The series on mine safety that I worked on at NPR won the 2015 Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting.
I’m very honored to be among the 2014 IRE award winners with my colleagues from NPR.
“Judges’ comments: “Delinquent Mines” used innovative data analysis to find that 2,700 American coal and mineral mining companies had failed to pay nearly $70 million in delinquent mine safety penalties for years or even decades. These mining companies operated more than 4,000 mines and while they were delinquent, committed 131,000 violations, exposing a loophole in federal regulation and enforcement that places miners at risk. The collaboration found human stories to illustrate the data, from anguished families whose relatives were killed in mining accidents to one billionaire owner whose mines had large unpaid fines. The stories led the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to cite a major delinquent mining company for failure to pay its fines and then shut down the mine when the operator failed to meet a deadline for payment. The agency also said it was considering an “early warning system” for delinquent mines so that it could begin court action against them sooner.”
As of April, D&C owed more than any other mine or entire mining company on the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration’s list of delinquents. The unpaid penalties exceed $4 million.
Read and listen to the entire investigation here.
This segment was perhaps my favorite segment EVER On NPR, and that from a very long time listener. Big words, but I’m saying them. Bravo NPR. Truly spectacular segment.
— NPR.org commenter “William K” on the story, “Finding Hope, With The Cranberries’ Help”
I was honored that Weekend’s on All Things Considered picked up the series I produced for KEXP, and even surprised one interviewee with a phone call from his favorite artists. Find the stories at NPR.org.
KEXP and AIR (The Association of Independents in Radio) present a new series that demonstrates the power of music through intriguing personal stories ranging from an astronaut, teenager, surgeon, dancer, Yoruba priest and more.
I produced these stories as AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010.
Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.