Below are copies of a selection of recent projects I’ve written, in PDF format suitable for printing. Some files are very large and may take several minutes to download. All stories are Copyright © The Cincinnati Enquirer.
“Suite Deals for Local Officials,” which revealed a long-standing but hidden perk for top city and county officials: Free tickets to Reds games, Bengals games and concerts.
“Is Jail a Shelter of Last Resort?” This special report found that the average homeless criminal in Cincinnati spent more time in jail than in homeless shelters, and that the homeless were taking up an increasing proportion of jail beds in the county, costing taxpayers $3 million a year for offenses as minor as public intoxication or trespassing.
“Empty Homes, Phantom Owners,” which found hundreds of houses being bought and sold by speculators for a fraction of the cost they were mortgaged for.
“Legislature More Bipartisan: Session Cooperated on Bills, Analysis Finds,” a first-of-its-kind analysis of Ohio legislative voting records found more bills passed unanimously and fewer party-line votes in the first two years of Gov. Ted Strickland’s first term. With Enquirer statehouse correspondent Jon Craig. (Story ran with a searchable online database of votes in the Ohio General Assembly, which remains the only online database of state legislator’s votes.)
“Section 8: Subsidizing Suburbia,” a two-part series of stories on the expansion of subsidized housing into Cincinnati’s suburbs, and the cultural clashes that have resulted.
“Fire 911: Critical Response,” a two-part series investigating the response times of local fire departments, written with colleague Janice Morse.
“Gas Price Secrets Revealed,” a weeklong series on gas prices reported with colleague James Pilcher.
“Foreclosures Paying Off for Appraisers: Critics Say Sheriff’s Cronies Rake in Big Bucks from Crisis,” which revealed that handpicked political friends of the sheriff — many with no professional experience — were making as much as $250,000 a year to do “drive-by” appraisals of foreclosed properties.
“Pay to Park or Pay the Price,” a 2005 examination of parking tickets in Cincinnati. Revealed: Kentucky drivers often escape paying tickets with impunity, and Councilman David Pepper is one of the city’s top parking scofflaws.