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Missing the big picture?

Officials say drug abuse problems seldom involve only one substance. And while local officials are grateful for the funding, the grants can be spent only on creating solutions to combat opioids, such as prescription OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl.

Kiernan Nicolls

Kiernan Nicolls recently complete a joint bachelor’s and master’s program in political science at American University. He previously interned for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). He is working on the IRW Accountability Project in 2019.

Madeleine Davison

Madeleine Davison is a rising senior studying journalism and sociology at Syracuse University, where she is a member of the D1 cross country and track team. Previously, she worked as an editorial intern at the nonprofit journalism site PublicSource in her hometown of Pittsburgh.

Gabriel Lewis

Gabriel Lewis is assisting Director of Operations and Production Kris Higgins on the IRW-produced documentary “Moments of Truth.” He is a student at Columbia College Chicago where he is majoring in filmmaking with a focus on directing.

Americans more concerned about made-up news than climate change

False news stories outweigh melting ice caps, rising seas and soaring temperatures on many Americans’ list of threats facing the country, according to a report published today by the Pew Research Center. More Americans call “made-up news and information” a “very big problem” for the country than identify issues such as climate change, racism and …

Abigail Shaw

Abigail Shaw is a rising junior majoring in investigative journalism at the University of Missouri, where she is minoring in political science and criminology. She is working at the Workshop as a research intern. Previously she interned for the Dallas Morning News on the breaking news desk and participated in the state government reporting program …

Lucas Smolcic Larson

Lucas Smolcic Larson is an intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Prior to coming to IRW, he studied anthropology and Portuguese at Brown University and edited the College Hill Independent, an alt-weekly distributed in Providence. Lucas has interned at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at WGBH News in Boston and at MuckRock, a …

Meryl Kornfield

Meryl Kornfield graduated recently with honors from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism and Latin America. While at UF, Meryl worked at the school’s independent student newspaper, The Alligator, where she rose from staff writer to editor-in-chief. She has previously interned at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post and Gainesville …

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 …