Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance Print and Radio Journalist


Lawrence Lanahan

Freelance reporter


Ferguson before #Ferguson

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

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

Crews In For a Bruisin’?

While pols and studios battle over film tax credits, Maryland-based crews wait anxiously for work.
Baltimore 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


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.