IRP fellow Jason Paladino wins the Society of Professional Journalists – NorCal 2016 James Madison Freedom of Information Award Student Award for his investigation into the Navy’s Sea Dragon program.

Paladino’s investigative work, which he began as a student, resulted in an NBC Nightly News story entitled “Sea Dragon Down, The Human Cost of the Navy’s Most Crash-prone Chopper.” Beginning with Navy data, Paladino found that the Navy used the Cold War-era Sea Dragon helicopter for years, despite lacking proper maintenance and replacement parts. Records showed the Sea Dragon was frequently involved in crashes and fires, costing sailors their lives.

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