In partnership with KQED, journalist Robert Lewis, who works with the IRP as part of its California Corruption Project, reports on corruption among Bakersfield-area law enforcement. Narcotics squad officers have pleaded guilty to stealing about 30 pounds of marijuana. A grand jury is continuing to investigate and the corruption scandal is still growing.
Former IRP student Brian Krans’s report on local political corruption in Fresno County ran on KQED’s The California Report. He explored how a district attorney charged two important local officials with bribery. However, the breadth of this issue is much wider than just a few indictments. Click the “more” link below to hear the story in full:
The IRP’s Jason Paladino writes for The Atlantic about the secret removal of safety data on Navy accidents. Although there have been previous reports of high-ranking officials hindering the disclosure of Navy documents, a representative from the agency insists that the removal decision was part of a website redesign.
The Atlantic has published an investigation that exposes the failure of Los Angeles County child-protective caseworkers to protect Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old under their watch who was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013 after suffering months of torture and abuse. Garrett Therolf, who reported on Gabriel’s death for The Los Angeles Times, spent the past year retracing the details of this case.
Pablo Duran Sr., a central figure in the IRP’s and Investigative Studio’s Frontline documentary Trafficked in America, has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals, some of them minors, for financial gain. The IRP’s Daffodil Altan and reporter Catherine Trautwein report on the case for Frontline.
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, IRP Fellow and former editor in chief of Forbes Russia, writes an Op Ed on the current state of the magazine and the crucial role it plays in the relationship between the United States and Russia.
IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya’s weekly newsletter, The Bell, covers Russian expectations for the upcoming summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Although the Russian media and government officials are publicly hyping the event, unofficially most are pessimistic that anything substantive will be decided.
In the third story of his series about the death of 10-year-old Anthony Alvalos, IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf covers the charges against the boy’s mother and her boyfriend for the Los Angeles Times.
In the wake of a shooting that left five staffers dead at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, IRP Director John Temple writes for The Atlantic about the important role local newspapers play in reporting on their communities.
In the second story in a three-part series about the death of Anthony Avalos, IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf examines the case of a 10-year-old who suffered extensive abuse before his death on June 20.
IRP and Common Sense News reporter Garrett Therolf’s story in the Los Angeles Times explores the death of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos from head injuries. The boy was never removed from his home despite years of severe abuse allegations against family members by teachers, a counselor, school administrators and relatives.
A story in “The Bell,” published by IRP fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, details how a November 2017 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir paved the way for gold mining in the Sudan by Russian companies. Evgeny Prigozhin, a businessman connected with Putin whose companies include private security firm the Wagner Group, is a prime beneficiary of these concessions.
A Pacific Standard analysis by former IRP fellow Antonia Juhasz, finds the oil and gas industry to be among the tax bill’s greatest financial beneficiaries. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is reported to provide a total of $25 billion in direct one-time benefits to 17 oil and gas companies.
After interference in the U.S. elections, the West considers Russia to be a serious cyberforce. But can Russia really ban major foreign internet services, à la China? A failed attempt to shut down instant-messenger service Telegram suggests the answer may be “no,” reports The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya.
The Bell, founded by IRP Fellow Elizaveta Osetinskaya, was the first to interview Vladimir Uglev, one of the developers of the nerve agent, “Novichok”, which was used to poison former Rusian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the United Kingdom.