Return On Investment = $80,000 for 18 Investigative Projects
ROI: Your generosity since 2020 has allowed SpotlightDC to fund 18 investigative and explanatory projects with more than $80,000 in awards to reporters uncovering contract steering, government misspending, coverups of child deaths in DC care, homicide investigations, environmental journalism and police overpay across print, digital, radio and podcasting.
- Un-Recycled: Five-part investigation of DC’s trash system showed that while DC residents diligently separate refuse for recycling, nearly 90% of recycling in some cases winds up in the dump: https://www.hillrag.com/2022/06/06/trashed-the-challenges-of-apartment-recycling/
- DC’s Illegal Gray Market Cannabis Economy: https://www.hillrag.com/2022/09/02/the-wild-west-of-unregulated-of-cannabis-retailers/
- Potomac River Rapist: https://dmvdownload.wtop.com/podcast-how-dna-brought-the-potomac-river-rapist-cold-case-to-trial/
- DC’s Failed Forensic Lab – How federal prosecutors scuttled the DC lab. https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/573597/making-a-meltdown-what-role-did-federal-prosecutors-play-in-unraveling-d-c-s-crime-lab/
- DC’s Heat Islands: Hola Cultura’s multi-part podcast giving voice to DC residents surviving in the District’s hottest communities. August 2022 by WTOP and WAMU.
- Pandemic Injustice: How DC’s criminal justice system kept defendants behind bars without charges or indictments: https://www.hillrag.com/2021/05/03/defendants-stranded-in-jail-by-pandemic/
- DC’s Heat Islands: Mapping the District’s hottest neighborhoods and their effect on residents’ health: https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/528645/temperatures-in-d-c-s-heat-islands-can-register-ten-to-twenty-degrees-hotter-than-in-leafy-neighborhoods/
- Murder In A Safe Place: Revealed how Prince Georges County detectives used cutting edge DNA technology to track down the killer of a nurse in 1998 : https://spotlightdc.org/murder-in-a-safe-place/
- STILL BROKEN: DC child welfare agencies covering up deaths of children in the District’s care, as part of a six-part investigation of child welfare in DCLine: https://thedcline.org/2021/12/21/still-broken-dcs-child-welfare-system/
- Waste Mismanagement: How DC taxpayers are subsidizing major private trash haulers with millions in padded fees: https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/303753/waste-mismanagement-how-the-district-loses-millions-on-garbage-disposal/
- Fraud in DC’s eviction system: Winner of the Institute for Nonprofit News Investigative Story of the Year: https://bit.ly/3e6QE1n. Published Monday and the DC Council closed the loophole in emergency legislation Tuesday.
- Discrimination against DC employees seeking workers compensation: driving DC Council oversight hearings and provoking reform: https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/415407/workers-compensation-in-d-c-separate-and-unequal/