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Megan Rose, formerly Megan McCloskey, covers the military for ProPublica. Previously she was the national correspondent at Stars and Stripes. She reported from several conflict and disaster zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti, and covered military operations in the Pacific. Her three-part series on a family’s struggle with the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for their severely wounded son was a finalist for a Livingston Award and ASNE’s Distinguished Writing Award for Nondeadline writing. And her investigative work about military suicides has been cited by members of Congress. Prior to Stars and Stripes, Rose was a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun covering the economy and national politics. She’s been an editor on the AP’s Asia desk in Bangkok, wrote about state and national news for AP’s Denver bureau, and covered religion for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Rose graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science.
May 26, 5 a.m.Fred Steese served more than 20 years in prison for the murder of a Vegas showman even though evidence in the prosecution’s files proved he didn’t do it. But when the truth came to light, he was offered a confounding deal known as an Alford plea. If he took it he could go free, but he’d remain a con
May 26, 4:59 a.m.The behavior of Bill Kephart, who led the murder prosecution of Fred Steese, was repeatedly lambasted by the Supreme Court of Nevada. But that didn’t stop him from becoming a judge. This month he was charged with misconduct in that position too.
March 30, 1:25 p.m.With Trump pushing to give the U.S. military another $52 billion, a game we built two years ago to put the billions wasted in Afghanistan in perspective seems particularly relevant.
Feb. 15, 2:29 p.m.An interpreter risked his life working for the U.S. Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it's too risky to leave the country.
Jan. 21, 2016, 3:52 p.m.At a Senate hearing this week, lawmakers questioned whether a Pentagon business task force had accomplished anything worthwhile.
Jan. 19, 2016, 1:30 p.m.A Senate subcommittee is looking at waste by a Pentagon task force. It would do well to review the reasons why a major hydroelectric power plant sits unfinished.
Jan. 14, 2016, 1:49 p.m.The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has labelled yet another project in danger of failing. This time its U.S. plans to develop the country’s oil, gas and minerals industries.
Dec. 17, 2015, 12:03 p.m.The U.S. government has wasted billions of dollars in Afghanistan, and until now, no one has added it all up. Project after project blundered ahead. And Congress has barely blinked as the financial toll has mounted. Here’s what the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found.
Dec. 3, 2015, 1:01 a.m.In its latest salvo, the inspector general dings the controversial task force for spending $150 million on private housing in Afghanistan, including fancy meals and round-the-clock bodyguards.
Nov. 25, 2015, 1:45 p.m.Senators were already questioning why the Defense Department was restricting a government watchdog. Now there are criminal investigations and questions about retaliation against a whistleblower.
Nov. 2, 2015, 9:35 a.m.Despite lacking access to key documents and personnel, the inspector general determined that nearly $43 million had been spent on a natural gas station that should have cost closer to $300,000.
Sep. 3, 2015, 8 a.m.The U.S. military shelled out millions before deciding the project was unnecessary, bringing the total for unused buildings spotted by the Inspector General for Afghanistan to nearly $42 million.
July 20, 2015, 12:01 a.m.In its latest report, the inspector general found that the U.S. military continued to build a $14.7 million warehouse after it knew it wasn’t needed, echoing an earlier investigation into an unused $25 million HQ.
May 28, 2015, 12:13 p.m.Several U.S. Senators and military lawyers say they are concerned by Col. Norm Allen’s attempts to thwart an investigation into why the U.S. Military built an unneeded luxury headquarters in Afghanistan.
May 20, 2015, 12:01 a.m.The $25 Million Building in Afghanistan Nobody Needed
May 15, 2015, 9 a.m.How U.S. commanders spent $2 billion of petty cash in Afghanistan
March 31, 2015, 3 p.m.
Jan. 27, 2015, 6 a.m.Long buried alongside hundreds of unknown U.S. soldiers in the Philippines, Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder is on his way home after a lawsuit by his family and an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.
Oct. 3, 2014, 10:32 a.m.The departure of veteran lab director Tom Holland appears to be the first leadership change in the Pentagon's overhaul of its identification process.
July 11, 2014, 12:17 p.m.A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job – and when to end it.
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