How a coal miner's autopsy proved a top doctor wrong

By Chris Hamby

When a coal miner's lungs finally gave out, his autopsy proved a top doctor was wrong — giving hope to thousands of other miners.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… -ray-reading program at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which licenses physicians such as Wheeler to examine films for bl …"

The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… d search — was not related to the article’s content, but Doyle and his lawyer have said they are convinced it was pure punishment for his skepticism abo …"

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… both elected her governor and senator, is nonetheless dogged by President Barack Obama’s unpopularity, and her backers are using all the time they have to butt …"

CPI-ABC black lung series wins Loeb award

A CPI-ABC News investigation of the flawed federal benefits system for miners with black lung on Tuesday won a Gerald Loeb award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… award were Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene, formerly of the Center; CPI’s Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees; and ABC’s Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk. The inves …"

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ee-part series. In South Florida, one of the nation’s top privately-run Medicare insurance plans faces a federal investigation into allegations that it ove …"

"… ivate health care plans for seniors ran up more than $100 million in added Medicare charges after asserting patients they signed up also were much sicker than …"

"… ormal — a claim many experts have challenged. In Rochester, New York, a Medicare plan was paid $41 million to treat people with serious diseases — even t …"

"… had those diseases. These health plans and hundreds of others are part of Medicare Advantage, a program created by Congress in 2003 to help stabilize health …"

Center for Public Integrity's executive director stepping down

Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization begins search for a replacement.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… dvanced International Studies in Bologna, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. “My passion while working in newspapers …"

Center for Public Integrity adds media relations, video journalism hires

Two appointments focused on enhancing exposure and engagement in our investigative journalism.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… Centre College and earned a Master’s Degree after studying journalism at Harvard University’s Extension School. Gray is also the creator and curator of the award-w …"

How watchdog journalism makes a difference

By Bill Buzenberg

Impact from 'Breathless and Burdened' a textbook example of the power of relentless reporting.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Mining Association":

"… r to make the necessary reforms to get this right.” A spokesman for the National Mining Association declined to comment. All of which is to demonstrate yet again why investi …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Washington University":

"… on sex crimes, war crimes, human rights violations and government secrecy. George Washington University in Washington, D.C., took in $387,000 to support drug addiction and recove …"

Japan could be building an irresistible terrorist target, experts say

Japan has balked at U.S. security advice for its nuclear plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "journalist":

"… apan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., the utility that will operate the plant, invited a journalist to sit with him in a small café at the plant so he could quell anxieties …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… s, making the Eagle Ford one of the most active drilling sites in America. Energy companies, cheered on by state officials, envision thousands more wells sc …"

"… an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. “Energy wins practically every time,” Forbis said. “It seems cynical to say th …"

"… agle Ford or Barnett shales.” Omar Garcia, president of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable — STEER — the communications arm of the 11 b …"

"… Sullivan, a research associate with the University of Texas’ Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. San Antonio’s ozone levels have violated f …"

Berkeley training helps researchers 'work around' potential conflicts

By David Heath

New NIH conflict rules don't do enough, senator says, to weed out conflicts between researchers and industry: A UC Berkeley case study.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Conflict of interest":

"… he very nature of research is to make discoveries that aid the public. “Conflict of interest is something we take very seriously. We don’t aim to eliminate it. In fa …"

Johns Hopkins medical unit rarely finds black lung, helping coal industry defeat miners' claims

By Chris Hamby, Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk

A surprising force has helped industry defeat black lung benefits claims for ailing miners: Johns Hopkins University.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Institute":

"… n put the patient at risk, according to the American Lung Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Labor Department, a p …"

Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s heedless emphasis on speed over quality

By Rebecca LaFlure

Profits and politics, plus a sudden growth in secrecy-obsessed institutions, played key roles in misguided security clearance decisions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ome investigators. Tom Wilson, a retired fire chief and police officer in California who worked as a USIS investigator from 2010 to 2012, said the pressure to …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh found local drinking water to be contamina …"

"… ra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the Andhra Pradesh state government showed that groundwater in affecte …"

"… in some pesticides, including in brands used in India. Dr. Ajay Singh of Harvard University, one of the study’s directors, said the findings warranted closer examin …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… reaction that killed dozens more banks and mortgage lenders. Weeks later, Congress approved a $700 billion bailout of the financial system and soon nearly ev …"

"… eapot.” The company was sued by the SEC, and Dimon had to testify before Congress. Last spring he barely survived a shareholder vote that would have separat …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… s likely will lead to other medical issues, ranging from heart disease to diabetes, for example, as post-9/11 veterans age. “So we have the same phenomeno …"

