SARAH L. RYLEY  Investigative & Data Journalist

Hi, I'm a freelance investigative and data journalist. I'm currently working with the New York Times Opinion Video team.


Previously, I was an investigative journalist at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom that covers gun issues. I produced a series of data-driven investigations in partnership with BuzzFeed News and Chicago's WTTW on law enforcement’s increasing failure to solve shootings. The reporting helped free from prison a man who had been sentenced to life for a murder he says he didn’t commit. We also made public raw data obtained from 56 law enforcement agencies, along with thousands of pages of documentation detailing the architecture of police databases.


From 2012 - 2017, I was an investigative journalist, data projects editor and courts editor at the New York Daily News. My reporting primarily focused on “broken windows” policing, and triggered the passage of 22 laws, the creation of several oversight units, a class action civil rights lawsuit, and numerous other reforms. My series on the NYPD's use of the nuisance abatement law to push people out of their businesses and homes, done in partnership with ProPublica, resulted in sweeping changes to the law and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.


Prior to The News, I was an investigative producer for the national tablet publication The Daily (R.I.P.), where I delved into topics such as Homeland Security, high-profile criminal trials, the real estate market, the Kabbalah Centre, and tax shelters. I started my career in 2006 as a beat reporter covering New York’s billions of dollars' worth of development projects. My earliest impacts, which I’m still very proud of, include helping to save an Underground Railroad home from eminent domain and jump-starting the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park.


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

Edwin J. Torres


Coronavirus Shutdowns Make Women the Majority of Unemployment Seekers in States Across U.S. (The Fuller Project)
Some States Show Alarming Spike in Women’s Share of Unemployment Claims (The Fuller Project)
Op-Ed: Feeding the needy now: Coronavirus, soup kitchens and hunger in NYC (New York Daily News)
What I Learned From Making Dozens of Public Records Requests for Police Data (The Trace/MuckRock)
Subject of Trace/BuzzFeed Investigation Found Not Guilty in Murder Retrial (The Trace/BuzzFeed News)
Most Shooters Go Free in Chicago’s Most Violent Neighborhoods — While Police Make Non-Stop Drug Arrests (The Trace/WTTW)
We Obtained Data on 4.3 Million Crimes. Now It’s Yours to Use. (The Trace)
Shoot Someone In a Major U.S. City, and Odds Are You’ll Get Away With It (The Trace/BuzzFeed News)
5 Things to Know About Cities’ Failure to Arrest Shooters (The Trace/BuzzFeed News)
Insiders Say NYPD’s Nuisance Unit Skirts the Law and Relies on Unconfirmed Allegations (New York Daily News/ProPublica)
The NYPD is running stings against immigrant-owned shops, then pushing for warrantless searches (New York Daily News/ProPublica)
The NYPD is kicking people out of their homes, even if they haven’t committed a crime (New York Daily News/ProPublica)
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