Lois Beckett has been a reporter for ProPublica since 2011. She covers the intersection of data, technology and politics, with a current focus on gun violence and gun policy. Her Essence Magazine story on PTSD caused by gun violence, âBlack Americaâs Invisible Crisis,â won a 2015 Deadline Award for public service and a NABJ Salute to Excellence Award in investigative journalism. Previously, she covered the ways politicians use data to target votersâlooking at online ad targeting and the data broker industry. She is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated TV and radio programs, including CNN Newsroom, NPRâs On Point, KQEDâs Forum and WAMUâs Kojo Nnamdi Show, and also speaks about her reporting at conferences, most recently at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. With Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson, she won the 2011 Livingston Award for National Reporting, which honors outstanding achievement by journalists under the age of 35. She was also a finalist for a 2012 Livingston Award. Before joining ProPublica, she covered innovation in the news industry for the SF Weekly and the Nieman Journalism Lab.
Our rundown of this week’s best investigative reporting.
Once again, Congress seems to be gridlocked. Why is that?
An unfolding legal fight shows how difficult it is for anyone outside of political parties to have an impact on redistricting
Who funded the legal battles over Nevada’s redistricting? Voters may never know.
A quick look at the Supreme Court’s divided record on redistricting for political gain.
Redistricting is a hard-knuckled game, in which voters often lose. Here are the colorful, and telling, terms used by insiders.
A closer look at protests in five countries—including the tent occupations that prefigured Occupy Wall Street.
We sort through Keystone XL's economic promises, environmental risks and the conflicts of interest that continue to make headlines.
The Obama administration's efforts to address the foreclosure crisis have resulted in struggling programs, recycled ideas and little chance of significant improvement.
Our guide to the latest allegations about America’s second-largest private corporation.
Opaque redistricting groups are being quietly bankrolled by corporations, unions and others. They are working not to help voters in the communities they claim to represent but to improve the prospects of their political allies or to harm their enemies.
The SEC moves to ban the questionable Wall Street deals that, as we detailed, helped fuel the financial crisis.
We run through what’s actually known about the so-called 'Buffett Tax,' the impact it might have on the deficit and the history behind it all.
California no longer screens for teacher cheating, while Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania chose not to investigate suspicious results.
Our list of the most seminal stories of the years after Sept. 11, the ones that reveal the reality about the attacks, the attackers and how our government changed in the post-9/11 era.
An estimated $30 billion from the bailout that was slated to help homeowners is likely to be used to pay down the debt.
Ron Paul’s tiny-government ideals have become increasingly relevant. Here's our guide to some of the best reading on the Texas Congressman.
We're laying out important questions about what's happening in Libya, and we want you to play a part.
The federal government is looking for ways to turn foreclosed homes into rental properties. Will private investors bite?