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Some news stories require greater investments of time to report, with journalists conducting exhaustive investigations using data, public and private records and interviews with a host of sources. Pulitzer Center grantee stories tagged with “Investigative” feature in-depth reporting that delves deeply into serious issues. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on investigative journalism.

 

Kruger’s Contested Borderlands

Displaced communities in Mozambique are calling out rich foreigners and corrupt politicians, saying their land is being unfairly taken in the name of environmental conservation.

Drones in the Sahara

A massive U.S. drone base could destabilize Niger — and may even be illegal under its constitution.

A Journey to the Heart of 'Tropicapitalism'

It all started with the name “The Atlantic Conquest.” Who, in the 21st century, would think of such a name for a project to build a road through indigenous territory? Well, the Panamanian government did.

Offshore Postcard: Confronting Faith

In a new episode of Offshore, produced by Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX, Anita Hofschneider explores the significance of recent lawsuits being brought against Guam’s Catholic Church for sexual abuse.

While Reporting "The Taking," Another Scandal

A local political power broker. A shady contract that poured taxpayer money into his pocket—and his family’s pockets. Our initial digging on the main project unearthed another important story.

April 12, 2018

Cross-border Conservation Land Grabs

Fiona Macleod, Estacio Valoi, Jacopo Ottaviani, David Lemayian

Has a laudable transnational anti-poaching initiative been hijacked by organized crime? This project investigates claims the Kruger National Park poaching wars are used to create eco-cocoons for the mega-rich.

December 14, 2017

Venezuela’s New Gold Rush

Bram Ebus, Stefano Wrobleski, Gustavo Faleiros

For many people, gold fires the imagination, but can it resolve a crisis? Venezuela finds itself in distress and is going all-in on gold mining—an industry tainted by conflict.

December 14, 2017

Border Fence Land Grab

Julian Aguilar, Kiah Collier

Donald Trump's promised border wall will involve taking land from hundreds of people. An earlier land grab to build border fencing was rushed, sloppy, and gave landowners wildly differing payments.

November 29, 2017

The Hustlers' Embassy

Yepoka Yeebo

The embassy was in a run down colonial building. President Obama's portrait was on the wall. The visas cost $6,000. Only one problem: none of it was real.

November 27, 2017

An American War in the Sahara

Joe Penney

The U.S. military is building a major drone base in the Sahara Desert in Niger. Joe Penney looks at how an increasing American military presence will change the West African country.

November 04, 2017

Paradise Papers

Alvaro Ortiz, Rocco Fazzari

ICIJ's global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

October 31, 2017

In Lazarat, the Fall of a Pot Empire

Nate Tabak

The residents of Lazarat, Albania, once grew $6 billion of marijuana per year under the nose of the state. What happens when that pot empire goes up in smoke?

October 31, 2017

The Federation Files

Uri Blau, Akela Lacy

Together, more than 148 non-profit Jewish federations hold assets of $16 billion in the United States and Canada. Investigative journalist Uri Blau examines how the money is spent.

October 12, 2017

Climate Change and Sheepherding in Algeria

Yasmin Bendaas

Although Algeria is a low emitter of greenhouse gasses, environmental changes like lower rainfall, higher temperatures, and longer cycles of drought have slashed profits for Algerian sheepherders.

September 12, 2017

Cyber Insecurity in the Nuclear Sector

Sean Lyngaas

Hackers are targeting nuclear facilities around the world. Understanding why the nuclear sector's cyber defenses are vulnerable—and how leaders are responding—has never been more urgent.

September 08, 2017

North Korea in the Era of Kim Jong Un

Evan Osnos, Max Pinckers

Three days after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in its nuclear standoff with North Korea, I arrived in Pyongyang to meet the officials responsible for analyzing America.

Meet the Journalist: Sean Lyngaas

Journalist Sean Lyngaas discusses the challenges of reporting on a sensitive and complex subject such as nuclear cybersecurity. He also highlights techniques for bringing the subject to life.

Meet the Journalist: Yepoka Yeebo

For over a decade, there existed a fake U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. When the news broke, there were more questions than answers and some officials are convinced it didn't happen.

Meet the Journalist: Ben Mauk

In the 1950s the Cold War forever changed the American southwest, as thousands of hopeful uranium prospectors took to the hills in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and beyond.

Meet the Journalist: Carrie Ching

Producer Carrie Ching explains how she created an animated video depicting the unseen victims of offshore finance for The Panama Papers project with ICIJ reporters, editors, and artist Arthur Jones.

This Week: Seeking Answers for Iran’s Chemical Weapons Survivors

This week: Scientists investigate the long term effects of chemical warfare on Iranian soldiers, a look into how artistic integrity is maintained inside the Chinese Communist system, and more than 100 people are suing Guam's Catholic Church over accusations of sexual abuse by priests.

This Week: Botched Land Grab Along the Border

This week: A land grab at the U.S.-Mexico border reveals how the government might go about building the wall, a history of land grabs by the government are revealed by a laundry list of treaties with American Indian nations, and the women taking on military duty in the Central African Republic.

This Week: Contagion That Travels by Plane

This week: How poor hygiene on planes leads to the spread of dangerous communicable diseases, how Sámi people are caught between a climate change solution and their own livelihoods, and how you can double your holiday gift to the Pulitzer Center.

Feature Writing Workshop

This resource outlines tips for feature writing that can be applied to a variety of events. Students in the DC metro area used these tips to reflect on workshops with Pulitzer Center journalists.