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Center for Public Integrity welcomes new staff

The Center for Public Integrity has promoted veteran staff member Jamie Smith Hopkins to editor and is making key additions to the nonprofit investigative news organization’s reporting and audience teams. Corey Mitchell, an associate editor and reporter at Education Week, will join Public Integrity on Feb. 22 as a senior reporter covering education. Lisa Yanick […]

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Q&A with the ‘father’ of environmental justice at a turning-point moment

For four years, the Trump administration’s rollbacks of environmental protections fell hardest on communities of color and low-income neighborhoods — places that have long borne the brunt of pollution. But even before that, the federal government’s efforts to combat environmental injustices were often spotty and weak. That may be changing. President Joe Biden pledged as […]

Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

Republicans target ballot access after record turnout

The months after November’s presidential election have been filled with conspiracy theories, lies and myths about the security and integrity of U.S. elections, led by former President Donald Trump and many Republican leaders. This story also appeared in Stateline As a result, polls show that more than half of Republican voters wrongly believe that President […]

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With the stroke of a pen, Biden begins undoing Trump’s deregulation policies

Former President Donald Trump rolled back federal regulations more than any other president in U.S. history — in some cases to the detriment of Americans’ health and safety, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and Vox. But President Joe Biden has already set the stage for undoing Trump’s changes, and Congress can quickly wipe out Trump’s deregulations pushed […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

For some COVID patients, pre-existing conditions and long-term consequences part of the struggle

This story was published in partnership with Flint Beat. This story also appeared in Flint Beat A sharp tingle shoots through Terrell Harris’ leg. He pops a pill for the pain, but his nerves will act up again when the medicine wears off.  His legs are so weak and unpredictable he uses a walker to get […]

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Biden’s immigration ‘reset’ faces some GOP roadblocks

Shortly after taking office Jan. 20, President Joe Biden ordered a 100-day moratorium on most deportations. Six days later, a federal judge in Texas blocked the moratorium with a 14-day restraining order. Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sought the restraining order, arguing that Biden was endangering the state. Paxton’s challenge is a sign that more […]

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Climate change contributed to more than 70 natural disasters since 2015

One of President Joe Biden’s first actions after his inauguration Wednesday was signing an executive order to rejoin the Paris climate agreement. There’s no time to waste in the fight against global warming, and here’s one number that drives it home: 76. That’s how many disasters and temperature anomalies scientists have demonstrated were made more likely […]

Posted inDemocracy

Analysis: Threats to democracy on Inauguration Day, and the lies that got us here

This is a news analysis from the Center for Public Integrity. Today’s inauguration, part of the ritual of American democracy, is offset by images usually associated with a coup. Thousands of armed National Guard members are juxtaposed with the monuments and symbols that tell the American story. The Washington Monument. The Lincoln Memorial. And the […]

Posted inHidden Epidemics

In Florida, worsening heat puts more people at risk

For more than two decades now, Jeannie Economos has been advocating for farmworkers’ health. Pesticide exposure was her first focus. But for half that time, she’s also zeroed in on deadly heat. “It gets hotter every summer,” said Economos, coordinator of pesticide safety and environmental health at Farmworker Association of Florida. “This past summer was […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Trump administration will pay Public Integrity attorney’s fees in two more FOIA lawsuits

Last week, the U.S. Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget agreed to settle a federal lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act and pay the Center for Public Integrity $15,000 in attorney’s fees. In October, U.S. Customs and Border Protection settled a separate lawsuit and paid $13,000 in attorney’s fees to Public […]

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Capitol attack underscores white supremacist infiltration of police, military

In the aftermath of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, FBI Director Christopher Wray vowed to muster the full investigative powers of his agency to bring “violent agitators and extremists” to justice. The ensuing investigation, billed as “unprecedented” in its scale and scope, has led to the prosecution of more than 70 […]

Posted inBarriers to the Ballot Box

Democrats push wide-ranging voting, ethics reforms in charged moment for democracy

A sweeping package of voting-rights, government-ethics and anti-corruption measures failed to make it through Congress in 2019, but an updated version of the bill is at the top of Democrats’ agenda.  Proponents say the aftermath of the 2020 election and last week’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol makes the need for the legislation more […]

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Center for Public Integrity announces a leadership transition

The Center for Public Integrity announced today a leadership transition.  CEO Susan Smith Richardson will be leaving to become Deputy Editor of The Guardian-US. Susan will remain at Public Integrity until March 12, 2021 to assure a smooth transition. We congratulate her on her new position and wish her the greatest success.   “While we are […]

