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Two Reveal collaborations are finalists for the 2015 Scripps Howard Awards, which honor journalism that helps improve people’s lives.

Rape on the Night Shift, an investigation into sexual assault of women in the janitorial industry, is a finalist in the television/cable in-depth national and international coverage category.

The documentary explored how, under the cover of darkness, female janitors across the country were being raped and assaulted, sometimes with little recourse. It was a collaboration between Reveal, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, KQED, FRONTLINE and Univision.

A Mountain of Misconduct, which looked into abuse and neglect at specialty rehab centers for people with disabilities, is a finalist in the radio in-depth coverage category. The story aired on more than 230 stations on Reveal’s radio show, which is produced with PRX.

Reveal’s Laura Starecheski and New Hampshire Public Radio’s Jack Rodolico told the story of allegations of patient abuse and corruption at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in New Hampshire and exposed questionable care at brain injury rehab centers around the country.

Winners will be recognized at an awards banquet in Phoenix on April 28.

Amy Julia Harris can be reached at aharris@cironline.org. Follow her on Twitter: @amyjharris.

Amy Julia Harris

Amy Julia Harris is a reporter for Reveal, covering vulnerable communities. She and Reveal reporter Shoshana Walter exposed how courts across the country are sending defendants to rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry. Their work was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting and won a Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. It also led to four government investigations, including two criminal probes and four federal class-action lawsuits alleging slavery and fraud.

Harris was a Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist for her investigation into the lack of government oversight of religious-based day cares, which led to tragedies for children in Alabama and elsewhere. In a previous project for Reveal, she uncovered widespread squalor in a public housing complex in the San Francisco Bay Area and traced it back to mismanagement and fraud in the troubled public housing agency.

Before joining Reveal, Harris was an education reporter at The Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. She has also written for The Seattle Times, Half Moon Bay Review, and Campaigns and Elections Politics Magazine.