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Louisville Public Media has hired Jared Bennett as an investigative reporter at KyCIR. Bennett is currently a reporter on the inequality, opportunity and poverty team at the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit newsroom. He’s worked at CPI since 2014. “I’ve been a fan of KyCIR for years, and I’m excited to help tell stories that make a difference for people in Kentucky,” Bennett said. Bennett’s reporting on business and technology has been recognized with awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, and as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Awards.
Louisville Public Media has hired Caitlin McGlade as an investigative reporter at KyCIR. McGlade has been an investigative reporter at the Courier Journal since 2017. She comes to KyCIR after nine years of watchdog reporting in Ohio, Arizona, Florida and Kentucky. “I am excited to join a team of dedicated investigative reporters who have consistently published shocking and powerful journalism to improve life for Kentuckians,” McGlade said. Before the Courier Journal, McGlade reported for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Arizona Republic and the Toledo Free Press.
Louisville Public Media has selected Kate Howard to serve as managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Howard joined KyCIR in 2016 as an investigative reporter specializing in higher education and government accountability. Her work has been the recipient of a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award and numerous state and regional awards. She has served as interim managing editor since February. “KyCIR’s team fills a crucial role in Kentucky — strong, in-depth watchdog journalism about issues that matter to Kentuckians,” Howard said.
Employees from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Corrections are only 15 percent of the state government workforce, but they account for half of all the sexual harassment complaints statewide. For her investigation into the high rate of sexual harassment complaints at state prisons, KyCIR’s Eleanor Klibanoff spoke with current and former prison guards, who told her that sexual harassment is often a part of the job. Jennifer Lynn Dennis, a former prison guard at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex in eastern Kentucky, said sexual harassment caused her to quit her job.
Along with three other women, Dennis sued the Department of Corrections and Sergeant Stephen Harper and won. A jury awarded them $1.6 million, which the state is appealing. Listen to Dennis in her own words in the sound player. Harper did not respond to request for comment for this investigation.
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