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  • Police Power: A Culture of Corruption

    This special investigative show highlights KGTV’s relentless reporting into the San Diego Police Department’s culture and conduct, revealing a culture of cronyism that tolerated corrupt officers, allowed crimes to be covered up and crippled the SDPD’s ability to retain public trust and police San Diego. This reporting led to the criminal conviction of one officer, the appointment of a new police chief, a dual criminal and administrative investigation into the department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (ongoing at the time of this submission), and several policy changes by San Diego police. Former officer Christopher Hays pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail and probation in relation to charges he sexual abused women in his custody. The case prompted San Diego Police to establish a new policy requiring two officers to accompany any female in custody.

    Tags: conduct; custody; policy; criminal

    By Mitch Blacher

    KGTV-TV (San Diego)


  • VA Scandal

    Reporter Dennis Wagner, with the help of whistle blowers and veterans, exposed bureaucratic inertia at the Veterans Affairs' hospitals, dishonest scheduling practices and institutional ambivalence, forcing resignations, firings and major national reform. Throughout the crisis, and as other reporters joined Wagner, The Republic published more than 100 stories, including groundbreaking investigative stories that advanced an understanding of the kind of abuses taking place in Phoenix.

    Tags: whistle blowers; abuse; reform

    By Dennis Wagner; Craig Harris; Rob O’Dell; Paul Giblin

    The Arizona Republic


  • Betrayed by Silence

    This yearlong MPR News investigation revealed that, despite decades of assurances that the Catholic Church was safe, leaders of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis had continued to cover up abuse of children by priests. In a series of multiplatform presentations – including radio reports, an hour-long radio documentary, a four-chapter Web story and an online database of accused priests – we revealed the scope of the abuse crisis and the financial decisions by leaders of the Twin Cities archdiocese that protected priests and kept victims quiet.

    Tags: children; catholic; priest; sexual

    By Madeleine Baran; Sasha Aslanian; Tom Scheck; Laura Yuen; Mike Cronin; Chris Worthington; Mike Edgerly; Bill Wareham; Eric Ringham; Regina McCombs. Photographers: Jeff Thompson; Jennifer Simonson; Amanda Snyder; Meg Martin; Will Lager; Justin Heideman

    Minnesota Public Radio


  • Innocents Lost

    The Herald explored how 477 children died of abuse or neglect over a six-year period after falling through Florida’s child welfare safety net, largely as a result of a misguided effort to reduce the number of foster children while simultaneously slashing services for troubled families. We have since continued the reporting into a seventh year and the number of dead is our searchable database is now 533..

    Tags: children; neglect; florida; foster; welfare

    By Carol Marbin Miller; Audra D.S. Burch

    Miami Herald


  • Unguarded

    More than 60,000 Ohioans with court-appointed guardians were neglected or worse during the past decade. Some saw their assets stolen. Some were physically abused. All were victims of unscrupulous guardians and a broken system that purports to protect them. Lack of urgency by the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Attorney General, lawmakers and probate court judges to ensure basic safeguards allowed these people – some of society’s most vulnerable – to become victims. Frustrated families were angry and ashamed as they watched their loved ones die without money or dignity. So-called guardians drained a public servant’s life savings, took family mementos from a grandmother planning to give them to her children and stole paychecks from a young man who is developmentally disabled.

    Tags: court; appointed; guardians; theft; neglect

    By Mike Wagner; Lucas Sullivan; Josh Jarman; Jill Riepenhoff

    The Columbus Dispatch


  • Children at Risk: Unregulated Day Care in Virginia

    The series revealed the deaths of 43 children at unregulated day-care homes in Virginia since 2004. About half the deaths were sleep-related and 10 involved physical abuse. In that same time frame, 17 children died in licensed day cares. Child care experts estimate that unregulated providers care for about one-third of all children in day care in Virginia. Unregulated providers are subject to no background checks, no training and no inspections. Because regulators don’t even know where the homes are located, the finding of the 43 deaths was news to government officials.

    Tags: unregulated; day care; deaths; safety

    By David S. Fallis; Amy Brittain; Whitney Leaming; Lazario Gamio; Katie Park

    The Washington Post


  • River Road Fellowship

    An investigation into a religious cult called the River Road Fellowship, led by Victor Barnard. Our investigation revealed allegations from two women who say they were sexually abused by Barnard beginning when they were 12 years old, with the knowledge and consent of their parents. Our investigation revealed how prosecutors ignored evidence and allowed Victor Barnard to flee Minnesota for Washington. Our story led the Pine County Sheriff's Department to re-open the investigation and the Pine County Attorney to produce a 52 count indictment. Victor Barnard remains a fugitive.

    Tags: religion; rape; abuse; consent; fugitive

    By Tom Lyden; Brian Wiedeke

    KMSP-TV (Minneapolis)


  • The Rise and Fall of a Patrón

    Our investigation showed how powerful political alliances helped United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) grow from a community group into a multimillion-dollar enterprise operating 16 taxpayer-funded charter schools, a janitorial firm and other businesses. We found a lack of oversight of charter school finances and operations cleared the way for alleged abuse. Specifically: UNO received more than $280 million in public money over the past five years but neither Chicago Public Schools nor the Illinois State Board of Education closely monitored how funds were spent. A large portion of the public money UNO collects goes to management fees, debt service and consultants rather than classrooms.

    Tags: charter schools; education; UNO; public funding; finances

    By Cassie Walker Burke; Andrew Schroedter; Patrick Rehkamp

    Better Government Association


  • Crossing Alone

    When the influx of children from Central America across the southern border made news last summer, the national media descended on Texas. But Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll was already investigating the federal government's sprawling - and secretive - shelter network for unaccompanied children. She found the small agency tasked with their care unaccountable and overwhelmed. Children were being subjected to sexual and physical abuse, and their attackers were escaping federal prosecution.

    Tags: abuse; child; Central America; Texas

    By Susan Carroll

    Houston Chronicle


  • Profiting Off the Poor

    This series of columns examines the damage caused by repeated abuses of Texas adverse possession laws by companies headed by Douglas T. "Chase" Fonteno. The series outlines the complex nature of Fonteno's interlocking businesses and the web of deceit that helped hide his real estate transactions from county, state and federal agencies. He claimed deeds to other people's houses, without the real owners' knowledge or consent, and sold those houses to unsuspecting people who, in almost all cases, were poor, uneducated and often spoke little English. The series uncovered millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and liens, along with other nefarious activities that appear to have included document forgery and misuse of a Texas notary stamp. Fonteno's antics helped delay urban development in one of Dallas's most downtrodden urban neighborhoods.

    Tags: housing; poverty; forgery; real estate

    By Tod Robberson

    Dallas Morning News