Podcast: The dark money blitzkrieg
Across the country, races for the House, Senate, governors and state legislators are being haunted by nasty attack ads. In this week’s podcast, host Andrea Seabrook takes a deep dive into dark money groups, responsible for some of the season's nastiest ads.Read More
FCC announces $10 million fine following Scripps investigation
A federal investigation launched when a reporter's Google search revealed a phone company storing the confidential information of hundreds of thousands of customers on an open Internet site has resulted in a $10 million fine against two carriers.Read More
Parties split on voter ID laws, but what does the research say?
News stories about voter ID laws are the broccoli of campaign coverage. You know you should read them, they are said to be very important to democracy, but they are boring. And for all the huffing and puffing, it doesn’t seem like voter ID laws affect election outcomes very much.Read More
2014 midterms expected to be most expensive ever
The 2014 midterms are expected to be the most expensive in history. That’s right. The price tag will be just shy of $4 billion, according to projections released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s about $13 million a day from Jan. 1 through the Nov. 4 Election Day – a pretty big sum even if you’re in Donald Trump’s tax bracket.Read More
Gary police will review unsolved murders
Nearly a week after launching an investigation into possible serial killings of women around Gary, Indiana, the city’s police chief says he plans to look into a 2010 report by Scripps News about an unusual number of unsolved strangulations of women in the area between 1991 and 2007.Read More
Ellen is vice president and Washington bureau chief and has been on a mission to bring DecodeDC to the Scripps audience for almost a year. She leads a bureau of 22 journalists who produce national investigative stories for TV, print and online and now, produce this blog. She spent almost 30 years at NPR, starting as a production assistant and eventually becoming the senior vice president of news.
Andrea, who joined Scripps News in the fall of 2013, is the founder of DecodeDC. She spent more than a decade at NPR where she was a long-time Congressional Correspondent. She has a bachelor's degree from Earlham College, and worked and studied for several years in Mexico City. Seabrook even had a bit-part in the prime time telenovela, Demasiado Corazon .
Dick is chief Washington correspondent for DecodeDC. An experienced writer, reporter and author, Meyer was executive producer for the BBC's news services in America, NPR's executive editor and editorial director of CBSNews.com. Meyer also wrote a book on American culture and politics, Why We Hate Us: American Discontent in the New Millennium (Crown Publishing/Random House, August 2008).
Marc is our multimedia producer, helping define our online visual storytelling for DecodeDC and for our investigative work. Marc worked at Mashable and the BBC, where he produced daily news packages for television and radio outlets across the BBC. He earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy and film and television production from New York University and received his master's at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Amarra Ghani is a multimedia assistant for DecodeDC. She also has worked with the USDA as a media specialist, and interned with NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered in the fall of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Asheville where she majored in mass communication.
Phil is the director of digital content for the Scripps Washington bureau. He served as senior politics editor for Yahoo News in D.C. and worked for USA Today and Gannett News Service. Phil was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Gannett that authored a series titled "Getting Away with Murder" that uncovered hundreds of child abuse-related deaths that were going undetected each year as a result of errors by coroners.