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In a historic Black business district, ‘death by a thousand cuts’

JACKSON, Miss. — Farish Street has an all-too-familiar story.  Once a booming Black-owned entertainment and business district that drew Black customers from all over Mississippi, it struggled after segregation ended. Today, it suffers from the same blight and infrastructure issues as many other Jackson neighborhoods — and far too many once-segregated communities across the country. […]

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Public Integrity journalists win Nonprofit Newcomer, Breaking Barriers awards

The Center for Public Integrity has won the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Breaking Barriers Award, and Audience Engagement Editor Ashley Clarke has been named Nonprofit Newcomer of the Year. At an awards ceremony in Philadelphia Wednesday, Clarke was honored for helping transform the mission, workplace culture and partnerships of one of the country’s oldest nonprofit […]

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State tax systems contribute to inequality. These states are doubling down.

This story also appeared in Mother Jones JACKSON, Miss. — Amia Edwards lives here because she wants to make a difference. But in this majority-Black city, long starved for funding by the state’s mostly white Legislature, that’s proved a steep challenge. The city’s recent water crisis came after years of chronic underfunding of Jackson’s aging […]

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Fundraising ‘schemes’ investigated by Public Integrity lead to arrests

Two men investigated by the Center for Public Integrity for a story about groups that fundraise for causes like childhood leukemia but keep virtually all the money have been charged in connection with “schemes to defraud donors,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Richard Zeitlin, 53, and Robert […]

Posted inInequality

‘Disability is an often forgotten piece of the court’s docket’

In the past year, the Supreme Court has made several decisions that have radically reshaped essential rights for Americans spanning from abortion access to gun rights to the separation of church and state.  The higher court rulings have prompted an array of analyses of how some of these decisions will disproportionately impact some already marginalized […]

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Public Integrity podcast honored with NABJ award

Season 2 of the Center for Public Integrity’s podcast, “The Heist,” has won a 2023 Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. “The Wealth Vortex,” which confronted America’s racial wealth gap through the story of an Iowa woman attempting to open the country’s first Black-owned bank in decades, was recognized by […]

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Public Integrity wins Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

The Center for Public Integrity has won a 2023 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. It recognizes a body of work by the nonprofit investigative newsroom that confronts widening inequality in the U.S. through reporting that’s rooted in innovative data analysis, powerful storytelling, historical context and collaboration with local journalists and sources closest […]

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In their own words: Disabled storytellers share what ‘home’ means to them

The Center for Public Integrity held an event on July 26 — the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — called “What is Home?” that explored the challenges of finding safe homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the event, there were four storytellers with disabilities who shared what “home” means […]

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Public Integrity nominated for ‘general excellence’ Online Journalism Award

The Center for Public Integrity is a finalist for the Online Journalism Awards’ coveted general excellence award. The nonprofit investigative news organization is one of three finalists in the small newsroom category, alongside Honolulu Civil Beat and The Markup. Finalists in the award’s larger categories include The New York Times and The Washington Post. Public […]

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Public Integrity launches effort to support local investigative reporting

The Center for Public Integrity is setting out to strengthen local investigative reporting across the country, through partnerships with local newsrooms designed to systematically exchange knowledge and provide ongoing support. The initiative will prioritize news organizations serving communities that are traditionally under-resourced yet have the potential to produce groundbreaking stories exposing systemic inequalities affecting their […]

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Renters less likely to be kicked out where eviction filing fees are higher

Places with higher fees for filing eviction cases have lower eviction rates — even when other factors are considered, new research from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University shows. The research, published in the journal Housing Policy Debate in May, showed higher filing fees motivate landlords to work with tenants rather than turning to the […]

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Public Integrity’s Jin Ding named AAJA Member of the Year

Center for Public Integrity Chief of Staff and Operations Jin Ding was named 2023 Member of the Year by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) at the organization’s annual convention on Saturday. Ding’s contributions to AAJA and support of fellow journalists have had a far-reaching impact. Ding first joined AAJA in 2017 while working at […]

Posted inHigh Courts, High Stakes

‘Lose the courts, lose the war’: The battle over voting in North Carolina

Republicans seized the state Supreme Court after changing how judges are elected. The political implications — and ramifications for everyday life — are huge. This story also appeared in USA TODAY NEW BERN, N.C. — As the daylight faded on April 12, 2018, a Craven County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a white pickup. Heather French […]

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State high courts get limited attention. Here’s how to change that.

State supreme courts have the final word on interpreting state constitutions. Their decisions have massive implications for abortion access, taxes, LGBTQ+ rights, labor, policing and other issues that affect people’s lives. So why do these courts fly under the radar? That’s partly by design. Justices rarely seek public attention, preferring to let their opinions do […]

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Fighting back against racial bias in school policing

Two U.S. agencies are urging school districts “to confront the issue of race discrimination in student discipline,” releasing a report highlighting federal investigations that found evidence of bias in school policing over the past decade. “Discrimination in student discipline forecloses opportunities for students, pushing them out of the classroom and diverting them from a path […]

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‘American Whitelash’: Lowery examines how white grievance drives violence

The election of America’s first Black president was expected to begin a post-racial period where communities would work together to address systemic racism and ensure that racial prejudice became a social problem of the past.  But that never happened. Barack Obama’s election became a trigger for white grievance and violence over Black progress. In his […]

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Public Integrity’s ‘The Heist’ wins Excellence in Financial Journalism award

The Center for Public Integrity has won the 2023 Excellence in Financial Journalism Award for best audio reporting for Season 2 of its podcast, “The Heist.” “The Wealth Vortex,” produced in partnership with Transmitter Media, follows Iowa entrepreneur ReShonda Young as she tries to start a Black-owned bank to help address the racial wealth gap […]

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What is home? Public Integrity will host event featuring disabled storytellers

Join the Center for Public Integrity, USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism and State of Mind, a partnership between Slate and Arizona State University, on July 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern for a unique storytelling event and panel. The discussion will be lead by Amy Silverman, whose award-winning reporting for the Center for Public Integrity […]

Posted inEnvironment

Planning for environmental justice for all

This story was published as a partnership between the Center for Public Integrity and Fresnoland When Arlin Benavides Jr. set out to hear residents’ environmental concerns in one of the most marginalized parts of a region facing water scarcity, groundwater contamination, extreme heat and other woes, he wasn’t sure if people would open their doors, […]