Access Denied: Reporters Say Federal Officials, Data Increasingly Off Limits

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by: Paul Farhi | The Washington Post

Stacey Singer, a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist’s report about a tuberculosis outbreak in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story.

 

But when she started seeking official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. County health officials referred her to the state health department.

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