Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Administration cancels mining leases in Minnesota

The Biden administration banned mining on more than 225,000 acres of federal land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for the next 20 years, blocking copper-nickel sulfide mining from potentially polluting the interconnected waterways of Northeastern Minnesota. [In July 2022, the Investigative Reporting Workshop produced an in-depth look into two of the proposed mining …

Summer intern applications open

Interested in an IRW summer internship? Submit a cover letter and other material between now and Feb. 24 through this online application. IRW interns work as researchers, reporters, data analysts and graphic designers. Preferred majors include journalism, communication, film, public policy, public health, history or economics. IRW publishes in-depth stories about government and corporate accountability on topics ranging …

Michael Laing

Financial Operations Manager Michael Laing joined IRW after 25 years in a variety of roles at The Washington Post. Most recently he was with the Client Solutions Team, where he developed print and digital advertising campaigns. Laing previously worked for an insurance broker in Washington. When away from the city, he enjoys contributing to the operation of …

Environment again in focus as 2022 winds down

We’re closing out 2022 with stories that have been underway for many months with several different partners and some in new areas of coverage — but all tied to our core mission of accountability.   Living with proof of pollution In June, Public Health Watch, the Investigative Reporting Workshop and Grist published a year-long investigation about …

Waiting for water

When Ward Walker moved to the seaside village of Stebbins, Alaska, in 1995, he was told there would be running water within the next five years. The 63-year-old, who recently retired as vice mayor of the village of roughly 650, now says he’ll be happy if it happens before he dies. Stebbins became Walker’s home …

Tainted History

Update as of Dec. 18: About 450 composers, musicians, educators and arts leaders signed an open letter, published on Medium, to the administration, calling on the Juilliard School to take disciplinary action against composer Robert Beaser for alleged “decades-long abuse of women and power.” The reaction to charges of abuse and harassment were published by …