An Emmy for exposing red tape

Matt BelangerI was honored with an Emmy Award for my report about government red tape hampering my attempt to investigate abuse of Pennsylvania’s welfare system.

It’s a popular refrain for candidates running for office to promise to eliminate abuse in the welfare system–but just how much is there? I set out to determine just how much abuse there was.

However, the state denied my open records request for even the most generic transactional information. Instead of giving up, I changed my approach — pulled the curtain back — and showed the viewer what was happening in my quest for information. The result was a powerful exposé about government bureaucracy.

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