Kristina Goetz

Investigative Reporter/KyCIR

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Kristina Goetz's investigative work has exposed drug pipelines, uncovered police corruption and targeted wasteful government spending.

She broke the national OxyContin drug abuse story, reported the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from New York City and went undercover with the Memphis police department.

Goetz, a native of Owensboro, has worked for The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Commercial-Appeal in Memphis and the Arizona Republic.

She was also a researcher and first-draft editor for former Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, working extensively on his biography of Hillary Clinton.

Her areas of specialty include higher education, military, law enforcement and public financing.

Goetz has received the E.W. Scripps Award for Superior Journalism and was named Best News Writer in Ohio.

She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and received her master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is married and lives in Louisville.

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Education
3:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

University of Louisville Violated Open Records Law, Must Turn Over Documents, Attorney General Rules

James Ramsey, right
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The University of Louisville has violated the state’s Open Records Act and must release e-mails and documents regarding a high-profile report on the school’s financial controls, according to a recent ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office.

The university had been locked for several months in a public records battle with the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which appealed the school’s public records denial to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Line Warranty Offer Has Louisville Water Co.'s Logo, But a Private Company Is Behind It

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Louisville mailboxes are regularly stuffed with letters warning residents they could pay thousands of dollars in repairs if they don’t have water line warranty coverage.

Though the envelopes bear the logo of Louisville Water Co., they are actually from a private warranty company called HomeServe USA, which has run afoul of several state attorneys general, including Kentucky, in recent years over allegations of unfair and deceptive advertising.

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Education
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records

University of Louisville President James Ramsey, right.
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The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records.

In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.

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Education
11:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

University of Louisville Continues to Fight to Keep Records From Public View

James Ramsey
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The University of Louisville is still fighting to keep emails, memos and other notes related to a high-profile financial audit cloaked from public view.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which has sought these public records for several months, has filed an appeal with the state attorney general.

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office extended the appeal an additional 30 work days in order to obtain more documentation.

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Education
5:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says

University of Louisville president James Ramsey listens as an audit report was given to a Board of Trustees committee.
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The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution.

Strothman and Company said U of L needs to hire a chief financial officer, which the school is already trying to do. The institution also needs to ensure all of the university’s computer systems are subject to the same security controls. And it should improve controls over payroll to reduce the risk that fictitious employees could be paid, the report says.

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Education
1:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit

Students at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus earlier this year.
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The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.

Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:

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Education
4:12 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Attorney General Demands University of Louisville Provide High-Profile Audit For Review

The oval and Grawemeyer Hall at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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The state attorney general’s office has asked the University of Louisville to explain why it still won’t release a high-profile audit that examined the school’s financial controls.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has sought a copy of the report since April and last month filed an appeal with the attorney general following the university’s denial of a public records request.

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Education
2:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit

Students exiting an underpass on Third Street at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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This story was reported by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

University of Louisville officials refuse to release a report by an outside auditing firm that examined the school’s internal controls following a series of high profile – and high dollar – thefts.

This comes after the university signed an additional $100,000 contract amendment for the auditing firm to help implement its recommendations.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Seeks Guidance on Council Members and Zoning Decisions

Jim King
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The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission punted Thursday on an advisory opinion sought by Council President Jim King regarding whether council members have to determine who has an interest in zoning decisions.

With little discussion, the committee voted to send a letter to King’s attorney, saying the commission would seek the legislative guidance of the metro council’s government accountability and ethics committee.

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Politics
7:49 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Louisville Metro Ethics Commission Dismisses 3 Complaints Against Council President Jim King

Jim King
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The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission on Thursday dismissed three complaints against Council President Jim King, saying two were untimely and the third lacked probable cause.

The commission adjourned abruptly following an hour-long closed executive session after several community members interrupted proceedings, insisting that they be allowed to speak publicly on the matter.  

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