"… smoking, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Amputations are associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoart …"

"… eight at age 30 to 40, rather than treating his coronary artery disease or diabetes at age 50,” Geiling, Rosen and Edwards wrote. “Society is not yet con …"

ObamaCare oversight among health watchdog cuts

By Fred Schulte

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… f drugs marketed under Medicare Part D without first being approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness. Medicare paid more than $3 billion from 2006 …"

Center invests in finance, money-in-politics coverage

Top-notch investigative reporters added to Center's money-in-politics team.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Timothy Geithner":

"… ng his many scoops and deep dives are stories on former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's close Wall Street contacts, government subsidies to abusive mortgage com …"

Center report prompts request for FEC hearing on super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig cites Center article in calling for FEC hearing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… ugh an arrangement with Harvard University, facilitated by Lessig.   …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity receives funding through an arrangement with Harvard University, facilitated by Lessig.   …"

Public betrayal in the Bay State

By Matt Porter and Maggie Mulvihill

Weak laws have helped fuel widespread corruption in Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… he Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, a public policy center based at Harvard University. “It’s hard for legislators to even get a hand on legislation.” &nbs …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Academy of Family Physicians":

"… t more than you did before,” said Weida, a medical coding expert for the American Academy of Family Physicians. But digital systems also can prompt doctors to “code at the highest po …"

Secretaries of state lead charge for strict voter requirements

By Joe Henke and Emily Nohr

Activist state election officers are changing the role of a traditionally non-partisan job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential candidate":

"… sed Mitt Romney, Kobach said he’s an informal immigration adviser to the presidential candidate’s campaign.However, Romney campaign regional press secretary Alison Hawk …"

"… kota Secretary of State Jason Gant, a Republican, endorsed then-Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Dakota Republican state senate candidate Val Rausc …"

Disabled and elderly voters face new hurdles at polls

By Emily Nohr and Alissa Skelton

Without drivers licenses and facing inaccessible polling places, some elderly and disabled people give up trying to vote.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… the study.Kruse, who uses a wheelchair, has a doctorate in economics from Harvard University. His research has found that disabled persons are less likely to be recrui …"

‘Investigating Power’ celebrates 60 years of muckraking

By Christine Montgomery

Center founder, Chuck Lewis, documents journalism's seminal moments with

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… or at The Washington Post and now editor of the Nieman Watchdog Project at Harvard University.Investigating Power is likely to become the most bookmarked website for jo …"

Industrial chemical exposure linked to learning problems, hyperactivity

By Lindsey Konkel

Boys exposed to higher levels of PCBs scored lower on focus and concentration tests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… etween the ages of 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The researchers in their report called the effect of PCBs on attention ski …"

Center, NPR receive Goldsmith finalist award

Center, NPR Goldsmith Prize

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… threat — and how little it has done to address it.The team consisted of Jim Morris, lead reporter; data analysts Elizabeth Lucas (CPI) and Robert Benincasa ( …"

FACT CHECK: Crossroads GPS twists facts in Senate ads

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative group makes leaping statements in two ads attacking politicians

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… bsp; …"

"… mmittee Chairman Ed Gillespie — already has been very active in key 2012 Senate races. The group released five TV ads last month and, as we wrote&nbs …"

"… launched a $1.1 million, two-week TV ad campaign targeting four Democratic Senate candidates. In this article, we’ll look at the ads against Elizabeth War …"

"… ailout RoleWarren, a Harvard Law School professor, is running for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, challenging Sen. Scott Brown. Crossroads GPS previousl …"

Inkling of concern: Chemicals in tattoo inks face scrutiny

By Brett Israel

New research finds chemicals in tattoo inks: Including some toxic metals, and one of the most potent skin carcinogens

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… w it got there. New research has turned up troubling findings about toxic chemicals in tattoo inks, including some phthalates, metals, and hydrocarbons that a …"

"… ts may be responsible for those problems. More concerning, these newfound chemicals raise unanswered questions about more serious, long-term risks such as ski …"

"… one-third of people in their late 20s, have at least one tattoo.One of the chemicals found in black tattoo inks – benzo(a)pyrene – is a …"

"… sp;and other malignant tumors are found in tattoos. Could these chemicals increase the risk of skin cancer in people with tattoos? "It's possible a …"

Lombardi Named Nieman Fellow

Center Staff Writer Kristen Lombardi has been named a 2011 Neiman fellow. She is one of 24 journalists from the U.S. and abroad who will tak

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harvard University":

"… lists from the U.S. and abroad who will take a sabbatical year of study at Harvard University.The fellowship is funded by the Neiman Foundation for Journalism. Kristen …"