Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an award-winning investigative journalist who reports on inequality and punishment. He is currently a reporter at ProPublica.


Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is an award-winning investigative journalist who currently covers the South for ProPublica. Seth's work has appeared in The New York Times, the Smithsonian Magazine, Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting, Mother Jones, The Nation, This American Life, and others.  He is the director of THE FACILITY (Field of Vision, 2021), an Oscar shortlisted documentary about immigration detention.

Seth is the co-founder of the Gumshoe Group, an initiative to expand open records access for independent journalists. He teaches at the CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, he was a reporting fellow at Type Investigations, a staff reporter for and, 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 policy reform, advocacy campaigns and lawsuits. He has won over a dozen national reporting awards including the Peabody Award, Hillman Prize, Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award, Investigative Prize from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Award for Investigative Journalism, Sidney Award, Deadline Club Award, John Bartlow Martin Award, John Jay/Guggenheim Award for Criminal Justice Reporting and the Izzy Award. Seth was a finalist for the National Magazine Award. His documentary was shortlisted for an Oscar.

Seth's email is open for tips and ideas.