Sydney Lupkin was an intern at ProPublica. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Boston University College of Communication. She spent summer 2010 as an intern for The Boston Globe, where she worked on the metro desk. At BU, she was editor-in-chief of BU's independent student newspaper, the Daily Free Press. She has been a city desk editorial assistant at the Boston Herald, a reporting intern at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a reporter and web intern at television station WCVB in Boston, and a reporter for BU's State House program, where she led a team project -- published in several newspapers -- on the expected impact of joblessness on state legislative races.
ProPublica’s Recovery Tracker database traces 320,000 federal stimulus contract, grants and loans by federal agency, state and county.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, keeps track of worker deaths according to the company that employed the dead workers, not the company on whose sites they died, so ProPublica couldn’t accurately track the fatalities BP oil company is responsible for.