Seth Freed Wessler

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 NBCnews.com and Colorlines.com 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.

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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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