healthcare cost crisis.