Daniel Wagner

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Daniel Wagner came to the Center in 2013 from The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He was on the Center team that produced After the Meltdown, a series showing the lack of accountability for perpetrators of the financial crisis, which was honored with a George Polk Award and Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously at The AP, Dan received two Best in Business awards from the Society for American Business Editors and Writers (2010) for stories on banks’ use of bailout money and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s close relationships with bankers. He won a third SABEW award for feature writing (2012) for profiling a little-known Treasury Department office that oversees and protects the alcohol and tobacco industries. Prior to the AP, Dan was a business reporter for Newsday, covering real estate, land use and the mortgage industry. His team’s early work on the mortgage crisis in 2007 won a National Headliner Award (2008). Dan, a native of West Virginia, graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Folklore and Mythology.

How Reporters Dan Wagner and Eleanor Bell investigated a fee structure that's oppressive for many inmates' families.

Video: How a web of prison bankers, private vendors and corrections agencies profit by shifting costs onto inmates' families.

Private company profits by helping prisons squeeze inmates' families for cash.

Treasury extends Comerica program that exposed the elderly and poor to fraud.

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., featured in Center investigation on the 'banking caucus.'

Florida senator holds up CFTC nomination over precious metals scams on the elderly.

Sixty-three documents that tell the story of a year-long influence campaign.

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Officials handed bank tens of millions, asked few question, in troubled card program.

Soldiers and sailors are being threatened by debt collectors to pay up on ttheir debts illegally, report says.

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Andy Pollock, who led First Franklin's bad loan factory, is pushing interest-only loans at new firm.

Newest credit union overseer owes political career to industry he regulates.

The Subprime 25 get a new lease on life, as detailed in this clickable list.

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Justice, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have subpoenaed online lenders and the major banks that do business with them.

The new consumer watchdog is accusing a Utah lender of steering borrowers into high interest mortgages.

Multimillion-dollar government deal with Comerica will be re-bid in 2015 after reports of lack of transparency and competition.

Cost savings of paper to plastic program questionable?

Move away from paper checks means big money for bank, confusion for some Social Security beneficiaries.