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Sweeping newspaper probes on sexual misconduct highlight data banks’ failures

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Recent investigative stories by two nationally prominent newspapers, focusing on sexual misconduct by doctors and teachers, have been recognized as finalists for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, re-igniting public attention to the problem of professionals being disciplined in one state but continuing to practice with impunity in other states.

A ten-part series in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on doctors' sexual misconduct—and licensing boards' limited success in addressing it—ran from July through December 2016, and a six-part February and December 2016 USA Today series entitled "Dishonor Roll" explored similar misconduct by teachers.

These investigative journalism projects were . . .

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