Seth Freed wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter based in New York, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at Type Investigations, and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

He has reported for the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, ProPublica, This American Life, Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting, Elle Magazine, and NBC. Seth has won numerous awards including the Hillman Prize, The John Bartlow Martin Award, the Izzy Award, the Investigative Prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Reporters, the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism from NAHJ, the Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation and other honors.

Seth was previously a staff reporter for and, a Soros Justice Media Fellow, a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Seth’s work on immigration enforcement, federal prisons and social services has led to the passage of legislation, to lawsuits and to shifts in federal and state immigration and child welfare policy. He has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air, WNYC, Democracy Now, and MSNBC. Seth tweets at @sethfw

Recent Work

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

‘This Man Will Almost Certainly Die’

‘This Man Will Almost Certainly Die’

Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues.By Seth Freed Wessler in The Nation.


We depend upon the generous support of individuals and institutions committed to a free and independent press, civil liberties, and social justice. We are a 501(c)(3) public foundation, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.


Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. If you have any questions, or would like other donation options, contact Kristine Bruch at (212) 822-0263.


Type Media Center can be reached by email at:

Phone: (212) 822-0250
Fax: (212) 253-5356

For press inquiries, click here.