We’re ProPublica Reporters Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger. Ask Us Anything About Our Investigation Into the Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Failures
Jesse Eisinger is an American journalist, currently a financial reporter for ProPublica. He and colleague Jake Bernstein won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2011 citing "their exposure of questionable practices on Wall Street that contributed to the nation's economic meltdown, using digital tools to help explain the complex subject to lay readers." Eisinger also played a key role in uncovering the accounting scandal at Lernout & Hauspie; in August 2000 he published an article in The Wall Street Journal detailing that firms use fictitious Korean transactions to hide losses.
I’m Jesse Eisinger, a Senior Reporter for ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization, covering Wall Street and finance.
And I’m Justin Elliott, a reporter for ProPublica, covering politics with a focus on money and influence.
We’ve just published an investigation (along with NPR’s Laura Sullivan) into the Red Cross’ failures to provide basic disaster relief after Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. Read it here.
Quick look at what we found through internal documents and interviews with Red Cross insiders:
• Emergency relief vehicles were rerouted after Sandy for PR purposes. • Some of the disabled Sandy victims left to sleep in wheelchairs. • Sex offenders sheltered next to children.
These are just a few of the things we found investigating the American Red Cross and its response to Superstorm Sandy. What the charity’s CEO said in public -- calling the response “near flawless” -- and what we found in internal documents couldn’t be more opposite. Today, we’d like to open up the investigation to you all and answer almost anything about the American Red Cross and its “secret disaster.” ASK US ANYTHING.
We’re also still looking for help reporting the story. So, if you have experience with or information about the American Red Cross, including its financial and statistical reporting, you can help us in several ways. SHARE A TIP.