State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

State Registries Saved Lives During Sandy, But Not in NYC

By Sasha Chavkin Published by WNYC and The New York World, January 16, 2013 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s Morning Edition In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a registry that would allow disaster responders to know where to find people most urgently in need of aid....
Mystery in the Fields

Mystery in the Fields

By Sasha Chavkin Center for Public Integrity – September 17, 2012 SANDAMALGAMA, Sri Lanka — In this tiny Sri Lankan village, rice farmer Wimal Rajaratna sits cross-legged on a wooden bed, peering out toward lush palm trees that surround his home. Listless and weak, the 46-year old father of two...
Island of the Widows

Island of the Widows

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene Center for Public Integrity – December 12, 2011 LA ISLA, Nicaragua — Maudiel Martinez is 19 years old and has a shy smile, a tangle of curly black hair and a lean, muscular build shaped by years of work in the sugarcane fields. For...
Women Ride in Back on Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus Line

Women Ride in Back on Sex-Segregated Brooklyn Bus Line

By Sasha Chavkin The New York World – October 18, 2011   On the morning of October 12, Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 bus in Brooklyn and sat down near the front. For a few minutes she was left in silence, although the other passengers gave her a noticeably wide...
Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt

Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt

By Sasha Chavkin, Cezary Podkul, Jeannette Neumann, and Ben Protess ProPublica — Feb. 13, 2011 Tina Brooks can’t sit or stand for more than half an hour before the pain in her lower back becomes intolerable. She suffers severe headaches and memory loss, and she has lost most of the...
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Citizens Patrol in Caribbean Neighborhood Gets Help from Unlikely Source

Citizens Patrol in Caribbean Neighborhood Gets Help from Unlikely Source

By Sasha Chavkin Aired on WNYC – July 3, 2013 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s Morning Edition Terrence Joseph, a retired computer systems analyst in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, had been struggling for almost two years to get a citizen’s patrol underway. The largely Caribbean neighborhood has a high crime rate, but also has sometimes...

Sasha Chavkin Discusses Disaster Registry on WNYC

By WNYC Staff Aired on WNYC – June 17, 2013 The climate resiliency plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg released last week includes a database to keep track of frail and elderly who are living on their own in order to assist them if needed. Sasha Chavkin, a freelance reporter, discovered the proposals in the 438-page report...
After Resisting, Mayor Proposes Disaster Registry

After Resisting, Mayor Proposes Disaster Registry

By Sasha Chavkin The New York World – June 13, 2013 New York City is moving toward creating a registry of vulnerable residents who require special assistance during disasters, aiming to address a critical gap in emergency response exposed in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. On Tuesday, as part of his far-reaching plan for arming...
New Urgency Targets Mystery Kidney Disease in Central America

New Urgency Targets Mystery Kidney Disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin Center for Public Integrity – April 29, 2013 SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Bringing new urgency to a mysterious kidney disease afflicting the region’s agricultural laborers, Central America’s health ministries signed a declaration Friday citing the ailment as a top public health priority and committing to a series of steps to combat...
Mystery in the Fields Wins Public Service Award

Mystery in the Fields Wins Public Service Award

By the Center for Public Integrity, published April 23, 2013 The Center for Public Integrity won three 1st Place honors in the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists announced Tuesday, with journalists recognized for investigations into a mysterious kidney disease, the shadowy trade in human body parts, and threats to blue...
"STOCK Fraud?" cited on The Daily Show

“STOCK Fraud?” cited on The Daily Show

By Sasha Chavkin – April 23, 2013 Watch Jon Stewart citing Sasha’s story on the STOCK Act On April 23, Jon Stewart cited Sasha’s story on Congress’ flimsy rationale for rolling back the STOCK Act ethics reform law. The reference is at the end of clip above.  

STOCK Fraud?

By Sasha Chavkin Columbia Journalism Review – April 17, 2013 On Monday, President Obama quietly signed a bill repealing the major provisions of the much-touted ethics law known as the STOCK Act. Passed in 2012 after a 60 Minutes report on insider trading practices in Congress, the STOCK Act banned members of Congress and senior...
Island of the Widows Named One of "100 Great Stories" For Columbia Journalism School Centennial

Island of the Widows Named One of “100 Great Stories” For Columbia Journalism School Centennial

Published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, April 1, 2013 SELECTION PROCESS We compiled this collection by culling the school’s archives, researching the recipients of a wide array of journalism prizes, consulting with colleagues and scouring some of the best journalism ever produced. In fall 2011, we enlisted our faculty and a group of...
Immigration Reform and Private Prison Cash

Immigration Reform and Private Prison Cash

By Sasha Chavkin Published by the Columbia Journalism Review, February 20, 2013 As immigration reform picks up steam in Congress, conventional wisdom holds that a handful of key players are shaping the legislation. Labor unions. Big business. Advocacy groups for and against a path to citizenship for the undocumented. But little scrutiny has been directed...

Snow Job?

By Sasha Chavkin Published by the Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2012 issue Side by side, the two cartoon figures stride across the screen, their stick arms wrapped around massive boxes of gifts. Mischievous music tinkles in the background and a bemused narrator—his words punctuated by comic sound effects—tells a tale of petty corruption by Colorado...
NYC Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants

NYC Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants

By Sasha Chavkin Aired on WNYC, November 26, 2012 Listen to Sasha Chavkin on WNYC’s Morning Edition Benito rarely emerges from the sushi bar where he works preparing fish and meat, and making deliveries on a small white motorbike, before the middle of the night. He considers ten, eleven or even twelve hours of work...
Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers

Education Department Adopts Crucial Reform for Disabled Borrowers

By Sasha Chavkin Published by ProPublica and the Chronicle of Higher Education, November 15, 2012 The Education Department enacted a crucial reform on behalf of borrowers who become disabled, issuing new rules earlier this month that make it easier for these borrowers to get their federal student loans forgiven. The rules, which the department has...