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As part of our in-depth coverage of aging in America, Brett Simpson ('21) reports for The California Report Magazine on how some families are turning to in-home care as care homes become Covid hot spots.
The IRP assembled a team of several dozen student reporters and professional editors to cover the 2020 Election. Student work is being published in CalMatters and other outlets.
In this story for The New York Times, Shuang Li ('20) reports on efforts to break down barriers that have long divided Black and Asian-American residents in Oakland, California.
In this story for The New York Times, Will McCarthy ('21) traveled to the Eastern Sierra to report on a bacterial outbreak in California that's killing tens of thousands of trout and may be spreading silently.
Tessa Paoli ('20) and Nina Sparling ('20) report for The New York Times on how California's plans to combat coronavirus and reduce homelessness has unraveled in one county.
In this piece for The New York Times, Robin Estrin ('21) talks to Santa Cruz's health officer about fending off criticism as the county went from being one of the safest in the state to the site of a recent surge.
The IRP examines how scores of child abuse investigations have been delayed or sharply curtailed during the pandemic. This page one story in The New York Times was reported by the IRP's Garrett Therolf and Daniel Lempres ('21), Aksaule Alzhan ('20), Laurence Du Sault ('20), Ricky Rodas ('20) and Alyson Stamos ('20).
In this story for The New York Times, Nick Roberts ('20) writes about how the coronavirus pandemic is resurfacing painful memories for H.I.V. survivors.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Thess Mostoles talks to young-adult author Kelly Yang about the surging xenophobia against Asian-Americans during Covid.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Anne Daugherty reports on how students and parents got an exception to California Gov. Newsom's shelter-in-place order.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism students Max Brimelow, Julie Chang, Pedro Cota, Alex Matthews and
In this story for The New York Times, journalism students Katey Rusch and Casey Smith report on the challenges faced by prosecutors tasked with enforcing the stay-at-home order.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Will McCarthy reports on a 92-year-old frog-jumping contest that was upended by Covid.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Will McCarthy reports on how smoke generated by setting fires this spring could harm Covid-19 victims.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Lulu Orozco reports on workers in the Salinas Valley who find it difficult to afford the very food they harvest.
Journalism students Jesse Bedayn and Brett Simpson report on the fate of San Francisco Bay Area's only homeless shelter dedicated to serving seniors, in this piece for The New York Times.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism students Alyson Stamos and Meiying Wu report on how San Francisco's Chinatown -- one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the United States -- fended off a nightmare.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism students Miki Katoni and Nina Sparling report on how the pandemic is devastating clinics that care for California's most vulnerable patients.
In this front page story for The New York Times, journalism students Brian Wollitz and Ali DeFazio report on the only public school to remain open in California during the shutdown. The story is part of the IRP/Berkeley Journalism's California Covid reporting partnership with the Times.
In this story for The New York Times, journalism student Annie Berman reports on how a tiny ski town in California is worried about its role as an escape during the coronavirus pandemic. This was the first piece published under a new California Covid-19 reporting partnership between the IRP/Berkeley Journalism and the Times.
TERRORISM CASE REPEATEDLY SCRUTINIZED BY IRP REPORTERS A high-profile federal terrorism case ended Friday when prosecutors announced they would not retry a Central Valley man whose conviction was overturned in August after he had served 14 years in prison.
Through months of public records requests, document analyses, interviews and courthouse expeditions, J-School/IRP students Casey Smith and Brian Perlman reported out the 2017 officer-involved shooting in Orland, California for The Chico Enterprise-Record.
California Magazine published a story about two IRP student reporters, Laurence Du Sault and Katey Rusch, and their contribution to a major investigation of California police officers convicted of crimes.
Records released under California's new law-enforcement transparency law show that a Mendocino County correctional officer was demoted after tasing a handcuffed inmate. J-School/IRP students Katey Rusch and Edward Booth covered the story for The Ukiah Daily Journal.
The McFarland Police Department knew that many of its officers had dubious backgrounds. But as J-School/IRP students Katey Rusch and Laurence Du Sault report, the department hired them anyway.
IRP-led investigation found more than 80 law enforcement officers with rap sheets still employed today
A six-month investigation involving more than 30 newsrooms across California, led by the IRP, has found hundreds of criminal convictions against current and former police officers, dozens of them still on the job.
