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Paul Kiel


I cover consumer finance.

In recent years, my work helped spur a $135 million settlement by a subprime lender for alleged abuses against service members, legislation in Congress, a federal investigation of a high-cost lender, state rule changes, and a nonprofit hospital to renounce its past aggressive collection of low-income patients’ debts and forgive millions of dollars’ worth of medical bills.

My work has appeared in several newspapers, including The Washington Post and The New York Times. I've also also produced stories for National Public Radio and American Public Media’s Marketplace, as well as appeared on This American Life.

Recently, my focus has been on the consumer bankruptcy system. Those stories are here: https://www.propublica.org/series/too-broke-for-bankruptcy

Previously, I worked on a series on debt collection, particularly the use of lawsuits and garnishment by lenders and collectors. All of that coverage is here: http://www.propublica.org/series/unforgiven

My work in 2013 on high-cost lending is here: http://www.propublica.org/series/debt-inc

My stories on the foreclosure crisis, which I covered from 2009 through 2012, are here: http://www.propublica.org/series/foreclosure-crisis