Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist


Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter


Crews In For a Bruisin’?

While pols and studios battle over film credits, Maryland-based crews wait anxiously for work.
City Paper Link to Story

Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time

Databases can pinpoint hospitals' most expensive patients. Can social workers help them develop healthier habits?
"Maryland Morning," WYPR Link to Story

Fighting segregation in housing: There's a map for that

Can new mapping tools help poor families move to wealthier suburbs?
Al Jazeera America Link to Story

Given A Second Chance, Convicted Currency Trader Helps Others

What do we want from white collar criminals once they've done their time? (flickr/

Secrets of the City

What can The Wire's fifth season teach us about reporting on cities? (flickr/David Kindler)
Columbia Journalism Review Link to Story

Navigating in Nebraska

One man's quixotic crusade to get Hurricane Katrina evacuees back on their Omaha, Nebraska.
Weekend America Link to Story

Keeping Kids Out of the System

What is Maryland doing to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system?
"The Lines Between Us," WYPR Link to Story

Steeped in History, With a Feel of the Brand New

This development story in Staten Island has roots in a free black oystering community in 1830s Maryland.
The New York Times Link to Story

A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

A review of Jon Raymond's "Livability."
High Country News Link to Story

Katrina Washout

Campaign coverage in 2008 ignored Katrina. We asked Gulf reporters what they'd like to ask the candidates.
Columbia Journalism Review Link to Story

The Most Powerful Man in Westchester?

A quirk in New York State ballot rules has given one politician in Westchester County a lot of influence.
Westchester Magazine Link to Story

Catch him if you can

A review of David Samuels's "The Runner."
High Country News Link to Story


Lawrence Lanahan

I'm a freelance journalist with ten years of experience reporting for newspapers, magazines, and public radio programs.

From 2010 to 2013, I was a senior producer at Baltimore NPR member station WYPR, where I launched "The Lines Between Us," a year-long multimedia examination of regional inequality. The series won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University award.

Before I started reporting, I spent seven years as an education researcher, and I've taught at Lehman College, Howard Community College, and the University of Baltimore. I hold an M.A. in sociology from American University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

I'm also a songwriter and a guitarist, and I fool around with composition (I created the theme music for "The Lines Between Us"). My band Disappearing Ink will release an album in summer of 2014.