Our Journalists’ Work

Accountability journalism that corps members produce includes articles, TV and radio clips, and photojournalism. In “On the Ground Dispatches,” they reflect on their observations and reporting from the field.

News Stories

Nevada lawmakers push data privacy rules for gov’t websites

Sam Metz | Associated Press — NV

Following reports that Nevada’s vaccine information website planted more third-party cookies and ad trackers than any other state in the country, Republicans in the statehouse have introduced a bill to tighten the restrictions on how personal data can be collected from websites operated by government entities or other groups contracted to work on their behalf. 

 

Springfield’s high rates of gun violence, domestic abuse are linked, local leaders say

Kaitlin Washburn | Kansas City Star

In Missouri, the state with the second highest rate of men killing women, the city of Springfield is the frontrunner for rates of domestic violence. A months-long investigation by the Kansas City Star and Springfield Leader examined the intersection of guns and domestic violence in Springfield through the voices of survivors and experts.

Minnesota schools say they want to fill classrooms with talented teachers of color. Then they lay them off.

Becky Dernbach | Sahan Journal

Qorsho Hassan, Minnesota’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, found herself without a job when schools abruptly transitioned to distance learning. Even as a “game-changing educator” and one of the only Black teachers in a school where half the students are Black, Hassan was vulnerable to seniority-based layoffs that caused recently hired teachers to be first to lose their jobs.

Santa Ana renters get a few more months of eviction protections

Brandon Pho | Voice of OC

After Voice of OC reported that landlords had ramped up harassment on renters — many of whom were undocumented, an executive order signed by City Manager Kristine Ridge extended a citywide order banning landlords from serving their tenants with eviction notices. 

Questionable bills surround lobbying effort

Zak Podmore | Salt Lake Tribune

A Louisiana law firm charged Utah’s poorest county $500,000, including questionable fees, to lobby against the expansion of Bears Ears National Monument, corps member Zak Podmore reported after demanding public records. 

 

The high cost of poor
defense 

Samantha Hogan | Maine Monitor

Corps member Samantha Hogan revealed potential over-billing by lawyers defending Maine’s poor—including continual 80-hour weeks for some. Her investigation sparked multiple state investigations. 

 

Judge Dawn Gentry faces misconduct charges. Here’s what happened and what happens next.

Julia Fair | The Cincinnati Enquirer

RFA corps member Julia Fair gained widespread attention for her story on a county judge facing nine charges from state investigators related to favoritism, sexual advances and consuming alcohol in the courthouse. Her watchdog reporting inspired two anonymous donors to contribute $5,000 each.

 

Akron wants to help small business owners grow, but officials say they need more help from banks

Abbey Marshall | The Devil Strip 

An entrepreneurial development program that was designed to give historically marginalized business owners a boost to help them get lending from banks faced a big problem: Getting lending from banks. Following her reporting, some banks scheduled meetings with the city to discuss how they may be a part of the program.

Utah women lost the most jobs during COVID-19. ‘Returnships’ aim to help them ‘level up,’ get back to work.

Becky Jacobs | Salt Lake Tribune

Women took the brunt of job losses in Utah during the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 12,000 positions lost in 2020, 4,000 were held by men, while twice as many — 8,000 — belonged to women.  To help women and other Utahns get back into the workforce, Gov. Spencer Cox announced a new “returnship initiative.”

 

 

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