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Robin Fields became managing editor of ProPublica on January 1, 2013. She joined ProPublica as a reporter in 2008 and became a senior editor in 2010. As an editor, she has overseen projects on political dark money, injection wells, the military’s handling of traumatic brain injuries, police violence in post-Katrina New Orleans, cell tower deaths, and the nation's troubled system of death investigations. Work she has edited has twice been honored with George Polk Awards, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and IRE. These projects also have resulted in four documentaries made in partnership with PBS "Frontline," two of which received Emmy nominations. As a reporter at ProPublica, Fields did a project on U.S. dialysis care and wrote stories about a troubled chain of psychiatric hospitals. Fields was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for her work on dialysis, which was also honored by IRE and the Society of Professional Journalists and received the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism. Fields began her career at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. Before joining ProPublica, spent nine years as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked on investigations into political fundraiser Norman Hsu, California's adult guardianship system and abuses at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Her work on guardianship received the National Journalism Award for investigative reporting, a Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award and an Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.


Nine Ideas to Make Tylenol and Other Acetaminophen Drugs Safer

Scientists, regulators and manufacturers have come up with numerous proposals that could reduce the toll of deaths and injuries from one of America’s most popular drugs.

Celebrating Five Years at ProPublica

Five years later, many things have changed at and around ProPublica, but its mission to hold those in power accountable remains the same.

Lifting the Veil on Dangerous Prescribing

The release of Medicare Part D records changes the conversation about how practitioners prescribe drugs -- and indicates the government could do more to ensure they do so safely.

Updated: Dialysis Facility Tracker

Our Dialysis Facility Tracker allows patients to compare clinics on such measures as patient survival, infection control, hospitalization rates and transplant rates.

Federal Grand Jury Probes Major Dialysis Provider

DaVita, the country’s second-largest dialysis provider, announced in a financial filing that a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into the company’s business practices is “preliminary.”

Feds to Follow ProPublica, Release Dialysis Clinic Data

Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Sen. Grassley they are now providing Dialysis Facility Reports, statistical compilations on each of the nation's 5,000-plus dialysis clinics, to anyone upon request and are trying to add the reports to Medicare’s Dialysis website.

Led by California, Inspection Backlogs Weaken Dialysis Oversight

An investigation by ProPublica found that some states are failing to meet inspection targets for the nation’s more than 5,000 dialysis clinics. Patient advocates say the backlog increases risks for patients in a system that has one of the industrialized world’s highest mortality rates.

Dialysis Data, Once Confidential, Shines Light on Clinic Disparities

ProPublica obtained data about the performance of more than 5,000 U.S. dialysis clinics. ProPublica’s Dialysis Facility Tracker allows patients to compare clinics on such measures as patient survival, infection control, hospitalization rates and transplant rates.

Sen. Grassley Demands Information on Dialysis Clinic Conditions

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter Tuesday to Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, expressing concern about clinic conditions and oversight described in a report published by ProPublica and the Atlantic Monthly in November.

New Study Shows Higher Mortality Risk at For-Profit Dialysis Chains

A new study shows that patients treated at dialysis clinics run by the largest U.S. for-profit chains have a higher risk of death than patients treated by the biggest nonprofit chain.

When Needles Dislodge, Dialysis Can Turn Deadly

An untold number of dialysis patients are injured or die as a result of needle dislodgments, but Medicare rules don't require clinics to report such adverse incidents to outside authorities.

In Dialysis, Life-Saving Care at Great Risk and Cost

Nearly 40 years after Congress created a unique entitlement for patients with kidney failure, U.S. death rates and per-patient costs are among the world's highest while the biggest for-profit providers flourish.

Federal Agents Open Inquiry Into Order Authorizing NOPD Cops to Shoot Looters

Federal agents are looking into allegations that high-ranking New Orleans police commanders gave orders after Hurricane Katrina authorizing officers to shoot looters.

Troubled Mental Health Provider Acquired by Competitor

Psychiatric Solutions Inc., a mental health care provider that has been the subject of several ProPublica stories, will be acquired by Universal Health Services Inc., another large operator of hospitals and psychiatric facilities.

Psychiatric Solutions’ Executive Pay Probed by Justice Department

The Justice Department is investigating executive compensation at Psychiatric Solutions Inc., the inpatient mental health care company that has been the subject of several articles by ProPublica.

Florida Regulators Stop Admissions to Troubled Youth Facility

Florida has halted admissions to a psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents operated by a subsidiary of Psychiatric Solutions Inc.

Judge Strikes Complaint in Libel Suit Against ProPublica

A court ruling concludes that a doctor was not defamed in an article about Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans.

Super Bowl Fun: Snap Your Congress Member

Citing ProPublica Investigation Into University of Phoenix, Congressman Calls for Hearings

A Maryland lawmaker calls for an investigation into the recruiting practices of for-profit schools, citing an investigation by ProPublica and Marketplace.

University of Phoenix Settles Suit Over Recruitment Practices

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