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Jessica Huseman

Senior Reporting Fellow

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Jessica Huseman is a reporter at ProPublica covering national politics and civil rights. She was previously a senior reporting fellow.

Prior to joining ProPublica, she was an education reporter at The Teacher Project and Slate. A freelance piece she co-authored for ProPublica on nursing regulations sparked a bill in the New York Legislature that would provide additional oversight for nurses who have committed crimes or harmed patients.

She graduated with honors from the Stabile Program in Investigative Journalism at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she was the recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship and the Fred M. Hechinger Award for Distinguished Education Reporting. Her stories have been published in The Atlantic, the Dallas Morning News and NPR.

Prior to becoming a journalist, she was a high school history teacher and debate coach in Newark, New Jersey.

Houston-Area Officials Approved a Plan for Handling a Natural Disaster — Then Ignored It

Harris County foresaw key risks, including a slow response from the Red Cross, but never implemented its strategy.

Trump’s Chosen: Who Made It Through A Year In The Whirlwind?

As the first anniversary of the inauguration approaches, we revisit the roster of Cabinet members and key advisors. Who’s in? Who’s gone? Who’s taking flak from the president?

A Short History of the Brief and Bumpy Life of the Voting Fraud Commission

It never made it to its third meeting, but the friction — and the lawsuits — live on.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Gone, But Scrutiny Will Continue

The president dissolved the commission and indicated that the Department of Homeland Security will continue its mission. Experts say DHS won’t achieve the results he wants — and critics won’t back down.

The Breakthrough: Used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ by the U.S. Military, Then Discarded

During World War II, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests — and kept it a secret. More than 60 years later, an NPR reporter and researcher helped the men get justice.

The Breakthrough: How Journalists in the Virgin Islands Covered the Disaster Happening to Them

Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed the Virgin Islands within days of each other, leaving almost everyone without power, internet or phones. Still, The Virgin Islands Daily News pressed on.

Trump Voter Fraud Commission Is Sued — By One of Its Own Commissioners

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap alleges the group’s leadership is violating transparency laws and has excluded him from deliberations.

The Voter Fraud Commission Wants Your Data — But Experts Say They Can’t Keep It Safe

Newly revealed records show sloppy practices that could put millions of people’s information at risk.

The Breakthrough: Curiosity Drove Her to Call 1,000 People

BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams set out to learn why America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain was under investigation. Source by source, she built a case that Universal Health Services was locking up people for profit.

Conflict Mounts Inside Voting Fraud Commission in the Wake of Child Porn Arrest

Two commissioners say they were in the dark not only about the arrest of a researcher for the commission — but also about the fact that he was working there in the first place.

Who’s Really in Charge of the Voting Fraud Commission?

Newly released email data shows two Republican not-yet-members potentially influencing a controversial letter — even as a Democratic member claims he was largely excluded from the process.

Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn’t delivered.

State Audit Slams New York’s Oversight of Nurses

Echoing the findings of a 2016 ProPublica investigation, New York’s comptroller says the state does not investigate complaints swiftly and lets nurses with criminal records retain their licenses.

Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

Instructions have been lacking, says one commissioner — a sharp contrast with similar groups in the past.

The Breakthrough: Behind the Scenes of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Bid for President

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes didn’t know their book would be called ‘Shattered,’ or that their extraordinary access would let them chronicle the mounting signs of a doomed campaign.

The Breakthrough: How a Small News Outlet Brought Down the State Hero

VTDigger’s Anne Galloway was suspicious the moment she heard about a too-good-to-be-true development. She didn’t know how right she was.

The Breakthrough: How an ICIJ Reporter Dug Up the World Bank’s Best Kept Secret

Sasha Chavkin chased it down across three continents, and into places he was warned weren't safe.

Election Experts See Flaws in Trump Voter Commission’s Plan to Smoke Out Fraud

The commission told ProPublica that states’ voter rolls will be run against federal databases to find potential fraudulent registrations — a move experts say will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud.

Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts of State Voter Data

A commission created by President Donald Trump to enhance confidence in America’s elections has asked all 50 states for copies of their voter records which often include names, addresses and ages. The commission has said it intends to make the information widely available.

Inappropriate Social Media Posts by Nursing Home Workers, Detailed

Below are details of 65 incidents since 2012 in which workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers shared photos or videos of residents on social media networks. The details come from government inspection reports, court cases and media reports.

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