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  • Tainted Water

    Canadians have every reason to believe that the water that runs from their taps is beyond reproach: abundant, clean and safe. But the “Tainted Water” investigation, an unprecedented national collaboration of universities and news organizations, exposed the risks faced by millions of Canadians whose drinking water contains elevated levels of lead, a powerful, insidious neurotoxin, and other contaminants. Coordinated by the staff at the Institute for Investigative Journalism (IIJ), “Tainted Water” is the largest project of its kind in Canadian history, and possibly the largest student-led project worldwide. The consortium brought together more than 120 journalists, student journalists and faculty members from nine post-secondary institutions and six news organizations and their bureaus over a period of 18 months to report the series. Journalism students and reporters combined their findings and produced local, regional and national investigative features, released as a series of print, digital and TV stories, making international headlines.
  • 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.
  • The Informant

    A former FBI informant goes public and takes KMOV deep inside a federal corruption investigation. the documentary uses previously unreleased wiretaps and undercover FBI video to show how the informant collected the evidence required to send a local mayor, police chief and streets superintendent to prison. The KMOV investigation digs deeper. It delves into the personal story of the informant and show how he used his personal relationship with the mayor to gain his confidence. In addition, KMOV obtained copies of FBI field reports that were not public documents and not presented in court. These reports showed that information provided by the informant was often wrong, though the informant insisted he provided the information required to obtain convictions. The KMOV investigation also discovered that the informant was hired as an auxillary officer and never obtained the certification required to become an officer.
  • Identity Evil

    "Identity Evil" is an in-depth look at a violent fake document cartel operating in states across the country. The cartel is the largest and most sophisticated fake id ring federal investigators have ever encountered. They were funneling millions of dollars from U.S. cities south of the border into Mexico. The cartel became synonymous with murder and torture as they sought to protect their turf from rival gangs and enforce discipline within their own organization. Using eyewitness accounts, federal wiretaps, and interviews with victim’s families, investigative reporter A.J. Lagoe and photojournalist Ben Arnold take viewers inside the cartel and document the violence that would prove to be their undoing.
  • The No-Fly List

    CBS News reported that the No-Fly List, compiled after 9/11 to "prevent an Islamic terrorist who's associated with al-Queda from getting on a plane" is "incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, and a source of aggravation to thousands of innocent Americans." The version available to airport screeners is "sanitized of the most sensitive information", because "intelligence agencies that supply the names don't want them circulated to airport employees in foreign countries for fear that they could end up in the hands of terrorists." Before 9/11 the list had 16 names on it; after 9/11, the list grew to include 44 thousand names, not including an additional 75 thousand names on the additional security screening list. Now there's another list: names of people who have shouldn't be on the first list. You have to apply to get on that list. The list airport screeners see has no birth dates or physical descriptions. For the past three years, the TSA has spent about 144 million dollars to develop a program called Secure Flight-- it hasn't been implemented yet.
  • State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

    The Bush Administration has pushed many policies that allow for more intrusive law enforcement and investigation during its War on Terror. Author James Risen examines the National Security Agency's wireless wiretaps, a CIA report that showed that Iraq's WMD program had ceased, but which was buried; politics' heavy involvement of post-invasion intelligence in Iraq, as well as snafus involving relations with Iran.
  • Problems in Paradise

    The authors investigated issues facing the City of San Diego including cash flow, poor credit and investigations from the FBI, DOJ, and SEC. Criminal behavior of several councilmen and overall bad management led to indictments, a result aided by the efforts of the reporters.
  • High-alcohol malt taps market furor

    In 1991, G. Heileman Brewing Co. planned to release PowerMaster, a malt liquor beverage that was 5.9% alcohol with 50% more alcohol than a regular can of malt liquor. Black communities accused Heileman of targeting them and trying to harm them, by citing the fact that (at the time) black and Hispanic men drank most of the malt liquor in the United States.
  • Under Suspicion

    A New Times investigation reveals "a pattern of police officers involved in the drug trade in one of Miami's inner-city precincts." The reporter finds that most drug dealers know the cops and often talk to them. Some of the major findings are that an officer has admitted being an accomplice in drug deals, and that some of the talks between dealers and cops have been recorded. The faulty officer, however, has never been charged despite having signed a confession, and the wiretaps have fallen through the cracks, the story discovers. The department's internal-affairs office failed to investigate the conduct of the police officers who allegedly had connections to drug dealers.
  • Latin Translation: Columbian Pop Star Taps American Taste in Repackaged Imports

    Orwall takes a look at the trend of globalization in the entertainment industry, with a specific look at music trends. With the new popularity of global music, many record labels, such as Sony, are searching for new artists overseas. Orwall looks at Colombia recording artist Shakira, who began her singing career at the age of 13 with Sony. After enjoying success from her records in areas outside of the U.S., Sony is now trying to groom Shakira for a major shift from international audiences to the U.S. With work on a English-language record already beginning, producers are hoping Shakira can follow in the footsteps of another cross-over artist, Gloria Estefan, who has coached Shakira on some of her songs. Record executives are careful to slowly introduce Shakira to American audiences as to not alienate her from her large fan-base in Latin America.