Mitch Blacher

Mitch Blacher Investigative Reporter in Washington D.C. Connect with me @ www.Mitchreports.com

07/12/2022

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With schools failing to do mandatory safety drills ⁦‪⁦‪‬⁩ dug into all the reasons ⁦‪police‬⁩ get called to schools. We ...
05/23/2022

With schools failing to do mandatory safety drills ⁦‪⁦‪‬⁩ dug into all the reasons ⁦‪police‬⁩ get called to schools. We found thousands of calls for the emergencies fire and lockdown drills are made for. ⁦‪‬⁩

Bomb threats, shootings and brawls are among the 10,258 reasons the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has responded to D. C. Public Schools since 2018, 911 dispatch call records show. The 7News I-Team reviewed the thousands of 911 call records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request...

05/23/2022

Our latest digging into how schools
prep for emergencies found police racing to schools more than 10,000 times since 2018. Bomb threats, fights, gunfire and fire dept. help are among the 911 calls. Often police showed up to the same schools 7News DC previously reported failed to practice emergency drills. Our latest investigation premieres at 6pm on air and on wjla.com

05/03/2022
05/02/2022

First 7News DC found problems with schools practicing for fire emergencies. Our latest reporting shows safety issues in some schools run deeper.

03/24/2022

Since 7News DC reported one of DC’s busiest bridges is in “poor” condition according to engineers, urgent repairs are now underway. The bridge has been in bad shape for years. Tonight we’re trying to figure out what created the urgency.🤔

01/26/2022

Stairs broken and missing at a senior living complex got our attention. We’re hoping to get the fire marshals’. Our investigation Thursday on 7News DC

01/17/2022

Laws to help our schools stop hackers failed time and time again. Our investigation continues after on tonight.

Our ⁦‪‬⁩ investigation continues looking into cyber security in our public schools. This time we found the federal gover...
01/11/2022

Our ⁦‪‬⁩ investigation continues looking into cyber security in our public schools. This time we found the federal government spending billions of dollars to get kids and teachers online - but what’s spent to secure the networks they use? 🤔

The numbers are stunning. Publicly reported school hacks have cost American school districts more than $6 billion since 2019. DMV schools were hit with 425 known cyber-attacks, compromising more than 300,000 student and staff records in that time. According to multiple cyber security experts, those....

Virginia officials to investigate 50 mile interstate gridlock. My latest on 7News DC
01/05/2022

Virginia officials to investigate 50 mile interstate gridlock. My latest on 7News DC

Virginia’s Department of Transportation said a 50-mile backup involving thousands of cars and trucks in both directions on I-95 is the worst in state history. Governor Ralph Northam called it “an incredibly unusual event. ” Late Tuesday afternoon the governor said state officials k...

The private information schools keep on us and our kids is a tempting target for hackers. My team’s latest finds most pu...
12/16/2021

The private information schools keep on us and our kids is a tempting target for hackers. My team’s latest finds most public school systems without the money or expertise to protect themselves. More to come on this story. 7News DC

Hackers cost American companies billions of dollars each year; but imagine if those attacks targeted you, or worse, your child. It’s happening to parents and their kids in the DMV. The attacks can be frightening, and cost local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. We are not leaving you....

12/13/2021

Think about all the information schools collect and hold: names, social security numbers, grades, addresses… For the first time we’re getting a peak at how often that info is compromised. Here’s a tease.

NTSB finds metro wheels out of alignment before derailment. 7News DC
12/02/2021

NTSB finds metro wheels out of alignment before derailment. 7News DC

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report Wednesday on their investigation into the Oct. 12 Blue Line DC metro derailment. In the report, the NTSB says the train actually derailed a total of three times while it looped along the Blue Line. A review of data shows, one of the 7200 car...

I’m   to wrap up my first week in Washington . An     job in the capitol is a bucket list gig. Thanks to all those frien...
11/19/2021

I’m to wrap up my first week in Washington . An job in the capitol is a bucket list gig. Thanks to all those friends & colleagues, old and new who’ve welcomed me to Washington.

I filed my first report for 7 years ago. I’ve now filed my last. Thank you   for trusting me to tell your stories and be...
10/22/2021

I filed my first report for
7 years ago. I’ve now filed my last. Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories and be your advocate for 7 years! I am forever … excited for my next professional chapter.

The head of Philadelphia’s animal shelter resigns days after taking questions about conditions inside. She told us she w...
09/29/2021

The head of Philadelphia’s animal shelter resigns days after taking questions about conditions inside. She told us she was working with staff to fix what led state inspectors to make an “animal cruelty” referral. More to come on NBC10 Philadelphia

09/01/2021

Important special focusing on education airing tonight at 7:30 on NBC10 Philadelphia!

Stories from Yaima Crespo Brandon Hudson Mitch Blacher Stephania Jimenez Danny Freeman & Claudia Vargas explore topics like virtual learning gaps, school funding, discipline, and what critical race theory actually is.

