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Brooke Williams is a Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer at NECIR. See full bio >

Seeming independent, think tank scholars often profit as corporate lobbyists, consultants

Acting as independent arbiters to shape government policy, many researchers also have corporate roles that are sometimes undisclosed.

Brookings, big think tanks push corporate donors’ agendas as cash pours...

Think tanks are seen as independent, but their researchers often push the agendas of donors, amplifying a culture of corporate influence in Washington.

Wayward prosecutors go unpunished as prison time for victims piles up

A review by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting found hundreds of cases where Massachusetts courts criticized prosecutors, even to the point of reversing convictions due to misconduct. Such prosecutors are seldom even named in rulings, much less disciplined.

Holes in the system: Boston boasts pothole fixes that don’t get...

Boston has a habit of implying potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting of the city system called Citizens Connect – an award-winning mobile app and website meant to increase transparency and accountability in government. A sampling of 78 cases found nearly half reported closed did not meet the city guidelines for fixing potholes.

Map: Boston closes cases without filling potholes

Boston has a habit of implying potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to this NECIR investigation. Here are some examples. Click on each map...

Holes in the system: Boston boasts pothole fixes that don’t get...

The Department of Public Works has a habit of implying Boston potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

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