Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist


Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter


Notes From a Firebombing

A deadly arson raises a difficult question: Why can’t cities both house the poor and keep them safe?
CityLab Link to Story

In Recovery, On Your Block

Can Baltimore methadone clinics and their neighbors find common ground? (Photo: J.M. Giordano)
Baltimore City Paper Link to Story

Who Can Save Sandtown?

Before you can fix the city, you have to fix the region. (Photo: Patrick Joust)
Urbanite Link to Story

The Lines Between Us

A year-long exploration of inequality in the Baltimore region with radio, video, and data maps.
WYPR 88.1 FM Link to Story

Ferguson before #Ferguson

Structural racism should be a beat--for national *and* local journalists.
Columbia Journalism Review Link to Story

The Not-So-Straight And Narrow Path

Staying in the path of opportunity--and out of the path of danger. (Photo: J.M. Giordano)
Baltimore City Paper Link to Story

Downwardly mobile for Jesus

Like other evangelical relocators, Matthew Loftus wanted a personal stake in fighting poverty.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story

Southern Racism, Northern Racism

We're right to be outraged at Southern white supremacy. But let's not let the North off the hook.
ColorLines Link to Story

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

Maryland settles Housing Discrimination Complaint

After six years, state agrees to create 1,500 low-income units in prosperous suburbs.
City Paper Link to Story

Affordable housing & the Supreme Court

Should wealthy, white communities be punished for zoning out reduced-rent apartments?
Al Jazeera America 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


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 Goucher College, University of Baltimore, Lehman College, and Howard Community College. 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 released "There Is No Time and Nothing's Been" in December 2014.