Sommer Brugal

Sommer Brugal was IRW’s 2018-2019 Graduate Fellow and has recently joined Treasure Coast News as an education reporter. She recently completed her master’s in journalism and public affairs at American University. Prior to joining the IRW, Brugal lived in Austin, Texas, where she worked as a freelance writer/reporter covering city government for the Austin Monitor. …

Marisa Iati

Marisa Iati is an investigative journalism graduate student at American University and a reporter/researcher at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Iati previously worked at The Star-Ledger and in New Jersey, where she covered municipal mayhem, community issues, education and crime in two counties with a combined 1.4 million residents. She also covered white-collar crime at …

Orion Donovan-Smith

Orion Donovan-Smith is the IRW-FRONTLINE Fellow. He earned his master’s degree from American University’s investigative reporting program and spent the summer interning at WAMU-FM radio. His reporting include U.S. and international politics, poverty, criminal justice and public health. After growing up outside Concrete, Washington, Donovan-Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University …

Amed Samadi in PE

From the archives: immigration, police, sex-offender registries

In the last few years, the Investigative Reporting Workshop has undertaken major stories on immigration, police shootings, and sexual assault and sex-offender registries. Our updated site design gives a chance to tout previous coverage you may have missed.

Cindy Choi

Cindy Choi is a graduate student studying broadcast journalism at American University. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, she covered breaking weather news and local forecasts for WUFT-TV/FM as a student forecaster. She moved to Washington after she worked for three years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel as a videographer and …

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

Opposition still calling for new elections in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power for more than 30 years, began to dismantle, restrict or outlaw freedom of expression on air, in print and online in what has been described as the death-knell for democracy in Cambodia.

Robert E. Lee statue

Hate in America

More than 35 News21 reporters traveled across the country this summer to investigate a growing climate of hate.