The Center for Investigative Reporting
June 2010 — Present
• Exposed a national retailer for repeatedly selling lead-tainted jewelry. Reporting resulted in the retailer removing jewelry nationwide; the California attorney general citing the retailer; and an amendment to state law that subjected repeat offenders of lead safety regulations to greater financial penalties.
• Examined the persistent problem of school administrators assigning thousands of teachers to classes they are unqualified and not certified to teach. Data analysis showed that the problem primarily affects low-income, Latino students at low-performing schools. It also exposed errors in state data that resulted in the state correcting prior publications and adding quality control measures to its reporting process.
• Revealed California’s failure to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in promised funding to K-12 schools whose dilapidated facilities pose health and safety hazards to students, teachers and staff.
• Analyzed and contextualized local government employee compensation in California for award-winning interactive database and stories.