Kristina Goetz

Investigative Reporter/KyCIR

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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Local News
2:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Former Employee, Volunteers Express Concerns About Troubled Southern Indiana Wildlife Refuge

Travis Ellis at an animal playtime event at Wildlife in Need in Charlestown, Ind.
Credit Kristina Goetz / KyCIR

In the wake of a Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting series that found a history of problems at an Indiana exotic animal refuge, current and former members of the organization have come forward to talk about their experiences at the facility.

Meanwhile, legislators who've received recent complaints about Wildlife in Need are looking at potential changes in Indiana law.

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Investigation
2:17 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Kentucky and Indiana Have Very Different Laws on Wild Animals

Credit Kristina Goetz/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Kentucky and Indiana may be neighbors, but the state line marks the divide when it comes to who can have a wild animal as a pet and who can’t.

Since 1969, Hoosiers have been allowed to keep wild animals native to Indiana with a state-issued permit. In 1995, lawmakers added wild cats, bears and wolves to the list.

And since 1987, the state has exempted any residents with a USDA license—breeders, dealers and exhibitors—from having to meet those requirements.

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Investigation
7:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Troubling Record of a Southern Indiana Wildlife Refuge

Tiger Baby Playtime this summer.
Credit Erin Keane/WFPL News

CHARLESTOWN, Ind.—A crowd of visitors sat mesmerized under a big-top tent this summer in rural Indiana watching two tiger cubs stalk stuffed toys dangled above their mouths. A golden cub batted a woman’s hair before it bounded over to a high school student.

When the teenager felt the sting of the tiger’s teeth on his bare leg, he scooted the cub away.

“It hurts,” he said, checking for bite marks.

The event’s host, Tim Stark, reminded the crowd that nips and scratches are normal. These aren’t poodles. They’re tigers. Real tigers.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Jefferson County Judge's Campaign Contributions Raise Questions

Katie King campaign flyer
Credit illustration

In the final weeks of her judicial race, Jefferson County District Judge Katie King has once again loaned her campaign an influx of cash.

It’s a pattern she’s followed in three successive elections cycles -- and a maneuver for which she was once scolded and fined by state campaign finance officials.

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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
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

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

Credit Illustration by Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

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.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

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
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

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.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

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.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

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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