The "Trail of Betrayal" package on child sex abuse in the Boy Scouts of America was produced by an investigative team at The E.W. Scripps Co.'s bureau in Washington, D.C. Journalists reviewed 30,000 documents, contained in 1,881 files, and traveled around the country to prepare reports for broadcast, digital and print platforms.
Danielle Alberti, digital producer, joined the bureau in 2011, following a multimedia fellowship with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire.
Jenni Bergal, special correspondent, has been a journalist for more than two decades. She's worked as supervising senior editor at National Public Radio"s Weekend Edition, as a project manager at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., and as an investigative reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has won dozens of journalism awards and twice was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Lee Bowman, national health and science reporter, joined the bureau in 1992. His investigative work has been recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Chris Cantergiani, national investigative producer, has won 12 Emmy Awards in 16 years of investigative reporting for local TV news. He joined the bureau in April after working at the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a think tank in Washington, D.C., that tracks radical Islamic involvement in terrorism.
Peter Copeland, Washington bureau chief and the Scripps Howard News Service's editor and general manager, has led the Washington office since 1999. He came to Washington in 1989 from Mexico City, his base as the company's Latin America correspondent. Earlier, he'd worked at the El Paso Herald-Post and the City News Bureau of Chicago.
Carol Guensburg, national content editor, joined the bureau in 2010 after contract editing for Scripps and for National Public Radio's digital news division. Earlier, she directed a University of Maryland fellowships program for working journalists covering children and families. She also edited for newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Lawan Hamilton, executive producer, joined Scripps' Washington bureau in April after serving as data projects manager at Scripps headquarters in Cincinnati. Earlier, she worked for two Scripps-owned TV stations: as a producer at KNXV in Phoenix and as executive producer of investigations and special projects at KSHB in Kansas City.
Thomas Hargrove, national correspondent specializing in quantified research at the bureau since 1996, has also worked at the Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald and as a regular contributor to The New York Times and Reuters. He won the Philip Meyer Prize for best use of science in 2008 and 2011 for yearlong investigations into sudden infant death and unsolved murders.
Jim Osman, national investigative correspondent, has won 18 Emmy Awards for his reporting. He joined the bureau in April after working as an investigative reporter for two television stations: WKYW in Philadelphia and Scripps' KNXV in Phoenix.
Kristin Volk, multimedia journalist, joined the bureau in 2011. Earlier, she built and managed the online video news department for United Press International and affiliate media companies. She also worked as a field producer for Potomac Television in Washington and started her career at WTVG, the local ABC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.
Isaac Wolf, national correspondent, joined the bureau in 2008. His reporting focuses on consumer topics ranging from radioactive ladies' handbags to spuriously labeled seafood to the $60 billion market for old credit-card bills. Earlier, Wolf was a staff writer at the Daily Southtown newspaper in Tinley Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb.
The E.W. Scripps Company
Our exclusive look into the Boy Scouts' confidential files – 30,000 documents, 10 journalists, 6 months of research. Our investigation reveals scouts’ pleas for help being ignored while some scout leaders were promised confidentiality.
The Scripps National Investigative Team tracks systemic problems within the Boy Scouts of America, including poor background checks, and suspected molestors moving from troop to troop. More of our exclusive interview with the leader of BSA.
After revelations of abuse within the Boy Scouts of America, how has the organization and its policies changed, and are changes working? You’ll hear different sides. Plus, a one-time abused scout has to decide whether scouting is right for his sons.
Patrick Boyle was the first to publish reports of the Boy Scouts of America's confidential "ineligible volunteers" files, in 1994. Boyle says the attention these files are now getting will do good for kids.
An official response to our investigation from Boy Scouts of America national president Wayne Perry.
Look at the confidential documents in Hoefling's file. Hoefling was a troop leader near Detroit.
Examine for yourself: the documents in his confidential files. To this day, Liska said he doesn’t know if national Scouting officials approved his application because they were unaware of his past conviction -- or if they knew about it but decided he was fit nonetheless.
Click to view confidential documents in his file. Herrick is currently serving a 95-year sentence.