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Measles Cases Triple in U.S., Vaccine Refusal Here and Elsewhere to Blame, Maryn McKenna, 12/6, Wired Science.
MRSA in UK Turkeys Raises Questions of Communication, Transparency and Risk, Maryn McKenna, 12/2, Wired Science.
In 1963: Boston Symphony Conductor Breaks News Of Kennedy’s Death To Audience, Phillip Martin, 11/22, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Phillip Martin, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH Boston Public Radio has been honored for his reporting of "Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok," which received a Gold Radio Winner Award for Best Investigative Report and an UNDPI Gold, also for Best Investigative Report.
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) has given their 2013 June Roth Memorial Book Award to Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna for her book "Superbug."
Tracie McMillan, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, has received a 2013 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for her book "The American Way of Eating."
"Tijuana Greyhounds Find New Lives North of the Border" by Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Erin Siegal and co-author Eros Hoagland has received a W3 Gold Award for Web Video in the Public Service category.
"The American Way of Eating" by Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Tracie McMillan has been selected as a 2013 Books for Better Life Award in the green category.
2013 Fellows' Books
"An Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos," Karen Coates & Jerry Redfern, December 1 2013, ThingsAsian Press.
"The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don't Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line," Jennifer Margulis, April 16, Scribner.
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Recent Reporting by Schuster Institute Senior Fellows
|NEW Using a Cartoon and Humor to Fight Violence Against Women, E.J. Graff, 12/6, Al Jazeera America.|
|NEW Sandy Hook Grandparents Share Their Stories, Jan Goodwin, 12/2, AARP Magazine.|
|The Real World of Prostitution, Phillip Martin, 11/19, WGBH Boston Public Radio.|
|Prostituted Women in Mass. Pay Greater Price than 'Johns,' Phillip Martin, 11/18, WGBH Boston Public Radio.|
& Social Justice Reporting
Slavery has not ended. Today, human beings are enslaved all over the world—including in the United States. For example, they are forced to work in agriculture, fishing, gravel pits, mines, restaurants, as domestic servants, and in brothels.
The Real World of Prostitution, Phillip Martin, 11/19, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Prostituted Women in Mass. Pay Greater Price than 'Johns,' Phillip Martin, 11/18, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Human Trafficking Survey: Nearly 30 Million Held In Bondage, Phillip Martin, 10/28, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Underground Trade Part Seven: Why Human Trafficking is Called Modern Day Slavery, Phillip Martin, 10/1, Huffington Post.
Two Years On, Massachusetts Human Trafficking Law Examined, Phillip Martin, 8/19, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Is There Slavery In Your Supermarkets? 7/22, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.
Indonesia's Palm Oil Industry Rife With Human-Rights Abuses, E. Benjamin Skinner, 7/18, Bloomberg Businessweek.
In a nine-month investigation, the Schuster Institute's team of reporters followed the intra-country migration of workers in the palm oil industry in Indonesia. "Indonesia's Palm Oil Industry Rife With Human-Rights Abuses," the resulting story published on July 18, 2013 in Bloomberg Businessweek, highlights the harrowing and unexpected journey one man took from freedom to slavery and back, and how few consumers, especially those in the burgeoning markets of China and India, are unaware of workers' plight.
Duped, Sold into Prostitution, then Rescued: A Vietnamese Girl and the Man Who Saved Her, Phillip Martin, 5/20, PRI's The World.
2013 Gold Radio Winner and
UNDPI Gold Award Winning Broadcast:
Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok, Phillip Martin, WGBH Boston Public Radio.
