2016 Data Journalism Winner

John Kelly (Data and Investigations Editor), Nick Penzenstadler (Investigative Reporter) and Steve Reilly (Investigative Reporter) | USA TODAY Network

About the Entry

Using millions of teachers’ records from all 50 states, this yearlong investigation revealed the broken state-by-state system that sometimes allowed teachers with histories of misconduct back in the classroom.

Comments from the Judges

“This package of stories served a vital public service. Taking advantage of USA Today’s vast reach, the series perfectly meshed local and national reporting to produce a powerful series of stories. ”

“Excellent reporting and data/graphic elements. The reporters did an excellent job tracking down teachers who were fired from one district and ended up in another — unnoticed. It’s chilling. Extremely important story.”