07/30/2021
LATEST: Olympic events delayed by forecasted typhoonThe Olympic archery schedule has been altered for Tuesday due to exp...
07/26/2021

LATEST: Olympic events delayed by forecasted typhoon
The Olympic archery schedule has been altered for Tuesday due to expected high wind and rain from a forecasted typhoon. Rowing (which features a lot of local athletes) has already been rescheduled for the weather.

It’s the first time the Olympic archery scheduled has been majorly influenced by weather, according to World Archery.

This abandoned boat sat in an alley for a year. Neighbors say it attracted rats and other animals. See how it got cleane...
07/09/2021

This abandoned boat sat in an alley for a year. Neighbors say it attracted rats and other animals. See how it got cleaned up after NBC10 Philadelphia told mayor Vic Carstarphen about it…at 6pm. DM me with your quality of life issues. Maybe we can help.

A man walks out his front door and is caught in a police chase. This is the moment a fleeing suspect hits him. His doorb...
05/18/2021

A man walks out his front door and is caught in a police chase. This is the moment a fleeing suspect hits him. His doorbell camera recorded it all - including police chasing the wrong way down a one way street. Our NBC10 Philadelphia at 11 & nbc10.com

05/17/2021
05/17/2021
Our  investigation continues tonight at 11.
05/13/2021

Our investigation continues tonight at 11.

Arrest records show people of color are most often the murder victims in Philadelphia. Police say distrust in some neighborhoods limits leads and makes cases go cold in more cases where the victim is Black or Latino.

05/12/2021

Researchers at Rutgers are working on a breath test for COVID-19 with results promised within minutes. Lead researcher Dr. Edward Demauro explains to NBC10’s Jim Rosenfield how the breathalyzer works.

05/12/2021

“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work for all of the residents of Camden City. I want to improve and enhance this city- to invest in our children, fix our streets and ensure anyone that wants a job can get it.” Camden swears in first term Councilman and long time Camden High Basketball coach Vic Carstarphen as the city’s newest Mayor NBC10 Philadelphia

How many people die in police custody and what's being done to prevent it? The  investigation  -- Wednesday at 11 p.m.
05/12/2021

How many people die in police custody and what's being done to prevent it? The investigation -- Wednesday at 11 p.m.

05/12/2021
05/12/2021

Three roommates and soon to be University of Delaware graduates bonded together through a shared experience from when they were kids. All three of them were diagnosed with cancer at a young age, and beat it. NBC10’s Delaware reporter Tim Furlong has their story.

Closed Bridges, Broken Highways Cost Drivers $100s a Year in Repairs, Extra Fuel – more to come at 5 & 11 on the cost an...
05/10/2021

Closed Bridges, Broken Highways Cost Drivers $100s a Year in Repairs, Extra Fuel – more to come at 5 & 11 on the cost and consequences of our broken bridges. ⁦

PennDOT plans to spend $7.2 billion repairing or replacing 1,460 of the Commonwealth’s deteriorating bridges. An NBC10 investigation found more than 4,200 in need of repair in the Keystone State. Faulty bridges and roads add big bucks to drivers' costs every year.

Philly city Council is looking to invest in infrastructure. Huge public safety implications Councilmember Isaiah Thomas
05/10/2021

Philly city Council is looking to invest in infrastructure. Huge public safety implications Councilmember Isaiah Thomas

An NBC10 Investigation into deadly hit-and-run crashes revealed Philadelphia police don’t have the proper technology to take action. Local lawmakers saw our investigation, and are now promising change. NBC10’s Mitch Blacher has the story.

Engineers find the U.S. now has more bridges in “fair” condition than “good” condition. NBC10 Philadelphia ID’s our regi...
05/10/2021

Engineers find the U.S. now has more bridges in “fair” condition than “good” condition. NBC10 Philadelphia ID’s our regions most traveled bridges in bad shape. We’re looking at the costs to repair them and the consequences of waiting. See if you drive over any of them @ 4, 5 & 11 & nbc10.com

05/06/2021

A police shortage & the impact on our neighborhoods. Important work airs tonight and posts to nbc10.com at 11p. NBC10 Philadelphia

05/03/2021

Nasty trash along Philly-area highways isn't just an eyesore -- it's dangerous. Two drivers wanted to do something about it, so they called NBC10 Philadelphia Investigators. Check out the results Monday at 11 p.m. and always on nbc10.com.

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Are you waiting for a vaccination? NBC10 Philadelphia found thousands of doses had to be thrown away. Tonight at 5.
04/22/2021

Are you waiting for a vaccination? NBC10 Philadelphia found thousands of doses had to be thrown away. Tonight at 5.

04/14/2021

The City of Philadelphia estimates it will receive $1.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan and that more than 1 million city residents will receive stimulus checks from the federal government, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed into law by Preside...

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