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  • Two-Hour Diploma

    “Two-Hour Diploma” started with a late-night hotline tip in February of 2018. Ten months later, at the time of this entry, the shock waves it produced continue to reverberate throughout the state of Maryland. Using deep dive, old-fashioned investigative journalism, this series produced results. A Baltimore high school was shut down after Fox45 enrolled an undercover student who received a diploma in two hours. Multiple state investigations were launched leading to other schools being shut down. Lawmakers, including the Governor, promised legislative action in Annapolis when session opens in January. And Fox45 jumped right through the massive loopholes this investigation exposed by opening our own church and school – right under the state’s nose. Two weeks after filing the paperwork, Good News Academy was certified and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. As all this was unfolding, investigative reporter Chris Papst was sued by a school operator and physical threats were made against Papst and Fox45 for which the police were called. In an effort to stop the investigation, Fox45’s sources were threatened with violence and had their property vandalized. “Two-Hour Diploma” was produced by Project Baltimore, a team of Fox45 journalists committed to a long-term investigation of education in the Baltimore area.
  • CLOSING COSTS

    In an unprecedented move -- billed to cut costs -- Chicago Public Schools shut down 49 of their school buildings in the summer of 2013, leaving them vacant and abandoned. Late in the fall of 2013, NBC5 Investigates filed a FOIA request to see how much was still being spent on these empty buildings in utility costs. For months, CPS delayed and then ignored our FOIA request, and it ultimately took a lawsuit by NBC5 to finally get CPS to turn over the documents, They showed that taxpayers were spending nearly as much on utilities for these vacant buildings as they were when the schools were open. NBC5 Investigates also obtained secret CPS reports showing extensive vandalism at some abandoned schools, resulting in additional costs for taxpayers to repair the damage.
  • Coca-Cola vandal caught

    Sometimes the journalism gods drop a big scoop in your lap. That's what happened to me and the identity of an infamous vandal at American University. After months reporting on these cases of vandalism, one Public Safety official came forward and gave us all the information on the case. I knew it was my responsibility to follow-up, verify the information, and educate the campus community that the vandal had been caught.
  • Trouble at Delaware Psychiatric Center

    If the nurse at the Delaware Psychiatric Center (DPC) report the patient abuse or neglect of the lesser-trained attendant staff, their cars would be vandalized and they would suffer other forms of retaliation. One patient had his jaw broken in three places due to an attendant assault, several females reported they’d been raped in DPC, and questions of the criminal backgrounds of doctors were raised.
  • Someone Has To Die Tonight

    The Lords of Chaos, a group of teenage boys on Ft. Myers, FL, went on a crime spree that ended with the murder of a high school band director. Their crimes included theft, vandalism and blowing up a Coca-Cola building. They even planned, but never had a chance to commit, a racially-motivated mass murder at Walt Disney World. As author Jim Greenhill conducted interviews and got to know the group's ringleader on Death Row, the ringleader and his mother asked the author to arrange the murders of three witnesses. Greenhill delves into how these young boys went so horribly bad.
  • Elizabeth Police Misconduct

    The authors investigated beer parties held by on duty police officers on a deck just a few feet from their headquarters.Supervisors were aware of this activity, and occasionally participated. The investigation revealed other misconduct including vandalizing and intimidation.
  • Orthodox Bulldozer

    Artists who use religious imagery in Russia as a form of satire are subject to having their work destroyed by Orthodox vandals. ARTnews found that the vandals were hailed and martyrs and often not even punished for their crimes.
  • The Rocquefort

    Outside magazine looks at the trails of Jose Bove, a cheese-making farmer whose actions have made him "a bona fide environmental star."
  • Under reporting of School Violence

    An investigation of state-required reports of violence and vandalism in public schools in New Jersey revealed that the reports were "awful" and "worthless". Additionally, "administrators had no idea of what needed to be reported despite extensive training offered by state officials." The Press also found that more than 130 incidents serious enough to require police intervention were never reported to the state.
  • Bringing Down the House

    A Riverfront Times investigation exposes St. Louis City's "demolition craze." The report reveals that the Housing Authority has failed to fix and use its old vandalized buildings, while at the same time hundreds of large families are waiting for subsidized housing. The story focuses on a house at 5950 Enright Avenue, which the Housing Authority insists on tearing down, even though neighbors want to buy it, and a building inspector recommends saving it. "Once a house is condemned, boarded up and labeled "V&V" (vacant and vandalized", demolition's the next step," the Times reports.