The Reno Gazette-Journal used CIR’s reporting on hidden earmarks to hold the paper’s homestate senators accountable.

The story, using documents CIR acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, shows that while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) boasted of earmark reform, he was lobbying for earmarks behind the scenes. The paper also follows up to see whether the lobbying paid off.

CIR also wrote a piece for the IRE Journal, published by Investigative Reporters and Editors, showing how we conducted the earmark investigation and giving tips on FOIA requests. We hope other reporters will use it to demand information to which the public is entitled, and shed light on the inner workings of government.

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Will Evans is a senior reporter and producer for Reveal, covering labor and tech. His reporting has prompted government investigations, legislation, reforms and prosecutions. A series on working conditions at Amazon warehouses was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Gerald Loeb Award. His work has also won multiple Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, including for a series on safety problems at Tesla. Other investigations have exposed secret spying at Uber, illegal discrimination in the temp industry and rampant fraud in California's drug rehab system for the poor. Prior to joining The Center for Investigative Reporting in 2005, Evans was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee. He is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.