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ProPublica’s “Lost Mothers” and “Walking While Black” Named NABJ Awards Finalists

Two ProPublica projects were named among this year’s finalists for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Awards.

ProPublica Hires Agnes Chang as Editorial Experience Designer

As part of ProPublica’s growing design and production team, Chang will work on improving its website and editorial products.

Investigative Reporter Jack Gillum to Cover Tech for ProPublica

Jack Gillum is joining as a senior reporter covering technology and the ways algorithms, big data, and social media platforms impact civil rights.

Behind the Headline: Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti

After the death of Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti’s son, a New Jersey state agency continued billing her for the student loans. ProPublica’s reporting on these aggressive collections spurred a state law requiring the agency to forgive debts of borrowers who die.

Behind the Headline: Oscar Ramírez Castañeda

After learning he’d been kidnapped as a child, spared from a massacre carried out by the Guatemalan military, Oscar Ramírez Castañeda faced danger of persecution if deported to his home country. ProPublica’s story prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant political asylum to Ramírez and his wife.

Behind the Headline: Allisa Song

Research scientist Allisa Song didn’t just get outraged when she read ProPublica’s story on medical waste. She organized a dream team of fellow scientists and engineers to invent a solution.

Behind the Headline: Tim Newman

Tim Newman was an advocate for his fellow civilian contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping them get medical care. A ProPublica story drew national attention, and policy change, for their hidden plight.

Behind the Headline: Demetrius Smith

Demetrius Smith was wrongfully convicted of murder, but still had a felony conviction because of an unusual plea deal. ProPublica’s story spurred a new hearing for Smith that cleared his criminal record.

Behind the Headline: María Eugenia Vela

María Eugenia Vela’s husband was killed when a drug cartel swept through their small town in Mexico. For years, she never got answers until a ProPublica story revealed what happened.

Behind the Headline: Marie McCausland

Marie McCausland experienced painful symptoms days after giving birth, which she recognized from a ProPublica article on maternal mortality. “ProPublica’s reporting literally saved my life,” she said.

Behind the Headline: Christopher Copolillo

As a student journalist, Christopher Copolillo used Debt By Degrees, ProPublica’s tool for assessing the debt burden colleges put on low-income families, to hold his own university accountable.

Behind the Headline: Noemi Martinez

Noemi Martinez felt angry and powerless when she was unfairly ticketed and fined for a pedestrian violation. ProPublica and Florida Times-Union reporters gave her hope — and their story led to her receiving pro bono legal representation.

ProPublica Hires Jeremy Kutner as Deputy General Counsel

Jeremy Kutner will be ProPublica’s deputy general counsel.

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