National Public Radio's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Washington Post reporter Terrance McCoy who found out how low-income communities in Maryland, suffering from lead poisoning, got substantial settlements from landlords. However, many tenants then lost most of that money from these settlements to businesses that offered them upfront cash. McCoy is a recent winner of the George Polk Wars in Journalism.
McCoy’s investigation began when looking into the life of Freddie Gray, a man who died in custody of the Baltimore Police Department last year. Gray and his family lived in housing that contained lots of lead paint and all of the family members ended up having significant brain damage as a result.
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