Journalism in the Public Interest


Sabrina Shankman

Sabrina Shankman was an intern at ProPublica. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, and was a researcher on PBS/Frontline's "Black Money" documentary. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Before attending graduate school, she was a crime reporter at the Taunton Daily Gazette in Massachusetts. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University.


Post-Katrina Shootings by Police: Where Things Stand

In the year since ProPublica ran stories on crimes committed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, investigations by the Department of Justice have pursued the queries, resulting in indictments. But for some cases, there are still more questions than answers.

Former Cop Sentenced in Post-Katrina Shooting of Unarmed Civilians at Danziger Bridge

A former New Orleans police officer who had pleaded guilty to his role in the post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shooting was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison.

NOPD Officer With History of Complaints Against Him Testifies in Post-Katrina Police Shooting

A New Orleans police officer who was painted as a hero during Hurricane Katrina, but who has a lengthy history of excessive force complaints against him, took the stand yesterday to defend his role in the killing of an unarmed man in the wake of the storm.

In Post-Katrina Killing, NOPD Cop Testifies Why He Shot Man, Another Explains Why He Burned the Body

One New Orleans police officer says he feared for his life when he fired the bullet that killed Henry Glover; another explains why he later burned the body.

Testimony in Post-Katrina Shooting by Police Offers New Details on Alleged Cover-up

A police sergeant testified that she drafted a report raising questions about the shooting of Henry Glover -- only to have the report rewritten by others with key details missing.

Testimony: New Orleans Police Investigator Knew About Police Involvement in Post-Katrina Shooting

In the trial of five New Orleans police officers, testimony contradicts an officer’s previous statements.

In Post-Katrina Police Shooting, Photographer and Cop Witnessed Key Events, Didn’t Come Forward

Five years after a post-Katrina shooting by police, news facts are coming out in the trial of five current or former officers charged in connection with the case.

Trial Underway of Five New Orleans Cops for Post-Katrina Shooting

Five cops are facing trial in the grisly post-Katrina murder of Henry Glover.

New Orleans Judge May Limit Defense Options in Glover Case

Prosecutors say police should not be able to argue that they were just following orders in when they shot civilians after Hurricane Katrina.

Two NOPD Officers Charged in Post-Katrina Death

A federal grand jury indicted two New Orleans police officers for lying and obstruction of justice in connection with the shooting death of Danny Brumfield Sr., a 45-year-old man shot in the back by police in the days after Katrina.

NOPD Officer Gets Three Years For Cover-Up of Danziger Bridge Shootings

Former NOPD Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his part in the cover-up of post-Katrina shootings on the Danziger Bridge.

Drilling Industry and Gubernatorial Candidates Move to Weaken Some State Regulations

The drilling industry is seeking to weaken state regulations, especially in Colorado and New Mexico.

New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

New York State is starting to collate and examine all the comments on its draft environmental review of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Gas Drillers Plead Guilty to Felony Dumping Violations

Two men face possible prison time and steep fines for dumping wastewater into an abandoned oil well in Pennsylvania.

Congress Launches Investigation Into Gas Drilling Practices

A House committee is investigating potential environmental impacts from hydraulic fracturing, as two companies acknowledge using diesel-based fluids in their wells.

New Gas Drilling Rules, More Staff for Pennsylvania’s Environmental Agency

Pennsylvania is moving faster than other states to keep watch over natural gas production.

Pennsylvania’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills

Drilling in the Marcellus Shale is increasing in Pennsylvania, but companies are also being fined for more spills of toxic chemicals.

Stricter Rules for Oil and Gas Leasing on Federal Land

A new policy announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will require more detailed reviews of proposed leases than under the Bush administration.

Montana Gas and Oil Regulatory Actions on the Rise

An exception among drilling states, Montana is seeing a slow growth in wells but a big increase in enforcement.

Drilling Wastewater Disposal Options in N.Y. Report Have Problems of Their Own

A New York report on drilling in the Marcellus Shale lists options for disposing of the wastewater, but the operators of those facilities say those options aren't feasible.