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.

In the Allied War in Libya, Exactly How Involved Is the United States?

Given the controversy and questions over U.S. involvement in the western military intervention in Libya, it’s worth taking a step back to look at exactly how the United States has been involved so far.

U.S. Cables: Top Yemeni General, Now Siding With Protesters, Was Linked to Corruption

Though several key military officials in Yemen threw their support behind protesters this week, Wikileaks cables suggest that some may not share the protesters’ reform agenda.

Backgrounder: Behind the Battle Over Hidden Debit Card Fees

Here’s a look at why banks are lobbying lawmakers to postpone interchange fee reform, a payment system that most consumers may not know much about—but pay into anyway.

Charting the Human Cost of Different Types of Energy

With recent coal, oil, and nuclear disasters, how do the risks of different types of energy compare?

Our Quick Guide to Nuclear Plant Safety: What Could Go Wrong?

With nuclear safety concerns in the forefront as Japan works to stave off a meltdown, here's a look at some potential vulnerabilties when what can go wrong does go wrong.

With Eyes Elsewhere, Here’s the Latest on U.S.’s (Muted) Responses to Mideast Crackdowns

As violence escalates in Bahrain, Qaddafi gains in Libya, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Egypt, we check in on how the U.S. has been responding to continued turmoil in the region.

Our Reading List for Following Nuclear News From Japan

We’ve compiled a few resources that we’ve found helpful as we track the developments from the aftermath of Japanese earthquake.

Iodine Pills Distributed in Japan Offer Limited Protection From Effects of Radiation

The Bush administration in 2008 scrapped a plan to expand distribution of the pills to more residents living near the nation’s nuclear reactors.

U.S. Considers Arming Libyan Rebels Months After Approving Major Arms Deal Sought by Qaddafi

Until congressional objections stopped it, the U.S. State Department had approved a $77 million deal to provide armored troop carriers that were highly sought after by Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s regime.

Backgrounder: A Closer Look at MERS, the Industry’s Controversial Mortgage Clearinghouse

We review what the mortgage clearinghouse was created to do, how it works and why the controversy surrounding it has continued to grow.

Ohio Moves to Make Drug Companies Report Payments to Doctors

Health care professionals in Ohio have received more than $13 million in payments from eight drug companies since 2009, according to our database. Now, a bill could require all companies to report these payments directly to the state.

U.S. Stays Mum as Iraqi Security Forces Kill, Detain and Abuse Protesters

As Iraqi government forces cracked down protesters, the U.S. government focused its criticism on abuses elsewhere.

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