Investigative Reporters and Editors announced today that two ProPublica investigations have been recognized as finalists for this year’s IRE Awards.
A series of stories on the New York City Police Department’s enforcement of nuisance abatement laws, in partnership with New York Daily news reporter Sarah Ryley, was a finalist in the print/online category. Ryley found that police have frequently moved to evict people from their apartments or businesses based on questionable or even nonexistent evidence. In dozens of cases, residents had been cleared of crimes, but they or their relatives have been deemed a nuisance and removed from their homes anyway. After the investigation was published, the NYPD imposed new safeguards in the process of locking residents out of their homes before they’ve had a chance to tell their side of the story in court, and the number of nuisance abatement actions filed by the NYPD dropped significantly.
"Terror in Europe," a collaboration with Frontline about the terror campaign that overwhelmed the defenses of Europe in 2015 and 2016, was a finalist in the broadcast/video category. The documentary and companion article by ProPublica senior reporter Sebastian Rotella told the story of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the November 2015 attacks on Paris, and the bombings in Brussels in March 2016, with a focus on the longtime structural flaws in Europe’s counter-terror defenses – problems that were well-known but repeatedly ignored.
See a full list of this year’s IRE Awards winners and finalists here.