The McFarland Police Department knew that many of its officers had dubious backgrounds. But as J-School/IRP students Katey Rusch and Laurence Du Sault report, the department hired them anyway.
IRP-led investigation found more than 80 law enforcement officers with rap sheets still employed today
A six-month investigation involving more than 30 newsrooms across California, led by the IRP, has found hundreds of criminal convictions against current and former police officers, dozens of them still on the job.
IRP reporter Garrett Therolf reports on the tragic death of a 10 year-old boy and how child welfare workers missed warnings and opportunities to intervene.
In this opinion piece for The New York Times, IRP’s interim director, Geeta Anand, writes about the irony of assisted living: it’s great if you don’t need much assistance.
This article by The Intercept outlines how IRP founder Lowell Bergman was an early skeptic of the case against Hamid Hayat and how he documented problems with the FBI’s counterterrorism program back in 2006.
The potential merger between GateHouse Media and Gannett would create a newspaper behemoth. As IRP Director John Temple writes for this piece in The Atlantic, it reminds him of two drowning giants grabbing onto each other to try to save themselves.
Twenty years ago, IRP Director John Temple was convinced the shootings he covered at Columbine High School would change everything. As he writes in The Atlantic, that’s not what happened. He also discusses this topic in a CJR podcast.
In a stunning move, the federal judge in Sacramento who oversaw the trial and conviction of accused Lodi terror suspect Hamid Hayat 13 years ago has ordered the conviction and sentence vacated. The IRP began reporting on Hayat in 2006 for PBS Frontline. Former IRP reporter Abbie VanSickle continued coverage in her 2016 series with the IRP for The Intercept.
In this piece for the Los Angeles Times, IRP reporter Garrett Therolf and J-School student reporter Alyson Stamos cover the suspicious death of a young boy who was allowed to remain with his parents despite a court order.
The IRP’s Zachary Stauffer, producer of Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, writes for The Atlantic about how the U.S. Navy consistently refused to participate in or cooperate with his reporting and research. To learn more about why, he and reporter Jason Paladino obtained emails using a Freedom of Information Act request that reveal how naval officers are discounting critical reporting. The messages show that the Navy’s public affairs staff are more concerned with damage control than confronting the issues revealed.
Nicole Van Dorn, whose husband, Navy pilot J Wesley Van Dorn, was killed in the helicopter crash featured in the IRP’s documentary Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?, writes for The New York Times about her experience following his death. You can learn more about the film at www.vandornmovie.com.
Fresno Chief of Police Jerry Dyer is one of the longest-serving leaders of a big-city police department in modern California history. But his tenure has been marred by scandal and corruption among the officers who serve under him. In a story for KQED he researched and wrote at the IRP, reporter Andrew Beale investigates both Dyer and his department.
IRP reporter Robert Lewis and School of Journalism lecturer Thomas Peele were interviewed on KQED Newsroom about investigating police misconduct. They also discussed an IRP-reported story about receiving records of criminally convicted California police officers.
Counselor testified she didn’t report suspected abuse to authorities before Gabriel Fernandez was killed
IRP reporter Garrett Therolf reports in the Los Angeles Times that an employee of a contractor paid millions by the county’s Department of Children and Family Services failed to pass on information about eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez’s abuse before his death. As someone working with children, she was required by law to share this information with authorities.
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy’s Journalist’s Resource interviewed Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel about Trafficked in America, a documentary about an Ohio egg farm’s exploitation of trafficked Guatemalan workers produced by the IRP and PBS Frontline. The Shorenstein Center awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, for which Altan and Cediel’s film is a finalist. The prize winner will be announced on March 12.