Press Pass: Pressing OTB for greater transparency
The diligence required for investigative reporting is often overlooked. While headlines catch attention, the grinding process to uncover important details is barely noticed. Phil Gambini's recent work for Investigative Post serves as a classic example. His reporting showed how officials at Western Regional Off Track Betting attended sporting events using tickets purchased as perks for patrons. The path to accessing key public records was often blocked until an Article 78 lawsuit was filed. That measure provided the necessary documents and caught the attention of the state comptroller's office which is now reviewing the operations at OTB.