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Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist

Baltimore

Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter

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The Lines Between Us

An year-long exploration of inequality in the Baltimore region with radio, video, and data maps.
WYPR 88.1 FM Link to Story
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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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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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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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Affordable housing & the Supreme Court

Should wealthy, white communities be punished for zoning out reduced-rent apartments?
Al Jazeera America 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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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
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A legislative failure on police reform, before Freddie Gray

A legislative session ended days before Gray's death, with just 3 of 17 police reform bills passing.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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After a riot, a neighborhood takes care of its own

Sandtown tries to control its future as the rest of Baltimore floods in to help.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Breaking Ground in Sandy Ground

Development plans spur conflict in one of America's oldest historical free-black communities.
The New York Times Link to Story
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Jubilance and frustration as MTA releases bus tracker

Maryland transportation agency's bus tracker arrives late, over budget, and incomplete.
Baltimore City Paper Link to Story
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Byline, Anyone?

Can newsrooms boost traffic without spoiling their brands?
Columbia Journalism Review 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 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.