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Investigative journalism holds the powerful accountable

Mark Puente

An investigative series by Tampa Bay Times reporters Mark Puente and Zachary Sampson on questionable operations at CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay underscores the importance of journalism in holding public officials accountable.

The two agencies, run by the same leader, took credit for scores of jobs they didn’t place. Puente, a veteran journalist, uncovered the story after going to a CareerSource meeting where leaders refused to talk to him, raising red flags.

It’s imperative that we keep investigative journalism alive and well. Two nonprofits worth your support: The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg and the Center for Investigative Journalism.

Kyle Parks, B2 Communications

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