Posted inInequality

Q&A: ‘Night and day’ difference in police response

After a mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, many pointed out the difference in police treatment compared with Black Lives Matter demonstrators last summer. Marissa Lang, a reporter with The Washington Post, covered both Wednesday’s breach and the earlier civil-rights demonstrations in Washington. She said she saw firsthand how police […]

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Wes Lowery, Charles Whitaker and Krishen Mehta joining Center for Public Integrity board

Pulitzer-winning journalist Wes Lowery, Medill Dean of Journalism Charles Whitaker and former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Krishen Mehta are joining the Center for Public Integrity’s Board of Directors.  The new Board members join 14 other directors in helping advance the work of one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit investigative journalism organizations.  “I am delighted to welcome three […]

Posted inFuture of Warfare

Under Trump, the nuclear weapons industry has boomed

While the country has been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, economic decline, and the election, President Donald Trump’s administration quietly and steadily steered America’s nuclear weapons industry to its largest expansion since the end of the Cold War, increasing spending on such arms by billions of dollars with bipartisan congressional support. This story also appeared […]

Posted inImmigration

Hidden hardship: Guest farmworkers with visas died of COVID-19 in obscurity while Trump planned wage freezes

This story is published in partnership with Mother Jones.  This story also appeared in Mother Jones Two fathers and their sons traveled from Mexico this spring to grow and harvest North Carolina’s sweet potatoes, tobacco, Christmas trees and other crops. All four men held temporary H-2A nonimmigrant visas — permits U.S. employers use to sponsor foreign […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

South Dakota’s coronavirus surge is turning nursing homes into a ‘battle zone’

This story was published in partnership with HuffPost. On October 9, an employee in the business office at Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion, South Dakota, tested positive for the coronavirus. She was sent home immediately, but three days later, a nursing aide and a housekeeper both tested positive. Marion, a town of fewer than 1,000 residents, […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

The vast majority of America’s cities qualify as ‘sustained hotspots,’ new federal COVID-19 data shows

This story was published in partnership with NPR.  This story also appeared in NPR The Trump administration on Friday made public a trove of federal data on the pandemic that reveals a country awash in red alerts. The data contains a wealth of previously undisclosed information, including counties the federal government considers “hotspots,” forecasts for whether […]

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How journalists documented America’s inequality crisis in 2020

The United States entered 2020 with historic levels of income inequality. Health impacts and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated that gulf, with depression-level unemployment rates, a looming eviction and mortgage crisis and food insecurity having a disproportionate impact on women and Black and Latino communities. We share important news about inequality issues […]

Posted inCOVID Divide

These companies took $1.8 billion in federal aid to save jobs. They laid off 90,000 workers anyway.

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust. Sign up to receive our newsletters. Rosa Rodriguez spent eight years ironing and hanging bathrobes for guests at the Mirage, the Bellagio and other five-star hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. But as COVID-19 spread through the United States and kept tourists […]

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Mc Nelly Torres joins Center for Public Integrity

Mc Nelly Torres, an award-winning investigative journalist with more than two decades of experience, has joined the Center for Public Integrity as an editor.  Torres will play a critical leadership role as Public Integrity realigns its journalism around covering inequality and serving and engaging diverse communities across the country. “Mc Nelly has produced an amazing […]

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Public Integrity reporting leads Virginia to decriminalize its students

Once Virginia schools begin in-person teaching again, educators and school resource police will have to follow two new laws aimed at stopping the criminalization of children’s behavior at school — legislation inspired by Center for Public Integrity reporting. One law passed this year prohibits charging students with criminal disorderly conduct during school or at school-sponsored events. The […]

Posted inCOVID Divide

PPP loans were supposed to prioritize low-income areas during the pandemic. They didn’t.

As the pandemic hit, orders cratered at KB and Katie Brown’s print shop in Minneapolis. They knew they would need help — exactly what the Paycheck Protection Program was meant to provide. But despite trying three lenders, they never got one of the forgivable COVID-19 loans handed out from April through early August. They had […]

Posted inThe Moment newsletter

How does America reverse years of racist housing policies?

Welcome to The Moment. I’m Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity. In his 2017 bestseller, “The Color of Law,” Richard Rothstein traces the history of residential segregation, debunking the myth that it just happened without government regulation and capturing how it affects racial disparities in home values, well-being and wealth today. […]