IRP reporter Garrett Therolf reports on the tragic death of a 10 year-old boy and how child welfare workers missed warnings and opportunities to intervene.
This article by The Intercept outlines how IRP founder Lowell Bergman was an early skeptic of the case against Hamid Hayat and how he documented problems with the FBI's counterterrorism program back in 2006.
The potential merger between GateHouse Media and Gannett would create a newspaper behemoth. As IRP Director John Temple writes for this piece in The Atlantic, it reminds him of two drowning giants grabbing onto each other to try to save themselves.
In a stunning move, the federal judge in Sacramento who oversaw the trial and conviction of accused Lodi terror suspect Hamid Hayat 13 years ago has ordered the conviction and sentence vacated. The IRP began reporting on Hayat in 2006 for PBS Frontline. Former IRP reporter Abbie VanSickle continued coverage in her 2016 series with the IRP for The Intercept.
In this piece for the Los Angeles Times, IRP reporter Garrett Therolf and J-School student reporter Alyson Stamos cover the suspicious death of a young boy who was allowed to remain with his parents despite a court order.
The IRP's Zachary Stauffer, producer of Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, writes for The Atlantic about how the U.S. Navy consistently refused to participate in or cooperate with his reporting and research. To learn more about why, he and reporter Jason Paladino obtained emails using a Freedom of Information Act request that reveal how naval officers are discounting critical reporting. The messages show that the Navy's public affairs staff are more concerned with damage control than confronting the issues revealed.
Nicole Van Dorn, whose husband, Navy pilot J Wesley Van Dorn, was killed in the helicopter crash featured in the IRP's documentary Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, writes for The New York Times about her experience following his death. You can learn more about the film at www.vandornmovie.com.
Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer is one of the longest-serving leaders of a big-city police department in modern California history. But his tenure has been marred by scandal and corruption among the officers who serve under him. In a story for KQED he researched and wrote at the IRP, reporter Andrew Beale investigates both Dyer and his department.
IRP reporter Robert Lewis and School of Journalism lecturer Thomas Peele were interviewed on KQED Newsroom about investigating police misconduct. They also discussed an IRP-reported story about receiving records of criminally convicted California police officers.
Counselor testified she didn’t report suspected abuse to authorities before Gabriel Fernandez was killed
IRP reporter Garrett Therolf reports in the Los Angeles Times that an employee of a contractor paid millions by the county's Department of Children and Family Services failed to pass on information about eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez's abuse before his death. As someone working with children, she was required by law to share this information with authorities.
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy's Journalist's Resource interviewed Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel about Trafficked in America, a documentary about an Ohio egg farm's exploitation of trafficked Guatemalan workers produced by the IRP and PBS Frontline. The Shorenstein Center awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, for which Altan and Cediel's film is a finalist. The prize winner will be announced on March 12.
The Columbia Journalism Review has published an article about California Attorney General Xaiver Beccerra threatening legal action if IRP reporters Robert Lewis and Jason Paladino do not return data on criminally convicted police officers. The journalists received documents through public records requests. Lewis and Paladino have refused to turn over the data and have been carefully vetting the names listed in the documents.
In statements on Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra refused to rule out legal action against journalists at the Investigative Reporting Program and Investigative Studios. Through public records requests, the reporters obtained documents listing state police officers who have been convicted of crimes. Three weeks after receiving the lists, Becerra's office sent a letter demanding that the reporters destroy the lists and threatening legal action if any of the contents are published.
IRP Director John Temple's CALmatters piece challenges California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's efforts to suppress a statewide report on police criminal convictions. The IRP received this report in response to a Public Records Act request it filed.
IRP Director John Temple writes for The Atlantic about the current environment of the newspaper industry. As the former editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, which was shut down in 2009, he's seen first-hand the damage losing a newspaper can do both to the journalists and the community. Now he sees other newspapers in trouble and believes journalists need to innovate to make local news an ongoing resource.
The IRP's Jason Paladino and Investigative Studio's Robert Lewis report for The Mercury News and KQED News that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has warned the reporters that a list of cop criminal convictions they obtained through a Public Records Act request must be destroyed. The IRP and Studios are contesting the demands, as the obtained documents provide a rare glimpse at the volume of officer misconduct at a time of heightened interest in police accountability.
The Bell, published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, spoke with escort Nastya Rybka and her sex coach Alex Leslie after their return from Thailand and their release in Russia. Rybka has previously claimed she holds evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign, allegedly obtained through her acquaintance with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire.
