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Liz Day is ProPublica's Director of Research. Her work with PBS Frontline investigating the deaths of workers who build America’s cell tower network was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting, was a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and won a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. She has also reported on how Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, has fought free, simple tax filing. Previously, she worked in the Investigative Unit at ABC News as a Carnegie Fellow and at NBC Universal.

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Pro-Troop Charity Shoots Back

Move America Forward gives statements and interviews to other news outlets about ProPublica’s article.

TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

Feds to Look Harder at Cell Carriers When Tower Climbers Die

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will systematically track who subcontractors were working for when accidents occur on cell tower sites.

A Deadly Surge in Tower Climber Accidents

Nineteen workers have died in communication tower accidents since 2013, a sharp rise from recent years. OSHA has announced new changes in how it polices the industry, including tracking what cell carrier or tower owner subcontractors had been working for when accidents occurred.

State Department Finally Releases List of ‘Special Government Employees’

The department revealed the names following scrutiny last year on Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Who Are State Dept’s 100 “Special Government Employees”? It Won’t Say

Earlier this year Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin drew scrutiny for working at the State Department and a consulting firm at the same time. The agency is mum on who else had such an arrangement.

Special Government Employees Lists

Resources for Investigating Tax-Exempt Organizations

In addition to our Nonprofit Explorer interactive database, here are some resources for researching charities and other tax-exempt organizations.

Republicans and Dems Come Together — to Keep IRS From Competing with TurboTax

A recently introduced bill would ban the IRS from offering free tax prep software.

How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit, producer of the top-selling tax software, has opposed letting the government do your taxes for free – even though it could save time and headaches for millions of filers.

Anatomy of a Cell Tower Death

A half dozen companies, including AT&T, played a role in the cell site project on which William “Bubba” Cotton died. So who controlled the work site? And who was responsible for the safety of subcontractors working on it?

After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects

Following a worker’s non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower last week, one of AT&T’s construction management firms has instituted a stand down across several states, requiring that its subcontractors review safety practices.

Built for a Simpler Era, OSHA Struggles When Tower Climbers Die

Fifty men have died in accidents on cell sites since 2003, but federal workplace safety regulators have few tools and little will to impose consequences on the companies that count on their labor.

In Race For Better Cell Service, Men Who Climb Towers Pay With Their Lives

Corporate giants have outsourced the dangerous work of building and maintaining communications towers to tiny subcontracting companies. Over the last nine years, nearly 100 workers have died, 50 of them on cell sites.

Methodology: How We Calculated the Tower Industry Death Rate

How we calculated deaths per 100,000 workers for the tower industry using OSHA's methodology.
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