From The Courier Journal
The Courier Journal and the national nonprofit news outlet ProPublica will partner in a yearlong investigation of a Kentucky state government program, the news organizations announced Wednesday.
ProPublica, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning organization, chose the Courier Journal’s proposal from among 215 applications from 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Courier Journal, a 10-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is one of seven local partners selected by ProPublica to focus on state government.
The project is part of an initiative ProPublica launched last year to help strengthen coverage of state government at a time when many news organizations are cutting back because of economic conditions. Projects undertaken in 2018 exposed a variety of problems around the nation, including lapses in worker safety at nuclear facilities; failures in public housing; and conflicts of interest that have allowed Louisiana legislators to benefit themselves, their relatives and their clients.
Courier Journal reporters Alfred Miller and Caitlin McGlade and investigations editor James G. Wright will work with ProPublica throughout 2019. All come with a background in data analysis and watchdog journalism with lasting impact.
“We are excited to team with ProPublica on this ambitious yearlong investigative project,” said Richard A. Green, the Courier Journal’s editor since June.
“We have a proud 150-year tradition of protecting taxpayers, safeguarding our environment and holding public officials and governmental agencies accountable. We are targeting excessive spending and questionable actions taken by state leaders in Frankfort. We’re confident our combined efforts with ProPublica will yield meaningful work that makes a difference in our commonwealth.”
The Courier Journal team will work closely with ProPublica’s senior editors and data specialists, and ProPublica will underwrite Miller’s salary for the year.
Other news organizations partnering with ProPublica for state government investigations are the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia; the Connecticut Mirror in Hartford; The Daily Herald in Arlington, Illinois; The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina; the Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, California; and WNYC public radio in New York.