Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist


Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter


Affordable housing & the Supreme Court

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

Ferguson before #Ferguson

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

Byline, Anyone?

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brands?
Columbia Journalism Review Link to Story

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

Downwardly mobile for Jesus

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

Worse Than the Blues

How the suburbs made John Fahey more miserable than the meanest bluesmen in Mississippi.
City Paper Link to Story

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

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

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

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 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


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.