Sheila Kaplan

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Sheila Kaplan is a Lab Fellow with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a prize-winning investigative reporter. She is a former lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, specializing in the intersection of politics, money and public health. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, msnbc.com. Discover magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, Salon and U.S. News & World Report, among other publications. She has produced investigative reports for ABC News, NBC News, "Dan Rather Reports" and the PBS series FRONTLINE.

Kaplan's reports have led to congressional hearings and numerous policy changes. In 2008, Kaplan reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had suppressed an internal document showing that millions of Great Lakes residents were at risk of serious illness from environmental contaminants. Her investigation led to two congressional hearings and was referenced by more than 20 newspapers and radio stations.

Kaplan, a 2001-2002 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, has won numerous other journalism honors, among them the Investigative Reporters and Editors Prize for Distinguished Reporting, The Lowell Mellett Award for Media Criticism (now called the Bart Richards Prize), a Screenwriters Guild nomination and several national Emmy nominations. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.

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‘Dropped and Dismissed’ wins Murrow Award

“Dropped and Dismissed,” an investigation into child sexual abuse co-produced by the Workshop, just won an Edward R. Murrow award for News Documentary.

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Rare footage, interviews highlight new Ken Burns doc

In preparation for the September premiere of PBS’s new documentary series on the Vietnam War, directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talked Monday night at the Newseum about the importance of both press freedom and finding humanity during one of America’s darkest and most divisive wars.

Reporters need tools, training, time to combat fake news

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“I feel the term has become weaponized,” Sullivan told the crowd of two dozen about fake news.

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We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

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Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.