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  • Psychopolitics

    A six part series looked into the leader of the New York Independence Party, Fred Newman. Critics say Newman has a sordid history that parties, courting his vote, chose to ignore. Former allies say Newman leads a cult which requires members to give their lives and money to his cause. With no formal training in psychology Newman founded Social Therapy, with 9 centers around the country. Patients are told that society is to blame for their problems so the only hope for improvement is to improve society by working for one of Newman's organizations.
  • Military Outsourcing in Iraq (series)

    The author investigated the outsourcing of the Iraqi War by the US government. The reports covered the use of private contractors to train the Iraqi police force, the problems they encountered despite the positive spin from high ranking American military officials and presented a slide show of the training process, giving a visual indication of the difficulty faced by the trainers.
  • Trouble on the Tarmac

    The authors investigated an increase in problems at Sea-Tac International Airport when Alaska Airlines fired their baggage handlers and hired an outside firm, Menzies Aviation. to do the ramp work. Issues that arose in the report were ones of safety, training and security.
  • Army Recruitment - Desperate Tactics

    The authors explored the tactics used by the Bronx recruiting office to increase number of enlistees. The report documented the first case of enlistment fraud since personal re-training on May 20. Despite being technically ineligible for recruitment due to a positive drugs test, allergy and other prescription drug usage the undercover reporter was shown ways to get around the rules. As a result of the report the Army is conducting an internal investigation.
  • Beating of Frank Jude Jr.

    Following the vicious beating of Frank Jude Jr., allegedly by a group of off-duty police officers, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched its investigation of the screening processes for hiring police officers. In most departments, officers are required to undergo psychological screening before joining the force. What reporters found was that, in many cases (including the case of the officers accused of beating Frank Jude Jr.), officers do not undergo any psychological screening and don't even go through an oral interview before joining the force.
  • Youth Charity Falls Short of Promise

    The Florida Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit designed to provide life-skills training to disadvantaged youth. For these ends, the organization is given millions of dollars in no-bid roadside maintenance contracts. However, this investigation found that the money seems to be going towards travel, sponsoring a little league baseball team in the Dominican Republic, and employing relatives of the executive director, rather than to disadvantaged youth.
  • Military Menace: Deadly Vehicles

    Many of the deaths and injuries to American soldiers in Iraq are the result of vehicle accidents rather than bullets or bombs. Zagaroli's series examines how military vehicles are often out of date, do not have standard safety equipment, and are being driven by soldiers with little or no training. Because the Pentagon did not send enough armored vehicles to Iraq, soldiers fitted their own Humvees with make-shift armor that the vehicles were not designed to carry, which made them more accident prone.
  • State of Secrecy

    This four-part series examines the challenges journalists, students and others face when trying to access public records. The first part of the series looked into the troubles that come along with accessing public records from law enforcement agencies, which tended to be the most difficult areas for people to obtain the records. The second part concentrated on Iowa school districts, which have improved their compliance in granting access to public records. Other parts of the series focused on the costs that come along with public records and training for workers who are in charge of providing the public with records.
  • Lost to India

    This investigation took KNXV-TV to India to uncover the outsourcing of Arizona government jobs. It was revealed that Arizona government and businesses were training people in India to get jobs in call centers. Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars were used to run job programs to train people to sound more like Americans on the phone. As a result of this investigation, Arizona closed down the call center in India.
  • State Oversight Lax for Vocational Schools

    Students who signed up for vocational schools seeking training in computers, health care and cosmetology among other fields of study, have filed 1,177 complaints to California's Bureau for Postsecondary and Vocational Education in the past two years. Bureau administrators admitted to being passive regarding student complaints which were most often about school fraud, false advertising and failure to make refunds. Schools failed, with impugnity, to report satisfactory graduation and job-placement records as required by law. And recently the SEC has opened an investigation of one company, ITT Educational Services, for possible falsified attendance records, grades and job-placement statistics, none of which was caught by California's bureau.