I’m Deirdre Shesgreen, a foreign affairs reporter for USA TODAY. My latest story exposes new details about China’s mass internment of the Uyghurs, based on a trove of secret documents and never-seen-before photographs. AMA!
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Hi everyone. My name is Deirdre Shesgreen. I covered foreign policy and national security issues for USA TODAY, writing about everything from Ukraine to Afghanistan. My most recent reporting centers on China’s mass internment of the Uyghurs, and it’s based on a trove of exclusive documents shared with me from an expert on this issue. The documents include secret speeches attributed to two high-level Communist Party officials and thousands of photographs of detainees in Xinjiang, the region in northwest China where many Uyghurs live. The new material provides an unprecedented look at what experts say is a slow-motion genocide. AMA!
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I’m Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY's Justice Department correspondent. My latest reporting is centered around the arrest of two men. who posed as federal agents and tricked the Secret Service. AMA!
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My name is Kevin Johnson, and I have covered the law enforcement issues and the Justice Department for USA TODAY since 1994. In 2017, our reporting on the Secret Service’s struggles to pay agents assigned to a record number of protectees during the Trump administration prompted legislation that raised annual pay caps for agents and officers.
I’ve been reporting on the recent arrests of two men masquerading as federal agents in a case that has cast a new spotlight on the Secret Service. As part of their alleged scheme, the suspects duped four members of the Secret Service, including two uniformed officers who accepted tens of thousands of dollars in free rent at an upscale D.C. apartment complex. All four Secret Service members, previously assigned to key security positions, have been placed on leave pending an internal agency review. The episode has raised unsettling comparisons to a string of past security breaches and agent misconduct. You can read the story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/05/05/secret-service-concerns-training-accused-imposters/9553335002/
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I’m Gina Barton, an investigative reporter at USA TODAY, and I’ve been reporting on racial disparities in missing children’s cases – in both police investigations and media coverage. AMA!
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During my first week as reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2002, the biggest story by far was the disappearance of Alexis Patterson, 7 years old and Black, who vanished on her way to school. A month later, Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in Utah, sparking a conversation in our newsroom about why Elizabeth’s case got so much more national media attention than Alexis’ and whether race played a role. Through the years, I’ve stayed in touch with Alexis’ mother, who believes her daughter is alive and will someday be found. I want to help make that happen if I can, and I want to do my part to help other missing children whose stories have yet to be told. The story I wrote to kick off the project can be found here.
I have more than 15 years of experience as an investigative reporter . In 2012, my reporting on the death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee police custody prompted the medical examiner to change the cause of death from natural to homicide. For that investigation, I was honored with a George Polk award. I am also the producer and host of the national Edward R. Murrow Award-winning podcast Unsolved, which will feature Alexis Patterson’s case in season 4.
You can follow me on Twitter: @writerbarton
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I'm Josh Meyer, USA TODAY's Domestic security correspondent, and in my recent reporting, I've uncovered how Russian President Vladimir Putin has secretly built a financial empire throughout his decades-long political career. AMA!
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Hi everyone. My name is Josh Meyer, and I am a 30-year veteran of covering law enforcement and intelligence issues affecting security on the local, state, national and global level for the Los Angeles Times, NBC News and Politico and now USA TODAY.
My recent reporting revolves around Russian President Vladimir Putin and his finances. Throughout his decades-long political career, Putin has used public resources and a close circle of friends to become what many authorities believe is one of the richest men in the world. The U.S. and its Western allies have tried to personally sanction Putin for launching a war against Ukraine, which has now lasted over two months. But with his suspected wealth hidden all over the world through friends and family, the U.S. and its European allies are finding it's harder to financially penalize Putin than they thought. So, where did Putin's fortune come from, and where is he hiding it? AMA!
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