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  • Arizona Republic: The Charter Gamble

    Reporting by Craig Harris, starting in the spring, revealed one questionable deal after another with Arizona charter schools, as his reporting detailed how the industry had created millionaires through insider deals. By the time lawmakers were calling for reforms, The Arizona Republic built a team to take the next big bite. The deep dive by Harris, along with Anne Ryman, Justin Price and Alden Woods, spun out a five-part series that told the story of Arizona’s charter schools from inception to present day.
  • UNO: For insiders, charter schools pay

    This investigation exposed millions of dollars in insider deals made by a major operator of taxpayer-financed, privately run charter schools in Chicago. It prompted: the freezing of state funding; the ouster of the organization's top two officials; two state investigations; and one federal investigation.
  • Insider Deals at Airports Authority

    The Washington Examiner's Liz Essley exposed government nepotism and corruption with her coverage of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees two airports and one of the largest ongoing public works projects in the nation, the $6 billion Silver Line. In addition to a series of stories detailing insider deals and nepotism, Essley's July 31 report on a $180,000 job given to former board member Mame Reiley the day after she resigned from the board caused the nation's top transportation official, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, to demand immediate reform at the authority, as he stated in an interview with the Washington Post Aug. 13 and before a Congressional committee Nov. 16.
  • Sweetheart Deals and Criminal Ties in Cicero

    This series of stories exposed millions of dollars in questionable spending and waste, tainted by insider deals and nepotism, in the town government of Cicero, an inconic Chicago suburb.
  • Dubai's Financial Centre Troubled by Insider Deals

    "Dubai, an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, promised to tighten lax financial rules that allowed the 9/11 terrorists to launder their money there. Prompted partly by this promise, many large banks, including some in the United States, formally expressed their interest in investing in the new Dubai International Financial Centre, designed to diversify the country's oil-based economy. However, Simeon Kerr's investigation revealed that the Centre's chairman, and by extension its CEO, and a board member were involved in questionable inside property and construction deals that besmirched the Centre's reputation."
  • Scandal on Wall Street

    "In a six-month investigation, Business Week found major improprieties at the American Stock Exchange. In contrast to its serene public image as a technologically savvy, scandal-free market for trading of stocks and options, Business Week found a veritable snake pit of improper trading and investor ripoffs."
  • North Carolina DOT Investigation

    The Observer revealed a transportation department rife with political favoritism and insider deals. Among the disclosures during this year-long investigation: Gov. Jim Hunt personally intervened with DOT to build a $7.7 million bridge that would help his neighbors and relatives. Many of Hunt's appointees to the department were people who had donated time and money to his campaign.
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    Chicago Sun-Times articles examine waste, inefficiency, nepotism and insider deals in Chicago's patronage-ridden park system, which make it the most expensive system per acre in the United States, September - December 1983.
  • A run for the money

    The Oregonian (Portland) series explains the failure of a local bank. The investigation found that insider deals, questionable ethical conduct by bank officials and a lax regulatory climate made the failure possible.