“But you’re a think tank! What do you need an investigative journalist for?” I seem to hear that question a lot, but the answer is simple: if not Independence, then who? Investigative journalism is falling by the wayside with the collapse of newspapers and other newsmedia. Unfortunately, this giant investigative hole leaves government with a lot less accountability, and a lot less people snooping around, digging, and asking tough questions. This is where our investigative journalist Todd Shepherd and Independence Investigates steps in. You may remember Todd from his days as Newsradio 850 KOA’s morning reporter. Now he’s with us digging for government waste and malfeasance. And believe me, there’s a lot to be had out there. You can hear all about Todd’s role in keeping government in check in this iVoices.org podcast. We recently sat down and discussed a few of his stories and the overall importance of investigative journalism.
For example, did you know that the Department of Homeland Security lost two forklifts, along with $7.1 million worth of stuff? TWO forklifts! I’m not kidding. And what about those “green” solar panels toured by President Obama at the Denver Museaum? How did the museum buy them, and just how efficient are they? You will be surprised.
Head on over to Independence Investigates and check out the stories Todd has uncovered. Some of that stuff is really unbelievable.