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Investigating inequality with a grounding in history, solutions

Behind just about every racial disparity — in health, education, housing, access to voting, economic well-being — is hundreds of years of American history, including very recent history, that got us here. It’s something April Simpson centers in her work as a senior reporter covering racial equity for the Center for Public Integrity because it’s […]

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Public Integrity makes data behind “Cheated at Work” available

Economists estimate wage theft costs workers more than $15 billion a year. Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity spent a year investigating how widespread the practice is and how effectively the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division combats this systemic problem. Now we’re making the data and code that drove these investigations […]

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Inside the effort to make this city a better place for its Black residents

WATERLOO, Iowa Sheritta Stokes was worried, frustrated and determined to do something.  As schools sent children home to protect families from the coronavirus in 2020, she knew the students at her elementary school would feel an outsized impact. For the majority Black student body in this resource-starved part of town, normal was already a problem.  […]

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It ‘takes a village’ to investigate inequality

Jin Ding, a veteran reporter, philanthropic leader and advocate for inclusive storytelling and diversity and equity in journalism, has joined the Center for Public Integrity as chief of staff at a time when the nonprofit news organization is expanding on its mission of confronting inequality through investigative reporting. We asked about the approach they’ll take […]

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Maya Srikrishnan joins Public Integrity as investigative reporter

Maya Srikrishnan, a veteran journalist who has innovated in reporting with and for marginalized communities, will join the Center for Public Integrity March 14 as an investigative reporter.  Srikrishnan most recently served as associate editor for civic education at the Voice of San Diego, and was leading the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion work.  At […]

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Jin Ding will lead staff at Public Integrity that’s now majority people of color 

Jin Ding, an experienced journalism fundraiser, has joined the Center for Public Integrity’s leadership team as chief of staff, part of a strategy of hiring that has transformed one of the oldest investigative newsrooms into an organization whose staff is majority people of color. Public Integrity’s transformation is part of a deliberate culture shift designed […]

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From worker safety to the wealth gap, ‘deep investigations … save lives’

The second season of the Center for Public Integrity’s podcast, The Heist, tackles some of the biggest drivers of the country’s widening wealth gap. Its host, Jamie Smith Hopkins, investigates structural inequality and works closely with other reporters doing the same. Hopkins joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2014 as a reporter, and for […]

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These essential workers are afraid to report labor violations

An industrial accident last year shook Gainesville, Georgia, the self-proclaimed “Chicken Capital of the World.” Six poultry-processing workers died when nitrogen gas used to freeze chicken leaked into a factory room and asphyxiated them.  Five of the six people killed were Mexican nationals — as were many survivors at the plant. Some were reluctant to […]

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Con más trabajadores temporales, crece el temor a un mayor robo de salarios

Subscribe on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google | AmazonPara Maribel Hernández, enfermarse con covid-19 en una empresa procesadora de langostas de agua dulce (crawfish) en Luisiana y perder su trabajo ya había sido terrible. A la trabajadora mexicana, sin embargo, le esperaba otro golpe. Una investigación federal, realizada en 2020 y enfocada inicialmente en la seguridad laboral del lugar, reveló que […]

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As guest workers increase, so do concerns about wage cheating

This story also appeared in Associated Press and Univision For Maribel Hernández, falling ill with COVID-19 at a Louisiana crawfish processor and losing her job was terrible enough. But the Mexican guest worker was in for another shock. A federal labor investigation in 2020, initially focusing on worksite safety, revealed that the company failed to […]

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A closer look at an effort to make loan data public

In 2010, as Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, it directed the agency to collect data on small-business lending. That would be the rough equivalent of home mortgage application data made public for decades, which has helped reveal discriminatory practices. Years went by. No rule to get lenders to report small-business loan data was […]