Tom Dreisbach
Tom Dreisbach
Tom Dreisbach is a correspondent on NPR's Investigations team focusing on breaking news stories. His reporting on issues like COVID-19 scams and immigration detention has sparked federal investigations and has been cited by members of congress. Earlier, Dreisbach was a producer and editor for NPR's Embedded, where his work examined how opioids helped cause an HIV outbreak in Indiana, the role of video evidence in police shootings and the controversial development of Donald Trump's Southern California golf club. In 2018, he was awarded a national Edward R. Murrow Award from RTDNA. Prior to Embedded, Dreisbach was an editor for All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news show.Source
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How Extremists Weaponize Irony To Spread Hate

How Extremists Weaponize Irony To Spread Hate

How Extremists Like The Proud Boys Weaponize Irony And Memes To Spread Hate Some extremists weaponize irony and absurdity as a method for recruiting new members and avoiding criticism. Such tactics can mask the danger that extremists pose, experts say.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsOn a recent episode of his livestreamed show, the 22-year-old extremist Nick Fuentes repeated a formula that has won him a following with some of the youngest members of the far right. He went on an extended, violent and misogynistic rant, only to turn to the camera and add with a smirk, "Just...

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Conspiracy Charges Bring Proud Boys' History Of Violence Into Spotlight

Conspiracy Charges Bring Proud Boys' History Of Violence Into Spotlight

Proud Boys' Violent Past In Spotlight In Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Conspiracy Case Leading members of the far-right gang known as the Proud Boys are facing federal conspiracy charges in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Ahead of the riot, members of the group called for "war."Editor's Note: This story includes explicit language. In June 2018, a member of the Proud Boys punched a counterprotester in the jaw, shoved him into the pavement in Portland, Ore., and sent him to the hospital with a serious concussion. The counterprotester had used a metal baton to strike first, and the Proud Boys...

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Judge Releases UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot, Despite New Evidence

Judge Releases UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot, Despite New Evidence

College Student Charged In Capitol Riot Should Be Released, Federal Judge Rules A federal judge ruled Wednesday that 22-year-old Christian Secor, charged in connection to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, should be released but must surrender access to firearms and other conditions.In federal court on Wednesday, a judge heard arguments about whether a 22-year-old UCLA student, who took inspiration from far-right extremists, should be released from federal custody pending his criminal trial for allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Federal judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee and a...

Mar 24
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Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades

Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades

SEC Brought Fewest Insider Trading Enforcement Cases In Decades In 2019 Kodak and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., are facing high-profile insider trading investigations, but data show the Securities and Exchange Commission pursued far fewer insider trading cases last year.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsThe government agency responsible for policing Wall Street brought the fewest number of insider trading cases in decades, according to the most recent available data. That decline came just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The Securities and Exchange Commission now warns that the...

August 14, 2020
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UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot Took Inspiration From Online Extremist

UCLA Student Charged In Capitol Riot Took Inspiration From Online Extremist

UCLA Student Christian Secor Charged In Capitol Riot Known For Extremist Views A college student charged in the U.S. Capitol riot was known on campus for his far-right views, which were nurtured by an online extremist. How do colleges confront extremism in their midst?Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsFor nearly a year, UCLA students said, they raised the alarm about one of their classmates. On Twitter, classmate Christian Secor attacked women and minorities, they said, and embraced the ideology of a far-right extremist. On campus, he pushed a student Republicans group toward...

Mar 15
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Nearly 1 In 5 Defendants In Capitol Riot Cases Served In The Military

Nearly 1 In 5 Defendants In Capitol Riot Cases Served In The Military

Military Veterans Overrepresented In Those Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Amid rising concern over domestic extremism, an NPR analysis found military veterans were overrepresented in those charged in the attack on the U.S. Capitol when compared to the general population.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsAs a violent mob descended on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, lawmakers and aides hid wherever they could, waiting for the military and police to arrive. But many of those who stormed the Capitol were military veterans themselves, who had once sworn to protect the Constitution. In...

Jan 21
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After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric

After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric

Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric Following Capitol Riot Many Fox News hosts, commentators and guests helped stoke the pro-Trump protests that became an assault on Congress. Among those influenced was Ashli Babbitt, who died while storming the Capitol.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsUpdated 12:48 p.m. Among some prominent Republicans, inside social media companies and in other major institutions throughout society, a reckoning has erupted following the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Not at the Fox News Channel, however. On the contrary, the...

Jan 13
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Pfizer CEO Sold Millions In Stock After Coronavirus Vaccine News, Raising Questions

Pfizer CEO Sold Millions In Stock After Coronavirus Vaccine News, Raising Questions

Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine News Raises Questions About CEO's Stock Sales Pfizer's CEO sold $5.6 million worth of stock on Monday. The company says the stock sale was made as part of a preset plan. But NPR found irregularities about when the CEO entered into that plan.Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsThe chairman and CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, sold $5.6 million worth of stock in the pharmaceutical company on Monday. The sale took place on the same day Pfizer that its experimental coronavirus vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective. The company's stock soared on the...

November 12, 2020
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Web Of 'Wellness' Doctors Promote Injections Of Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

Web Of 'Wellness' Doctors Promote Injections Of Unproven Coronavirus Treatment

NPR Investigation: Web Of 'Wellness' Doctors Push Unproven COVID-19 Treatment An NPR investigation has identified a web of more than 30 medical practices and compounding pharmacies across more than a dozen states promoting injections of an unproven treatment for COVID-19.Just as the coronavirus pandemic began its rapid and deadly spread across the United States, a well-known doctor named Dominique Fradin-Read told thousands of viewers tuning into an video that she had an answer, "one of the best ways to prevent and fight COVID-19." It was April 2020. The virus had already killed , a number...

October 1, 2020
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'Bad Optics' Or Something More? Moderna Executives' Stock Sales Raise Concerns

'Bad Optics' Or Something More? Moderna Executives' Stock Sales Raise Concerns

Whether the coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna succeeds or not, executives at the small biotech company have already made tens of millions of dollars by cashing in their stock. An NPR examination of official company disclosures has revealed additional irregularities and potential warning signs. "On a scale of one to 10, one being less concerned and 10 being the most concerned," said Daniel Taylor, an associate professor of accounting at the Wharton School, "this is an 11." Taylor said Moderna's stock-selling practices appear well outside the norm, and raise questions about the...

September 4, 2020
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