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Fall 2010 Civic Project Series Starts in “The HawkEye”

A new series of Civic Project stories in The HawkEye online newspaper has begun.

The first of the Fall 2010 investigative stories written by students in the Journalism Department’s News Reporting class reports on former President Tony Atwater’s personal spending during his final year at IUP.

The story by Jessica A. Moretti, a senior journalism major from Hermitage, Pa., is based on documents released in response to a Pennsylvania Right to Know Law request for the former president’s personal-expense reports submitted for reimbursement during the period July 1, 2009, to July 2010, when the embattled administrator departed Indiana.

The findings of Moretti’s investigation include:

  • Atwater’s reimbursable personal expenses declined 15 percent during the period (as his job compensation rose 121 percent).
  • The private nonprofit Foundation for IUP subsidized some of Atwater’s travel expenses, including a $647-a-night stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in December 2009.

Moretti’s story updated an earlier Civic Project investigation that found Atwater’s personal spending exceeded $1.6 million during his first five years in Sutton Hall.

The award-winning Civic Project series of watchdog-journalism investigations is a product of the News Reporting classes taught by David Loomis, Ph.D. The project is supported by a grant from the IUP Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership.

Watch for additional Civic Project stories to be published in The HawkEye soon.

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