Marian Wang


Marian Wang was a reporter for ProPublica, covering education and college debt. She joined ProPublica in 2010, first blogging about a variety of accountability issues. Her later stories focused on how rising college costs and the complexity of the student loan system affect students and their families. Prior to coming to ProPublica, she worked at Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco and freelanced for a number of Chicago-based publications, including The Chicago Reporter, an investigative magazine focused on issues of race and poverty.

Investigations You Need to Read: Wednesday

Send Us Your Questions About Our Magnetar Investigation

Using financial products called CDOs, a Chicago hedge fund got rich as it helped to make the financial crisis worse. As readers look for more answers about the complex arrangement, ProPublica follows up on its investigation.

Investigations You Need to Read: Tuesday

In Oregon, Treasury Officials and Investment Firms Cozy Up for Business

Oregon's investments for its pension funds, unlike those of many states, are doing well, thank you, and its investment officials are frequently wined and dined by the investment funds whose services the officials oversee.

ProPublica on 'This American Life' ... Plus, a Special CDO Singalong

Details of ProPublica's investigation of the Magnetar Trade can be heard on NPR's "This American Life," .

Fannie Execs Blame Failure on Company's 'Impossible' Dual Purpose

Taking their turns before the Financial Crisis commission, executives from Fannie Mae said the hybrid nature of the company -- government chartered but stockholder owned -- and the mandate to make loans to increase home ownership were primary factors in its failure.

Citi Execs: "Deeply Sorry," but Don't Blame Us

Chuck Prince and Robert Rubin, two leaders of Citigroup during the financial meltdown, told an investigations committee that they were sorry for the company's role in the financial crisis, but that they didn't see it coming.

Investigations You Need to Read: Thursday

Citigroup's Defense of Its Regulators

Chuck Prince, Citigroup's former CEO, told the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission that the Fed's oversight of the company was sufficient, even though a panel's study showed that Fed regulators didn't regulate Citi enough.

Greenspan's Fed Didn't Focus on Enforcement

At a hearing before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Alan Greenspan defended the Federal Reserve against blame. He said that although the Fed has responsibility for bank regulation and oversight, it "is not an enforcement agency."

Investigations You Need to Read: Wednesday

Video of Journalists' Death Answers Some Questions, but Raises Others

A video that shows an American gunship killing two Reuters journalists in Baghdad yields defense and condemnation, but needs to be considered in light of other killing of civilians.

Preview: Financial Crisis Panel's Huge Task, Small Budget, Unanswered Questions

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a 10-person panel tasked with investigating the causes of the financial crisis, begins a second round of public hearings with former Fed chairman Greenspan, ex-Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince and former Citi chairman (and Treasury secretary) Robert Rubin.

Investigations You Need to Read: Tuesday

Companies Gain the Upper Hand in Their Auditing Relationships

A report says that companies are now firing their auditors more frequently, demanding more services and managing their relationships -- and fees -- more than in the past, when auditors seemed to always have the upper hand.

Investigations You Need to Read: Monday

Geithner's Letter Shows Opposition to Fixed Capital Requirements In Reform Bill

In a letter sent last January, Treasury Secretary Geithner indicates his opposition to fixed capital requirements in financial reform legislation. He favors capital requirements to prevent problems like those that sunk Lehman Brothers, but doesn't want a numerical requirement written into the law.

March Statistics Send Mixed Messages on Economy

Unemployment held steady at 9.7 percent in March, 162,000 jobs were added. But in the same month, U.S. bankruptcy filings reached their highest since 2005, with 158,141 America consumers and businesses filing for bankruptcy.

Investigations You Need to Read: Friday

Among Friday's investigations: Pfizer paid $35 million to doctors and medical centers to consult on its behalf, and retired military officers will now have to disclose their business ties with defense contractors.

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