A story in The Bell, published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, details how Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin — whose ties with the Russian president have earned him the nickname “Putin’s Chef" — played a leading role in the rise of the private military company (PMC) Wagner. The report brings together the two decades-long history of Prigozhin's involvement.
A judge has recommended charges against Hamid Hayat, the infamous figure in the "sleeper cell" case, be dropped on grounds that Hayat's lawyer failed to represent him fairly. The IRP began reporting on Hayat in 2006 for PBS Frontline. Former IRP reporter Abbie VanSickle continued coverage in her 2016 series with the IRP for The Intercept.
In partnership with KQED, journalist Robert Lewis, who works with the IRP as part of its California Corruption Project, reports on corruption among Bakersfield-area law enforcement. Narcotics squad officers have pleaded guilty to stealing about 30 pounds of marijuana. A grand jury is continuing to investigate and the corruption scandal is still growing.
Former IRP student Brian Krans's report on local political corruption in Fresno County ran on KQED's The California Report. He explored how a district attorney charged two important local officials with bribery. However, the breadth of this issue is much wider than just a few indictments. Click the "more" link below to hear the story in full:
The IRP's Jason Paladino writes for The Atlantic about the secret removal of safety data on Navy accidents. Although there have been previous reports of high-ranking officials hindering the disclosure of Navy documents, a representative from the agency insists that the removal decision was part of a website redesign.
The Atlantic has published an investigation that exposes the failure of Los Angeles County child-protective caseworkers to protect Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old under their watch who was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013 after suffering months of torture and abuse. Garrett Therolf, who reported on Gabriel’s death for The Los Angeles Times, spent the past year retracing the details of this case.
Pablo Duran Sr., a central figure in the IRP's and Investigative Studio's Frontline documentary Trafficked in America, has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, some of them minors, for financial gain. The IRP's Daffodil Altan and reporter Catherine Trautwein report on the case for Frontline.
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, IRP Fellow and former editor in chief of Forbes Russia, writes an Op Ed on the current state of the magazine and the crucial role it plays in the relationship between the United States and Russia.
IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya's weekly newsletter, The Bell, covers Russian expectations for the upcoming summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Although the Russian media and government officials are publicly hyping the event, unofficially most are pessimistic that anything substantive will be decided.
In the third story of his series about the death of 10-year-old Anthony Alvalos, IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf covers the charges against the boy's mother and her boyfriend for the Los Angeles Times.
In the wake of a shooting that left five staffers dead at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, IRP Director John Temple writes for The Atlantic about the important role local newspapers play in reporting on their communities.
In the second story in a three-part series about the death of Anthony Avalos, IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf examines the case of a 10-year-old who suffered extensive abuse before his death on June 20.
IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf's story in the Los Angeles Times explores the death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos from head injuries. The boy was never removed from his home despite years of severe abuse allegations against family members by teachers, a counselor, school administrators and relatives.
A story in "The Bell," published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, details how a November 2017 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir paved the way for gold mining in the Sudan by Russian companies. Evgeny Prigozhin, a businessman connected with Putin whose companies include private security firm the Wagner Group, is a prime beneficiary of these concessions.
A Pacific Standard analysis by former IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz, finds the oil and gas industry to be among the tax bill's greatest financial beneficiaries. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is reported to provide a total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits to 17 oil and gas companies.
After interference in the U.S. elections, the West considers Russia to be a serious cyberforce. But can Russia really ban major foreign internet services, à la China? A failed attempt to shut down instant-messenger service Telegram suggests the answer may be "no," reports The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya.
The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, was the first to interview Vladimir Uglev, one of the developers of the nerve agent, "Novichok", which was used to poison former Rusian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom.
Former IRP Fellow Antonia Juhasz explores how her father's native Hungary dealt with mementos and statues from the Soviet era after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in the early 1990s. She discusses what lessons may be learned as Americans begin removing Confederate monuments from public spaces.
In this op-ed piece in The Moscow Times, IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya explores the trends that are shaping the Russian media landscape in 2018.
The Bell's story linking a Russian treason case against top cyber-crime fighters to American election hacking has been picked up by MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The Bell was founded and is edited by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya.
IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya's independent Russian media outlet, The Bell, reports that Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections is at the heart of a secretive treason case against a former FSB official and three of his alleged accomplices arrested last year.
