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What our investigative journalists expose isn’t fake news


Imagine if your daughter has been wrongfully convicted of murder, and no one cares. Your wife died during childbirth, and the experts now blame her medical condition. Or your dad, a decorated military veteran, is rotting in a nursing home, and the owners pay you lip service — because your dad is really a monthly paycheck to them.

These are the stories that our investigative journalists quietly expose. They aren’t fake news. The reporters aren’t the enemy of the people. They pursue real stories intended to right wrongs and help the least among us.

Journalism is mission work, an honest cause beyond our eyes. Like nursing, teaching and police work, it’s built on a foundation of accuracy, trust, wisdom and character.

I’ve been a witness to the power of journalism for 28 years, and I am honored to be the next standards editor for the USA TODAY Network. I’ll use this space to share with you, truthfully and transparently, the good we do, as well as when we fall short. First, let me tell you a little about me.

I live the American Dream. My family fled communist Cuba in the early 1960s. My family rarely talked about their pain, except to say it was better to die free than slaves to a dictatorship. I was 17 months old when we arrived in Florida.

I was raised by a godly grandmother, while my amazing mother, Eulalia — who had been in medical school in Havana — learned English, worked by day as a store clerk and as a lab technician at night. She saved her money to finish medical school in Spain and became a child psychiatrist in the United States. She’s 82 years old today, and my hero.  Read More

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