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.

Authorities Give Conflicting Accounts of Latest Toxic Releases From Texas City Refineries

After power failures caused toxic releases at several Texas City refineries, conflicting accounts from local officials and environmental regulators about emissions levels have raised more questions than answers.

Latest Afghan Attacks Highlight Challenges of Training, Vetting Afghan Security Forces

Despite billions spent, efforts by the U.S. and NATO partners to train Afghan army and police forces continue to face setbacks.

Banking Groups Stir Consumer Fears on Debit Card Regulations via Twitter

The Fed missed its deadline today for finalizing rules on debit card transaction fees. To mark the occasion, the banking industry has launched an unusual Twitter campaign.

Giffords’ Office Urges Obama Admin to Close the Treatment Gap for Brain Injuries

In a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary, the staff of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords called for the same brain injury treatment given to Giffords to be made accessible for all Americans in need of it.

A Year After Gulf Tragedy, Offshore Oil Companies Still Shielded by Liability Limits

The political fallout of the Deepwater Horizon disaster caused BP and its contractors to waive certain caps on their liability. Why hasn't it caused Congress to change the laws on the books?

Budget Deals Deep Cuts to Obama Administration’s Transparency Sites

Open government advocates worry that some key websites would be shut down due to budget cuts.

SEC Warns Former JPMorgan Exec It Plans to Sue Over Magnetar Deal

Securities regulators may soon file suit against a former JPMorgan Chase executive for misleading investors about the role of Magnetar, a hedge fund, in creating a risky mortgage security.

U.S. Stays Mum as Bahrain Unleashes Brutal Crackdown

As Bahrain deports journalists, attacks protesters, beats doctors, and jails activists, the U.S. stays silent about the actions of its ally.

Unraveling the Spin on the Fight Over Hidden Debit Card Fees

Here’s why the banks and the Fed have looked at the same data on hidden debit card fees and emerged with opposing claims.

Cheat Sheet: Understanding the Budget Standoff and Government Shutdown

We take a look at why the GOP and Obama administration are fighting over about $7 billion dollars—and what would happen if they don't strike a deal in the next two days.

Southwest Airlines Incident Highlights Cracks in Federal Oversight

The five-foot tear in the roof of a Southwest 737 last week has brought renewed attention not only to the problem of aging planes, but also to problems in the oversight of the airline industry.

Factchecking Banks' Dubious Claims on Interchange Fees

Are interchange fees rising? The banking industry has one answer, but the Fed has another. Here's why.

As Mideast Lashes Out Against Corruption, Chamber of Commerce Lobbies to Weaken Anti-Corruption Law

Even as anger over governmental corruption has exploded into protests across the Middle East, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been working to weaken the U.S. law that bans companies from bribing foreign officials.

Oil Companies That Gave 'Bonuses' to Libya Also Lobbied Against Disclosure Rules

Oil companies have lobbied against a provision in the financial reform bill that would expose payments to foreign governments such as the 'signing bonuses' given to Libya.

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