Journalism in the Public Interest


Karen Weise

Karen Weise was an intern at ProPublica and a recipient of the Mark Felt Scholarship for Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She has worked in public radio and as a researcher for PBS/Frontline. She has freelanced for Marketplace, The World, The San Jose Mercury News and others and was a finalist for an Investigative Reporting and Editors award. She came to journalism from a business background after graduating cum laude from Yale University.


Homeowners Trying To Get Loan Mods: Where They Stand Now

We check back with some of the homeowners seeking loan mods who we’ve profiled over the past year.

The Year in Wall Street Investigations

This past year prosecutors, regulators, Congress and journalists spent the year uncovering the financial shenanigans that brought the market to its knees. It's been marked by a few blockbuster settlements and more revealing investigations as well as by some noticeable inaction in the reckoning.

States Sue Bank of America: Bank Employees Dish, and Other Highlights

On Friday, Arizona and Nevada both filed suit against Bank of America, saying it deceived homeowners trying to avoid foreclosures.

Overview of the Government’s Programs to Reduce Principal on Underwater Mortgages

Fannie and Freddie’s Regulator Opposes Reducing Mortgages for Struggling Homeowners

The regulator for the government-controlled mortgage giants won’t let them trim loans for homeowners who owe more than their home is worth.

Survey Finds Banks Still Foreclose on Homeowners Seeking Loan Mods

A new survey say homeowners in the government's loan modification program are still being foreclosed on, despite it being against the rules.

Budget Cuts, Lobbying Challenge SEC’s Oversight

Oversight Panel Slams Loan Modification Program, but Highlights an Opportunity

Weak Laws and Lenient Enforcement Plague Missouri’s Oversight of Dangerous Doctors

Interactive: Which Banks Got Emergency Loans from the Fed During the Financial Meltdown?

The Federal Reserve released data on more than 21,000 loans and other deals it made through a dozen emergency programs during the financial crisis. We've combined the Fed’s three programs that loaned directly to banks and other financial firms with the goal of getting them to start lending again.

One ‘Nightmare’ Mortgage: Problems From Origination Through Foreclosure

A look at one case that shows common indicators of fraud and the challenges of fighting it.

New York State Foreclosure Mediation Shows Glimmers of Hope in Helping Homeowners

New York is requiring banks to sit down with homeowners before foreclosing. And it’s slowly starting to pay off.

BofA Blames Investors for Lack of Loan Modifications, But Evidence Points Elsewhere

Bank of America’s top mortgage official plans to testify today that investors are stopping the bank from making more loan mods. It’s not true.

Who’s on Treasury Sec. Geithner’s Calendar? Search for Yourself

A searchable, easy-to-browse look at the Treasury Secretary’s calendar during the height of financial reform.

Despite Praise From Banks, Treasury, In-House Loan Mods Provide Less Help to Homeowners

Banks’ own modifications typically reduce monthly payments by half as much as those made in the government program, making homeowners twice as likely to fall behind again after a modification.

The Government’s Incredible Shrinking Mortgage Mod Program

The U.S. government's effort to help struggling homeowners from defaulting on their mortgages is approaching a standstill, and the number of homeowners in ongoing mortgage modifications could start shrinking.

Wells Fargo Case Belies Claim It Always Verifies Mortgage Paperwork

Wells Fargo says its employees verify every mortgage document they sign, but a bankruptcy case shows that's not always the case.

Mortgage Investors Join Outcry Against Banks

The investors who own mortgages are starting to threaten legal action over the way banks and mortgage servicers operate.

Did the White House Meet its Stimulus Goal?

The White House says it met its goal of spending 70 percent of the $787 billion stimulus package, but final numbers aren't in and five agencies have spent less than a quarter of their funds.

The Bailout Yearbook: The Stars and the Slackers

A half-trillion dollars later, the TARP bailout has produced moneymakers, slow payers and underachievers.