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Empty Mansions

Cover of book Empty MansionstEmpty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune, written with Paul Clark Newell, Jr., emptymansionsbook.com












Racial discrimination in home loans

Color of Money reprint cover imageThe Color of Money: Home mortgage lending practices discriminate against blacks
The Pulitzer Prize-winning series in Bill Kovach's Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by mortgage lenders in middle-income neighborhoods, May 15, 1988, with follow-up articles











Identifying America's war dead

Soldiers carry casket draped with flagPentagon unit held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly
NBC News, October 10, 2013

Pentagon agency under fire for refusing to ID unknown World War II soldiers
NBC News, August 1, 2013










Flood maps and an influential contractor

Condo towers by the beachWhy taxpayers will bail out the rich when the next storm hits
NBC News, February 18, 2014

Meet the Flood Insurance 'Robin Hood' Who Saves Condo Owners Millions
NBC News, February 19, 2014

FBI Investigates FEMA Flood Map Changes After NBC News Report
NBC News, March 27, 2014









Hurricane Sandy

Cover of book Empty MansionstWind, flames, Our Fathers: The inside story of Breezy Point's terrible night
NBC News, November 1, 2012













The 2016 presidential campaign

Donald Trump poses with Dale JavinoDonald Trump, ex-cops joined on stage by felon from Long Island
Newsday, April 25, 2016













Airport security

Newsday headline on airport knife riskVideo: Steakhouse knives pose security risk at JFK
News 12 Networks, television version, November 25, 2014

Port Authority yanks knives from JFK eateries inside security checkpoint
Newsday, print version, November 25, 2014.










Nuclear safety

Condo towers by the beachU.S. nuclear agency hid concerns, hailed safety record as Fukushima melted
NBC News, March 10, 2014

What are the odds? U.S. nuke plants ranked by quake risk: So much for San Andreas: Reactors in East, Midwest, South have highest chance of damage
NBC News, March 16, 2011

Nuclear neighbors: Population rises near US reactors: Map of census data shows 17 percent increase in residents within 10 miles in a decade
NBC News, March 16, 2011




The reclusive heiress, Huguette Clark, and her empty mansions

Huguette Clark as a child in Indian costume hugging her father W.A. ClarkThe Clarks: an American story of wealth, scandal and mystery
NBC News, series beginning February 26, 2010













Uninspected highway bridges

A school bus approaches a bridgeLate inspections of bridges put travelers at risk: At least 17,000 spans didn't get a two-year checkup
NBC News, first of a series, January 30, 2008

Feds let states delay inspection of bad bridges: Loophole allows infrequent checkups for spans in poor condition
NBC News, second of a series, January 31, 2008









The 2008 presidential election

Hillary Clinton in first year at WellesleyJournalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly): News organizations diverge on handling of political activism by staff
NBC News, June 21, 2007

Reading Hillary Rodham's hidden thesis: Clinton White House asked Wellesley College to close off access
NBC News, March 2, 2007

How the Clintons wrapped up Hillary's thesis: 'A stupid political decision,' says her former Wellesley poli-sci professor
NBC News, March 2, 2007





Firefighter safety

Photos of firefighters killed on the jobFlaws in firefighters' last line of defense: U.S. waited 5 years to heed expert's warning on 'man down' alarms
NBC News, first of a series, February 5, 2007

CDC's fire investigation unit: the 'No Go Team': Agency that examines firefighter deaths typically arrives 33 days later
NBC News, second of a series, February 6, 2007








Abusive interrogations of Guantanamo detainees

Detainees in orange kneeling at Guantanamo prisonGitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics: The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse
NBC News, first of a series, October 23, 2006

Can the '20th hijacker' of Sept. 11 stand trial?: Aggressive interrogations at Guantanamo may prevent his prosecution
NBC News, second of a series, October 24, 2006








School superintendent expenses

Map showing trips by school superintendent Julia Earl to TexasSuperintendent Julia Earl's Texas trips cost city
Nashua Telegraph, with Michael Brindley, June 7-11, 2006













