The Capital City Fund For Investigative Journalism

Spotlight Funded Stories

SpotlightDC has awarded funds to four journalists pursuing investigative projects.

JURY SUSPENSION STRANDS DC JAIL DEFENDANTS. Published 1/30/21.
SpotlightDC’s Fourth Funded Story

UNLAWFUL EVICTIONS IN DC? WORKERS’ COMP IN D.C. Published 10/7/20
SpotlightDC’s Third Funded Story

Workers’ Compensation in D.C.: Separate and Unequal by Rachel Cohen, October 7, 2020

Rachel Cohen is a freelance journalist based in D.C. and a contributing writer to The Intercept. She covers local and national news, with a focus on labor, politics, schools, cities and economic policy. 

UNLAWFUL EVICTIONS IN DC? Published 10/5/20
SpotlightDC’s Second Funded Story

Thousands Of D.C. Renters Are Evicted Every Year. Do They All Know To Show Up To Court? by Josh Kaplan, October 5, 2020

Joshua Kaplan is currently a Senior Reporting Fellow at ProPublica. Previously, he was a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., where he wrote an investigative column about criminal justice for Washington City Paper. For WCP, he reported on misconduct in the Metropolitan Police Department, mistreatment of patients at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, and fraud in D.C.’s addiction treatment system. His work has also appeared in Slate. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago.

MILLIONS IN DC TAX DOLLARS TRASHED Published 07/24/20
SpotlightDC’s First Funded Story

Waste Mismanagement: How the District Loses Millions on Garbage Disposal by Cuneyt Dil, July 23, 2020

Cuneyt Dil is currently an Associated Press reporter in Sacramento, California, covering the state government and legislature. He has recently written about companies tied to California leaders scoring federal pandemic bailout loans and state governments nationwide failing to stockpile medical equipment.

He reported on District of Columbia government for five years before starting at the AP in January. In D.C., he founded the daily politics newsletter District Links and wrote stories for Washington City Paper, The DC Line, DCist and others. 

He holds a philosophy degree from American University.

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