R.G. Dunlop

Investigative Reporter/KyCIR

R.G. Dunlop is an award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed government corruption and resulted in numerous reforms.

Dunlop is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was twice a member of teams that won George Polk Awards.

He worked 35 years at the Courier-Journal in a variety of positions, including Eastern Kentucky bureau chief, Legal Affairs reporter, City Editor, and State Enterprise Reporter.

He has extensively covered death penalty issues, coal-mining safety and health, criminal justice matters, and the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Dunlop is a graduate of Miami University and earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Louisville with his family.

7:33 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Federal Ethics Probe Finds Probable Violations By Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield

Connie Harriman-Whitfield, then vice chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, whispers in the ear of husband, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., during a press conference on Sept. 5, 2006, in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Credit File photo

A Congressional ethics probe released Monday has determined there is “substantial reason to believe” that U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield violated “House rules and standards of conduct” by having lobbying contacts with his wife and permitting his wife to have lobbying contacts with his staff.

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9:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct

Connie Harriman-Whitfield, then vice chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, whispers in the ear of husband, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., during a press conference on Sept. 5, 2006, in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Credit Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images

 U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Monday that a pending federal ethics complaint against him involves allegations of improper lobbying of him and his staff by his wife on behalf of the national Humane Society.

The pending complaint does not include or address ethical issues raised earlier this month in articles by WFPL's  Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that Whitfield, his wife and another powerful lobbyist had a longstanding financial partnership in property at a West Virginia luxury resort.

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5:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation

Credit www.facebook.com/RepEdWhitfield

A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

The statement followed an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded there was “substantial reason to believe” that Whitfield had committed one or more ethics violations.

The House Committee on Ethics’ brief news release noted that it had reached no conclusion about whether a violation had in fact occurred, and it did not disclose the nature of Whitfield’s alleged misconduct.

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2:15 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

You Don't Care About 'Untoward Dealings' in Politics, Wife of U.S. Congressman Says

Connie Harriman-Whitfield

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's latest investigation into money, politics and ethics explored the business ties among longtime Congressman Ed Whitfield, his lobbyist wife, and another well-known lobbyist.

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Local News
3:37 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Kentucky At-Risk Youth Agency's President Resigns Following Inquiry

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The president of the state’s largest non-profit agency for at-risk and foster children resigned late last week in the aftermath of an internal investigation of her performance. Neither she nor the organization’s board of directors would say why.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Gov. Beshear Got Hefty Donations From Power Plant Proponents

Gov. Beshear with state officials and ecoPower executives at bill signing ceremony.
ecoPower press release

Information continues to surface about a proposed biomass-burning, electricity-generating plant in eastern Kentucky, and the company trying to build it.     

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Local News
11:35 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Report: Company Pushing Biomass Plant in Kentucky Misled About Pollution Rate

Credit Frankie Steel/ Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

This story was reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, part of Louisville Public Media. You can find out more and see more stories at the KyCIR website.

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1:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Politics, Misinformation and Money Fueled a Power Plant in Kentucky's Coal Country

View from site of projected ecoPower plant, with evidence of strip mining in the distance.
Credit Frankie Steele/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

HAZARD, Ky.—Up a steep dirt road, atop a former strip-mine, sits a concrete slab roughly 30 feet square. It’s the only visible sign that a wood-burning, electricity-generating plant could someday occupy this remote industrial park.

Supporters say the biomass plant, 11 miles northwest of Hazard, would be an economic godsend for Perry County, creating hundreds of jobs and pumping millions of dollars into the heart of poverty-plagued Appalachian Kentucky.

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Local News
7:29 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Alleged Victim Questions 2-Month Wait for Charges Against Former Louisville Prosecutor Matt Conway

Matt Conway
Credit Louisville Metro Corrections

It took Louisville police and prosecutors two months to decide that former prosecutor Matt Conway, brother of state Attorney General Jack Conway, should be charged with criminal assault after he allegedly struck a woman in the face in an argument following a Christmas party.

In the interim, both the woman and the Louisville Metro Police detective investigating the case sought unsuccessfully to get a criminal charge filed against Matt Conway.

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