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  • Spartan Secrets

    ESPN’s investigation of sexual assault and abuse claims involving young women and athletes broke through the oft-held defense that the problem was just one bad actor. Our original reporting on sexual abuse claims against former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and how the university dealt with sex assault claims against student athletes, revealed systems that enabled abuse, and involved reports of widespread mishandling – and silencing – of women who said they suffered for years after reporting their assaults. The investigation went well beyond the actions of Nassar, and unveiled a widespread pattern of denial, inaction and information suppression. Michigan State in particular did not want this information out, but through requests for data, documents and a lengthy court battle, along with securing valuable sources, ESPN prevailed in getting much of what it had requested. At the height of the #MeToo movement, ESPN’s reporting gave a voice to the women who had been silenced, and exposed the failures of the people and institutions tasked with protecting them.
  • Gang Rape, Murder and Justice in a Small Town

    "The re-investigation of a 27-year-old murder. For the first time anywhere, the story revealed the details of how Janet Chandler was killed in a gang rape that was shockingly engineered by a jealous female roommate."
  • Students concerned about low graders as final tests approach

    This computer-assisted reporting based investigation examined grade point average and test scores at Michigan State University. Morath analyzed data to determine the average grades for each class.
  • Deadly Standoff

    Using Freedom of Information Act, investigative reporters at WOOD-TV went through hundreds of pages of police reports, video tapes, photographs and transcripts about the deaths of a Michigan State Police officer and the suspect during a standoff and manhunt in 2003. From this investigation, police mistakes, cover-ups were revealed and the credibility of police officials and police statements were questioned.
  • Investigating the Investigators

    WNEM-TV reveals that many of the practicing private investigators in Minnesota have potentially invalid licenses, which have not been signed by the county sheriff or village police chief. The reporter draws the conclusion that "some of these private eyes who are watching you, may not be legal" and, as a result. anything private investigators say or do, might also not be valid in court. The investigation finds that "the practice of not getting the proper signatures has been going on for years..." and that "the Michigan State police who oversees the investigators has been letting it slide for years."
  • Detention school in crisis

    "W.J. Maxey is the largest 'training school' for juvenile felons in the state of Michigan, and houses the most dangerous of those. For many years, stories about staff-on-staff, staff-on-youth violence and abuse have been rife. Escapes were a common occurrence. The facility hired felons to work with the youth. But no one has ever been able to document the problems, because of confidentiality laws that protect the Family Independence Agency, the state agency that runs all public juvenile facilities. "
  • WEYI-TV's three part series examines Michigan's parole system and the issue of violent offenders being paroled. This reporter also uncovered the story of a parolee who repeatedly tested positive for drugs, but wasn't returned to prison until he murdered someone. As a result, a Michigan state senator, who chairs a committee which oversees the prisons, will be using the information uncovered to fight for parole reform, Nov. 28 - 30, 1994.
  • Lingua Franca tells the story of a graduate student researcher who took irreplaceable data from her professor's experiment; even though her actions caused the experiment to be shut down, millions in grant money to be lost and the collapse of the professor's career, the administrators and bureaucrats viewed the student as a victim and the professor as a pariah, April 1994.
  • Booth Newspapers (Lansing, Mich.) reports on a $50 million renovation project on the Michigan state capitol building with $1 million being spent on furniture and decorations, 1992.