Published on May 16, 2012
News21 Reporter J.J. Barrow (Class of 2012) and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting on Sunday reported how the U.S. Postal Service has refused to look into the case of a Florida postal worker who became seriously ill after handling a leaking package from Yemen.
Barrow and FCIR Associate Director Trevor Aaronson, who was a 2010-11 Investigative Reporting Program fellow, described how Jeffrey Lill suffers from extreme fatigue, tremors, and liver and neurological problems consistent with toxic exposure. Lill said his problems began after he handled the parcel from Yemen on Feb. 4, 2011, while working in Orlando. Two whistleblowers confirmed in detail Lill’s recounting of what occurred.
Following the story -- which was published May 13 in the Miami Herald, The Ledger of Lakeland, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, as well as in more than 250 newspapers worldwide through Associated Press distribution, and broadcast on Florida's NPR affiliates May 14 -- Michael D’Aquino, a spokesman for OSHA’s southeast regional office, confirmed the U.S. government is looking into the case.