Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter based in New York and a Puffin Fellow at Type Investigations. He has reported for the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, ProPublica, This American Life, Reveal from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Elle magazine, and NBC News. Seth has won numerous awards including the Hillman Prize, the Izzy Award, the investigative prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Reporters, the reporting award from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation. 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. He is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Seth's work on immigration enforcement, federal prisons and social services has spurred the passage of legislation and led to litigation 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. Last updated April 2018


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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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