California’s Energy Transition

  • January 18, 2024

California has set carbon-neutrality goals for 2045 in a move away from fossil fuels to combat global warming. Kern County, where oil and gas production is a key industry, is at the epicenter of this transition’s push and pull. KVPR News’ Joshua Yeager and Inside Climate News’ Emma Foehringer Merchant are tracking the developments in the changing […]

In-custody deaths in Riverside County jails

  • January 9, 2024

With 19 in-custody deaths in 2022, Riverside County experienced the deadliest year in a decade in the county’s jails. The spike in deaths happened as the jails grappled with a national fentanyl crisis and a burgeoning mental health population. The deaths gave the jail the third highest death rate among large California counties in 2022. Of the 16 coroner’s […]

Maine’s Part-Time Court

  • June 5, 2023

Top: Judge David Paris runs the Sagadahoc County Probate Court without a permanent courtroom. Paris wasn’t even provided a robe, his wife ordered him a set online. He holds hearings in the county commissioners’ room, grand jury room or even the lunchroom. Still, he says, he runs his court like any other judge and as […]

Report for America partners with Investigative Editing Corps to help local newsrooms do more investigative work 

  • May 30, 2023

To encourage more investigative reporting in local newsrooms and to help local reporters hone those skills, Report for America is partnering with Investigative Editing Corps to oversee up to 10 projects over the next two years in its host newsrooms. Today, the organizations are announcing the first five newsroom partners, which were selected among newsrooms that applied […]

Eavesdropping in Maine Jails

  • January 31, 2022

Top photo credit:  Fred Field Jailed defendants have a legal right to privately speak with their attorneys. Yet, in Maine, county jails are eavesdropping on these calls. Four jails recorded nearly 1,000 attorney-client calls in a single year and shared recordings with police and prosecutors before trial, a Maine Monitor investigation has found. Often defense […]

A Toxic Neighbor

  • January 30, 2022

A Superfund site in Grand Prairie, Texas, has been on the EPA’s national priority list since 2018. It’s located in the predominantly Latino and low-income neighborhood of Burbank Gardens. EPA tests found a highly toxic chemical in the soil at the site, in nearby groundwater and in the air inside some residents’ homes. Now, EPA […]

Unguarded

  • January 29, 2022

The BDN’s three-part series, “Unguarded,” tells the stories of soldiers sexually assaulted and harassed within the ranks of the Maine Army National Guard while lax enforcement of policies, little oversight, and retaliation against those who complained continued for more than a decade. The six-month investigation is built on state, federal, military, police and civilian court […]

Local investigative projects underway

  • March 22, 2021

Published 12/01/2020 | Updated 3/22/2021 Investigative Editing Corps editors are working with six local news organizations from North Carolina to California examining issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic Five projects have begun publishing installments of the ongoing investigations. These are among the six funded by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. There will be two additional […]

Public Housing in Private Hands

  • March 21, 2021

With the pandemic raging, San Francisco Public Press and Nina Sparling focused on the most vulnerable renters in the nation’s most expensive housing markets, people living in subsidized housing. Her stories focus on their risk of eviction and displacement. In a continuing investigation, Sparling’s reporting has revealed that city officials have known for years about poor […]

Past Due

  • December 6, 2020

Just before the pandemic hit, The Blade started looking at its local public housing authority as it shuttered its waiting list for those in need of housing. Where would lower-income individuals go to live? With the help of editor Deborah Nelson and data editor Sean Mussenden, Blade reporters dug deeper into housing data to find the Toledo […]