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 …

Handful of banks cling to TARP

The nation has lost one-third of its banks since 2008. But today the list of troubled banks has tumbled, and bank failures are rare.

Mitchell says time may be running out for civil-rights cases

What are the next 10 years of civil-rights remedies going to be like? Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning civil-rights and investigative reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, was asked how much time is really left to bring people to justice for killings during the 1950s and 1960s. “If you’re talking about criminal prosecutions,” he said in …

Her ancestors were enslaved. Now the U.S. wants to deport her to Africa.

On March 31, the program that has allowed Afomu Kelley and more than 800 other Liberian immigrants to live legally in the United States for decades will end, the result of President Trump’s decision to terminate a protection against deportation that has been in place for nearly 28 years.

In a crowded field of Polk Award honorees, spotlight falls on podcasts

Amid all the recent hand-wringing about the decline of the news business, audio journalism is going through something of a renaissance, with podcasts proliferating while radio listenership holds steady. In a nod to this changing media landscape, this week the 70th annual George Polk Awards announced the inaugural winner in the podcast category. The honor …

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Habitat for sale: An oil and gas group calls the tune at the Interior Department

During a trip to Colorado last summer, then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stopped by the office of a small Denver-based oil and gas advocacy group called the Western Energy Alliance. It was the waning months of his embattled leadership at Interior before he would be ousted in December, but the group had been a …