Prognosis: Profits

Meet the reporters

Here’s a look at the team of journalists from The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer who produced this series.

Joseph Neff is a veteran investigative reporter who has written extensively about criminal justice. He was part of a team that revealed broad misconduct in the State Bureau of Investigation in 2010, work that led to significant change and won the Michael Kelly Award, a national honor for courageous pursuit of truth. Neff also exposed the prosecutorial misconduct of former Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong in the Duke lacrosse case.

Neff, 52, has worked at The News & Observer since 1992.

David Raynor, 42, is news research database editor for The N&O. Raynor works with reporters in acquiring, maintaining and analyzing data. He has worked on several award-winning projects, including “Washed Away,” last year’s series on the state’s failing program to restore polluted streams.

Ames Alexander, 49, an investigative reporter for The Charlotte Observer, has examined the mistreatment of injured poultry workers, dangerous trends in airline maintenance, lives endangered by slow ambulance service and many other subjects. His stories have won national honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the American Society of News Editors, the Robert F. Kennedy Center and the National Press Club.

Alexander has written for the Observer since 1993.

Karen Garloch, 61, The Charlotte Observer’s medical writer, has written about hospitals and health care in North Carolina since 1987.

She worked with a team of reporters on the 2010 investigative series that found many N.C. infants whose deaths were attributed to SIDS had slept in unsafe settings and possibly suffocated. She has also written award-winning serial narratives about a man who died of cancer at home with hospice care and about one couple’s heart-wrenching decision to bring to term a baby with a fatal birth defect.