The release of the Paradise Papers may help Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to return capital from offshore tax havens, paradoxically thanks to U.S. efforts to sanction his inner circle. IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya explains how the leak may lead to Russian oligarchs being expelled from the offshore tax paradises.
IRP Director John Temple's interview with Filipina investigative journalist Raissa Robles was covered by Jon Cana on ABS-CBN News's Balitang America, a daily news program. The event, which took place October 10 at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, looked at Robles' career as an investigative journalist and the current situation in the Philippines.
Central Bank chief, Elvira Nabiullina, has spent the past three years working to reform Russia's banking system. Last month, the Central Bank took over 75 percent of the country’s largest private lender, Otkritie. IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya explores the story for The Moscow Times.
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.
A judge has agreed to hear new evidence in a California terrorism case, which was the subject of a series in The Intercept by IRP reporter Abbie VanSickle.
In this collaboration with Common Sense Media and the Los Angeles Times, IRP's Garrett Therolf was granted a special court order that allowed him to be present for one mother's interactions with child protective services and the courts.
In this story for The Atlantic, the IRP's Abbie VanSickle reports on juries asked to decide the future danger of a person to sentence them to death.
In this exclusive story published in Civil Beat and HuffPost Hawaii, the IRP's Jason Paladino and Zachary Stauffer report on how pilot error, lack of training and command problems are to blame for the deadly helicopter crash off Oahu in January.
With guidance from the IRP, former journalism student Laura Klivans ('16) examines why and how kids end up in adult court and whether a 14-year-old convicted of first-degree murder can rehabilitate himself.
Former journalism student Theodore Andersen ('16) reports on how the East Bay community college district may have skirted conflict-of-interest rules. The story was reported with help from the IRP.
In this two-part multimedia piece for The Virginian Pilot (Italics), the IRP's Mike Hixenbaugh, Jason Paladino and Zachary Stauffer continue their investigation into the state of our military's equipment. They travel to Bahrain to look at our aging minesweeping fleet and ask why the Marines' workhorse helicopter was allowed to slowly fall into disrepair. Part 1 Part 2
2015-16 IRP fellow Steve Fisher reports on the expensive way to get out of immigration detention in this story for Mother Jones.
In this piece for Newsweek, 2015-16 IRP fellow Steve Fisher reports on the plight of young adults from Central America, who fled to the U.S. as children and now face deportation and gang violence back home.
Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John and students in the Investigative Reporting Program produced a three-part series about the Planned Parenthood videos, First Amendment issues, Daleiden’s legal troubles, and the videos’ effects on the fetal tissue market. UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Ted Andersen reports for the Columbia Journalism Review.
In this article for Univision Noticias, IRP Fellow Anabel Hernandez reports on how legal documents and witnesses accuse a former Attorney General and two top prosecutors of committing irregularities to prop up the “historic truth” about the disappearance of 43 students.
In this article for the Los Angeles Times, investigative reporting students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Times reporter Paige St. John report on unpublicized video footage taken by anti-abortion activist David Daleiden. The story is a collaboration between the IRP and the Times.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that UC Berkeley faculty members have stepped forward to condemn the university’s handling of yet another campus sexual harassment case. This article was prepared in conjunction with the IRP.
In an exclusive report in The Virginian-Pilot, IRP Fellows Mike Hixenbaugh and Jason Paladino reveal through a classified document that the Super Stallion helicopter, the workhorse of the Marine Corps, is in alarmingly poor condition. This report comes soon after two Super Stallions collided off the coast of Oahu, killing 12 marines.
In this story for The Washington Post, the IRP's Abbie VanSickle writes about a new GAO report critical of the U.S. government agency tasked with placing thousands of Central American children into communities as they await immigration court decisions.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the University of California has acknowledged its negligence was a substantial factor in the 2014 death of Cal football player Ted Agu. This story was reported in collaboration with the IRP's Abbie VanSickle and Tim McGirk.
In this follow-up to an IRP investigation published in the Washington Post, the IRP's Abbie VanSickle reports on a Senate investigation that found the Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children fleeing to the U.S.
In this article for the Washington Post, IRP Reporter Abbie VanSickle examines the danger facing tens of thousands of the Central American children who crossed the border into the U.S., left vulnerable to human traffickers.
IRP Fellow Anabel Hernandez, who has investigated Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" Guzman for 15 years, discusses his recent recapture in this CNN interview.
