Seth Freed wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an independent investigative reporter and a fellow at Type Investigations. He has reported for The New York Times Magazine, Reveal, This American Life, The Nation, ProPublica and the Smithsonian magazine, among others. Seth has been a staff reporter for NBC News and Colorlines, as well as a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, a Soros Media Fellow, a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good, and a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Seth’s work on immigration enforcement, federal prisons, racial inequity, and social services has spurred legislative reforms, inspired advocacy campaigns, and led to shifts in federal and state policy. He is the winner of a Peabody Award, a Hillman Prize, a Salute to Excellence Award from the NABJ, the John Bartlow Martin Award, the Izzy Award, the Investigative Prize business reporting from SABEW, the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism from NAHJ, the Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation and the John Jay / Guggenheim Award for Criminal Justice Reporting.

Recent Work

Last Chance at Justice

Last Chance at Justice

History tells us that, in a time of crisis, we have to be careful about how we respond.
By Seth Freed Wessler in WNYC’s United States of Anxiety.

Fragility in Liberty

Fragility in Liberty

We travel from Liberty Island to the U.S.-Mexico border to discover how the end of Reconstruction and America’s present-day immigration crisis are inextricably bound.
By Seth Freed Wessler in Type Investigations and WNYC.

The Costs of the Confederacy

The Costs of the Confederacy

Taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology — in the last decade alone.

By Brian Palmer and Seth Freed Wessler in Smithsonian Magazine

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