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Derek Kravitz

Derek Kravitz

Derek Kravitz is the investigations and data editor of MuckRock, a nonprofit, collaborative news site that focuses on public records and accountability journalism. He is also working on grant-funded initiatives through Columbia and Stanford's Brown Institute for Media Innovation, including the Documenting COVID-19 project. Previously, he was the research director at ProPublica and a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press and The Washington Post. Kravitz has been apart of three teams that have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Misinformation fuels false belief that Missouri COVID death figures are being inflated

By: and - February 18, 2022

On a recent Tuesday evening in southeastern Missouri, John Freeze stood in front of yet another angry group of constituents.  Some here believe the number of COVID-19 deaths are being purposefully inflated for financial gain. Among the culprits, in their mistaken view:  Hospitals seeking Medicare reimbursements; The federal government, led by Dr. Anthony Fauci and […]

Missouri plotting official ‘end’ to COVID-19 pandemic as soon as March, document says

By: and - February 16, 2022

The state of Missouri is planning an official end to the COVID-19 pandemic as a public health crisis and will transition to treating the virus as endemic, much like it does the seasonal flu. The target date for when Missouri’s public health agencies would begin treating COVID-19 as endemic is mid-March, the two-year anniversary of […]

Before ouster, Missouri health director drafted a letter to senators that was never sent

By: , and - February 15, 2022

On the Friday before a drawn-out confirmation battle ended with his ouster from office, Missouri state Health Director Donald Kauerauf wrote an impassioned letter meant to convince conservative legislators who were on the fence about his appointment.  The message: While he believed in vaccines and data and science, he didn’t believe in vaccine mandates. Missourians, […]

Missouri lawmaker admits illegally selling prescription drugs, says it was unintentional

By: and - February 14, 2022

A Missouri lawmaker facing a 23-count federal indictment for allegedly selling fake stem-cell treatments and fraudulently using federal pandemic relief funds has settled with the state health department, resulting in a three-year probation of her narcotics license while admitting to illegally purchasing and prescribing pharmaceutical drugs. The administrative settlement, signed Jan. 28 with the Missouri […]

Science backs mask mandates. But in Missouri and elsewhere, they’re politically toxic

By: and - December 21, 2021

Opening weekend at Busch Stadium last April saw the St. Louis Cardinals start their season in front of socially-distanced seating pods of about 14,500 fans, about a third of the stadium’s capacity. Masks were required inside the stadium, concessions were cashless and fans couldn’t bring bags with them. The goal: Bring back baseball, but do […]

Missouri health department found mask mandates work, but didn’t make findings public

By: , and - December 1, 2021

Mask mandates saved lives and prevented COVID-19 infections in Missouri’s biggest cities during the worst part of the delta variant wave, an analysis by the state Department of Health and Senior Services shows. But the analysis, conducted at the request of Gov. Mike Parson’s office in early November, was never made public and was only […]