Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan appears in the following:

N.Y. Attorney General: Nation's Flood Insurance Program Defrauding Taxpayers

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The report comes after a joint investigation by NPR and PBS' Frontline that uncovered how private insurance companies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy were profiting while homeowners suffered.


Report: Red Cross Spent 25 Percent Of Haiti Donations On Internal Expenses

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A congressional inquiry finds that the American Red Cross stonewalled lawmakers as they sought to understand the charity's finances, and that it sent significantly less money to Haiti than claimed.


Lawmakers To FEMA: Flood Plan Overhaul Is 'Too Little, Too Late'

Friday, June 03, 2016

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency vows to make sweeping reforms to the nation's flood insurance program, senators say the program "needs to fundamentally transform."


Business Of Disaster: Local Recovery Programs Struggle To Help Homeowners

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

State and local disaster relief programs are leaving communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy confused by the dizzying array of directives on how to rebuild.


The Pitfalls Of Creating A Disaster Recovery Program From Scratch

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We have the second report in a probe into who profits when disaster strikes. NPR and the PBS show Frontline examine the millions wasted when state disaster recovery programs aren't up to the job.


Business Of Disaster: Insurance Firms Profited $400 Million After Sandy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More than three years after Superstorm Sandy, NPR and PBS's Frontline investigate the thousands still not home, the government agencies that failed to help and the companies that made millions.


Senator Wants Names Of Red Cross Officials Who Did Not Cooperate With Inquiry

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking federal investigators to give him the names of officials at the American Red Cross who did not cooperate with the government's recent inquiry into the charity.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office Monday morning saying that the Senate ...


Red Cross Effort To Shut Down Inquiry Fails; Report Calls For Outside Oversight

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The American Red Cross allegedly did not fully cooperate with a government investigation of its performance and finances. Now investigators and a congressman want the charity's books open for audits.


In Private Letter, Red Cross Tried To End Government Inquiry

Monday, August 17, 2015

The American Red Cross, which has often boasted of its transparency, attempted last year to halt a congressional inquiry into its disaster relief work, according to a private letter Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern wrote to Rep. Bennie Thompson.

In the letter, McGovern asked Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi and ...


Sen. Grassley Not Satisfied With Answers From The Red Cross

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The American Red Cross has met its deadline to say how it spent almost half a billion dollars in Haiti. But the charity's answers have left at least one senator unsatisfied.

"I have a lot more questions for the Red Cross," Sen. Chuck Grassley says in a statement ...


Documents Show Red Cross May Not Know How It Spent Millions In Haiti

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Reports obtained by NPR and ProPublica show the Red Cross did not monitor many of the earthquake relief projects it funded. So the agency may not have answers to this week's questions from Congress.


Sen. Grassley Gives Red Cross Deadline To Explain Haiti Spending

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Citing reports from NPR and ProPublica that found a string of poorly managed projects after the devastating 2010 earthquake, the senator is demanding answers to how nearly $500 million was spent.


American Red Cross News Conference In Haiti Grows Heated

Friday, June 12, 2015

Haitian journalists pressed an official from the American Red Cross to explain how the charity spent almost half a billion dollars in the country — but got few answers at a news conference this week at Le Plaza Hotel in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Frustrated journalists began talking over the official, Walker ...


In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica finds a string of poorly managed projects, questionable spending and dubious claims of success, according to a review of the charity's internal documents.


Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two of South Dakota's largest tribes won a sweeping victory in federal court that could reverberate for tribes across the country.

A federal judge has ruled that the state Department of Social Services, prosecutors and judges "failed to protect Indian parents' fundamental rights" when they removed their children after ...


Native American Tribes Win Child Welfare Case In South Dakota

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A federal court ruled Tuesday in summary judgment that the state of South Dakota has routinely violated federal law by taking Native American children from their families and tribes.


Red Cross Criticizes NPR's Coverage; NPR And ProPublica Respond

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The American Red Cross recently sent NPR and ProPublica a request for corrections to our series of stories detailing problems at the Red Cross, including its response to Superstorm Sandy.

NPR and ProPublica have reported on the Red Cross' struggle to meet the basic needs of victims in the ...


New Tools Let Police See Inside Peoples' Homes

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Federal agencies and local police are using a new device to look inside homes and buildings, reports USA Today.

The device, called the Range-R, operates like a stud-finder except instead of detecting studs inside a wall, it detects motion beyond the wall, including breathing as far as 50 feet ...


For S.C.'s Poet Laureate, An Inauguration Poem Without An Inaugural Audience

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

State officials say they cut Marjory Wentworth's two-minute poem for time, but many residents say it was the mention of the state's history with slavery that got it tossed.


In South Carolina, Class Action Lawsuit Pits Foster Kids Against State

Monday, January 12, 2015

After years of high profile problems — including the death of five children and cries of inaction — the South Carolina Department of Social Services is facing a new hurdle. Foster car...