In this piece for The Virginian-Pilot, IRP Fellow Mike Hixenbaugh continues his investigation of the Sea Dragon helicopter, which has one of the highest rates of deadly crashes in the armed services. He reports on a lawsuit alleging the maker, Sikorsky, and other defendants designed and manufactured an unsafe chopper.
In this article for the Los Angeles Times, investigative reporting students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism report on whether footage collected by an anti-abortion activist represent undercover journalism protected by the First Amendment. The story is the first in a series on the ongoing national debate on abortion and is a collaboration between the IRP and the Times.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, IRP Filmmaker in Residence Bernardo Ruiz talks about the United States' "willful blindness" of Mexico and the missed opportunities in print and broadcast journalism.
In a piece for NBCNews.com, IRP Fellows Mike Hixenbaugh and Jason Paladino investigate the catastrophic failure of a Marine chopper's engine.
The South China Morning Post reports on documents recently released by the IRP that detail the background and connections of detained Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng. The documents -- part of the IRP's continuing coverage of Macau -- were obtained at a Las Vegas Courthouse and have since been sealed.
IRP Fellows Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher appear on Democracy Now! to discuss their year-long investigation of the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico.
As part of its continuing coverage of Macau, the IRP is releasing documents pertaining to Las Vegas Sands and its business practices in the former Portuguese colony. The documents, which include internal e-mails and reports and are part of ongoing litigation, reveal the details of relationships with an organized crime figure and a Macau businessman who was recently arrested as part of a federal bribery probe. These documents and others obtained at a Las Vegas Courthouse have since been sealed.
2015-16 Mark Felt Scholarship winner Jimmy Tobias reports on what an Enron spinoff is doing in the middle of Guatemala's corruption scandal in this article for The Nation. The IRP provided reporting assistance.
An article in The Guardian credits the work of IRP fellows Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher as the "first evidential challenge to the (Mexican) government’s account" of the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico one year ago.
In an article published in the Mexican magazine Proceso, IRP Fellows Anabel Hernandez and Steve Fisher report that the alleged killers of the 43 missing students in Iguala, Mexico gave their depositions after being tortured. The story is part of their ongoing investigation of what happened to the students and was summarized in a piece by Huffington Post. The reporting of Hernandez and Fisher is based on depositions they obtained through sources.
Former IRP Fellow Matthew Brunwasser reports for The New York Times on the tens of thousands of migrants flooding into Europe.
Acclaimed Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez says she has obtained internal documents that dispute the Mexican government's official account surrounding the notorious escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, including whether he really left through the tunnel found under his cell.
A report commissioned by Adelson’s company, uncovered from among documents filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit, shows Beijing was concerned officials were gambling with public money, leaving them vulnerable to blackmail.
The IRP's Tim McGirk reports on Syria's efforts to save its treasures before the ancient city of Palmyra was overrun by ISIS.
In an article for the Huffington Post, IRP Fellows Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher report that a new witness is calling into question the government's narrative of what happened to 43 students last September.
Our newest documentary “Rape on the Night Shift” airs on Univision on Saturday, June 20 and on PBS Frontline on Tuesday, June 23. The IRP teams up again with Frontline, Univision, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and KQED – this time to examine rampant sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry.
In this story for Fusion, IRP Fellow Steve Fisher investigates how companies are illegally dumping toxic chemicals into a river in Mexico.
The IRP contributes reporting to a story on billionaire gaming magnate and influential Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, which aired on “Meet the Press” in May.
The IRP contributed to reporting in this Guardian story about billionaire gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who testified in Las Vegas in a case brought by a former casino executive.
The IRP's Lowell Bergman, Matt Isaacs and Simon Marks, in collaboration with The Guaridan's James Ball and Harry Davies, report on how U.S. casino groups made their billions against Macau’s seamy backdrop of triads, vice and corruption.
Under the direction of the IRP, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Alexander Mullaney (IRP Mark Felt Scholarship recipient) and Syeda Amna Hassan (J-School alum 2013) report on how a Pakistani doctor unwittingly fueled suspicions about efforts to fight polio, in this article for National Geographic. This is the second installment in a four-part series on polio.
In an article for Mother Jones magazine, 2013-14 IRP Fellow Brian Joseph investigates how the financial incentives of private foster care agencies tasked with screening and monitoring foster parents contribute to the abuse and neglect of vulnerable children nationwide.
