Capital City Fund For Investigative Journalism

Watchdog journalism is the beating heart of a healthy democracy. We need your support to keep investigative reporting alive in the DC region. 

IMPACT: With local journalism on life support, SpotlightDC provides direct funding to investigative reporters pursuing untold, groundbreaking stories that can prompt reform and hold the powerful to account.



DC Workers Suffering Under Flawed Workers Compensation System

On-the-job injuries often result in compensation for workers in the private sector, but DC workers have suffered for decades at the hands of a flawed system.

Rachel Cohen exposes how a two-track system for handling worker compensation claims puts people working for the DC government at a disadvantage compared to those in the private sector. Her reporting, published October 2020 in Washington City Paper, aired the unequal treatment just as the DC Council was considering reforms.

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