Minority employment at newspapers

Graph showing declining minority employment at Los Angeles TimesNewsroom diversity has passed its peak at most newspapers, 1990-2005 study shows; Report for the Knight Foundation shows trends at 1,410 US newspapers
Knight Foundation, with Stephen K. Doig, including a separate page of data for every daily newspaper in the US, June 1, 2005











Fire department staffing

Map showing trips by school superintendent Julia Earl to TexasDeadly Delays: The decline of fire response
The Boston Globe, series, January 3031, 2005













Gay marriage, the first day

Two women celebrate weddingGay Marriage: Survey finds women in majority
The Boston Globe, with Scott S. Greenberger, May 18, 2004













Racial profiling in policing

Black man looks in rear-view mirror of carSpeed trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a break? Series on racial profiling by police,
The Boston Globe, July 20, 2003

Memo warns against use of profiling in national defense
The Boston Globe, October 12, 2001










Safety at the ballpark

Netting in front of stadium seats at Fenway ParkTicket Demand Is High, But Are New Fenway Seats Worth Risk?
The Boston Globe, April 11, 2003

















Targeted violence

Cover of Chicago Sun-Times series on school shootersDeadly Lessons: School shooters tell why, series on Secret Service study of school shootings
Chicago Sun-Times, October 1516, 2000

Secret Service Challenges Assassin Stereotypes
The New York Times, August 9, 1998










John Glenn's return to space

Astronaut John Glenn in space suit smilingGlenn Returns to Space: A Nostalgic Celebration in Glenn's Town
The New York Times, October 30, 1998













The great home run race

Baseball players Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa greet each other on the fieldSosa Matches McGwire With Homers 61 and 62
The New York Times, September 14, 1998

Fan snaring No. 62 faces big tax bite
The New York Times, September 7, 1998










The Clinton-Lewinsky affair

Husband and wife Andy and Kathy Bleiler with press cameras behind them A Scandal's Road Kill Undergoes an Autopsy
The New York Times, March 22, 1998











Abortion protesters face off

Abortion protestor holding small crossBoth Sides From the Inside
Mother Jones, November/December 1993













A Catholic cover-up of sexual abuse

Pastor George StallingsYears of defiance: roots of Stallings's rebellion
The Washington Post, first of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, April 29, 1990

Concerns about Stallings's lifestyle fueled conflict
The Washington Post, second of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, April 30, 1990

Stallings builds a black church far from Rome
The Washington Post, third of a series with Laura Sessions Stepp, May 1, 1990







A wild night on the National Mall

Headline says March Clears Out Prostitution ZoneMarch clears out prostitution zone; D.C. police criticized after ordering women to walk to Va. line
The Washington Post, with Jeffrey Goldberg, July 26, 1989







Washington's mayor and ties to a favored contractor

Headline says March Clears Out Prostitution ZoneBarry a Secret Investor In Nantucket Real Estate Deal; Partnership Headed by D.C. Developer
The Washington Post, with Sharon LaFraniere, March 10, 1989

Developer Cohen Plays for High Stakes with 2 D.C. Projects
The Washington Post, March 12, 1989









A flash flood takes a church bus in Comfort, Texas

Helicopter hovers over river with overturned church bus submergedSurvivors of flood learned fear, faith and real friendship
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 1987

As river recedes, searchers find the bodies of its victims
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 19, 1987










A political mystery: Who called The Miami Herald about Gary Hart?

Senator Gary Hart on boat with friend Donna Rice on his lapRice points to a friend as tipster; Fellow model fits profile of caller in Hart scandal
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 17, 1987













An interview with the richest man in town

Outside view of Tennessee Aquarium brick building with two triangular spiresJack Lupton talks about a city and its destiny
The Chattanooga Times, January 27, 1986














Archive of tutorials on data journalism

Also on this site, you can find several early materials from the teaching of data journalism:



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