Investigations

As an intern on the investigative unit of The Washington Post, I co-authored the front-page investigation “Probable Cause,” which looked at how police officers in Washington, D.C. secure and execute residential search warrants. We found that, pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent. The story was published in March 2016. It was one of the best criminal justice stories in 2016, according to nonprofit news organization The Marshall Project, which focuses on the U.S. criminal justice system.

I also contributed to two enterprise, data-driven stories. The first one was published in January 2015, the second ran in March 2015. 

In May 2015, Reveal and WAMU published “Assault on Justice,” to which I contributed with my colleagues at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The report won several national awards, including an AP award for Outstanding Enterprise Reporting and the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

In June 2016, the Workshop published my “New Journalism Ecosystem Thrives Worlwide,” a yearlong research on nonprofit newsrooms around the world.

Probable Cause, The Washington Post

Front-page story of The Washington Post on March 6, 2016. This year-long investigation looks at how police officers in Washington, D.C., secure and execute residential search warrants.

Pursuing drugs and guns on scant evidence, D.C. police sometimes raid wrong homes — terrifying the innocent.

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New Journalism Ecosystem Thrives Worldwide, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Nonprofit muckrakers have gone global, and I followed them for a year. Let me tell you how a “New Journalism Ecosystem Thrives Worlwide”

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Assault on Justice

A five-month investigation by WAMU 88.5 News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, co-produced by Reveal, documented and analyzed nearly 2,000 cases with charges of assaulting a police officer. The results raise concerns about the use or overuse of the charge. Some defense attorneys see troubling indicators in these numbers, alleging that the law is being used as a tactic to cover up police abuse and civil-rights violations. For this story, my colleagues and I researched more than 2,000 cases of assaulting a police officer charges in the District of Columbia Courts from January 2012 through December 2014, analyzed them and built a database.

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Shaken Science – A Disputed Diagnosis Imprisons Parents, The Washington Post

Front-page story of The Washington Post on March 22, 2015. This year-long investigation looks at how prosecutors build murder cases on disputed Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis. It is the second investigation I contributed to at The Washington Post. I read scores of media accounts, court, police and medical records, and conducted interviews with lawyers.

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Broken by the Bubble, The Washington Post

On Jan. 26, 2015, the first investigation I contributed to was the front-page story of The Washington Post. It is the second part in a series looking at the plight of the black middle class, particularly in Maryland’s Prince George’s County (United States)

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