Reporter focusing on investigations of economic and financial issues Education: Dartmouth College, BA in mathematics; Johns Hopkins University, MS in applied economics Peter Whoriskey has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 2001, covering a wide array of topics, including financial inequality, the pharmaceutical industry, hospice care, organic food fraud and the recession. As the paper's Southern bureau chief, he covered Hurricane Katrina. His series on the role of pharmaceutical companies influencing drug research, “Biased Research, Big Profits,” won a George Polk Award in 2013. Previously, he worked at the Miami Herald, where he contributed to the paper's coverage of Hurricane Andrew, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service. His stories after Andrew led to an overhaul of the federal construction standards for mobile homes. Honors & Awards:
George Polk Award 2012
Sigma Delta Chi Award for Non-Deadline Reporting 2011
National Press Foundation Feddie Reporting Award 2010
Contributor to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Andrew at the Miami Herald 1993
The government's Paycheck Protection Program paid $517 billion to thousands of companies with the intention of keeping people on payroll. Many employees of large companies who received millions from the program, however, have yet to be returned to the payroll.
A Connecticut family wants answers about the death of their relative, a grandmother of four photographed after she collapsed on the floor of her nursing home hours before her death. Like laws in 20 other states, a new law signed by Connecticut's governor shields the nursing home from lawsuits over deaths during the pandemic.
Nearly 2,000 facilities reported a shortage of nursing staff; more than 2,200 lack enough aides, and more than 500 lack any supply of N95 masks used to prevent infection, according to the data. More than 250 nursing homes lack any surgical masks and another 800 are within a week of running out.
As the pandemic squeezes big companies, executives are making decisions about who will bear the brunt of the sacrifices, and in at least some cases, workers have been the first to lose, even as shareholders continue to collect.
Critics say the program, set up jointly by the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department, could allow large companies that take the federal help to reward shareholders and executives without saving any jobs.
The complaints offer a snapshot of the fear experienced by the slice of working Americans compelled to work even as the majority have been urged to stay at home, and they come from an array of workplaces: hospitals, construction companies, grocery stores, pharmacies and shipping companies.