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PBS will re-air 'Flying Cheap' tonight

Posted: Nov. 29, 2011 | Tags: Flying Cheap

The award-winning documentary we co-produced in 2010 with FRONTLINE, Flying Cheap, will be re-broadcast on Nov. 29 on PBS. The program focused on Continental Flight 3407, which crashed on approach to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in 2009. Our reporting revealed a little-known trend in the airline industry at the time: Regional airlines account for more than half of all scheduled domestic flights in the United States, and they also are responsible for the last six fatal domestic, commercial airline accidents.

Our investigation made it clear that the major airlines used the regionals to help keep fares low, leading to low ...

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Come and knock on our door

Posted: Sept. 22, 2010 | Tags: banks, BankTracker, failed banks, Flying Cheap, Frontline, stimulus, wind energy

It's been a few short years since the concept for the Investigative Reporting Workshop originated over a series of coffee and lunch meetings. Since then, the idea has grown to a reality that now includes offices on New Mexico Avenue and a staff of 20-plus strong investigative reporters and editors.

In that time, we've launched nine in-depth investigations ranging from nuclear energy's big lobbying push and green energy stimulus funds going overseas to an analysis of financial statements from every bank in the country and the political influence of media and broadband companies.

And, that's just ...

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PBS Frontline/Workshop collaborate on groundbreaking journalism

Posted: June 16, 2010 | Tags: airline maintenance, Charles Lewis, Flying Cheap, Frontline, PBS

This is probably one of the most challenging and exciting times in the recent history of journalism.

While news organizations continue to struggle to find a sustainable business model, new investigative journalism organizations are popping up all over the country, creating some of the most interesting and groundbreaking journalism.

Our parnterhsip with PBS Frontline produced the documentary "Flying Cheap," which premiered in February and was recently re-broadcast. The investigation looks at a growing trend in the airline industry: major airlines using regional airlines to help keep fares low, but failing to oversee regional airlines' safety, maintenance and training.

The video ...

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PBS Frontline re-airing "Flying Cheap" documentary

Posted: May 24, 2010 | Tags: airline maintenance, Flying Cheap, Frontline, PBS

The debut Workshop/PBS FRONTLINE investigative documentary "Flying Cheap" is re-airing nationwide on PBS 9 p.m. tonight (check your local listings).

One of the highest rated shows of the season, "Flying Cheap" received kudos from media critics across the country.

We definitely struck a chord with "Flying Cheap" and are now working on a follow-up special that will probe the section of the industry that works on the planes before they take off - airline maintenance - and in particular, the trend toward outsourcing both domestically and abroad.

In our effort to educate ourselves about the many changes in the airline ...

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