White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One.

Cecelia Lewis was asked to apply for a Georgia school district’s first-ever administrator job devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion. A group of parents — coached by local and national anti-CRT groups — had other plans:

A district official asked Lewis if she has social media accounts. “Only a LinkedIn,” she replied. (Lewis barely has a digital footprint. She has never posted anything on social media nor made any professional statements in regard to CRT or any other controversial topic.) The official explained that some of the people upset about her hiring were complaining that a Twitter user with her name was posting Marxist ideology.

Around that same time, according to Lewis, several emails and handwritten letters were showing up at her school in Maryland, calling her a Black Yankee and saying her liberal thinking is unwanted. She saved only one, with typewriting on the envelope. The return address was just “A Cherokee County Citizen.”

“They ultimately just said, you know, ‘We don’t want you here, and we don’t want you to push us to find out what will happen if you come here,’” Lewis said.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Jun 16, 2022
Length: 28 minutes (7,200 words)

Babies Are Dying of Syphilis. It’s 100% Preventable.

“The United States’ inability to curb a treatable sexually transmitted disease shows the failures of a cash-strapped public health system. Increasingly, newborns are paying the price.”

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Nov 1, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,100 words)

‘The Liberty Way’

“How Liberty University discourages and dismisses students’ reports of sexual assaults.”

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Oct 24, 2021
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

In the Mississippi Delta, one doctor was determined to make sure that no one unnecessarily lost a limb. He was up against the odds.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 20, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,500 words)

The Hate Store

Amazon’s self-publishing arm is a haven for white supremacists.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Apr 7, 2020
Length: 17 minutes (4,268 words)

A Group of Agents Rose Through the Ranks to Lead the Border Patrol. They’re Leaving It in Crisis.

How several agents from a small outpost in Arizona, including recently retired chief Carla Provost, climbed to the top of the Border Patrol, then one by one retired, leaving corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Feb 10, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,204 words)

New York City Paid McKinsey Millions to Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.

The corporate consulting firm reported bogus numbers and flailed in a project at Rikers Island. Today, assaults and other attacks there are up almost 50 percent.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 10, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,760 words)

The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants

The story of former Immigration and Customs Enforcement lawyer Laura Peña — who went to work defending the migrants she used to prosecute — and a family separation case she recently fought in which false “evidence” had been used to detain her client.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,636 words)

An Even More Inconvenient Truth

Carbon credits hadn’t offset the amount of pollution they were supposed to, or they had brought gains that were quickly reversed or that couldn’t be accurately measured to begin with. Ultimately, the polluters got a guilt-free pass to keep emitting CO₂, but the forest preservation that was supposed to balance the ledger either never came or didn’t last.

Author: Lisa Song
Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 22, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

The Hunted: What Happens When You Say No to MS-13

A terrifying investigation into the MS-13 gang and its effect on a Long Island town. Some teens were recruited; those who refused to join were brutally attacked with machetes, and then inexplicably targeted for deportation by ICE.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 31, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,650 words)