Backstory

The Backstory: Juliana Schatz Preston

The challenges of reporting on bureaucratic systems, how Juliana broached sensitive topics with her subjects, and why it’s important to report on solutions as well as problems.

October 8, 2019

The Backstory: Susan Antilla

Susan Antilla takes a deep-dive into how Wall Street avoids accountability after a wave of women brought harassment lawsuits two decades ago.

October 7, 2019

The Backstory: Lisa Armstrong

Investigative journalist Lisa Armstrong talks about her reporting on solitary confinement and mental illness in prison.

October 4, 2019

The Backstory: Aviva Stahl

Investigative journalist Aviva Stahl talks about her new investigation into force-feeding in America’s prisons.

June 4, 2019

The Backstory: Saki Knafo

Saki Knafo is a Type Investigations reporter who recently finished a two-year-long investigation into criminal justice in the South Bronx.

March 28, 2019

The Backstory: Justine Calma

Ida B Wells Fellow Justine Calma talks about her new investigation into California’s day programs for adults with disabilities.

December 12, 2018

The Backstory: Sharon Lerner

For over three years, Investigative Fund reporting fellow Sharon Lerner has investigated DuPont and 3M, corporations that manufactured toxic chemicals, covered up the health risks, and tried to dodge legal accountability.

October 5, 2018

The Backstory: Anjali Kamat

Kamat discusses her months of reporting in India, investigating the Trump Organization’s lucrative real estate deals in the country, valued at an estimated $1.5 billion.

April 5, 2018

The Backstory: Seth Freed Wessler

Wessler discusses how he discovered and reported on the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of “floating Guantánamos,” which detain and shackle low-level smugglers in international waters for weeks or even months.

November 21, 2017

The Backstory: Lizzie Presser and Diàna Markosian

Reporter Lizzie Presser and photographer Diàna Markosian discuss their collaboration in telling the story of the Marin siblings who faced an impossible choice once their mother was deported: stay in their home country or go with her to Mexico.

August 23, 2017

The Backstory: Nick Turse

South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world, and one that was midwifed by the United States, has experienced a wave of ethnic cleansing that has gone nearly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Over a period of six weeks, Investigative Fund reporter Nick Turse interviewed more than 250 refugees on the ground in South Sudan and northern Uganda. In “Ghost Nation,” published in the July issue of Harper’s Magazine, Turse documents the ongoing conflict between South Sudanese government forces and rebels. Through his reporting, Turse was able to pinpoint the locations of specific villages where atrocities were carried out.

July 25, 2017

The Backstory: Frank Matt

Matt talks about finding and organizing data of more than 107,000 former nuclear weapons workers in the US who have been diagnosed with cancers and other diseases.

February 4, 2016

The Backstory: Meaghan Winter

Winter discusses tracking down sources while investigating the rise of crisis pregnancy centers in the US.

August 26, 2015

The Backstory: Dax-Devlon Ross

Ross discusses his investigation about discriminatory jury selection, how he cultivated sources, and the role his legal and academic background played in the reporting process.

November 17, 2014

The Backstory: Vivian Salama

Salama discusses how she approached the topic of drone strikes and PTSD while reporting from Yemen.

September 3, 2014

The Backstory: Carla Murphy

In the wake of the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Carla Murphy talks about who “gets” to be a victim.

July 25, 2014

The Backstory: Gary Rivlin

Rivlin discusses his investigation into the behind-the-scenes maneuvering in Washington that threatens to undo important reforms.

April 8, 2014

The Backstory: Nick Turse

Nick Turse discusses the challenges of collecting data in war zones and obtaining information from the US military.

January 10, 2014

The Backstory: Lee Fang

Investigative reporter Lee Fang discusses how he follows the paper trail to break big news stories and the philosophy that guides his reporting.

July 24, 2013