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  • NPR/PBS Frontline/Ohio Valley ReSource: Coal's Deadly Dust

    Coal's Deadly Dust asked a fundamental question about an unprecedented epidemic of the advanced stage of black lung disease (Progressive Massive Fibrosis or PMF), among coal miners. How and why did this happen? How could it happen given a regulatory system designed to protect miners from the toxic dust that causes disease? The investigation documented the failure of federal regulators and the mining industry to protect coal miners from the epidemic of disease, despite clear evidence in federal data, clear evidence in mining practices, decades of recommendations to take action, and awareness of the danger.
  • ProPublica and Frontline: The Right To Fail

    As part of a landmark 2014 settlement, hundreds of people with severe mental illness were moved from troubled group homes and into their own “supported housing” apartments. The idea was that, even if they had spent most of their lives in institutions, dependent on others for food, shelter and a medication regimen, a robust safety net of service providers would help them navigate independence. While many reporters have exposed problems at institutions, ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien and Frontline’s Tom Jennings took an unprecedented look at what has been heralded as the solution — independent housing. They learned that though many are thriving, the sudden shift was sometimes perilous, especially for the most fragile residents.
  • NPR/Frontline: Coal's Deadly Dust

    This NPR/Frontline investigation of an epidemic of a fatal lung disease affecting more than 2,000 coal miners used 30 years of government data and internal agency memos to show that federal agency officials knew more than 20 years ago that coal miners were exposed to toxic silica dust, and were suffering severe lung disease, but did not act then or since to directly address silica exposure in coal mines.
  • Coal's Deadly Dust

    This NPR/Frontline investigation of an epidemic of a fatal lung disease affecting more than 2,000 coal miners used 30 years of government data and internal agency memos to show that federal agency officials knew more than 20 years ago that coal miners were exposed to toxic silica dust, and were suffering severe lung disease, but did not act then or since to directly address silica exposure in coal mines.
  • Gunrunners

    PBS Frontline broadcasts a Center for Investigative Reporting report on arms smuggling. The story details illegal arms shipments from eastern Europe to rebels in Africa and failed international efforts to curtail the smuggling. The investigation also sheds light on the activities of Leonid Minin, a trafficker linked to Russian and Ukrainian organized crime.
  • Gunrunners

    This Web site was done jointly with a PBS Frontline/Word episode, "Gunrunners," which examined the "secret activities of international gun smugglers and the efforts of United Nations investigators to track and stop this trafficking," according to the contest questionnaire.
  • 1991 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape.

    The 1991 IRE TV Award Winners and Finalists Tape is a compilation of 5 investigative stories. 1.) "Televangelists," Prime Time Live, ABC News investigates the business practices of three highly successful and prominent televangelists who capitalize on the beliefs of their followers and collect millions of dollars in tax-free donations each year; reveals phony faith healings and high-pressure money-making schemes. See #8402. 2.) "The Great American Bailout," PBS Frontline and The Center for Investigative Reporting San Francisco reports on the Resolution Trust Corporation and how it is ignoring the needs of low-income families in its bailout of the savings and loans program. See # 8259, 8260, 8261 and 8262. 3.) "Signed Sealed and Suckered," WDHD Boston uncovers rampant redlining of minority neighborhoods and a pattern of discrimination by home improvement contractors and second mortgage lenders, charging inflated prices for shoddy work and loan interest rates of 24 %. See # 8334. 4.) "Down the Drain," WKRN, Nashville looks at the city's water and sewer department and finds hundreds of thousands of dollars in rate payers' money wasted and "Good Ole' Boy" connections. See # 8231. 5.) "Trash Fraud in Onodaga County," WSTM, Syracuse N.Y. finds fraud within the trash hauling industry in Onondaga County, N.Y. The hauling company places weights in its trucks in order to cheat the system. See # 8171.
  • Washington's Other Scandal

    The Bill Clinton/Bob Dole presidential campaign of 1996, which cost $2.2 billion dollars, was the most expensive in history, and one of the most corrupted. PBS Frontline shows how both parties contrived to bend and break the law, while Janet Reno reluctantly investigates White House fundraising and Senate Republicans bury campaign finance reform, Frontline pieces together the outlines of Washington's other scandal.
  • The Great American Bailout

    "CIR's Frontline documentary on the savings-and-loan bailout calls this the biggest U.S. financial scandal ever. 'This is the mother of all government mistakes,' says William Seidman, former Resolution Trust Corporation, the federal bailout agency charged with managing and selling off failed S&L assets worth hundreds of billions in taxpayer's dollars. This CIR investigaiton shows how and why the government has bungled the bailout, telling the inside story of mismanagement and politics that has doubled the projected cost of the bailout, which is now estimated to reach $700 billion or more. "
  • The S&L scandal of the '90s is the federal bailout itself

    Sacramento Bee column by Center for Investigative Reporting writers explains why the federal government bungled the savings and loan bailout; estimates that this mismanagement doubled the cost of the bailout; see related PBS Frontline piece, file No. 8262, Oct. 20, 1991.