Not all stories leads to something actually happening. But sometimes, with a bit of luck, lawmakers or enforcement authorities act on what you report, or people take action. That’s a good feeling, and here are two examples of that:
- 2016: Stories about PCBs in public schools for WNPR and for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting led to a Congressional investigation headed by Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, and Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy called on the EPA to improve enforcement and oversight.
- 2013-17: Special education coverage led to numerous resignations, program restructuring, a forensic audit that found systemic accounting problems that hinted of fraud. Afterwards, Connecticut lawmakers created the MORE Commission, and one of its goals was to examine special education across the state. A MORE Commission audit performed by the state auditor found that what happened in Darien could be happening at schools across the state.