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Truck drivers forced into debt by trucking companies

Trucking companies have shorted drivers out of fair pay, forcing them into debt and threatening them into working longer hours, according to a USA TODAY Network investigation by UC Berkeley journalism alumni Brett Murphy, who began his reporting on the story as a student at the IRP.


“Rigged” was awarded The Hillman Prize for Newspaper Reporting, National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting, The Sidney Award and the best of Gannett for Public Service. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting, The Gerald Loeb Award for Investigative Reporting and the ASNE Awards for Justice in Journalism.

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Brett Murphy ( 2016 )