Scrutinizing policies and leaders
Weeks Before Virus Panic, Intelligence Chairman Privately Raised Alarm, Sold Stocks
By Tim Mak
Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness
By Robert Faturechi and Derek Willis
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing
By Lachlan Markay, William Bredderman, Sam Brodey
Some of the most striking investigations published this year—including those linked above, from NPR, ProPublica, and The Daily Beast, respectively—revealed how members of Congress dumped millions in stocks following briefings on the coronavirus the public was not privy to. Even worse, they continued to withhold critical information about the pandemic from constituents who bore the brunt of the COVID recession.
State policies may send people with disabilities to the back of the line for ventilators
By Liz Essley Whyte
Public service journalism at its finest, Whyte’s deeply reported story for the Center for Public Integrity analyzed every state’s ventilator-rationing policies to uncover 25 that harmed and discriminated against people with disabilities. In effect, these policies deprioritized access to life-saving treatment for some of the most vulnerable during a pandemic.
Paying attention to disparities
Laid off and now evicted amid Covid-19, a Houston father contemplates homelessness in a pandemic
By Kyung Lah and Rob Kuznia
In this CNN segment, Lah and Kuznia laid bare to their audience the crushing effect of the COVID economy on Houston residents who were being evicted. The clip is fleeting, at just four minutes; for the audience, however, the agony of those whose lives were upended by the virus-induced economic atrophy is indelible. “We’ve got no help,” one resident says.
Texas’ unemployment system is confusing and frustrating. Here’s how to navigate it.
By Sally Beauvais and Mitchell Ferman
This piece, from the Texas Tribune, is just one example of the invaluable service journalism performed by nonprofit, independent, and local newsrooms to meet readers’ needs during a time of crisis.
Quarantined and on their own
By Mary Annette Pember
In this story, from Indian Country Today, Pember documents the suffering of Native Americans on reservations in states where COVID-related restrictions were not enacted, and where a pandemic intersects with underlying crises in poverty, housing, and health. “Native Americans on remote reservations in the Dakotas are effectively on their own,” Pember writes.
They depended on their parents for everything. Then the virus took both
By John Woodrow Cox and photojournalist Salwan Georges
A heartrending and troubling feature from the Washington Post about COVID-19’s impact on three immigrant children whose parents were hospitalized with the virus and then died just 20 days apart. The Ismael siblings had to figure out how to pay the bills and keep their family whole while dealing with grief.