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Paul Kiel covers consumer finance for ProPublica.
Recently, his focus has been on debt collection. His work in 2014 was honored as a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award, a Scripps Howard Award, and a Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
His work in 2013 on high-cost lending was honored as a finalist for both a Gerald Loeb Award and a SABEW Best in Business Award.
He’s produced stories for the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and American Public Media’s Marketplace, among others.
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May 9, 2011, 6 a.m.Some banks and others who handle mortgages have been forcing homeowners into a corner: You want a chance at saving your home? Then you’ll have to waive your right to sue.
May 9, 2011, 5:59 a.m.
April 21, 2011, 9:19 a.m.As regulators launch an unprecedented plan to compensate victims of wrongful foreclosures, ProPublica will be watching closely.
April 21, 2011, 9:19 a.m.
April 13, 2011, 12:53 p.m.The recent budget deal struck between Republicans and Democrats would slash funding for housing counseling, a move that advocates say would force counseling agencies to lay off staff amid the foreclosure crisis.
April 1, 2011, 1:44 p.m.OneWest is postponing the foreclosure of a homeowner we reported on yesterday.
March 31, 2011, 12:43 p.m.The suit is a window into a broken system where even though the actual investors, when asked, say they want to allow mortgage modifications, the bank that acts as their representative has refused to allow them.
March 17, 2011, 9:27 a.m.The administration has been on a charm offensive about the TARP. We check in with our bailout database to show where things really stand.
March 11, 2011, 11:41 a.m.Hosts of federal agencies and regulators, along with the 50 state attorneys general, are hard at work on laying out new rules for banks and mortgage servicers. But attempts to reform this process have failed before. Will banks abusing the system be held accountable?
March 8, 2011, 12:37 p.m.We compiled the most compelling data we could find to show how the mortgage industry and the government's main effort, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), have failed homeowners.
Feb. 17, 2011, 5:03 p.m.The Obama administration’s flagship foreclosure prevention program has gambled on the willingness and ability of a troubled industry to help homeowners.
Feb. 17, 2011, 1:16 p.m.Federal regulators say they're going to crack down after finding "critical deficiencies" with how banks and mortgage servicers have been handling struggling homeowners. But it's an open question just what form a punishment will take.
Feb. 4, 2011, 8:48 a.m.Some Democrats now say Obama's administration actually undermined real change in bankruptcy laws to help foundering homeowners.
Jan. 27, 2011, 10:41 a.m.The Obama administration’s $75 billion foreclosure prevention program known as HAMP has been weakened, perhaps fatally, by a posture of cooperation—rather than enforcement—with the nation’s biggest banks.
Nov. 22, 2010, 8:17 a.m.Data show that modifications are just as rare as they were before the government’s mortgage program launched 19 months ago.
Nov. 11, 2010, 11:47 a.m.Data obtained by ProPublica show how much has gone to each mortgage servicer in the government’s foreclosure prevention program.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:07 a.m.New numbers show the administration’s mortgage modification program (HAMP) continues to struggle, while government officials say the banks’ flawed foreclosure practices should draw even more attention to their poor record in the handling of homeowners seeking modifications.
Sep. 23, 2010, 10:11 a.m.The government's mortgage modification is on pace to fall short of even the administration's vague goals, while details on why homeowners are being disqualified from the program raise questions.
Aug. 23, 2010, 10:33 a.m.Homeowners still have long, costly waits in the federal foreclosure-prevention program.
Aug. 16, 2010, 8:02 a.m.Mortgage servicers regularly break the government's loan modification rules, homeowners report to ProPublica.
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