No single quality better defines The News & Observer than its dogged investigative reporting.
Our work is aimed at revealing things our readers dont know. Examples include shining light on rogue agents and disturbing practices and policies at the State Bureau of Investigation; probationers who commit murder while under the state's watch; the state's failed mental health system; the perks of power claimed by former Gov. Mike Easley; and Pulitzer-Prize-winning work on the North Carolina hog industry.
The N&O's Investigations team has won numerous awards, including recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors; the Associated Press Managing Editors; the Associated Press Sports Editors; the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting; the National Headliner Awards; the Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists; the McClatchy Co. President's Awards; and the N.C. Press Association's investigative and public service awards.
Who we are:
J. Andrew Curliss has covered state and local politics for The News & Observer for the past decade, and joined the investigative team in December 2008. His recent reporting on “Executive Privilege” has led to federal and state investigations and the resignation of several officials at N.C. State University.
Previously, Curliss’ work with reporter Dan Kane on the state lottery and former House Speaker Jim Black won the N.C. Press Association’s Public Service Award in 2006.
Curliss is a graduate of the University of Toledo.
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Dan Kane has covered local and state government and N.C. State University at The News & Observer since joining our staff in 1997. His three-part series, Keeping Secrets, won an Associated Press Managing Editors First Amendment Award. He also recently reported on lucrative administrative leaves in the state’s university system.
In 2005, Kane worked with J. Andrew Curliss on a series of exclusive stories about legislative corruption and the creation of the state lottery.
Kane is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. He joined the investigative team in April 2009.
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Joseph Neff is an investigative reporter who joined The News & Observer in 1992. His reporting helped lead to the conviction of former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps and the exoneration of former death row inmate Alan Gell.
Neff most recently worked on Agents' Secrets, a four-part investigation into the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. He has also written articles on Blackwater, the V-22 Osprey, Mike Nifong’s misconduct and “Losing Track,” a three-part series showing trouble in the state’s probation system.
Neff is a graduate of Northwestern and Columbia universities.
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David Raynor is news research database editor at The News & Observer, which puts him in the middle of many of our major projects. Raynor works with reporters in acquiring, maintaining and analyzing data.
Raynor joined The N&O in 1992. He has worked on several award-winning projects, including a series about lax enforcement of speeding laws, and he was instrumental in last spring’s series on the failure of state mental health reforms, “Mental Disorder.”
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Steve Riley, senior editor for investigations, joined The News & Observer in 1986. He’s a former state government and projects reporter who also has been state government editor, Sports editor and Metro editor.
As a reporter, he won the National Headliner Award and the Silver Gavel Award for his reporting on the state juvenile justice system. As Metro editor, he led the paper’s coverage of Hurricane Floyd, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. During the past six years, he has directed and edited more than 20 special projects.
Riley is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
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