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Olga Pierce

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Olga Pierce is a reporter, specializing in data-driven stories. Previously, she was deputy data editor at ProPublica.

She is a winner of the 2015 Deadline Club Award for Medical Reporting for her work on patient harm. In 2011 she received a Livingston Award for National Reporting and an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, both for her reporting on increasing corporate interference in the drawing of congressional districts. She also shared 2011 Scripps Howard and Society of Business Editors and Writers awards as part of a team focusing on foreclosures.

Olga has appeared on CBS News and C-SPAN, and her stories have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hindustan Times in New Delhi.

She is a graduate of the Stabile Investigative Journalism Seminar at Columbia University, where she won a Horton Prize for health reporting. Olga is fluent in Czech and has a bachelor’s in international economics from Georgetown University.

Patient Harm: When An Attorney Won’t Take Your Case

Studies show that nine of 10 patients seeking a medical malpractice attorney won’t find one —  women, children and the elderly in particular.

Temporary Work, Lasting Harm

Temp workers are thrown into dangerous work with little training and suffer injuries far more often than permanent employees.

How We Calculated Injury Rates for Temp and Non-Temp Workers

Worker’s comp data collected from five states shows temps are far more likely to be injured on the job.

When Harm in the Hospital Follows You Home

It's estimated that more than a million people per year suffer infections, medical mistakes and other harm in the hospital. But even if patients are lucky enough to physically recover, their lives may never be the same.

An Exchange About California’s Redistricting Process

An exchange between ProPublica and the California Redistricting Commission.

House Seats vs. Popular Vote

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

The GOP control of the House came despite more votes for Democrats. Republicans used dark money to control redistricting in many states, aided by other supposedly nonpartisan groups that leaned heavily to Republicans.

In California, Democrats’ Redistricting Strategy Paid Off

Last year, Democrats in Congress went to great lengths to undermine a new, non-partisan redistricting process in California. The elections show the results.

Are High-Volume Dental Chains Exploiting Kids on Medicaid?

As part of our ongoing interest in patient safety, we occasionally interview other journalists who’ve examined health care quality.

Have You Been Harmed in a Medical Facility?

How You Can Help ProPublica Investigate Health Care Quality

Be part of the patient safety conversation, get regular updates and share stories or views.

Could The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling Kill Patient Safety Reforms?

In all the talk about the Supreme Court’s impending health care reform ruling, one question is often overlooked: What might happen to the many patient safety and quality of care provisions sprinkled through the Affordable Care Act?

California Congresswoman’s Redistricting Shenanigans Catch Eye of Ethics Committee

Per Politico, Rep. Laura Richardson used taxpayer-funded staff and resources in her campaign to manipulate California’s independent redistricting commission.

Answering Your Questions on Our California Redistricting Story

We answer your questions about our California redistricting story.

Map: A Tale of Two Districts

How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

To get the districts they wanted, Democrats organized groups that said they represented communities, but really represented the party.

Rep. Jerry McNerney's District

Democrats recognized that they could protect Jerry McNerney from being redistricted out of office by the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.

California Redistricting Commission Emails

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