Listen to children who've just been separated from their parents at the border
By Ginger Thompson
Few scoops made a bigger impact on the national debate around Trump’s immigration policy than a recording of children crying in a detention center while a border patrol agent made jokes. They’d just been separated from their parents. The audio was obtained by Ginger Thompson and kickstarted ProPublica’s effort to document the realities inside detention centers around the country in their Zero Tolerance series.
The designated mourner
By Fintan O’Toole
Fintan O’Toole’s deeply researched profile of then-primary candidate Joe Biden calls the president elect “the most gothic figure in American politics.” It’s a sensitive and critical examination of how Biden’s personal and public grief shaped his political fortunes, for better and for worse. O’Toole reconciles Biden’s scandals (the Anita Hill hearings, the plagiarism that ended his first presidential campaign, opposition to busing programs, Hunter Biden’s business with Burisma) with the unity candidate he presented on debate stages, all through the lens of tragedy.
Long concealed records show Trump's chronic losses and years of tax avoidance
By Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig, and Mike McIntire
After obtaining what might have been the most sought-after documents of the Trump era, the New York Times published a detailed accounting of the president’s tax returns. The story revealed potential conflicts of interest, looming financial troubles, massive losses, and the unforgettable sum—$750, somehow more memorable than had it been $0—that Trump paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. And in spite of its arcane source material, it was both meticulous and digestible.
By Samanth Subramanian
Samanth Subramanian's story for HuffPost is a meticulous look at the Trump administration’s assault on public data, which had a devastating impact on the public’s understanding of the COVID-19 outbreak and the ability of public health workers to respond. But the story digs further, revealing a pattern of data deletion, manipulation, and privatization across government agencies which could potentially impact policy for years to come.