The Post and Courier has launched “Uncovered,” a project to cast new light on questionable government conduct, especially in smaller towns. We’ll work with community newspapers, leveraging The Post and Courier’s investigative resources with reporters who know their towns inside and out. We’ll publish our findings simultaneously.
To date, 11 newspapers have joined us in this effort. Here are some examples of how our partners have displayed the articles and produced stories from the findings:
Aiken Standard Questionable spending at Wagener Fire Department prompts probe, divides Aiken County town The Independent Voice of Blythewood & Fairlfield County Shattering the wall of secrecy around Fairfield’s schools chief The Index-Journal of Greenwood
The home page of the Index-Journal when the Uncovered project launched on Feb. 14, 2021.
Uncovered: Shining a light on SC corruption, misconduct Matthew Hensley: CNNGA should post minutes, financial documents online Our View: Enemy of the people or watchdog for the people? 'I know we're above board': John de la Howe board meets to discuss 'Uncovered' coverage Uncovered: Lawmakers to look into John de la Howe revelations Divide and contract: De la Howe flouts law while spending taxpayer dollars Our View: Weeding the garden at John de la Howe The Kingstree News
Kingstree News home page diplays launch of Uncovered in February 2021.
News deserts and weak ethics laws allow corruption to run rampant in SC The Lancaster News
The Lancaster News participates in launch of Uncovered on Feb. 14, 2021.
Top exec, board chairman defend agency’s spending Ousted over past felonies, Chester town councilman somehow kept getting paid Latino Newspaper
Latino Newspaper, based in Mauldin, features Uncovered story on Greenville trash agency's planned retreat in Asheville.
Greenville County’s trash utility bound for 3-day Asheville retreat on customers’ dime The Newberry Observer
The Newberrry Observer pressed gas authority officials for answers in a follow-up story to Uncovered on Feb. 23, 2021.
CNNGA to discuss changes following “Uncovered” The News & Reporter of Chester
The News & Reporter advances reporting on Chester gas authority retreats featured in Uncovered.
UNCOVERED UPDATE: Series on public corruption in South Carolina focuses on gas authorities UNCOVERED: Suspended over past felonies, Chester councilman kept treating himself to taxpayer funds Fix what is broken Above the law The Pickens County Courier
The Pickens County Courier participates in Uncovered lauch in February 2021.
SC news deserts, weak ethics laws allow corruption to run rampant The Sumter Item Lee County School District bought spy cameras and falsified records. Its leader kept her job. The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg
The Times and Democrat's home page features the launch of Uncovered in February 2021.
Shedding light on questionable government conduct
UNCOVERED: McMaster, lawmakers want to close ethics loopholes
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