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Lance Williams

Lance Williams

Senior Reporter

Biography

Lance Williams is a senior reporter for Reveal, focusing on money and politics. He has twice won journalism’s George Polk Award – for medical reporting while at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and for coverage of the BALCO sports steroid scandal while at the San Francisco Chronicle. With partner Mark Fainaru-Wada, Williams wrote the national bestseller “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.” In 2006, the reporting duo was held in contempt of court and threatened with 18 months in federal prison for refusing to testify about their confidential sources on the BALCO investigation. The subpoenas were later withdrawn. Williams’ reporting also has been honored with the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Edgar A. Poe Award; the Gerald Loeb Award for financial reporting; and the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment. He graduated from Brown University and UC Berkeley. He also worked at the San Francisco Examiner, the Oakland Tribune and the Daily Review in Hayward, California. Williams is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

Articles

COVID-19

Divided states of the pandemic

The federal government’s failure to manage the pandemic shifted the burden to local officials. We look at state responses in California and Florida.

Jun 13, 2020
COVID-19

Quarantine nation

Quarantines are supposed to contain the new coronavirus, but are the right people going into isolation, and are federal guidelines strong enough?

Mar 28, 2020
Accountability

Fear of a census undercount

Anti-immigrant sentiment, partisanship and untested technologies risk a historic undercount in 2020, which could distort U.S. politics and spending for a decade.

Feb 1, 2020
Accountability

Don’t count on the census

As the 2020 census approaches, experts warn the count will be inaccurate. A look at why the census is struggling and whether efforts to save it can work.

Feb 1, 2020