WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $63,000 in grants to 12 investigative journalists. The grants help independent investigative reporters pay for the cost of reporting, such as travel, document fees, and other out-of-pocket expenses. The grant-making program is supported by The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Morton K. and Jane ...

For The Chicago Reporter, Maria Ines Zamudio reports on deportations that are rushed through without hearings. An excerpt: In recent years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been deporting more and more immigrants by bypassing formal court proceedings, the Reporter found. Reinstatement is one of several legal strategies devised for this effort. Others are known as “administrative orders,” “expedited removals,” “stipulated order ...

From Claudine LoMonaco, for the Sante Fe Reporter, an investigation of a national forest restoration project that “has gone haplessly awry.”  An excerpt: “ aim is to thin and restore 2.4 million acres along the Mogollon Rim in northern Arizona, an enormous swath of land on four national forests stretching from Flagstaff to the New Mexico border, and reintroduce the natural ...

From Simon & Schuster,  The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice, by Vanessa M. Gezari investigates the “Human Terrain System,” a complex military mission that aims to understand the enemy in Afghanistan. From the book jacket: “What happens when the Pentagon sends three Americans to help carry out the most audacious experiment since Vietnam? On the day Barack Obama ...