We brought you groundbreaking stories about everything from infestations in public housing to workplace deaths and widespread sexual harassment complaints in state government. Take a look back at some of our most popular investigations, and see what’s happened since they published.
“[T]he public has a right to know if the internal investigation was thorough, unbiased, and competent, or whether it was a ‘cover up’ of misconduct based on personal or political favoritism,” Shepherd wrote in his ruling on the Labor Cabinet.
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.
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has filed suit against the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting to prevent releasing details about employees accused of sexual harassment — the second state agency to sue KyCIR in the last month.
“Kentuckians should have access to records kept by their government, and the law makes clear these records should be public,” said Louisville Public Media Interim President Stephen George in a written statement. “We’ll keep fighting for transparency and the people’s right to know.”
Our latest Next Louisville story started with a question: how problematic is trash and litter in Louisville’s neighborhoods, and is it worse in areas with higher rates of poverty? We answered that question by combining data already publicly available with open records requests — and we discovered an interesting correlation.
Louisville Public Media is joining newsrooms, civil-rights groups and universities across the country to gather information and create a national database on hate crimes in the United States. The effort is part of Documenting Hate, a project by the investigative, nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.