R.G. Dunlop

R.G. Dunlop is an award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed government corruption and resulted in numerous reforms.

Dunlop is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was twice a member of teams that won George Polk Awards.

He worked 35 years at the Courier-Journal in a variety of positions, including Eastern Kentucky bureau chief, Legal Affairs reporter, City Editor, and State Enterprise Reporter.

He has extensively covered death penalty issues, coal-mining safety and health, criminal justice matters, and the corrupting influence of money in politics.

Dunlop is a graduate of Miami University and earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Louisville with his family.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear still hasn’t returned contributions to his campaign account that came from Tim Longmeyer, a state Democratic Party insider who admitted to bribery charges earlier this year.


This story has been updated to include a statement from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Hayter and an attorney representing Gynnya McMillen’s mother.

A major shakeup has occurred in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, less than a month after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen died in a state-run detention center.

Commissioner Bob D. Hayter, who had run the agency since November 2014, is gone, according to sources and an employee in Hayter’s former office. Hayter had been with the department since 2006, first as a regional director, later as deputy commissioner of support services.

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A major shakeup has occurred in the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, less than a month after 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen died in a state-run detention center. Commissioner Bob Hayter is gone, according to sources and an employee in Hayter’s former office. 

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  For two days, Ronald Gaunce lay in the Montgomery County jail, wracked with pain from severe drug withdrawal and awaiting medical care that never came.

Meanwhile, Ronald Waldridge, Gaunce’s taxpayer-funded doctor, was 80 miles away in Shelbyville. Waldridge neither spoke to nor examined Gaunce before he died of a seizure on March 25, 2013.

This is Part 2 of KyCIR’s “Trouble Behind Bars” series. Read Part 1.

Danny Ray Burden fell asleep in mid-sentence as he was booked into the Grant County jail, toppling over on the bench where he sat. Prodded awake, he coughed, shook and pleaded for emergency medical attention.

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  The recent banishment by police of a mentally ill man from Carroll County, Kentucky, to Florida appears to be an unusual occurrence.

But Adam Horine’s mental health struggles are common in a criminal justice system that contains an inordinate number of emotionally troubled men and women.



This story has been updated with comments from Whitfield’s office.

A congressional ethics subcommittee has been directed to investigate whether U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield violated House rules in connection with his wife’s lobbying work for The Humane Society of the United States.

The investigative subcommittee will determine whether the Kentucky Republican used his office to benefit himself or his wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, and whether he “dispensed special favors or privileges” to her or her organization.

A Congressional ethics probe released Monday has determined there is “substantial reason to believe” that U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield violated “House rules and standards of conduct” by having lobbying contacts with his wife and permitting his wife to have lobbying contacts with his staff.

A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's latest investigation into money, politics and ethics explored the business ties among longtime Congressman Ed Whitfield, his lobbyist wife, and another well-known lobbyist.