Investigations
'Bathed in Blood'

‘Bathed in Blood’

Published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Huffington Post, June 9, 2015 By Sasha Chavkin Glenda Chávez walks between the orange trees of her family’s grove, approaching a low wire fence that divides her property from Corporación Dinant’s Paso Aguán plantation. On Dinant’s side of the fence, rows of spiky palm oil...
How the World Bank Broke its Promise to Protect the Poor

How the World Bank Broke its Promise to Protect the Poor

Published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, April 16, 2015 By Sasha Chavkin, Ben Hallman, Michael Hudson, Cécile Schilis-Gallego and Shane Shifflett Beneath a gloomy white sky, more than 100 armed police poured into the slum of Badia East in the teeming megacity of Lagos, Nigeria. As they advanced, they cracked their batons on...
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...
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...
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...
Sasha Chavkin Talks to NBC About Mystery Kidney Disease

Sasha Chavkin Talks to NBC About Mystery Kidney Disease

By the Center for Public Integrity, published October 15, 2012 Watch Sasha Chavkin speaking to NBC News, October 15 NBCnews.com interviewed journalist Sasha Chavkin about a mysterious kidney disease that’s killing rural workers in Nicarauga. Chavkin traveled to Central America, India and Sri Lanka to write about the condition, those suffering from it and the...
Mystery in the Fields Wins Sidney Award

Mystery in the Fields Wins Sidney Award

By the Sidney Hillman Foundation, published October 10, 2012 The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced today that Sasha Chavkin, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Ronnie Greene of the Center for Public Integrity have won the October Sidney Award for “Mystery in the Fields,” an international investigation into a mystery kidney disease killing young farm workers in India,...
Sasha Chavkin Discusses Mystery Kidney Epidemics with The New York Times

Sasha Chavkin Discusses Mystery Kidney Epidemics with The New York Times

By Sruthi Gottipati The New York Times – September 17, 2012   A mysterious illness plagues dozens of villages in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, according to a report published today by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news group based in Washington. The disease, a type of chronic kidney ailment, has...
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 anxiously awaits word on whether...
Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

Education Department Revamps Broken Disability Review Program

By Sasha Chavkin – ProPublica, July 19, 2012 The Education Department proposed new rules on Tuesday to revamp its troubled program for forgiving the federal student loans of borrowers who become disabled. The new regulations came after an investigation last year by ProPublica found that the department’s dysfunctional system for evaluating disability was keeping many...
Costa Rica to Study Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugarcane Workers

Costa Rica to Study Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugarcane Workers

Center for Public Integrity – February 6, 2012 The Costa Rican government has launched a study into the causes of chronic kidney disease in its sugarcane producing northern region. At the same time one of the country’s biggest sugar producers said it is revamping its worker health and safety policies. The steps follow an investigation...