Emily joined the InvestigateTV team as an investigative producer in 2021. Before that, Emily was an investigative reporter and multimedia journalist at WECT News in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she focused on local government, election administration, healthcare and business stories. She came to television from the print world, having worked as an award-winning community journalist in Birmingham, Alabama. Emily is a graduate of Samford University with both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Master of Business Administration.
Permission to Practice: Doctors, patients say insurance prior-authorizations put profits over people
Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 2:53 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jamie Grey, Lee Zurik, Bailey Williams and Payton Romans
Insurance companies say these reviews lower costs and protect patients, but what requires advance permission varies plan to plan, and critics argue the policies get between a patient and their doctor.
Secret Subsidies: Program meant to help farmers in trade war overspent, lacked transparency and compliance checks
Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 8:53 AM CDT|
By Madison McVan, Investigate Midwest, Emily Featherston and Jamie Grey
Experts say $23 billion USDA program set a precedent for spending without Congressional oversight and had a concerning mix of political influence and limited compliance monitoring.
Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 2:46 PM CDT|
By Joce Sterman and Emily Featherston
A popular herbicide ingredient some farmers say is vital to business has devastated other farms because of the chemical's ability to drift under certain conditions. Enforcing the rules is in the hands of states, but there is a growing concern over whether federal action needs to be taken.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2022 at 5:18 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston and Lee Zurik
Diabetes patients say they're being priced out of being able to afford live-saving insulin. Who's to blame is a matter of who you ask.
Democratic lawmakers push U.S. Transportation Secretary for faster changes to crash test dummy standards
Updated: Mar. 14, 2022 at 12:24 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jon Decker and Jamie Grey
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act requires research into the gender gap in vehicle crash testing, but lawmakers want Secretary Pete Buttigieg to take action now to close the Collision Division.
Buy the Book: Public dollars pay for Netflix, trips to the zoo and karate lessons for kids learning from home
Updated: Jan. 31, 2022 at 5:08 PM CST|
By Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik and Jamie Grey
Programs bridging public schools and homeschooling are growing fast, but critics worry about what that means for the future of education.
Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:02 PM CST|
By Jamie Grey, Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik, Jon Decker and Cory Johnson
Foreign entities have bought 13 million more U.S. farm acres in 10 years, but agriculture policy scholars say the total could be far more.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM CST|
By Sarah Jane Tribble and Emily Featherston
The number of pharmacies dispensing 340B discounted drugs soared to more than 31,000 this year. Drugmakers struck back by halting some discounts.
Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 11:37 AM CST|
By Emily Featherston and Jon Decker
Included in the $1.2 trillion bill is a requirement for the government to take a look at crash test policies and procedures.
Collision Division: Federal traffic safety agency has yet to address gender disparity in crash testing despite outcry on Capitol Hill
Updated: Aug. 10, 2021 at 2:05 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Lee Zurik, Jon Decker and Jamie Grey
As lawmakers debate including female drivers in more crash test standards, the agency in charge is staying quiet.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 12:28 PM CDT|
By Emily Featherston, Jon Decker, Lee Zurik and Jamie Grey
Bills in both the U.S. House and Senate look to update crash test dummies and testing procedures to make sure drivers are equally protected.
Updated: Dec. 12, 2018 at 5:19 AM CST|
By Emily Featherston
Photo surfaces of McCrae Dowless and Mark Harris together at a dinner in March in Bladen County.