Introducing The Accountability Project, a new resource for public data

Searching across public data sets can be arduous, particularly on deadline. But any good journalist knows that finding threads among campaign finance data, property records, business ownership and other sources can yield important stories about conflicts of interest, outsized influence and other issues that warrant deeper public scrutiny. That’s why the Investigative Reporting Workshop created …

Americans more concerned about made-up news than climate change

False news stories outweigh melting ice caps, rising seas and soaring temperatures on many Americans’ list of threats facing the country, according to a report published today by the Pew Research Center. More Americans call “made-up news and information” a “very big problem” for the country than identify issues such as climate change, racism and …

Heartbreaking investigations report on pediatric cardiac surgery

In an investigation by The New York Times published May 30, reporter Ellen Gabler takes readers into the room where pediatric cardiologists alarmingly question the mortality rates of North Carolina Children’s Hospital at the University of North Carolina medical center in Chapel Hill — a respected program by all standards. Audio obtained by Gabler and …

Candidates take their messages to the West

Fourteen Democratic presidential hopefuls are meeting in San Francisco this weekend for the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, underscoring the state’s potential importance in the presidential primary calendar and highlighting key issues already dominating the campaign trail. In 2020, California’s primary is slated for March 3, also known as Super Tuesday. It joins 13 other …

Former White House advisor Steve Bannon

Creating an archive for ‘Trump’s Trade War’

After working for months on the PBS FRONTLINE documentary “Trump’s Trade War,” I could probably recite portions of Donald Trump’s May 1, 2016, campaign speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from memory. In the speech, Trump said: “We can’t allow China to continue raping our country, and that’s what they’re doing.” The speech features prominently in …