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Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist

Baltimore

Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter

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Ferguson before #Ferguson

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

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brands?
Columbia Journalism Review Link to Story
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The Not-So-Straight And Narrow Path

In West Baltimore, staying in the path of opportunity--and out of the path of danger.
City Paper Link to Story
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Downwardly mobile for Jesus

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

How the suburbs made John Fahey more miserable than the meanest bluesmen in Mississippi.
City Paper Link to Story
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With Cove Point, U.S. seeks to become a gas exporter

What natural gas exports could mean for the Chesapeake—and the global economy.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Crews In For a Bruisin’?

While pols and studios battle over film tax credits, Maryland-based crews wait anxiously for work.
City Paper Link to Story
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Lowering Health Care Spending, One Patient at a Time

Can social workers help hospitals' most expensive patients develop healthier habits?
"Maryland Morning," WYPR Link to Story
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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
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Given A Second Chance, Convicted Trader Helps Others

What do we want from white collar criminals once they've done their time? (flickr/epSos.de)
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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
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Navigating in Nebraska

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

About

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 fall of 2014.