SARAH L. RYLEY  Investigative & Data Journalist

Hi, I'm an investigative and data journalist and Freedom of Information enthusiast at The Boston Globe. In recent years, I've reported on the U.S. response to Covid-19 for the New York Times Opinion video team, law enforcement's failure to solve homicides and shootings for The Trace and BuzzFeed News, and the NYPD’s “broken windows” policing strategy for the New York Daily News and ProPublica.

This work has triggered dozens of new laws and other reforms, played a significant role in dismantling “broken windows” policing in New York City, and helped free a man from prison. 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. My series on the NYPD's abuse of the nuisance abatement law, done in partnership with the Daily News and ProPublica, was the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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.

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Boston’s hospital chiefs moonlight on corporate boards at rates far beyond the national rate (Boston Globe)
How America Helped Defeat the Coronavirus* (New York Times Opinion)
America Wrote the Pandemic Playbook, Then Ignored It (New York Times Opinion)
The Three Rules of Coronavirus Communication (New York Times Opinion)
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)
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