Stories by Gary Cohn

An investigative reporter for more than three decades, Gary Cohn won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1998 for his series The Shipbreakers, detailing the dangers to workers and the environment when old ships are dismantled. Reach him with comments or story ideas at gcohn@fryingpannews.org. subscribe to Gary Cohn's feed

Posted on: Apr 15, 2014, Source: Capital and Main

California, the most progressive state in the U.S., still boasts a sizeable — and growing — corporate Democrat contingent.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2014, Source: Capital and Main

The fight over public education is about to get even more heated.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: Capital and Main

How investment bankers and high profit testing companies are winning the fight for America's public schools.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2014, Source: Capital and Main

Why is a doctoral-level electrical engineer litigating to strip state teachers of almost 100 years of legal protections?

Posted on: Jan 22, 2014, Source: Capital and Main

The California Governor's new budget cuts into the already paltry $9 an hour that most IHSS workers make.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2013, Source: Capital and Main

The closing of City College of San Francisco would spell the destruction of one of the few pathways to higher education for people of color and poor students.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: Capital and Main

The California Chamber of Commerce's "Job Killers List" obviates nearly 97 percent of bills before they ever reach legislation—and paints Paid Family Leave and Sugary Drinks Tax as "mega job killers".

Posted on: Nov 19, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

It’s official: America has entered a retirement crisis—according to Forbes, “the greatest retirement crisis in the history of the world.”

Posted on: Oct 31, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

The effort to cut pensions in California is being closely watched by conservative activists nationwide.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

A copy of the under-wraps Calif. draft initiative has been revealed.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

The Arnold Foundation is clearly in the forefront of nationwide efforts to scale back pensions for state and municipal workers.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

One patient mistakenly aborted her baby due to language barriers—and her story is far from unique.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

In a little-noticed move in April, a conservative legal organization...filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana could restrict public employee union's ability to spend money on politics.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

A little-known statewide policy in California requires traditional public schools to share their facilities with charter schools.

Posted on: May 29, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

A program tha provides $700 million in tax breaks for companies that set up business or move to one of 40 zones within the state needs a serious rethink.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: Frying Pan News

The "parent-trigger” movement is being heavily financed by the conservative Walton Family Foundation, one of the nation’s largest anti-union organizations.