Journalism in the Public Interest



MuckReads Podcast: Gawker’s John Cook on Why He’s No ‘Journalist’

An investigations editor says reporting doesn’t need labels – or grandiose packaging – to be interesting and informative.

Progress and Controversy Arrive With New Rules for Fracking on Public Lands

An initial review of rules issued by the Interior Department shows the federal government has taken important steps to protect drinking water resources, while not adopting the strictest regulations in place in some states

Aaron Schock’s Mileage Meltdown and More in MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email? Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

Despite Wave of Data Breaches, Official Says Patient Privacy Isn’t Dead

Yet another health insurer reported a massive data breach this week, affecting the financial and medical information of 11 million people. We asked the head of the federal agency tasked with investigating these issues whether the notion of patient privacy was outmoded.

Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride

The head of a Texas oil dynasty joined the parade of wealthy political donors, aiming to flip the Senate to Republicans. By the time consultants were done with him, the war chest was drained and fraud allegations were flying.

Insurance Information Institute Challenges Our Workers’ Comp Investigation. We Respond

Insurance Information Institute challenges ProPublica/NPR’s workers’ comp investigation. Here's our response.

MuckReads Podcast: Tom Robbins on His ‘Perry Mason Moment’

In part two of our conversation, tales from a long investigative journalism career, including a decision to break confidentiality.

Antebellum Data Journalism: Or, How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln

An 1848 investigative news story that relied on heavy data analysis snared big fish, including two future presidents.

California Announces Audit of Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide

A top labor official in California challenges our characterization of changes to the state’s workers’ comp system. His department will audit a case spotlighted by us.

MuckReads Podcast: Inside Attica with Tom Robbins

Robbins talks about his recent New York Times story, reporting on prisons, and getting the public to care about abuse of inmates.

Hillary Clinton’s Top Five Clashes Over Secrecy

The latest flap over her private emails as secretary of state is far from the first time she's been accused of lacking transparency.

Union Buried Evidence of Firestone Support of Warlord After Labor Deal

During a bitter strike in the 1990s, the United Steelworkers of America found Firestone supported warlord Charles Taylor, but never released its findings.

Fed Inspector General Reopens Leak Investigation

The move comes as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch demands more information about how a private newsletter obtained confidential details of Fed discussions.

Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation

Howard Glaser, a lobbyist and longtime confidant to Andrew Cuomo, previously denied he was involved in the then-attorney general’s investigations. Newly obtained emails show otherwise.

Echoes of Hillary’s Past as Emails Put Her on Defensive

Hillary Clinton defense of her use of personal emails while Secretary of State triggers memories of the ‘pink press conference’ during the Whitewater investigation.

A Stress Test For The New York Fed

As congressional critics push for reform of Wall Street’s lead regulator, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen says more of the decisions on bank oversight have shifted to Washington, D.C.

Washington Legislature Moves to Limit Schools Pinning Down and Isolating Kids

It’s the latest in a national trend to reduce restraints of school kids.

Podcast: Reporting on Workers’ Comp

Michael Grabell on how the project began, and how many legislators don’t understand the ways rollbacks hurt workers.

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