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An investigative reporter’s job: “Good journalism has always sought to expose injustice”

Liz Essley Whyte joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2014 as a fellow, and she became a reporter in 2015. Her investigative work has won Goldsmith and Gerald Loeb awards, as well as honors from the National Press Club, Editor & Publisher, the Association of Healthcare Journalists and others. She graduated summa cum laude […]

Posted inInequality

Shirley Sherrod was fired by USDA. Why is she serving the agency again? 

Among the 15 members of a new Equity Commission charged with dismantling discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one name stood out: Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod rose to national prominence more than a decade ago when right-wing website Breitbart selectively edited video of Sherrod, then the USDA’s Georgia state rural development director, telling an audience […]

Posted inCriminalizing kids

‘She looks like a baby’: Why do kids as young as 5 or 6 still get arrested at schools?

ORLANDO — The preschoolers filed offstage in royal blue caps and gowns, hugging their parents and ready for treats to celebrate their 2018 graduation from Trinity Learning Academy. All but one. This story also appeared in USA TODAY A 5-year-old took center stage, dancing to upbeat music, legs kicking in white tights and shiny white […]

Posted inThe Heist

The Heist: Season 2

Season 1 | Season 2 Subscribe on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google | Stitcher | Pandora Click transcript to read the trailer transcript.ReShonda Young is trying to do something nobody in the country has managed in more than 20 years. Open a new Black-owned bank. In the second season of The Heist, we follow her quest to confront the enormous wealth gap between […]

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An investigative reporter’s job: “Look at the entirety of a situation”

Melissa Hellmann joined the Center for Public Integrity in August 2021 as a reporter covering racial, gender and economic equality. She was formerly a reporter with the Seattle Times, where she covered marginalized communities, and artificial intelligence including bias in facial recognition systems and the changing landscape of labor. She previously worked for Seattle Weekly, […]

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A fifth of nursing-home workers remain unvaccinated as deadlines loom

Federal deadlines to vaccinate all health-care workers against COVID-19 are just weeks away, but the most recent federal data show that roughly a fifth of nursing-home employees are not yet fully vaccinated. The Supreme Court in January upheld the mandate that covers 76,000 health care facilities and their 10.4 million employees. Now medical employers have […]

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Season 2: trailer transcript

Listen to the trailer for Season 2 of The Heist. Subscribe on Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google | Stitcher | Pandora[Sound of door knocking] RESHONDA YOUNG: Hello, hello!  NEIGHBOR: How are you? RESHONDA YOUNG: I’m good, how are you? ​​ReShonda Young is at a front door in Waterloo, Iowa. She’s holding a clipboard, but this is no visit about politics or religion.  RESHONDA […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Pratheek Rebala recognized among ‘25 Under 35’ journalism leaders

Center for Public Integrity news developer Pratheek Rebala has been recognized as one of Editor & Publisher magazine’s 25 Under 35 leaders in the journalism industry.  Rebala, 26, was honored alongside editors, publishers, audience specialists and revenue leaders from newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Arizona Republic, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Columbus Dispatch, as […]

Posted inElections

A battleground fight over polling places and voting rights in Georgia

As a half-dozen voting rights advocates filed into the Lincoln County Board of Elections to deliver a petition that temporarily halted plans to shutter polling places, the tension between them and elections director Lilvender Bolton was nearly palpable. This story also appeared in Georgia Public Broadcasting and NPR After spending the afternoon anxiously watching the […]

Posted inHousing

Home lending remains unequal

Mortgage lenders aren’t making headway on longstanding racial disparities in home lending, according to a new analysis. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, tapping federal data, found that Black and Latino borrowers were still receiving loans to purchase homes in 2020 at lower rates than white borrowers.  And the boom in refinancing touched off by falling […]

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Child homelessness is on the rise. Schools may just be seeing the ‘tip of the iceberg’

During the pandemic’s first year, schools across the country lost track of more than 400,000 homeless students.  As schools reopened their doors for in-person learning this year, the number of students identified as homeless began to creep back up.  But, with the end of the federal eviction moratorium, there are fears that the problem is […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

Analysis: Fauci’s finances are already public. But they could be easier to find.

Update: Jan. 13, 5:42 p.m.: A spokesman for Sen. Marshall said he plans to introduce the “Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) ACT, which requires the public access of financial disclosures on the official Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website for administration officials like Dr. Fauci. The FAUCI Act would also provide a list […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

A senator couldn’t find Fauci’s financial info. But we did.

Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci to reveal his finances in a congressional hearing Tuesday, saying that his staff couldn’t find any public financial disclosure from the nation’s most famous pandemic official. But we did. As part of my job as an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, in 2020 I […]

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New Public Integrity website puts spotlight on inequality

The Center for Public Integrity has a new website, redesigned to further our mission of using investigative journalism to confront inequality in the U.S., showcase audio storytelling and multimedia in addition to our long-form investigations, and adopt the most up-to-date mobile and accessibility standards. “After nearly a year of thoughtful design and audience engagement work, […]

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Elaina Di Monaco joins Public Integrity as philanthropy associate

Elaina Di Monaco has joined the staff of the Center for Public Integrity as a philanthropy associate in support of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization’s mission of investigating inequality. Di Monaco is a Tampa native who most recently served as development and engagement manager at WHYY’s Billy Penn local news operation in Philadelphia. They helped […]

Posted inInequality

These books tackled inequality in 2021

Editor’s note: If you purchase any of the books highlighted here using the links we provide, you’ll be supporting independent bookstores and 10% of your purchase price will go to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization focused on inequality. For other titles relevant to our work, check out Public Integrity’s recommendations […]

Posted inDemocracy

New anti-protest laws cast a long shadow on First Amendment rights

This story also appeared in HuffPost and Indian Country Today Tiffany Crutcher was worried.  Oklahoma lawmakers had passed a new measure stiffening penalties for protesters who block roadways and granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit them. The state NAACP, saying the law was passed in response to racial justice demonstrations and could chill the […]

Posted inInequality

How ARPA helps states pay for expanding Medicaid coverage

The American Rescue Plan Act that President Biden signed in March 2021 incentivizes states to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. All states that expand Medicaid receive 90% federal matching funds for the newly eligible adult population. But the Act offers the 12 non-expansion states a five-percentage point increase in their federal matching […]

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Photo gallery and voices from the Deep South

The legacy of slavery continues to shape life circumstances for Black people in Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Jefferson County, Mississippi. On opposite sides of the Mississippi River, these Deep South communities boast a proud civil rights history. Expanding Medicaid would benefit Mississippi communities like Jefferson as studies show it has in rural Louisiana. These photos […]

Posted inInequality

What Medicaid expansion means and why it matters

Do I qualify for reduced-cost health coverage based on my income? The 2021 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers can determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). FPL also determines eligibility for health insurance subsidies on and state marketplaces. Find those numbers here. Did my state expand Medicaid under the […]

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A school district defunded police. But it keeps calling them back in.

The Milwaukee Public Schools canceled its contract with the city police department in June 2020, but the policy change has not stopped staff from summoning officers to schools. In the first two months of the current school year, administrators at Milwaukee high schools called police more than 200 times, ABC affiliate station WISN reported. Some […]