IRP Managing Editor Tim McGirk, with help from students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, investigates how volunteers fighting polio became the hunted in Pakistan in this piece for National Geographic. This is the first installment in a four-part series on polio.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Jason Paladino continues reporting on a crash-prone helicopter in an ongoing collaboration between the IRP, The Virginian-Pilot and NBC News.
IRP/CIR Reporter Abbie VanSickle reports on the lack of good statistics on how many people law enforcement officers kill each year.
In an article for Foreign Policy magazine, 2013-14 IRP Fellow Matthew Brunwasser reports on how mega-contractor Bechtel sold one of Europe's poorest countries a $1.3 billion highway that is barely being used.
As part of her ongoing look at gun violence, IRP/CIR reporter Abbie VanSickle finds that 2014 was not an unusually deadly year for law enforcement officers.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism student Jason Paladino contributed to a Virginian-Pilot investigation of a helicopter with one of the highest rates of deadly crashes in the armed services. The story is a collaboration with the IRP and NBC News.
IRP/CIR Reporter Abbie VanSickle writes about a new study that finds suicides account for nearly two-thirds of deaths from firearms. VanSickle is part of a team of reporters at the Center for Investigative Reporting who are examining the role of guns and gun violence in America.
What happens when we lock up juvenile offenders in adult prisons? "Stickup Kid," a PBS Frontline digital exclusive by 2013-2014 IRP fellow Caitlin McNally tells the story of Alonza Thomas, who was sent to adult prison in California at age 16.
In this investigative report for Mexico's leading news magazine Proceso, IRP fellows Anabel Hernandez and Steve Fisher uncover official documents, videos and testimonials that tell a different story of the attack on those students in Iguala.
The fate of 43 missing students and a property scandal reveal the emptiness of the Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto's rhetoric on reform, writes IRP fellow Anabel Hernández in this piece for The Guardian.
What are the costs of doing business in a war zone? On Nov. 18, 2014, PBS Frontline and ProPublica investigate the relationship between Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. The story originated at the IRP as part of a 2008-09 fellowship awarded to Jonathan Jones, an alum of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
2008-09 IRP fellow Sam Kennedy reports on how the Pennsylvania utility commission disposes of safety violations through negotiated settlements, in this story for The Morning Call (Allentown, PA).
In a story for The California Sunday Magazine, 2012-13 IRP fellow Daniel Alarcón writes about a teen from the outskirts of Lima, Peru, who became an overnight sensation on a hit TV game show, then disappeared.
Jake Nicol and Sally Schilling, students at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, shot a news video on a polio-like illness in California for National Geographic. Nicol, who is a Mark Felt scholarship recipient, also wrote the accompanying story. This is the first in a series of articles and videos on the global battle against polio for National Geographic that received guidance from the IRP.
2014-15 IRP fellow Anabel Hernández reports on the high cost of remodeling the Mexican presidential residence "Los Pinos" in this story that appeared in the September 14, 2014 issue of Mexico's leading magazine Proceso.
In the September issue of Harper's, 2012-13 IRP fellow Emad Mekay examines how the State Department had its hand in the 9/11/12 riots outside the American embassy in Cairo.
2012-13 IRP fellow Emad Mekay reports on the US money trail to Egyptian groups in this feature for Al Jazeera.
Ruth Thalía Sayas Sánchez was only 19 years old when she went on a Peruvian game show, El Valor de la Verdad, determined to tell the world who she really was. She couldn’t have foreseen the consequences.
2011-12 IRP fellow Chanan Tigay writes about the central figure in Greece's economic maelstrom in this New Yorker piece.
Despite what Western media reported it was not Islamist outlets that stirred things up.
A new IRS regulation designed to fight offshore tax evasion might be one the most effective weapons against Mexican cartels and their money launderers. US Banks, however, are doing everything they can to repeal it.
The British energy company BP, tarnished by a string of costly legal problems, is preparing to settle accusations that it was criminally indifferent to worker safety and that it manipulated energy prices, government officials and lawyers involved in the separate cases said on Tuesday.
An investigation of one of the darkest sides of the Bush Administration’s war on terror—its secret rendition program.
Last month, five jumbo jets from Riyadh touched down at Heathrow Airport in London. They brought with them 13 members of the Saudi royal family, including King Abdullah and his retainers—and controversy.
