Managing Editor of Investigations
Jamie specializes in crime, political and data investigative reporting and producing. Prior to coming to InvestigateTV, she was an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and managing editor/chief investigator for the NBC affiliate in the Columbia/Jefferson City area. She has prior reporting experience in Iowa and Idaho and has won various state and regional awards for her investigative work. Jamie is a graduate of Mizzou, with degrees in journalism and higher education leadership and policy analysis.
Permission to Practice: Doctors, patients say insurance prior-authorizations put profits over people
Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 2:53 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik, Bailey Williams and Payton Romans
Insurance companies say these reviews lower costs and protect patients, but what requires advance permission varies plan to plan, and critics argue the policies get between a patient and their doctor.
Defective: The federal government knows that consumers are using hundreds of dangerous everyday products
Updated: Nov. 14, 2022 at 11:13 AM CST|
By Jill Riepenhoff, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
When a company learns a product it sells could be defective and dangerous, it has 24 hours to let the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission know about it. But it could take months or years for the public to find out about the company’s possible concerns, if they even come to light at all. InvestigateTV has been battling CPSC and companies to disclose information about the products companies have sounded the alarm on – an alarm that remains relatively silent.
Secret Subsidies: Program meant to help farmers in trade war overspent, lacked transparency and compliance checks
Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 8:53 AM CDT|
By Madison McVan, Investigate Midwest, Emily Featherston and Jamie Grey
Experts say $23 billion USDA program set a precedent for spending without Congressional oversight and had a concerning mix of political influence and limited compliance monitoring.
Ignition: Spontaneous electric vehicle fires prompt recalls, but some owners stalled waiting on repairs
Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 12:49 PM CDT|
By Joce Sterman, Jamie Grey and Daniela Molina
Electric vehicle fires can start when cars are parked or charging, which car safety experts say make them different and more shocking than other car fires. Companies are working on implementing a fix for defective batteries, but it's taking longer than owners would like.
Updated: Aug. 22, 2022 at 4:45 PM CDT|
By Joce Sterman, Daniela Molina, Jon Decker, Jamie Grey, Justine Arens, Yelta Reyna, Hannah Lorenzo, Samantha Latson, Lizzie Wright and Lauren Truex
The law allows states to create their own special education policies based on the federal IDEA framework. As a result, there are varying policies and parents are left trying to navigate complicated systems.
Defective: When government safety officials learned about 13 deaths tied to an infant rocker, a federal law prevented them from immediately alerting the public
Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 4:19 PM CDT|
By Jill Riepenhoff, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
After the deaths of 13 children over the last 12 years, this summer, Fisher-Price and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents not to let their children sleep in certain rockers the company has made since the 1990s. Now, InvestigateTV has discovered that during a 2021 Congressional hearing, the company dodged questions about whether it currently had products on the market linked to children’s deaths.
Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 5:34 PM CDT|
By Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik and Payton Romans
Sometimes a surgeon is the salesman. Across the country, there are physician-owned distributorships where doctors own part of a medical device company and then buy (or have their hospital buy) that hardware to use in their own surgeries.
Democratic lawmakers push U.S. Transportation Secretary for faster changes to crash test dummy standards
Updated: Mar. 14, 2022 at 12:24 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jon Decker and Jamie Grey
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act requires research into the gender gap in vehicle crash testing, but lawmakers want Secretary Pete Buttigieg to take action now to close the Collision Division.
Defective: Government agency shackled by law often takes years to issue recalls on potentially dangerous products
Updated: Feb. 14, 2022 at 5:18 PM CST|
By Jill Riepenhoff, Lee Zurik and Jamie Grey
It takes years for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to remove dangerous products from the market because of its cumbersome rule-making process and ineffective recalls that don’t incentivize consumers to return or destroy dangerous items.
Buy the Book: Public dollars pay for Netflix, trips to the zoo and karate lessons for kids learning from home
Updated: Jan. 31, 2022 at 5:08 PM CST|
By Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik and Jamie Grey
Programs bridging public schools and homeschooling are growing fast, but critics worry about what that means for the future of education.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:02 PM CST|
By Jamie Grey, Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik, Jon Decker and Cory Johnson
Foreign entities have bought 13 million more U.S. farm acres in 10 years, but agriculture policy scholars say the total could be far more.
Collision Division: Federal traffic safety agency has yet to address gender disparity in crash testing despite outcry on Capitol Hill
Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 2:05 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik, Jon Decker and Jamie Grey
As lawmakers debate including female drivers in more crash test standards, the agency in charge is staying quiet.
Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 1:47 PM CDT|
By Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
Updated daily, this COVID-19 hotspot map illustrates where the largest number of new cases (relative to population) have been reported in the last seven days.
Full Documentary: Bridging the Great Health Divide showcases efforts to fight disparities in rural America
Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 4:56 PM CDT|
By Lee Zurik, Jamie Grey, Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina and Owen Hornstein
Bridging the Great Health Divide explores issues in rural America through the lens of residents, doctors and other health care providers.
Bridging the Great Health Divide documentary highlights shortcomings and solutions in rural American health care
Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 12:17 PM CDT|
By Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
Gray Television stations will air a documentary about disparities in rural health care and the people working to bridge the great health divide.
Gas stations, liquor stores allowed to snap up benefit money without providing extensive healthy food options
Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT|
By Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik and Daniela Molina
The purpose of the food stamp program is to help low-income families access healthy foods, but in rural America, that can be difficult.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 12:28 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jon Decker, Lee Zurik and Jamie Grey
Bills in both the U.S. House and Senate look to update crash test dummies and testing procedures to make sure drivers are equally protected.
Deserted: Access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods is elusive for millions who live in rural America
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT|
By Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
Before last year food insecurity impacted about 10% of all U.S. residents. Experts estimate that number has at least doubled since the pandemic.