Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "government policy" ...

  • The Innocents: How U.S. Immigration Policy Punishes Migrant Children

    Federal immigration policies that separated children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border had real, traumatic consequences on the most vulnerable members of our society. This series of exclusive investigations identified “tender age shelters” warehousing babies and toddlers, exposed a Virginia shelter where migrant teenagers described horrific abuse and followed a Salvadoran mother who came close to losing her daughter to adoption, revealing the legal possibility that separated children could be permanently taken from their parents. AP also followed the money, highlighting the billion-dollar business in migrant child detention, a sector that has grown tenfold in the last decade. Just before year’s end, AP broke the news that the government was keeping most of the 14,000 migrant kids in its care in shelters with hundreds of others, despite expert warnings that mass institutionalization can cause life-long trauma. Based on deep source reporting and exclusive data, the story was the first to provide the number of children in every government-contracted detention center, shelter and foster care program dating back to 2017 - data the government had been withholding all year.
  • Heroin Hits Home: A Search for Answers

    Ohio is ground zero of the heroin/opiate epidemic. More people die from overdoses in our state than any other (including California, which has three times our population.). WJW-Cleveland has covered the rise of the epidemic for years, but pivot here to where they think, at times, investigative journalism should go: searching for answers to problems that they reveal. In this case, those problems include: 1) a government policy that encourages doctors to prescribe more opiates in the middle of a heroin crisis; 2) a system that, on the federal level, treats marijuana very differently from opiates - many patients and some lawmakers believe legalized medical marijuana may well reduce the opiate epidemic; 3) a prioritization of public health policy that seems upside down: why is more money given to diseases that kill few Americans compared to one that is on track to become a "Vietnam" every year:? The DEA estimated 47,000 Americans would die from an overdose in 2016. Given that incredible number, they think that just reporting on the crisis as reporters do car accident deaths is today insufficient journalism. So we set out in a prime-time program to search for answers.
  • Bigger Bang: Rising U.S. Investment In European Equities Galvanizes Old World. American Money Has Clout In Government Policy and in the Boardroom. Bitterness on Bastille Day.

    Americans are investing more and more in foreign, specifically European, stocks. European governments like the phenomenon because it brings more money into their countries, but they realize that if their markets are to remain successful they might have to make some changes so their stock markets are more like those in America.
  • Lethal Legacy

    "The story began with one soldier who died a mysterious death. It ended up changing Canadian government policy and setting off a wave of international medial coverage ... The main character in the first story was Terry Riordon, a Gulf War veteran from the small town of Yarmouth , Nova Scotia who dies with a mysterious and awful collections of illnesses. His widow gave us exclusive access to test results that she had done on Riordon's tissues and bones. They showed that he had depleted uranium in his bones almost a decade after the Gulf War."
  • Justice Delayed, Justice Denied

    CBC-TV Winnepeg reported that "A world-renowned Arctic scientist had a secret. Some 20 years ago, he was a foster father to a 12-year-old girl. The girl was sexually assaulted by the scientist repeatedly at his home and at his place of work - a Canadian government research station far up north... The scientist was eventually charged with sexually assaulting her and he plead guilty to the charges. .. The scientist said he would only plead guilty if he could delay his sentencing and go on an international research project in the Arctic.... (which was allowed) The Canadian government, the scientist's employer, knew that he was pleading guilty to sexual assault charges but they didn't bother to check what the circumstances were. If a government employee is facing criminal charges, the government policy is to investigate.... A government official admitted to us that the scientist's status in the community played a role - as to why they believed him and why the continued to pay his salary and pension after he plead guilty. After he was sentenced, he was fired from his job. The victim was upset with his special treatment and so was the opposition in government...."
  • (Untitled)

    This series is the result of a six month investigation into the National Cancer Institute and its claim that there is no proof mammography saves the lives of women under fifty. The investigation found there is proof, and exposes how federal officials knew this all along. The U.S. government policy that women under fifty do not need mammograms affects some fifteen million American women and the health care policies of governments around the world. (Nov. 20, 21, 23 & 24, 1995)
  • Dead and Forgotten

    The New Times reports that "The state's medical system for the poor doesn't know whether its clients are dead or alive. And that's hardly the worst of the problems at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System... (which) has been paying HMOs and other providers to give medical care to people who have been absolutely, stone-cold dead - in some cases, for years...."
  • (Untitled)

    Fortune Magazine reveals how government policy at federal and state levels conspires with the marketplace to add to the danger of the lives of Alaskan crab fishermen, whose accident rates are 100 times the national average, May 31, 1993.
  • (Untitled)

    Wall Street Journal article examines the practice of federal officials briefing investor groups about government policy and future government actions behind closed doors.