Playground under water after flood

State of emergency

Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Maria. Each was a disaster of shattering magnitude, battering America’s shores over the past two decades. But between these pivotal storms lie hundreds of smaller disasters that garner a fraction of the national attention and the billions of federal dollars that accompany them. A News21 analysis of Federal Emergency Management Agency data …

Methane leak explosion

The gas field next door: living amid old storage wells at risk of leaks

This story was produced by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization based in Southern California that focuses on public health, consumer and environmental issues.  More Americans than previously estimated live within a city block of aged, underground natural gas storage wells, some more than a century old and most of them lacking modern designs to prevent …

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 …

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Trump proposes priority for skilled workers, DNA tests

The Investigative Reporting Workshop continues to track immigration-related news, including the 2020 presidential race and policy changes that have occurred during the Trump administration. Check out our interactive timeline and where the 2020 candidates stand on the topic. In other immigration news: President Trump announced a new immigration plan Thursday that would prioritize highly skilled workers over …

Students contribute to Washington Post series

Graduate students from the School of Communication’s practicum at The Washington Post contributed to the Post’s “Murder with Impunity” series, which was named a 2019 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. They are Matt Bernardini, Orion Donovan-Smith, Kristen Griffith, Shelby Hanssen, Kristian Hernandez, Erin Logan, Samuel Northrop and Liz Weber. Orion-Smith, Griffith, Logan …

Trump grants last-minute, year-long extension to Liberian immigrants threatened with deportation

President Trump on Thursday extended a little-known temporary immigration program for Liberians who have lived in the United States lawfully since at least 2002. The move came just days before the protection would have expired, leaving more than 800 long-term residents subject to deportation. The 12-month extension to the Deferred Enforced Departure program was announced …

Tracing political scandals from Nixon to Clinton to Trump

The Investigative Reporting Workshop is co-publishing this essay with Zing.vn, one of the most-read news outlets in Vietnam. The United States is mired today in its worst, most significant and extensive political and ethical wrongdoing since the 1974 Watergate scandal that, after more than two years, resulted in the historically unprecedented resignation of President Richard …