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Featured Work

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What Dr. Fauci told me about a secret meeting on Covid's origin

USA TODAY

June 2021

Could an accident have caused COVID-19? Why the Wuhan lab-leak theory shouldn't be dismissed

USA TODAY

March 2021

'Doctors are still stunned': How did foreign bacteria leave a Texas girl with brain damage?

USA TODAY

July 2021

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Near Misses at High-Security Lab Illustrate Risk of Accidents With Coronaviruses

ProPublica

August 2020

Hospitals blame moms when childbirth goes wrong. Secret data suggest it’s not that simple.

USA TODAY

March 2019

Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren't doing it.

USA TODAY

July 2018

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Inside America's Secretive Biolabs

USA TODAY

May 2015

Biolabs In Your Backyard Interactive Database

USA TODAY

May 2015

Ghost Factories

USA TODAY

2012-2013

 

About Me

I am an investigative reporter specializing in health, environmental and consumer issues. My work has revealed safety lapses at biological research labs, food manufacturers and nursing homes; hazards in municipal water systems and near forgotten lead factories; the criminal backgrounds of dietary supplement makers and the role of substandard hospital care in maternal deaths.


I am a past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a national journalism training organization, and I am a professor and the Washington, D.C., program director for the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I have reported for USA TODAY, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau, the Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic and the Dallas Times Herald. My reporting honors include three Gerald Loeb Awards, three Scripps Howard Awards and a duPont-Columbia Award.


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