Journalism in the Public Interest



Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack.

Obamacare, Five Years In (MuckReads Edition)

The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, is now in its second year of enrollment. We round up key reads on how it’s going.

How is Obamacare Affecting You in 2015? Help Us Report on Problems, Progress with the ACA

We are continuing our reporting on the Affordable Care Act in 2015 and we’d love to hear how your plan worked (or didn’t) in 2014.

Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules

New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.

California Workers’ Comp Law Gets Criticism, Praise at Senate Hearing

Some hearing witnesses say the 2012 reform law had “unintended consequences,” prompting insurers to deny medical care and doctors to leave the system.

New York Still Charges Teenagers as Adults. Will Cuomo’s Bill Change That?

New York is poised to pass a new juvenile sentencing bill that would keep many minors from being charged as adults, but some critics say it doesn’t go far enough.

What We Still Don’t Know About the Fed’s Leak Investigation

After looking for nearly six months, the Federal Reserve says it couldn’t find out who had shared confidential policy information. Critics in Congress aren’t satisfied with the account.

Recapping Workers’ Compensation: A Q & A with ProPublica and NPR

ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell, NPR reporter Howard Berkes and ProPublica news applications developer Lena Groeger took questions about the investigation into America's workers' comp system on Reddit.

The Fallout of Workers’ Comp ‘Reforms’: 5 Tales of Harm

Injured workers share their stories, revealing the real-life impact of rollbacks that have been spreading across the country.

California to Insurers: Don’t Use Workers’ Comp Law to Deny Approved Care

Concern over possible misuse of a 2012 workers’ comp law has led to warnings from state labor officials. A state senate committee will hold a hearing on the law Wednesday.

How Much Water Do You Use? Help ProPublica Investigate Water Use in the U.S.

We want to know how you use water at home — and how what you actually use compares to government estimates

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.

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