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.

Emails Show Drug Company Used Third-Party Medical Groups to Influence Regulators, Undercut Rivals

Two medical groups recruited to lobby the Food and Drug Administration against generic versions of a Sanofi-Aventis blood-thinner each received millions from the manufacturer.

Cheat Sheet on Bank Investigations and the Probes That Have Petered Out

From risky lending to flawed foreclosures, banks have been accused of missteps at every stage of the mortgage machine. Here's a closer look at who's been investigated for what.

In Florida, Doctors With Drug Company Ties Prescribe Drugs for Jailed Youth

Psychiatrists working with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice have accepted payments from drug companies that manufacture antipsychotic medications, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Despite Mining Disaster, Report Says Coal Giant Massey 'Has Not Changed' and Execs Stay on

The damning report raises continued concerns about the coal giant's safety practices, even after its "catastrophic systemic failure" in preventing last year's deadly accident.

Supervisors and Sexual Harassment: The Law’s Murkier Than You Think

When something happens between a boss and an employee, where’s the line between harassment and a legitimate relationship?

The Basics Behind the Debt Limit Debate: More Partisan Than Practical?

Congress may be debating whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, but the debate raises a slew of other questions—not least of which is whether the debt ceiling is even necessary.

Legal Services for Poor Face Growing Need and Less Funding

Providers of civil legal services to the poor are having to furlough their staff, triage their clients, and turn away more people in need as a result of federal and state budget cuts.

A Cheat Sheet for Former Sen. Ensign's Ethics Saga

The Senate Ethics Committee has referred Ensign’s case to the Justice Department, but whether the evidence uncovered results in anything more than embarrassment remains to be seen.

Highlighting Drug Industry Influence, Watchdog Says Overmedication in Nursing Homes Is Troubling

Nursing homes are unnecessarily administering powerful antipsychotic drugs to many elderly residents, including those with dementia who could suffer life-threatening side effects, according to a new government watchdog report.

As Bahrain’s Abuses Grow, U.S. Stays on Sidelines

At least 30 people have died in Bahrain, protesters and medical workers are being put on trial, and prominent opposition politicians are being arrested—but the U.S. has yet to toughen its talk or impose sanctions on its Gulf ally.

Your Weekend Wrap-up of the Doubts, Debates, and New Details of the Bin Laden Raid

From continued scrutiny of the raid's legality to ongoing debates about torture, we've got your weekend wrap-up of the latest on the U.S. mission that killed bin Laden.

Pakistan's Ever-Shifting Stance on Bin Laden Raid

The comments from Pakistani agencies and officials have ranged from congratulations on a "great victory" to denunciation of a "cold-blooded" killing by the United States.

Role of Torture in Finding Bin Laden: What We Actually Know

Here's a closer look at what we know and who’s saying what about the role of torture in the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden Reading Guide: How to Cut Through the Coverage

We've pulled together some of the clearest coverage of bin Laden's death—noting what's been said, what’s already being disputed, and what’s still unknown.

Bin Laden Mission Underscores Murky History of U.S. Raids in Pakistan

The history of manned airstrikes and covert ground raids by U.S. forces in Pakistan has been one of frequent denials from both sides and condemnation by Pakistani authorities.

Debate Over Debit Card Regs Misses Some Potentially Pro-Consumer Rules

Smaller players in the debit card market expect to benefit from some of the rules that would heighten competition, but they're staying quiet in the larger debate.

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