Shabnam Dabnesh

Shabnam Danesh graduated from American University with a master of arts in journalism and public affairs, fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a journalist. Prior to journalism, she worked in variety of sectors, including criminal justice research, legal administration, financial services and client account management. She also holds a master of science in Criminal Justice …

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American University (AU) seeks an experienced fundraising professional to serve as the Director of Development for the Investigative Reporting Workshop, an award-winning research center in the School of Communication (SOC).  The Director of Development has primary responsibility for developing and implementing fundraising strategies to realize the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW)’s annual budget of approximately $2 …

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Help IRW keep government and corporations accountable while securing the future of independent journalism. The Investigative Reporting Workshop is seeking a Director of Development to lead all fundraising activities.  By raising external funds, the position drives the Workshop’s mission to hold institutions of power accountable while training the next generation of investigative reporters. The Director …

High court rejects Trump’s attempt to end DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 Thursday to reject President Donald Trump’s three-year endeavor to end a program that protects young immigrants from deportation. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, eliminated the threat of removal for some 800,000 undocumented immigrants and bypassed a stalled Congress in 2012. It was one of President Barack Obama’s  …

Who’s getting PPP money?

Nearly two months since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the Small Business Administration has failed to release a list of recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The program contains $669 billion in low-interest loans meant for small businesses, a significant component of the largest stimulus package in U.S. history. During …

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It’s not just Flint: Water problems span many states

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — One of the hallmarks of investigative journalism is giving people information they need before they know they need it — to identify critically important stories that are hiding in plain sight. That’s how IRW’s drinking water project began taking shape back in 2014, when problems in the nation’s drinking water systems …

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The Great Divide

TOOLEVILLE, Calif. — An ongoing struggle between two communities less than a mile apart in one of the nation’s key farming regions is a microcosm that illustrates the challenges California faces as it tries to deliver clean, affordable drinking water to more than 1 million residents without access to what the state has called a …