Talia Buford, ProPublica

Talia Buford


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Past articles by Talia:

Meet ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters for the 2021 School Year

These six student journalists will receive stipends and mentorship from ProPublica’s staff. → Read More

Meet ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters for the 2020 School Year —

These six student journalists were selected from 135 applicants. → Read More

Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate —

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Nuclear Lobbying Power: NJ Utility Customers Will Pay $300M In Subsidies —

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. → Read More

New Jersey said 10 years ago it would rank its most contaminated sites. It never did.

There are nearly 14,000 contamination sites across New Jersey and still no sign of the mandated rankings. → Read More

New Jersey Said 10 Years Ago It Would Rank Its Most Contaminated Sites. It Never Did.

The rankings were supposed to ensure that the most dangerous sites remained a priority even as the state gave private companies a bigger role in cleanups. → Read More

A Hog Waste Agreement Lacked Teeth, and Some North Carolinians Say They’re Left to Suffer —

Today, many farmers continue to store the waste in open pits despite the millions of dollars in private investment spent and years of research and political promises. The practice grows more hazardous with each hurricane that pounds the state. → Read More

For North Carolina, Hurricane Florence Could Bring a Financial Reckoning

The state has bet against a megastorm for years, but now as Florence bears down on the state it could face a major money shortage to rebuild from the damage. → Read More

Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities — Let’s Talk About This Hot Mess.

In my first episode of this PBS Digital Studios show, I dissect why minorities and disadvantaged people will face bigger consequences in a warming world. → Read More

EPA proposal would let states relax coal plant pollution rules —

The change could increase contamination from coal ash leaching into groundwater. → Read More

Canary in the Coal Pond —

New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback. → Read More

What It’s Like Inside the Trump Administration’s Regulatory Rollback at the EPA

The fate of a rule more than a decade in the making is a microcosm of larger changes afoot. → Read More

What Trump's EPA Cuts Mean for the Future of Environmental Justice Funding

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them. → Read More


Has the moment for environmental justice been lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them. → Read More

Has the Moment for Environmental Justice Been Lost?

Facing Trump’s proposals for cutting programs that help minorities and the poor, Democrats scramble to make up for missed opportunities to protect them. → Read More

In Flint Water Crisis, Could Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead to Prison Time?

Prosecutors will try to prove five Michigan officials were responsible for a Legionnaires’ death because they knew about the problem, but failed to warn the public. Similar cases of environmental disasters have not resulted in convictions, but there are reasons Flint could break the mold. → Read More

Workers cheated as federal contractors prosper

A Center analysis found that government agencies paid $18 billion over an 18-month period to contractors with wage violations → Read More

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office

The EPA says Michigan regulators treated the city's African American residents unfairly during the permitting of a power plant. → Read More

Report slams EPA civil rights compliance

The EPA hasn't met its obligations under the Civil Rights Act, a report found, forcing polluted communities to endure delays or inaction. → Read More

I’m an environmental reporter from Flint. Even I ignored the water crisis story.

It’s easier to swoop into an unfamiliar town and tell someone else’s story than it is to recognize the troubles in your own life. → Read More