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In an Oct. 28 speech on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticized the Pentagon’s recent decision to put the University of Phoenix on probation.

The Pentagon’s move to halt tuition assistance to the for-profit institution came in direct response to our report, published earlier this year, which disclosed that the university had sidestepped an executive order intended to protect the military and veterans from profiteers.

But McCain characterized the punishment differently. He called it “a result of an investigation by an outfit that no one had ever heard of.”

We were surprised to hear such a dismissal – especially since McCain has cited our reporting in the past. So we thought we should reintroduce ourselves.

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Byard Duncan was a reporter and producer for  engagement and collaborations for Reveal. He managed Reveal’s Reporting Networks, which provide more than 1,000 local journalists across the U.S. with resources and training to continue Reveal investigations in their communities. He also helped lead audience engagement initiatives around Reveal’s stories and assists local reporters in elevating their work to a national platform. In addition to Reveal, Duncan’s work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The California Sunday Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review, among other outlets. He was part of Reveal’s Behind the Smiles project team, which was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019. He is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, and two first-place awards for feature storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists and Best of the West. Duncan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.