Investigative reporting brings to light that which has been intentionally obscured. Pursuing document trails, sources and data analysis, I work with news organizations to uncover wrongdoing.
My reporting in northern New Mexico exposed the off-label sedation of jail inmates with habit-forming prescription drug cocktails, a practice that led to overdoses, deaths and a regional street trade in atypical antipsychotics. That series of reports was based on data analysis of jail pharmacy purchase orders, internal staff memos, autopsy and toxicology reports and interviews with current and former jail guards, administrators, clinicians and inmates. I also covered northern New Mexico's opiates-overdose crisis, the emergence of prescription opiates as a driving factor in that crisis, and efforts to use Suboxone treatment and harm-reduction policies to confront it.
At The Lancet Oncology, I broke the story, later reported in The New York Times, of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration's failure to disclose thousands of cancer diagnoses to the National Cancer Institute's tumor registry network, potentially distorting cancer rate estimates nationwide.
In extensive reviews of regulatory filings, I uncovered lax state regulation of the health insurance industry (including a major rate hike approved in N.M. largely on the basis of a typo), stonewalling of Medicaid fraud investigators by state agencies, and occupational safety violations in the years and months before a deadly oil refinery explosion.
In New Mexico, I've covered embezzlement and misappropriation schemes involving schools, a rural police department, state agencies and a private charitable foundation.
In 2013, I worked with New Mexico In Depth to publish an online database of state officials' financial disclosure forms on DocumentCloud.org, after those records had been quietly removed from state websites. We also reported an award-winning series on suicide-prevention efforts in the state's tribal communities, and the state's under-reporting of those deaths.
My reporting has led to new state transparency legislation, the N.M. Health Insurance Exchange's opening of its committee meetings to the public and news media, and a record fine for natural gas pipeline safety violations and falsified maintenance records.
In Bernalillo, N.M., my reporting on procurement irregularities, missing lab tests and engineering problems at a municipal water treatment plant led to the halt of a $9 million construction project and the state’s intervention to bring the town's water quality into compliance with the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.
My reporting on misappropriations by a private cultural foundation led to the return of more than a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money to the state and fines for violations of the state's lobbying laws.
I served on the board of directors of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ-NM) and was a founding member of its Freedom of Information Committee.