Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter at ProPublica and a former 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 and and 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.


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.

The Backstories

The Backstory: Seth Freed Wessler

In this conversation, Seth Freed Wessler discusses how he started reporting on Irwin, why he felt it was important to show what was happening inside the detention center, and how reporting on the facility would have been impossible without the organizing done inside.

Q&A with Seth Freed Wessler

Type Investigations reporting fellow Seth Freed Wessler discusses the background and implications of his reporting on unnecessary treatments in a Georgia detention center.

The Backstory: Seth Freed Wessler

Wessler discusses how he discovered and reported on the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of “floating Guantánamos,” which detain and shackle low-level smugglers in international waters for weeks or even months.

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