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Much has changed since ProPublica published its first story, but we remain committed to the power of fact-based journalism to spur change and right wrongs.
After the death of Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti’s son, a New Jersey state agency continued billing her for the student loans. ProPublica’s reporting on these aggressive collections spurred a state law requiring the agency to forgive debts of borrowers who die.
After learning he’d been kidnapped as a child, spared from a massacre carried out by the Guatemalan military, Oscar Ramírez Castañeda faced danger of persecution if deported to his home country. ProPublica’s story prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant political asylum to Ramírez and his wife.
Research scientist Allisa Song didn’t just get outraged when she read ProPublica’s story on medical waste. She organized a dream team of fellow scientists and engineers to invent a solution.
Tim Newman was an advocate for his fellow civilian contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping them get medical care. A ProPublica story drew national attention, and policy change, for their hidden plight.
Demetrius Smith was wrongfully convicted of murder, but still had a felony conviction because of an unusual plea deal. ProPublica’s story spurred a new hearing for Smith that cleared his criminal record.
María Eugenia Vela’s husband was killed when a drug cartel swept through their small town in Mexico. For years, she never got answers until a ProPublica story revealed what happened.
Marie McCausland experienced painful symptoms days after giving birth, which she recognized from a ProPublica article on maternal mortality. “ProPublica’s reporting literally saved my life,” she said.
As a student journalist, Christopher Copolillo used Debt By Degrees, ProPublica’s tool for assessing the debt burden colleges put on low-income families, to hold his own university accountable.
Noemi Martinez felt angry and powerless when she was unfairly ticketed and fined for a pedestrian violation. ProPublica and Florida Times-Union reporters gave her hope — and their story led to her receiving pro bono legal representation.
Isaura Martinez and hundreds of other temp workers shared their stories with ProPublica to shed light on a shadow system harming workers and burdening the economy. “Once the stories came out, it motivated me to continue denouncing these sorts of injustices,” she said.
Kristen Davis wanted someone held accountable after she suffered adverse reactions to a drug used during surgery. She found the ProPublica Patient Safety Community on Facebook and values the support and information shared there.
Bil Musgrave, a retired coal miner with cancer, stood to lose his health insurance when a coal company went bankrupt and wanted to use money earmarked for workers’ benefits to cover legal fees and other bills. ProPublica reported the story, the company withdrew the plan and Musgrave kept his health insurance.
Reporter A.C. Thompson dug into an “unclassified” death after Hurricane Katrina. He found out the victim was shot by police and died in custody. The victim’s aunt, Rebecca Glover, is grateful for the attention the case received but worries about others who haven’t seen justice.
ProPublica’s enterprising reporting on fracking gave an attorney the information she needed to address critical environmental issues. “To my mind, ProPublica’s series of articles was the most informative account we had of what was happening with fracking,” she said.
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