Investigative Reporting

Pittsburgh ICA

Pittsburgh ICA

The Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority destroyed or lost nearly all financial records that tracked its spending. The agency's executive director acknowledges the lack of financial records in a sworn affidavit.

Justice For Some

Justice For Some

The Trib analyzed millions of federal records and found federal prosecutors declined to pursue civil rights allegations against law enforcement officers 96 percent of the time. For other crimes, prosecutors rejected about 23 percent of complaints.

American Coyotes

American Coyotes

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Carl Prine and Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States.

Cyber Rattling

Cyber Rattling

Online attacks represent a new front in wars fought with computer keystrokes, rather than weapons. Future strikes could be destructive — even deadly — targeting nuclear power plants, water systems, railways, air traffic control and hospitals.

Homegrown Terror

Homegrown Terror

Many Americans have joined or tried to join the Islamic State. Other Americans — it's impossible to say how many — sympathize with the group, and some of them will try to join the self-declared caliphate, counterterrorism experts say.

Invisible Threat

Invisible Threat

Accidents involving gas distribution lines have killed more than 120 people, injured more than 500 others and caused more than $775 million in damage since 2004, according to a Tribune-Review analysis — not including civil lawsuits.

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Donor Dilemma
Donor Dilemma

A Tribune-Review investigation of the nation's independent organ procurement organizations reveals a lucrative trade with little financial oversight: 51 of the nonprofits collected revenue of $1.2 billion and recovered more than 80,000 body parts.

VA Legionnaires' Outbreak
VA Legionnaires' Outbreak

Federal health authorities reported a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System which began in February 2011 and ended in November 2012. The outbreak killed at least five veterans and sickened at least 16 more.

Rules Of Engagement
Rules Of Engagement

In a two-year investigation, the Tribune-Review invetigated what happened outside the village of As Sadah, Diyala Province, when two teenage cattle herders were killed.

Shadow Economy
Shadow Economy

More than half the world's money passes almost undetected through a series of financial black holes that shelter it from not only the tax collector but from shareholders, partners and wives, a Tribune-Review investigation found.

Journey For Recovery
Journey For Recovery

Charities and consumer-product companies raise up to $6 billion a year for breast cancer research. Yet for all the publicity, little attention focuses on gaping racial divides in diagnoses and deaths from the disease.

Code Green: Bleeding Dollars
Code Green: Bleeding Dollars

Hospitals and doctors make more money by aggressively treating terminal patients than by keeping them free of pain and letting them die with dignity. Some doctors derisively call the practice "flogging" — as in, beating a dead horse.

Wounded Warrior
Wounded Warrior

Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers within the Army's Warrior Transition program aren't receiving psychological care they need and are being discharged into communities ill-prepared to help them.

Transplanting Too Soon
Transplanting Too Soon

Hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they don't need them, and possibly never will, a four-month Tribune-Review 2008 investigation found. One in 10 of those patients dies when they could have lived longer without the transplant.

Failure To Inform
Failure To Inform

The failure of doctors at dialysis clinics to inform thousands of patients about kidney transplantation may be shortening lives and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year, a Tribune-Review investigation found.

Our Reporters
Andrew Conte

Andrew Conte has been a reporter at the Tribune-Review since 2001, and an investigative reporter since 2007. The Mt. Lebanon resident has won numerous awards for reporting on topics such as organ transplantation, offshore banking and cybersecurity. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and teaches journalism at Point Park University.

Carl Prine

Carl Prine , a resident of the North Hills, joined the Tribune-Review investigations team in 2000. The winner of numerous local, state, regional and national awards — including the national Investigative Reporters & Editors prize — he both covered the war in Iraq and served in it. A combat infantry veteran with stints in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army, he specializes in complex database probes and issues of national security, sports and crime.

Mike Wereschagin

Mike Wereschagin , of Pittsburgh's North Side, has been a reporter at the Tribune-Review since 2003, and a member of the investigations team since 2014. A winner of local, state and national awards, he has investigated the nation's crumbling natural gas distribution infrastructure, a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and the rise in America of homegrown terrorists inspired by the radicalism of the Islamic State.