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Where are the homeless children? This struggling city isn’t finding them

School districts nationwide underestimate the number of homeless students they serve, cutting children off from assistance meant to help. An award-winning Center for Public Integrity investigation revealed the depth of the problem: Hundreds of thousands of students experiencing housing insecurity each year are likely falling through the cracks. While the issue cuts across geographic and […]

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Center for Public Integrity inks another milestone deal with union

The Center for Public Integrity and the union representing its newsroom and business-side staff today have signed the nonprofit organization’s second collective bargaining agreement. This unanimous ratification reaffirms a shared commitment by the union and Public Integrity to uphold the principles of fairness, inclusivity and transparency — values that guided our first collective bargaining agreement […]

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The Heist: Season 3

Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 Subscribe on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google | Stitcher | Pandora Click transcript to read the trailer transcript.Nate Bradford, Jr. and other Black farmers and ranchers are fighting to preserve a type of rural, Black agricultural life. But the past keeps blocking their future. In the third season of The Heist, we follow Bradford’s fight […]

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Season 3: The Heist trailer transcript

Listen to the trailer for Season 3 of The Heist. Subscribe on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google | Stitcher | Pandora(corral ambi comes up) It’s a hot Saturday morning in Eastern Oklahoma. This part of the country was once Oklahoma’s Black Belt — a historic center of Black ranching.  I’m here with a local rancher named Nate Bradford Jr. at his corral: a […]

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Katherine Hapgood joins Public Integrity as Charles Lewis fellow

Katherine Hapgood has joined the staff of the Center for Public Integrity as this year’s Charles Lewis American University fellow. She’ll be focusing in part on the nonprofit investigative news organization’s work on access to democracy issues ahead of the 2024 election. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Hapgood recently graduated with a degree in journalism […]

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Jovi Dai joins Public Integrity as local data journalist

Zhaozhou (Jovi) Dai has joined the Center for Public Integrity as a data journalist supporting the investigative nonprofit newsroom’s partnership with the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative in California. Dai has worked as a data reporter at Storybench, a chatbot developer at the Boston Globe for The Emancipator, a reporter for The Global Observer and a […]

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‘If you don’t count us, we don’t count’: the effort to queer the census

During the 2010 census, some responses were submitted to the government with bright pink stickers on the envelopes. The labels carried a request for the Census Bureau: include LGBTQ+ identities in the questionnaire. This grassroots effort was carried out by the National LGBTQ Task Force, a nonprofit that organizes and promotes queer activism. Its Queer […]

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Taking the highway to right wrongs of the past in urban areas

Roads might not seem like an obvious solution to structural inequalities. But for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, addressing those inequalities requires restoring Black and brown communities torn apart by freeways and highways during the building boom of the mid-20th century.    Over the last year, Buttigieg has crossed the country visiting cities where the Biden administration […]

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Public Integrity, partners win award for work on student homelessness

A collaborative Center for Public Integrity investigation that put a sobering number on local school districts’ failure to help homeless students — and showed ways to improve — is being honored with the Stewart B. McKinney Award recognizing contributions to the understanding of homelessness in the U.S. “Unhoused and Undercounted,” in partnership with The Seattle […]

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Homeless students needed help. Schools showed them the door.

This story also appeared in Chalkbeat The two boys should have been in elementary school. But for 71 days, the Bristol Borough School District in suburban Philadelphia would not enroll them. Attorneys for the students later explained they were newcomers. They first lived with a relative in New Jersey but couldn’t stay without risking her […]

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What we know about Maryland’s homeless education dispute process

Our investigation into Pennsylvania schools shows the costs to kids when school officials disagree with parents and other guardians about which homeless education protections, if any, their children are entitled to receive.  Those kinds of disputes are not unique to Pennsylvania.  School system personnel in Maryland also doubted guardians’ claims of homelessness, according to summaries […]

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In a historic Black business district, ‘death by a thousand cuts’

JACKSON, Miss. — Farish Street has an all-too-familiar story.  Once a booming Black-owned entertainment and business district that drew Black customers from all over Mississippi, it struggled after segregation ended. Today, it suffers from the same blight and infrastructure issues as many other Jackson neighborhoods — and far too many once-segregated communities across the country. […]

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Public Integrity journalists win Nonprofit Newcomer, Breaking Barriers awards

The Center for Public Integrity has won the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Breaking Barriers Award, and Audience Engagement Editor Ashley Clarke has been named Nonprofit Newcomer of the Year. At an awards ceremony in Philadelphia Wednesday, Clarke was honored for helping transform the mission, workplace culture and partnerships of one of the country’s oldest nonprofit […]

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State tax systems contribute to inequality. These states are doubling down.

This story also appeared in Mother Jones JACKSON, Miss. — Amia Edwards lives here because she wants to make a difference. But in this majority-Black city, long starved for funding by the state’s mostly white Legislature, that’s proved a steep challenge. The city’s recent water crisis came after years of chronic underfunding of Jackson’s aging […]

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Fundraising ‘schemes’ investigated by Public Integrity lead to arrests

Two men investigated by the Center for Public Integrity for a story about groups that fundraise for causes like childhood leukemia but keep virtually all the money have been charged in connection with “schemes to defraud donors,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Richard Zeitlin, 53, and Robert […]

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‘Disability is an often forgotten piece of the court’s docket’

In the past year, the Supreme Court has made several decisions that have radically reshaped essential rights for Americans spanning from abortion access to gun rights to the separation of church and state.  The higher court rulings have prompted an array of analyses of how some of these decisions will disproportionately impact some already marginalized […]

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Public Integrity podcast honored with NABJ award

Season 2 of the Center for Public Integrity’s podcast, “The Heist,” has won a 2023 Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. “The Wealth Vortex,” which confronted America’s racial wealth gap through the story of an Iowa woman attempting to open the country’s first Black-owned bank in decades, was recognized by […]

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Public Integrity wins Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

The Center for Public Integrity has won a 2023 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. It recognizes a body of work by the nonprofit investigative newsroom that confronts widening inequality in the U.S. through reporting that’s rooted in innovative data analysis, powerful storytelling, historical context and collaboration with local journalists and sources closest […]

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In their own words: Disabled storytellers share what ‘home’ means to them

The Center for Public Integrity held an event on July 26 — the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — called “What is Home?” that explored the challenges of finding safe homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the event, there were four storytellers with disabilities who shared what “home” means […]

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Public Integrity nominated for ‘general excellence’ Online Journalism Award

The Center for Public Integrity is a finalist for the Online Journalism Awards’ coveted general excellence award. The nonprofit investigative news organization is one of three finalists in the small newsroom category, alongside Honolulu Civil Beat and The Markup. Finalists in the award’s larger categories include The New York Times and The Washington Post. Public […]

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Public Integrity launches effort to support local investigative reporting

The Center for Public Integrity is setting out to strengthen local investigative reporting across the country, through partnerships with local newsrooms designed to systematically exchange knowledge and provide ongoing support. The initiative will prioritize news organizations serving communities that are traditionally under-resourced yet have the potential to produce groundbreaking stories exposing systemic inequalities affecting their […]

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Renters less likely to be kicked out where eviction filing fees are higher

Places with higher fees for filing eviction cases have lower eviction rates — even when other factors are considered, new research from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University shows. The research, published in the journal Housing Policy Debate in May, showed higher filing fees motivate landlords to work with tenants rather than turning to the […]