News Reporting — New York Times

  • Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in High Profile Trial

When the police officer went on trial for first-degree reckless homicide in a shooting that touched off riots in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park, body camera footage became key evidence. I covered this trial, leading to three stories, the final one making page 1A. I was the only member of the media to coax an interview from the mother of the officer on trial. I also covered the emotional reaction outside the courthouse after the verdict.

“Milwaukee Officer is Acquitted in Killing of Sylville Smith” (June 21, 2017). This ran on the front page.

“Jury Sees Body Camera Footage of Fatal Shooting by Police Officer”(June 15, 2017)

“Trial Opens for Ex-Officer in Shooting That Set Off Milwaukee Riots” (June 13, 2017)

(By Kay Nolan and Niraj Chokshi, Aug. 14, 2016)

Violent protests broke out in Milwaukee after a young black man was shot and killed by police. A group of angry residents — fed up with what they see as increasing police brutality against blacks in the city and across the country — set fire to a gas station, auto parts store, beauty supply store and a bank. In the aftermath, most residents in the city’s predominantly black, middle class Sherman Park neighborhood decried the violence and destruction, preferring instead to gather for prayer, but at the same time, confirmed a widespread feeling that poverty and joblessness is replacing the area’s former economic stability, and that racism plays a factor.

I spent two days and evenings interviewing residents in the neighborhood and witnessing both prayer rallies and protests.

Racial Violence in Milwaukee Was Decades in the Making, Residents Say (By John Eligon, Aug. 14, 2016)

Angry After Milwaukee Police Shooting, Protesters Turn Against Media, Too(By John Eligon and Kay Nolan, Aug. 15, 2016)

When Police Don’t Live in the City They Serve (By John Eligon and Kay Nolan, Aug. 18, 2016)

I rushed to Madison, Wis., to contribute reporting for the New York Times when Wisconsin Gov.c Scott Walker suddenly ended his presidential run after just 71 days. (Sept. 21, 2015)

I rushed to Madison, Wis., to contribute reporting for the New York Times when Wisconsin Gov.c Scott Walker suddenly ended his presidential run after just 71 days. (Sept. 21, 2015)

I captured the mood and the scene for the NY Times’ First Draft political newsletter, and contrasted Walker’s lonely, drab exit to the colorful fanfare when he announced his run in July, an event I had also covered. (Sept. 22, 2015)

This story about a possible lion roaming loose in Milwaukee was the second-most viewed and second-most shared story on the National News page of the New York Times website that day. The story drew almost 2,000 “likes,” over 800 “shares” and hundreds of comments after being posted on the NY Times Facebook page.(July 27, 2015)