Journalism in the Public Interest



‘Kiss Everybody’: Parents’ Voicemails Preserve Their Memory in Death

Reporter marvels how the things he cherishes most about his parents aren’t those that he would have ever imagined.

Cruise Control

Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships

Congress to Consider Scaling Down Group Homes for Troubled Children

At a hearing in Washington, a renewed call for addressing the violence and neglect that plagues group homes for foster youth.

Hacked Sony Emails Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Political Dealings in L.A.

A Los Angeles politician cast a critical 'yes' vote months after the chief executive of Sony Pictures arranged a $25,000 corporate contribution to a super PAC.

Boondoggle HQ

The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed

Overuse, Safety Questions Cloud Advair’s Ascent to Asthma Blockbuster

Millions of Americans use GlaxoSmithKline's purple inhaler. But whether Advair poses a higher risk of asthma-related death remains uncertain 15 years after regulators approved the drug.

Reporting on the NSA Before It Was Cool

Podcast: Patrick Radden Keefe of The New Yorker talks about his pre-Snowden muckraking and the art of weaving new nuggets and in-depth reporting for a can’t-miss narrative.

Money as a Weapons System

How U.S. commanders spent $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan

Juror and Former Officer Raise Doubt About Patz Prosecution

On a question that worried a juror in the Etan Patz murder case, a former cop offers his view.

NSA Surveillance Lawsuit Tracker

A federal appeals court recently ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is illegal.

How Illinois’ Pension Debt Blew Up Chicago’s Credit

After a court ruling, the state’s legacy of borrowing to cover public employee pensions landed a $2.2 billion problem in the city’s lap.

‘Incommunicado’ Forever: Gitmo Detainee’s Case Stalled For 2,477 Days And Counting

The Senate torture report chronicled the CIA’s interrogation of high-profile detainee Abu Zubaydah, but the justice system’s treatment of his habeas corpus petition has largely escaped notice.

MuckReads Podcast: The Challenge of Covering Characters Who Won’t Talk

On ProPublica's latest podcast, author Masha Gessen talks about covering the Boston Marathon bombers, Vladimir Putin, and the challenges of telling a story without access to the main characters.

Jury Can’t Reach Verdict in Patz Murder Case

After 18 days of deliberation, a Manhattan jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked in case involving boy who went missing in 1979.

The Best Articles on the Era of Big Campaign Spending

Here are the best stories we've come across over the past few months about the ever-increasing role of money in politics.

Injured Worker in ProPublica/NPR Story Testifies Before Illinois Legislature

In an eight-hour hearing, Democratic lawmakers challenge governor's proposals to change state's workers' compensation law.

Unsolved Killing of American Nuns in Liberia an Open Case Again

The FBI for the first time acknowledges the investigation of the 1992 killing of five American nuns in Liberia is again part of an active case.

Higher Ed Lobby Quietly Joins For-Profit Schools to Roll Back Tighter Rules

Traditional colleges and universities have become unlikely allies of the beleaguered for-profit industry as each group tries to fend off the government’s push for more accountability.

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