The WBUR investigative team pursues stories that hold powerful institutions and people to account.
Utility Regulators Ignored Conflict Of Interest Concerns For National Grid Audit
The attorney general's office said the company conducting the audit lacked experience for the job and appeared to have a conflict of interest. Two former National Grid employees, one formerly a high-ranking executive, would be key players in the audit.
Despite Eviction Ban, Some Landlords Pressure Tenants To Leave Amid Pandemic
A WBUR investigation has found landlords threatening tenants, badgering them to pay or leave and even calling law enforcement, despite an eviction moratorium that prohibits these tactics.
Rollins: Suffolk County Sheriff Never Alerted DA Of Inmate’s Death, Despite Protocols
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins says the sheriff's department should have reported an inmate's death to the DA's office for review. The inmate's family believes poor medical care contributed to his death in 2015.
In Trove Of Emails To State Officials, Feds Downplayed Coronavirus Risks
Federal health agencies' emails to state officials repeatedly downplayed the looming threat in the first three months of 2020, causing confusion and delaying action in Massachusetts and across the country.
'I Have A Guy In China': Inside The Pandemic Market For Medical Masks
There is a vast wave of people and companies finding money-making opportunities in the time of COVID-19. They are jumping into the loosely regulated business of selling masks to hospitals and health departments scrambling to keep workers safe amid a shortage of supplies.
Gaps In Tracking Jail Deaths A ‘National Scandal’
Lawmakers call for more transparency from Mass. sheriffs after a WBUR investigation found some people died in county jails following poor medical care. The issue is all the more urgent as the coronavirus spreads in jails and prisons.