Diane Wilson investigating microplastic pollution on Cox’s Creek in the Texas Gulf Coast town of Point Comfort. She led a group of local residents in a successful courtroom assault on giant Formosa Plastics. (Tamir Kalifa)

Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues. Diane Wilson paddled her kayak up Cox’s Creek, watching out for spiders and snakes as she ducked under a low iron bridge. She wasn’t on an outing. She was on a mission. …

Film festival moves to virtual program in October

The annual DOUBLE EXPOSURE investigative film festival, to be held virtually this year from Oct. 14-18, will showcase a dozen new investigative films, more than 30 panels, workshops and master classes. The opening conversation will feature Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. Other speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright, …

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Overlooked: women killed by police

Nearly 250 women have been fatally shot by police since 2015, when The Washington Post began tracking police shootings nationwide. While women represent a small subset of the 5,600 fatal shootings overall, they are also often overlooked. Many of them were in their homes when they were killed.

Diversity and inclusion

IRW values ethics, transparency and diversity, inclusion and equity — in our coverage and among our staff.  Internal diversity, inclusion and equity efforts IRW has been conducting investigations on issues that impact marginalized communities since we began publishing in 2009. We have done stories on immigration, immigration detention and fatal shootings of people of color by police.  Recent …

The costs of war

What explains the U.S. record of near-constant warfare? Author and anthropologist David Vine examines the “forever war” that began with the war on terror after Sept. 11, 2001.

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Safety advocates assail lack of federal action on weak vehicle seats

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer, labor and environmental issues. Andrew Warner was driving his family home from a Christmas party near Houston when they were rear-ended by a drunk driver. Warner’s seat buckled, slamming backward into his infant daughter, Taylor. …

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Pamela Roberts

Pamela Roberts brings to IRW decades of nonprofit fundraising experience connecting donor interests with the missions of strong organizations. She raised philanthropic support for Imagination Stage, the National Press Foundation, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and others. Most recently she served as an advancement writer in AU’s Development and Alumni Relations office. Pam received an MS …