Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity

Jamie Smith Hopkins

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Past articles by Jamie:

The racist history that helps explain our present wealth gap

The federal HOLC created discriminatory redlining maps for cities across the country in the 1930s, including in Waterloo, Iowa. → Read More

Inside the effort to make this city a better place for its Black residents

Sheritta Stokes and Nikole Hannah-Jones teamed up to create the 1619 Freedom School, an after-school literacy program inspired by the 1960s Freedom Schools of the civil-rights movement. → Read More

Fighting the wealth vortex

An Iowa entrepreneur determined to help narrow the wealth gap sets off to open the first Black-owned bank in more than 20 years. → Read More

Home lending remains unequal –

The NCRC found that Black and Latino borrowers were still receiving home mortgage loans in 2020 at lower rates than white borrowers. → Read More

Six lessons from the Paycheck Protection Program –

The pandemic aid for small businesses exposed many of the cracks in an unequal system. Midstream fixes helped show some ways to reach people more equitably in a crisis, but changes came late. → Read More

In state after state, barriers to voting could affect election’s outcome –

The Center for Public Integrity is an investigative newsroom that exposes betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests. → Read More

In Pennsylvania, lawsuits leave election rules in doubt –

Battles over how Pennsylvania residents can vote in this year's election are playing out down to the wire. That’s made for a bewildering election process. → Read More

In Maryland, a switch over mail-in ballots worries advocates –

Election officials aimed to send mail-in ballots to all registered voters in the 2020 primary. For the general election, they’re sending applications instead. → Read More

In Texas, polling place closures, absentee ballot rules make it harder to vote –

In Texas, barriers to the right to vote are strewn at every step of the process — with the coronavirus making everything worse this year. → Read More

Disasters are driving a mental health crisis. The only federal program to address it is underfunded.

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. → Read More

How to heal emotional wounds after disaster –

Disasters are stressful. What can be done about the trauma that follows? What kind of disaster help is there? Here are some solutions. → Read More

Supreme Court ruling ensures protections for LGBTQ workers –

A 2019 Public Integrity investigation found that 17 states offered no workplace protections for LGBTQ workers. A recent Supreme Court decision changes that. → Read More

As oil and gas exports surge, West Texas becomes the world's 'extraction colony'

An unprecedented drilling boom in the Permian Basin is great for business. But it’s polluting the air, overwhelming communities and threatening the planet. → Read More

Lowe's says it will stop selling deadly paint removers

Retailer bows to consumer pressure after at least four deaths linked to paint strippers with methylene chloride → Read More

Reversing course, the EPA will regulate a deadly paint stripper

A decision by the agency on paint removers containing methylene chloride was previously delayed. → Read More

Big Power Plant Ignites a Political Fight in a Small Pennsylvania Town

A wave of new gas-fired power plants is hitting the nation, with uncertain implications for the climate. The local consequences can be just as thorny. → Read More

On political spending, 'our goal is not perfect philosophical alignment'

At least 27 firms advocated for the Paris climate pact, yet donated to a GOP group fighting a key U.S. climate rule. Here's what they said. → Read More

Nearly 8,000 U.S. public schools are plagued by toxic air

Across the country, kids attend schools so close to busy roads that traffic exhaust poses a health risk. → Read More

Is your school near a busy road and its air pollution?

Traffic pollution spikes close to roads, a health risk for people with frequent exposure. → Read More

EPA wants to restrict sometimes-deadly paint stripper chemical

The U.S. EPA wants to largely ban the use of a chemical in paint strippers that has swiftly killed dozens of people. → Read More