Ailsa Chang demonstrates how two critical traits of a reporter -- an ability to connect the dots and patience -- led to this remarkably impactful story, "Alleged Illegal Searches by the NYPD," winner of the 2012 duPont-Columbia Award.

Prompted by data, Chang asked herself if it was really possible that those living in New York City's most heavily policed neighborhoods were neglectfully displaying their small amounts of marijuana. Watch as Chang explains how this question led to her story, which may be credited for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's order for police to stop making arrests for small amounts of marijuana possession, if the marijuana was never in public view before the police encountered the defendants.

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