undercover

Megan Chuchmach
Brian Ross
ABC Nightline sends an 82-year-old grandmother undercover to expose Medicare fraud in McAllen, Texas.
Augustus St. Clair
Letters to the Editor in support of the series
Dale Brazao
Moira Welsh
Dale Brazao went undercover for a week to live in a Toronto retirement home to expose hideous conditions.
A Ghanaian journalist explains his resolve to name, shame and jail gold scammers, whatever the cost to his safety.
Anas Arameyaw Anas
Anas Arameyaw Anas, Ghana's most famous undercover journalists, enlightens his audience as to his motivation to continue to do the reporting he does and why he is not satisfied with merely naming culprits.
Edward W. Barrett
Publisher's note questioning the judgment and opposing the decision of the Pulitzer board to overlook the Chicago Sun-Times Mirage tavern sting and offering the newpaper an imaginary award from CJR.
Steve Robinson
Discussion of the brouhaha at the 1979 Pulitzer Prize deliberations over the methods used in the Chicago Sun-Times' Mirage sting.
"Debate over lying to get a story has intensified in the wake of the Food Lion case. Defenders say deception sometimes is critical in reporting important stories. But a mounting chorus of criticism decries the practice as overdone, bad for journalism's credibility - and just plain wrong."
Susan Paterno
A critique of undercover reporting, using the Tony Horwitz "9 to Nowhere" series of 1994 in the Wall Street Journal and the ABC "Prime Time Live" undercover segment on the Food Lion supermarket chain to discuss examine the various issues and conflicting points of view.
Frank Sutherland
Sutherland sends "his" medical records from time spent undercover at a mental hospital in Nashville to three professional psychiatrists, who comment on the unprofessional, incomplete recordkeeping done by the staff.
Frank Sutherland
Sutherland describes Christmas in Central State Psychiatric Hospital, where he was posing as a patient for a month, in order to expose the living conditions for patients at the unaccredited mental institution
Frank Sutherland
Sutherland's time spent undercover as a mental patient at Central State Psychiatric Hospital uncovers the influence aides at the institution have in the daily lives of its charges.
Best-selling author and evangelical leader Tim LaHaye has contacts that extend to the White House. That could spell trouble, since his theology espouses a bloody apocalypse in Israel.
Craig Unger
Criag Unger joined a tour of the Holy Land with Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series. While not posing as anything other than a writer, Unger did not disclose that he was on assignment from Vanity Fair. This piece, as well as a subsequent book, detail his experiences with LaHaye and his followers. Unger received no reaction from LaHaye or any of his tour mates after the publication of the book or the Vanity Fair story. He did not reveal his reporting method until 2007, in a Huffington Post story (see page).
Craig Unger
Unger describes his reporting methods for his book, The Fall of the House of Bush, which looks at the followers of Tim LaHaye.
Frank Sutherland
The second piece in Sutherland's series on Central State Psychiatric Hospital, based on a month spent undercover as a patient there.
Frank Sutherland
The first piece in an undercover series based on Frank Sutherland's time spent posing as a patient at Central State, a psychiatric hospital, in Tennessee.
Ted Conover
As a senior at Amherst college, Conover rode freight trains in the guise of a tramp for his senior thesis in anthropology. This piece for the Amherst alumni magazine is based on that research, describing a morning spent with "Pops," a 61-year-old man Conover lived with for a week.
Merle Linda Wolin
Final piece in the Sweatshop series, based on the reporter's undercover work in LA's garment industry.
David Weigel
Commentary on one of O'Keefe's other videos, where he posed as a Wall Street banker and talked to protesters at Occupy Wall Street
A Poor Sewing Woman's Story of Pain, Poverty, and Privation, Sickness and Sorrow
Nell Nelson
The Times publishes a letter written in response to the City Slave Girls series, with commentary, as one of two ending follow up articles to Nelson's undercover reporting on working conditions for women in Chicago's factories
A "Times" Reporter Gets into a Paper Box Manufactory That Puzzles and Bewilders Him
Nell Nelson
The final article in the "Nell Nelson" undercover series looks at a paper box factory, and also responds to criticism of the series itself.
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