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Sarah L. Ryley, Investigative & Data Journalist

Hi, I’m an investigative and data journalist at the Boston Globe and an adjunct advisor for Columbia University's M.S. in Data Journalism program. My work has triggered dozens of local, state and federal reforms, and has been recognized with 25 awards and honors, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2017 for a series that I did in partnership with the New York Daily News and ProPublica.

My reporting on lax enforcement of Massachusetts gun laws spurred local zoning changes, a new state police training program, several provisions in a pending gun safety omnibus bill, and an ATF sweep of gun vendors. My criminal justice reporting helped free a Baltimore man from prison and drove reforms to the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing strategy that reduced police interactions by hundreds of thousands per year. I started my career in 2006 covering real estate development in Brooklyn, N.Y., where my reporting helped to save an Underground Railroad home from eminent domain and jump-start the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

I studied journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit and was name a distinguished alumna in 2018. Prior to discovering my love of reporting, I was an artist, community organizer and waitress.

Photo by Edwin J. Torres



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