Journalism in the Public Interest


Ben Protess

Ben Protess was a reporting fellow at ProPublica. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the North Lawndale Community News in Chicago and as part of the investigative unit of CBS News in Chicago. Protess graduated with honors from the Columbia University Journalism School’s Investigative Reporting Fellowship.


Law Enforcement Agencies Still Struggling to Reduce DNA Backlog

New technology and new laws leave crime labs struggling to keep up with DNA evidence.

Introducing ProPublica’s DNA Backlog Tracker: Five Labs, Five Backlogs

DNA Tracker: Crime Labs and Their DNA Backlog

Illinois Crime Lab Botched Count of State’s DNA Backlog

Treasury Boasts of Mortgage Plan’s Progress, But Gives Little Info

Justice Denied: Debbie Shaw’s Story

Delayed Justice: Kellie Greene’s Story

The DNA Debacle: How the Federal Government Botched the DNA Backlog Crisis

Obama Housing Plan Broadens to 2nd Mortgages

Mortgage Mod Update: Readers Help Us Report

Big Banks Ramp Up Mortgage Mod Program

More than $13 billion has been committed so far in Making Home Affordable, Obama's program to avoid foreclosures.

Loan Modification Update

Help Us Report on Obama’s Mortgage Mod Program

Help Us Report on Obama’s Mortgage Mod Program

Secretary Salazar: The Everyman of Obama’s Cabinet

Everything You Want to Know About Blago’s Indictment

Report: LA Rape Evidence Backlog Booms to 12,000 Cases

Burris Punts on Promise

Stop the Clock: Treasury Releases Bailout Contract

Has Burris, The Immovable Object, Won?