Data and investigative students from the ’17 M.S. class worked with Univision on an investigation of the Trump Organization’s international business. Their findings: 15 of 27 international Trump-branded real-estate projects include developers or investors who have faced criminal allegations, including corruption, fraud, and drug trafficking.
Four students from the ’16 M.S. Stabile class reported on how wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of corruption in their native lands are fleeing to the U.S., a safe haven where their wealth and influence shield them from arrest. Their report was published by The Miami Herald and ProPublica.
In a collaboration with The New Yorker, students in Prof. Sarah Stillman’s class showed how hundreds of thousands of immigrants are being deported even if they face violence and murder. As a result of these deportations, immigrants have fallen victim to kidnapping, extortion and sexual assault.
Mukhtar Ibrahim, ’17 M.S. Stabile, traveled to Kenya to look into how the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars on a controversial counterterrorism program there. He found that the program may have endangered the lives of the people it was supposed to help. His story was published by Buzzfeed.
The New York Yankees created a charity to distribute $40 million in cash grants, sports equipment and baseball tickets to community organizations. In a New York Times story, Micah Hauser, ’17 M.S. Stabile, revisited that agreement, and found that the charity has operated with little oversight or public accountability.
As students enrolled in the Investigative Projects class, Jacqueline Williams & Ana Graciela Méndez, '15 M.S., worked with adjunct professor Walt Bogdanich on an investigation that raised questions about the safety and viability of the Panama Canal. Their story was on the front page of The New York Times.
A six-month investigation by students in Prof. Giannina Segnini's cross-border investigations with data class resulted in a collaboration with Univision that showed how the cruise industry is one of the least regulated in the U.S., and how it shielded itself under the laws of tax havens from which it operates.
Students in the data concentration worked with the team investigating the Panama Papers, a trove of 11.5 million leaked documents. They researched the shipping industry's offshore links, providing data analysis and story leads to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
"Code of Silence," produced by Stabile and documentary students, found that female officers around the country regularly face sexual harassment by colleagues and superiors. This short documentary by Scilla Alecci and George Steptoe was posted on The New York Times website in 2016.