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Jake Bernstein

Jake Bernstein
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Jake Bernstein is a business reporter for ProPublica. He was featured in the Best Business Writing in 2012 and 2013.

In April 2011, Bernstein and colleague Jesse Eisinger were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression.

Prior to joining ProPublica, Bernstein worked at The Texas Observer, an investigative biweekly, for six years, and as its executive editor from 2004 to 2008. Bernstein began his career in Central America, where for several years he reported on efforts to end longstanding civil conflicts. He served as a staff writer for the Pasadena [Texas] Citizen and then for the Miami New Times. His work has received numerous state-level and national journalism awards, and The Texas Observer, under his leadership, was named Best Political Magazine of 2005 by Utne Reader. Bernstein is co-author of Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency (2006).


In Turnabout, N.Y. Moves to Shut Troubled Rehab Clinic

Records show state officials knew for years about problems at New York Service Network, including allegations of overbilling and violations of patients’ rights exposed by a ProPublica investigation.

Judge Tosses Retaliation Lawsuit by Fired N.Y. Fed Examiner

Ruling: Carmen Segarra's claim that she was dismissed for not withdrawing a critical finding about Goldman Sachs is not protected by federal law.

MIA In The War On Cancer: Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments?

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out research into potential treatments that are more affordable. Says one researcher: “What is scientific and sexy is driven by what can be monetized.”

Caramadre Gets Six Years for Investment Scheme Involving Terminally Ill

Judge cites “very real emotional and psychological victimization" of dying participants who took cash for assigning their death benefits to investors.

SEC Issues More Fines Over Magnetar Deals – and Appears to Move on

There have now been more than $435 million in SEC settlements regarding one of the most notorious groups of mortgage securities deals behind the financial crisis.

New Allegations from Fired Examiner Describe Chaotic Workplace at New York Fed

The Fed has denied allegations by Carmen Segarra, who says she was wrongly terminated after refusing to back off findings that were critical of Goldman Sachs.

N.Y. Fed Asks Court to Dismiss Fired Goldman Examiner’s Lawsuit

Responding in a wrongful termination case, the New York Federal Reserve disputes Carmen Segarra’s claim that Goldman Sachs lacked firm-wide conflict-of-interest policies.

So Who is Carmen Segarra? A Fed Whistleblower Q&A

Ex-New York Fed examiner fired after criticizing Goldman Sachs has advice for Janet Yellen: It will take tough oversight to stop the next financial crisis.

SEC Files Charges in Magnetar Deal

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged an asset manager with fraud for its role in one of the most notorious groups of mortgage securities deals behind the financial crisis.

Report: Homes for Indigent Addicts Have Poor Conditions, Unsavory Ties to Drug Clinics

A new study finds that New York’s three-quarter houses are dangerous and unsanitary and residents say they are compelled to use drug clinics that pay kickbacks to landlords.

Documents to Remain Open in Examiner’s Lawsuit Against Fed

A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job.

N.Y. Fed Moves to Seal Documents in Ex-Bank Examiner’s Suit

At issue: Whether internal emails, records related to supervision of Goldman Sachs are confidential and shouldn’t have been made public as part of Carmen Segarra’s wrongful termination case.

NY Fed Fired Examiner Who Took on Goldman

Lawyer Carmen Segarra said she was pressured to change her finding that the way Goldman Sachs managed conflicts of interest was flawed.

Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care

Homeless and struggling with sobriety, Lillian Imbert faced a choice: Go to useless counseling sessions at New York Service Network or be evicted from her “sober” home. Her story shows how drug treatment clinics and landlords traffic in indigent alcoholics and addicts, all at taxpayer expense.

SEC Reportedly Passes on Charging Magnetar

Lawyer in Insurance Fraud Case Asks to Rescind Guilty Plea

Joseph Caramadre, who recruited dying people to help him and investors cash in on insurance death benefits, claims he is innocent and blames his lawyers and state of mind for his plea.

Insurance Schemer Cops a Plea

Joseph Caramadre made a profit dealing in insurance products that paid out when someone died. He said he paid the terminally ill to participate, creating win-win deals. Now, he's pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft.

Death Takes a Policy: We Answer Questions From Readers

The story of Joseph Caramadre moved dozens of ProPublica readers to debate the ethics of insurance and corporate behavior.

How an Obscure Federal Rule Could Be Shaking Up Presidential Politics

Federal rules that forbid employees of Wall Street firms from giving money to certain state officials running for federal office if the firms do business with that state helped knock New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie out of contention for a spot on the GOP ticket, according to the New York Post.

Death Takes a Policy: How a Lawyer Exploited the Fine Print and Found Himself Facing Federal Charges

The life insurance industry tried to make variable annuities irresistible to investors and was enraged when a Rhode Island lawyer exploited the fine print for his own profit.
Jake Bernstein
Read Jake Bernstein's e-book, The Wall Street Money Machine, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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