Jessica Huseman

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Jessica Huseman covers voting rights and election administration for ProPublica. She is the lead reporter for ProPublica’s Electionland project, which helps hundreds of newsrooms across the United States cover ballot access issues in real time. The project has won awards from the Online News Association, the Global Editors Network and the Society for Professional Journalists.

Prior to covering elections, she covered health and education issues, especially those impacting children. 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. Prior to becoming a journalist, she was a high school history teacher and debate coach in Newark, New Jersey.

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.

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government

Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations.

Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not a Scientist

Sam Clovis likely to be named undersecretary of the USDA department that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition.

Texas Voter ID Law Led to Fears and Failures in 2016 Election

Efforts to implement the nation’s strictest voter ID requirements — a solution in search of a problem, according to one critic — foundered amid court defeats, confusion and at least one giant oversight.

Former Director of Anti-Immigration Group Set to Be Named Ombudsman at U.S. Immigration Agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance.

The Trump Administration Lost Again in Court, This Time on Voter ID

A federal judge ruled that Texas’ voter ID was intended to discriminate against blacks and Latinos. The Department of Justice tried to argue otherwise.

Filing Taxes Could Be Free and Simple. But H&R Block and Intuit Are Still Lobbying Against It.

The makers of TurboTax and other online systems spent millions lobbying last year, much of it directed toward a bill that would permanently bar the government from offering taxpayers prefilled filings.

Justice Department Changes Position on Texas’ Discriminatory Voter ID Law

The DOJ, now overseen by Jeff Sessions, is walking back years of effort aimed at limiting the harmful effect of state voter ID measure on minorities.

Reader Questions Answered on Trump’s Travel Ban

After the weekend’s chaos surrounding President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and visitors from seven majority Muslim countries, we received lots of questions. Here are some answers.

Supreme Court Puts Off Taking Up Texas Voter ID Case

The high court lets stand the findings of lower courts that the strict Texas ID measure discriminated against minorities.

With Trump in Office, Feds May Alter Course in Texas Voter ID Case

DOJ lawyers look to adjourn a hearing next week, and some expect them to wind up abandoning their argument that the Texas voter ID law discriminates against minorities.

Rare Track Record: NYPD’s History Chronicling Hate Crimes

For decades, a hate crimes task force has been on the case in New York. But even that sustained effort may not be catching all crimes.

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