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  • NBC5 Investigates: Hazed to Death

    A college freshman at Northern Illinois University is found dead after a night of a fraternity hazing. The university pledges to crack down on this kind of hazing and binge-drinking. But has anything changed? Rob Stafford and NBC5 Investigates discovered scores of new instances of students who were so drunk that they needed emergency medical attention. Stafford also spoke with the student’s parents about what has -- and hasn’t -- been done in the wake of their son’s death.

    Tags: college; fraternities; binge; hazing; medical

    By Rob Stafford; Lisa Capitanini; Katy Smyser; Zach Christman; Mark Ringo; Julio Martinez; Debra Juarez

    NBC5 (Chicago)

    2014

  • NBC5 Investigates: Inside the Frontlines - Kids Who Can't Be Kids

    What do kids in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods face, on a daily basis, when they walk to school or play in a nearby park? NBC5 Investigates set out to look at these kids’ daily lives with an investigative edge, combing through city crime data and mapping the incidents to show exactly how much danger these children face every day, just by walking out the door.

    Tags: danger; kids; neighborhoods; crime; city

    By Tammy Leitner; Katy Smyser; Tony Vitale; Mark Ringo; Julio Martinez; Debra Juarez

    NBC5 (Chicago)

    2014

  • The Two Elk Saga

    North American Power Group initially proposed a coal-power generating station in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. The project first aimed to burn waste coal to generate electricity, then shifted course to study the sequestration of carbon dioxide in underground formations. For the sequestration proposal, NAPG received nearly $10 million in federal stimulus grants. Despite millions of dollars spent, no new jobs were created. WyoFile contributor, and founding member, began his investigative coverage of NAPG's activities beginning in 2008. Via a FOIA request, Tempest acquired documentation to show that NAPG's president Michael Ruffatto and company employees were paid large sums of money to work on the project.

    Tags: coal; pollution; stimulus; grants

    By Rone Tempest; Dustin Bleizeffer

    WyoFile.com

    2014

  • ABC News 20/20 Brian Ross Investigates: Recall Roulette

    Our ABC News investigation, “Recall Roulette,” found that most recalled products are not turned in or fixed, remaining in homes or listed for sale. Under current federal law, there is no minimum effort that manufacturers have to make, or money they have to spend, to get the word out about the safety recalls. It is illegal to sell a recalled product, but in a joint investigation with 17 ABC News affiliates across the country, reporters found a wide range of recalled products easily available for resale. And in his first major interview, the new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission called out Craigslist for not doing enough to thwart recalled products from being posted on the site, calling it “morally irresponsible.”

    Tags: products; manufacturers; safety; resale

    By Brian Ross; Cindy Galli; Stephanie Zimmermann; Randy Kreider; Lee Ferran; Gina Pampinella; Rhonda Schwartz; David Sloan; Almin Karamehmedovic; Michael Corn

    ABC News 20/20

    2014

  • ABC News 20/20 Brian Ross Investigates: Recall Roulette

    Our ABC News investigation, “Recall Roulette,” found that most recalled products are not turned in or fixed, remaining in homes or listed for sale. Under current federal law, there is no minimum effort that manufacturers have to make, or money they have to spend, to get the word out about the safety recalls. It is illegal to sell a recalled product, but in a joint investigation with 17 ABC News affiliates across the country, reporters found a wide range of recalled products easily available for resale. And in his first major interview, the new head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission called out Craigslist for not doing enough to thwart recalled products from being posted on the site, calling it “morally irresponsible.”

    Tags: products; manufacturers; safety; resale

    By Brian Ross; Cindy Galli; Stephanie Zimmermann; Randy Kreider; Lee Ferran; Gina Pampinella; Rhonda Schwartz; David Sloan; Almin Karamehmedovic; Michael Corn

    ABC News 20/20

    2014

  • NBC5 Investigates: Sex Trafficking in Chicago

    NBC5 Investigates has embarked on an on-going examination of SEX TRAFFICKING IN CHICAGO. We often hear of international sex trafficking, but many don’t realize it is happening on their own blocks. Young women, often minors, are lured into the sex trade through the Internet, social media or even by the traditional means of promises of love and protection. Many are already victims of sexual assault. They have covered several stories since 2011 and this year took a close look at the people who buy sex; the people who try to help victims, and where the sex trade and trafficking is growing.

    Tags: sex; trade; trafficking; international; assault

    By Marion Brooks; Mark Ringo; Julio Martinez; Raza Siddiqui; Richard Moy; Deb Juarez

    NBC5 (Chicago)

    2014

  • NBC5 Investigates: Bitter Pills

    NBC5 Investigates examined public records and found hundreds of simple and possibly overlooked nursing home medication errors in Illinois that in some cases are leading to hospitalizations for dangerously low blood sugar, visual hallucinations, amputations and death.

    Tags: illinois; medical; home; errors; hospitalization

    By Chris Coffey; Mark Ringo; Julio Martinez; Richard Moy

    NBC5 (Chicago)

    2014

  • NBC5 Investigates: Chrysler Pacifica -- Rust, Rot and Corrosion

    Rust, rot and corrosion. NBC5's investigation exposed a nasty surprise hidden from owners of a popular vehicle across the country. The series revealed what the automaker knew about the dangerous problem lurking underneath some of its cars, and what they didn’t tell drivers -- many of them discovering the life threatening problem by accident. None were able to get the automaker to fix it, until NBC 5 Investigates stepped in.

    Tags: cars; vehicle; drivers; automaker; chrysler

    By Lisa Parker; Robin Green; Mark Ringo; Tony Vitale

    NBC5 (Chicago)

    2014

  • A Season Of Drama At The San Diego Opera

    When the board of the San Diego Opera, one of the region’s most prominent arts institutions, abruptly announced it would close after nearly 50 years, the shock reverberated nationally. San Diego’s opera had been held up as a well-run organization with a balanced budget. But suddenly, it was shutting down and essentially blaming the audience. But a KPBS/inewsource investigation found there was plenty of blame to go around, enough to eventually prompt the state Attorney General to open an inquiry. Public records, leaked documents and sound sourcing revealed questionable financial practices at the opera and a 58-member board of directors more interested in socializing than running an arts organization with a multi-million dollar budget. It also exposed a highly compensated, intransigent leadership whose arrogant insistence on expensive, grand opera over consumer-friendly innovations nearly doomed the institution.

    Tags: opera; corrupt; budget; attorney general

    By Angela Carone; Lorie Hearn

    KPBS/inewsource

    2014

  • The Clerk’s Files

    When Watchdog City began these stories as an outgrowth of beat reporting on county government, they had no idea it would lead to filing a lawsuit that successfully challenged high public records fees and produced a favorable ruling after a hard-fought trial in June 2014. With unlimited taxpayer funds at his disposal to spend on legal fees, the county’s elected auditor and accountant — the Clerk of Courts — has since appealed the circuit judge’s ruling in my favor. The case is now on its way to Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.

    Tags: county; local; fees; florida; appeals; lawsuit

    By Gina Edwards

    Watchdog City

    2014