A follow-up to the 2003 investigation of injuries and deaths at plants owned by the privately held McWane, Inc., one of the largest iron pipe foundry companies in North America: how the Justice Department responded, the changes made at the company, and what happened to some of the injured workers and a whistleblower who told their stories on camera five years ago.
The smuggler in the public service announcement sat handcuffed in prison garb, full of bravado and shrugging off the danger of bringing illegal immigrants across the border.
An investigation of the rapidly expanding business of smuggling humans across the U.S.-Mexico border.
A veteran customs inspector recently arrested in Texas on drug charges helped traffickers smuggle about 3,000 pounds of cocaine into the country over five years, according to a court document filed last week.
Two former Border Patrol agents who investigators suspect committed some of the more brazen acts of smuggling-related corruption at the border in recent years have been arrested and jailed in Mexico, the United States authorities said Monday.
Entrenched corruption at a sprawling, sophisticated corporation that externally embraced the nostrums of a transparent global marketplace built on legitimate transactions.
In 2000 the World Bank approved millions in financing for a massive oil drilling and pipeline project between Chad and Cameroon, two countries plagued by poverty and corruption. Ten years on, what has become of the “model” oil for development project?
For years corporate corruption has thrived as an open secret in this poor congested nation, a force as destructive as the cyclones that ravage the coastline and the arsenic that poisons people’s drinking wells. Bangladesh’s newly elected government has taken its first high-profile swipe at the problem.
International bribery. It’s a trillion dollars a year, with corporations on one side, heads of state on the other. And it thrives in an invisible world.
Last year, Albert Jack Stanley, the former CEO of KBR, pleaded guilty to bribery for masterminding the payment of more than $180 million to Nigerian officials.
Don Hewitt was not just the creator of 60 Minutes, but much of the grammar of television news.
From the time of World War I until the early 1970s, the U.S. disposed of tons of chemical weapons in the ocean.
Should food be genetically modified or grown from heirloom seeds? Produced on large industrial farms or organic community-owned lots? These questions lie at the heart of many, sometimes fierce, debates—in political committees, on university campuses, and in cafes and homes. But I have never heard of anyone being killed during these disputes in the U.S.
Sobriety checkpoints in California are increasingly turning into profitable operations for local police departments that are far more likely to seize cars from unlicensed motorists than catch drunken drivers.
At a sobriety checkpoint in San Jose in the middle of January, tow truck drivers waited to take away the cars that had been seized by the police. Car seizures at DUI checkpoints prove profitable for cities, raise legal questions.
Popular television shows portray death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. An unprecedented collaborative investigation found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system in which there are few standards, little oversight and the mistakes are literally buried.
The Sands, which owns the Venetian resort, saw its stock price hit an alarming low, below $2 a share, around the time Jacobs, a 47-year-old Harvard graduate with a boyish face and close-cropped silver hair, took a job heading Sands China, which runs the company’s Macau operations.
In March, the nation goes “mad,” as more than 140 million people tune in to watch one of the biggest sporting events on earth–the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But “March Madness” isn’t just a basketball tournament. It’s become big business, with television rights alone worth $10.8 billion over 14 years.
The U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden and removed a bonanza of documents and flash drives may have left behind a vital source of intelligence: bin Laden’s wife Amal Ahmed al-Sadah.
From the air-conditioned meeting rooms to the muggy poolside bar, everyone at this year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors conference was talking collaboration.
A pair of Stanford University law professors spent months this year writing ballot language to narrow, ever so slightly, California’s three strikes sentencing law.
The FBI has built a massive network of spies to prevent another domestic attack. But are they busting terrorist plots–or leading them?
The journey of David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23) from political neophytes to accused domestic terrorists with a particular focus on the relationship they develop with a radical activist mentor in the six months leading up to their arrests.
Work is moving ahead of a $321 million upgrade of the University of California, Berkeley, football stadium, but critics raise questions about the financing plan.
While investigative collaborations are blossoming in newsrooms across the country, few are taking place between mainstream and niche media. As a result, news organizations could be missing the opportunity to reach a wider audience, tap into reporters’ talents, and uncover stories from perspectives not often examined.
Jeffrey Lill has been bedridden since shortly after handling a leaking package from Yemen at Orlando’s postal sorting facility. But the U.S. Postal Service denies the incident ever happened.
His bet on casinos in Macau propelled him into the ranks of the mega-rich, but Adelson’s business methods have come under expanding scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.