The Imam’s Widow

As part of ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project, Rahima Nasa profiles the wife of a Queens imam who was murdered in 2016. Although there appeared to be no other possible motive, prosecutors failed to try the case as the hate crime it likely was.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,187 words)

How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers

In the latest entry of ProPublica’s Lost Mothers series, which looks at maternal care in the U.S., Annie Waldman examines how black mothers who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black patients are more likely to suffer serious complications.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 27, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,245 words)

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Journalists Nina Martin and Renee Montagne tell the story of Shalon Irving, an epidemiologist for CDC who got pregnant at 36 and collapsed three weeks after the birth of her child, to confront the disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality among black women in the United States.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Dec 7, 2017
Length: 30 minutes (7,708 words)

The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth

This deep dive by ProPublica and NPR into maternal death in the United States equal parts devastating and essential. But for a country that prides itself in the lowering of infant mortality, concerns about the health of the mother in the days and weeks after birth has declined to the point that even preventable illnesses are going under-treated, or untreated.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 12, 2017
Length: 37 minutes (9,300 words)

Sold For Parts

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 1, 2017
Length: 25 minutes (6,265 words)

Beyond Gun Control

Lois Beckett of ProPublica investigates why a successful program to combat gun violence has gone underfunded and ignored.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Nov 26, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,546 words)

Level 14

How a California group home for troubled children came tragically undone and what it means for the state’s chance at reform. This story was co-produced with California Sunday.

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Apr 2, 2015
Length: 43 minutes (10,800 words)

For a Respected Prosecutor, An Unpardonable Failure

Evidence of a convicted murderer’s possible innocence sat buried in a case file for more than two decades. Now, a prosecutor in Brooklyn will have to answer for the mistake.

On the afternoon of July 18, 1990, James Leeper, a newly minted homicide prosecutor in Brooklyn, had to make a challenging closing argument. The man he had charged with murder had mounted a substantial defense—offering plane tickets and video footage indicating he had been vacationing at Disney World when a man named Darryl Rush was shot dead in front of a Brooklyn housing project. Leeper acknowledged to the jury that it seemed like the “perfect alibi.”

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Jun 4, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,960 words)

The Magnetar Trade: How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going

Source: Pro Publica
Published: Apr 9, 2010
Length: 23 minutes (5,995 words)

The DNA Debacle: How the Federal Government Botched the DNA Backlog Crisis

Source: Pro Publica
Published: May 5, 2009
Length: 17 minutes (4,400 words)