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Michael Grabell

Michael Grabell

Michael Grabell covers economic issues, labor, immigration and trade for ProPublica. He has reported on the ground from more than 30 states, as well as some of the remotest villages in Alaska and Guatemala. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times and on Vice and NPR.

Meatpacking companies dismissed years of warnings but now say nobody could have prepared for COVID-19

By: and - August 21, 2020

This story was originally published by investigative reporting nonprofit ProPublica. At the end of June, with hundreds of his workers already infected with COVID-19 and several dead, Kenneth Sullivan, the CEO of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, sent a pointed letter to two U.S. senators who had launched an investigation into outbreaks in […]

Emails reveal chaos as meatpacking companies fought health agencies over COVID-19 outbreaks in their plants

By: , and - June 22, 2020

For weeks, Rachel Willard, the county health director in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, had watched with alarm as COVID-19 cases rolled in from the Tyson Foods chicken plant in the center of town. Then Tyson hired a private company to take over testing, and the information suddenly slowed to a trickle. Blinded to the burgeoning health […]