SARAH L. RYLEY  Investigative & Data Journalist

Hi, I'm a freelance journalist specializing in investigations, data and FOIA. If you have information you’d like to share, please see my contact page for the many ways you can reach me.


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


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 at least 24 new 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


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)
The NRA’s New Campaign Math: Pour more money into fewer races, defeat Democrats at any cost (New York Daily News/The Trace)
Cops write millions of summonses, but nearly half are dismissed (New York Daily News)
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