Seth Freed Wessler is an award-winning investigative journalist who reports about inequality and punishment. Seth's print and radio work has appeared in The New York Times, Mother Jones, the Smithsonian Magazine, The Nation, This American Life, Reveal and others. His first film, THE FACILITY, a documentary about ICE detention, was released by Field of Vision in 2021.
Seth is currently a reporter at ProPublica covering the South.
Seth is the co-founder of the Gumshoe Group, an initiative to expand open records access for independent journalists and teaches at the CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. Earlier in his career he was a reporting fellow at Type Investigations, a staff reporter for NBCnews.com and Colorlines.com, a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, a Soros Media Fellow and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.
Seth's reporting has spurred legislative reforms, inspired advocacy campaigns, and led to changes in federal and state policy. He has won numerous awards including a Peabody Award, Hillman Prize, Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, Salute to Excellence Award from National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Prize business reporting from SABEW, Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism from National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Sidney Award, Deadline Club Award, John Bartlow Martin Award, John Jay/Guggenheim Award for Criminal Justice Reporting, Izzy Award, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.
Seth is happy to receive tips and ideas for investigations.