"Cleveland Plain Dealer," Toxic Neglect Series, 2015-2017
The first two articles in this investigative series appeared in the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" on October 18, 2015. Written by reporters Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner, the series entitled, "Toxic Neglect," exposed the human costs of lead exposure to Cleveland residents and many suburban Cuyahoga County residents as well. From October, 2015 until February, 2017, over 60 articles have delved into the effects of lead exposure on Cleveland's communities and families.
"Fault Lines" Video, 2016
Al Jazeera News produced a "Fault Lines" program entitled, "Poison in Our Walls" in 2016. To explain why they focused the program in Cleveland, Ohio, Al Jazeera interviewed Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner, reporters for the "Cleveland Plain Dealer:"
"When lead was found in the water in the US city of Flint, Michigan, there was outrage from the public as well as federal officials, but at the time, according to some estimates, the city of Cleveland had almost three times the number of children suffering from lead poisoning. . . When you're holding a glass of water in Flint and you see it's an odd color and it smells bad. This just shouts 'we need to pay attention.' Lead in Cleveland and in most other cities is invisible. The problem is invisible and it always has been."
"Fault Lines," Poison in Our Walls, Al Jazeera.com