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  • Secret Email Account Exposed

    It's a practice that gained national notoriety with reports that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declined to use her government-issued email for public business -- favoring a personal account while serving as Secretary of State. The WDSU I-Team discovered a similar practice involving the leader of the most populous city in Louisiana. We delved into how many emails the mayor of New Orleans sends, and from what accounts. Investigative reporter Travers Mackel tracked down the mayor and asked him why he used his private email instead of his city-issued one. In this two-part series, we take a closer look at the practice. Days after the reports aired, the mayor renounced the use of his private email account for public business. https://youtu.be/B9b1Kc33Sa4
  • UMKC Loses Top Rankings

    After a Kansas City Star investigation challenged top rankings awarded to the business school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the university pushed back. The rankings were the cornerstone of UMKC's efforts to attract students and tap into the wealth of H&R Block founder Henry Bloch. A subsequent audit supported the newspaper's findings that business school leaders had knowingly submitted false data for rankings. In short order, the school was stripped of academic honors, the university chancellor apologized, two faculty members resigned, and Henry Bloch issued a statement saying he was "shocked and terribly disappointed."
  • Sweepstakes Shutdown

    WNCT-TV launched a two-part investigation in November 2015 examining why a local sheriff and district attorney allowed internet "sweepstakes" cafes to continue operating even though the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a ban on these businesses. The investigation revealed the sheriff and district attorney's legal justification didn't comply with a recent state Supreme Court ruling. Less than two weeks after the investigation aired, the district attorney sent cease-and-desist letters to sweepstakes cafes in his jurisdiction. https://vimeo.com/150085981
  • A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans

    Voice of San Diego senior reporter and assistant editor Liam Dillon spent eight months investigating one of the largest political corruption scandals in San Diego history. Dillon, assisted by Mexican journalist Vicente Calderón, produced stories that took readers to corporate boardrooms in the United States and Mexico, gas stations and warehouses in suburban San Diego and surveillance deals in Israel. The resulting series, A Cross-Border Clash of the Titans, answered many questions about the wealthy Mexican businessman at the center of the scandal and his feud with one of San Diego’s largest corporations.
  • Soccer Stadium Investigation

    The Hartford Courant's investigation revealed that the would-be developer of a $50 million professional soccer stadium in the city was a convicted embezzler, that he and a business partner billed the city for hundreds of thousands of dollars in work that was never done, and that the pair siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own development company, leaving it unable to pay its debts. As a result of the stories, the FBI launched a criminal investigation, which is underway.
  • Destroying the Center for Building Hope

    Members of the board of directors of a Sarasota cancer charity went out of their way to hire a businessman with a history of self dealing, bankruptcy and failed business ventures to head up their organization and find novel ways of raising money during the Great Recession. The results were predictable. Carl Ritter put his interests ahead of cancer patients and their families and the Center of Building Hope was forced to shut down three months after Jessica Floum’s initial story.
  • Killers Inc.

    Killers Inc. investigates the attempted assassination of the prominent Russian banker and businessman Gherman Gorbuntsov in London in 2012. The documentary traces the origins of the attempt to The Republic of Moldova, where our reporters meet Renat Usatii, a controversial pro-Russian Moldovan politician who Gorbuntsov says orchestrated his assassination attempt. As the investigation unfolds in real-time, our reporters come face to face with the employer of Gorbuntsov’s alleged assassin, Ion Druta, who takes us down a rabbit hole where the forces behind the assassination attempt are revealed. Major Findings: •Renat Usatii, a powerful Moldovan politician, was allegedly sent from Russia to Moldova to represent the interests of the powerful Russians from who Gorbuntsov stole money. •Gherman Gorbuntsov, a former banker for the Kremlin-run Russian Railways, allegedly stole hundreds of million dollars from businessmen connected to the Russian Railways and Russian organized crime groups. •Renat Usatii allegedly received support from Russian intelligence services and other influential Russian figures in his bid to build a pro-Russian Moldovan political party. •Vitalie Proca, Gorbuntsov’s alleged assassin, is part of an organized crime group based in Transdniestria and Moldova that offers criminal services for oligarchs, politicians and other crime groups who are soliciting murder, extortion or debt collection. The group is led by a Vor v Zakone named Nicu Patron.
  • Dissecting a Bad Deal

    A Wisconsin State Journal investigation uncovered potential waste, fraud and corruption connected to a questionable state taxpayer loan to a struggling Milwaukee business owner. The investigation found Gov. Scott Walker's top cabinet secretary pushed for a loan to the business owner, a top Walker donor, who presented false information to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which hastily bypassed the usual review process. It also found the business owner potentially committed fraud and illegally solicited campaign donations from employees. The story resulted in several changes to the agency, including the scrapping of its loan program, calls for a federal investigation and bipartisan legislation creating criminal penalties for defrauding the agency.
  • Sepp Blatter & FIFA (A League of His Own)

    In “A League of His Own,” Bloomberg Businessweek demonstrated for the first time that the long-rumored corruption at FIFA, soccer's governing body, was part of the system of governance itself, and served to keep Sepp Blatter, its president, in power. Less than a month after the story ran, indictments in the U.S., and raids in Switzerland, confirmed our reporters’ findings, and Blatter resigned.
  • The Dysfunction in Drug Prices

    The U.S. market for prescription drugs is an Alice-in-Wonderland corner of capitalism, immune to the usual forces of supply and demand. A team of Wall Street Journal reporters exposed the inner workings of a dysfunctional system that fuels corporate profits on unrestrained price increases, with no accountability to the patients, businesses and government payers that must bear the cost.