- Part 1: Hiding in Plain Site, 1/8
- Schuster Related Resources: Massage Parlors As Fronts for Forced Prostitution
- Part 2: Human Trafficking: The Route Through Queens, 1/10
- Schuster Related Resources: Human Trafficking in Migration
- Part 3: The Business of Trafficking, 1/15
- Schuster Related Resources: Sex Tourism & Sex Trafficking
- Part 4: One Town In Thailand, 1/17
- Schuster Related Resources: Sex Tourism, Sex Trafficking, Pattaya, Thailand
- Part 5: Taken Into China, 1/22
- Schuster Related Resources: Human Trafficking at the Vietnam-China Border
- Part 6: Trading in Shame, 1/25
- Part 7: Modern-Day Slavery in America, 1/29
- Schuster Related Resources: Sexual Exploitation & Shame in Vietnamese Culture
- Part 8: What Now?, 1/31
Call it Trafficking, E.J. Graff, January 3, 2013, The American Prospect.More about human trafficking and modern-day slavery>
Antibiotic Overuse on Farms: Is the Opinion Tide Turning? Maryn McKenna, 11/04, Wired Science.
Shutdown Salmonella Outbreak Continues. CDC Food Safety Chief: ‘We Have a Blind Spot.’ Maryn McKenna, 10/10, Wired Science.
There's a Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak and the Government is Shut Down, Maryn McKenna, 10/7, Wired Science.
A Few Ways the Government Shutdown Could Harm Your Health (And the World’s), Maryn McKenna, 10/1, Wired Science.
Call it Trafficking, E.J. Graff, 1/3, The American Prospect.
In April, 2012 a presidential commission in Sierra Leone sided with birth families of children they say were adopted internationally without their knowledge or consent.
Finding Fernanda: Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for the Truth, Erin Siegal, Beacon Press, May 8, 2012.
Siegal does a fantastic job of breaking down a complicated story, and gives voice to the distinct players involved in Guatemalan children being adopted by US families. “Finding Fernanda” is a gripping read that offers glimpses of hope in what was an otherwise heartbreaking system.
—The Christian Science Monitor,
November 28, 2011
Mexico Adoption Bust Reveals Vast Child Trafficking Ring, Erin Siegal, February 29, 2012, Huffington Post.
Adoption Illegalities in Guatemala: What the U.S. Government Knew, and What Was Said and Done, with excerpts from Erin Siegal's new book "the U.S. Embassy Cables: Adoption Fraud in Guatemala, 1987-2010."
The Makeni Children, August 9, 2011, Slate.com.
In a riveting three-part series, Schuster Senior Fellow E.J. Graff investigates the adoption of two children from Sierra Leone, whose American families learned—13 years after the adoption—that birth families were looking for their children.
For four years Schuster Senior Fellow Hella Winston’s reporting in The New York Jewish Week kept alive the issue of child sexual abuse in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.
Read Winston's reports>
Failing the DNA Test, Michael Blanding and Lindsay Markel, November 20, 2011, The Boston Globe Magazine.
Schuster Senior Fellow Michael Blanding and Assistant Director Lindsay Markel teamed with the Boston Globe Magazine to investigate why, at the time, Massachusetts was one of only two states without a DNA access bill, and what that means for prisoners who claim that DNA testing will help prove their innocence. Since the publication of "Failing the Test," Massachusetts has passed the DNA access bill into law. Read more>
Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Aaronson asks the question: Are We Catching Terrorists? Or Creating Them? His new book "The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism" (Ig Publishing) is in bookstores on January 15, 2013.
Reporting from Far Rockaway, New York following Hurricane Sandy, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Hella Winston examines the mismatch of services to needs of the people, and discovers a local youth group stepping in to help with recovery.
Injustice in Political Asylum is Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Jan Goodwin's focus in Broken Promises: Seeking Political Asylum in America, Ladies Home Journal, April 2010.
Torture survivors and rape victims seeking political asylum are locked up alongside hardened criminals in U.S. prisons, where they often remain for months, even years.
Goodwin won three journalism awards for this investigative report. More investigative articles by Jan Goodwin>
Few people understand how aggressive and hostile sexual harassment can be. And few teens are adequately prepared or instructed about how to face it at their after-school, weekend, or summer jobs.
Summer Jobs Often Lead to Harassment, ABC's WCVB-TV, July 10, 2009.
Is Your Daughter Safe at Work? PBS Now/Schuster Institute, Feb. 20, 2009.Is Your Daughter Safe at Work? Good Housekeeping, July 2007.