Automatic license-plate readers can give police a wealth of information, including whether a car is stolen or if the driver has unpaid tickets. But opponents say they violate privacy.
G.W. Schulz joined the Center for Investigative Reporting in 2008 to launch its ongoing homeland security project. Prior to that time he wrote extensively about politics, workplace safety, criminal justice and the changing national landscape in news media for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He was an early contributor to the Chauncey Bailey Project, which won an IRE Tom Renner Award in 2008. In 2007, he won first place for investigative reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California.
Members of Congress are questioning whether cuts proposed by the Obama Administration for the U.S. Coast Guard are the right idea in light of the recent Gulf oil spill and other headline-grabbing incidents that occurred this year.