We were looking for strong writers with a track record of unique stories who were ready to jump into our highly collaborative, multiplatform newsroom. Our job posting added this wishlist: “We value good team players, voracious idea generators, humility and a constant willingness to teach, learn and experiment.” Hundreds applied, and two applicants particularly aligned with those core values.
So meet the newest members of our investigative team:
Patrick Michels comes to us from the Texas Observer, where he’s written long-form magazine pieces on a wide variety of topics, including education reform, crime and politics. Here’s his investigation of the dangers of driving an armored car and another about the Wild West of guardianships. He recently helped launch a long-form narrative podcast there called “Observatory.” Patrick previously edited and covered gas drilling and online education at the Texas Independent. He will continue to delve into a variety of topics here.
Aaron Sankin comes from the all-digital world, where he has covered the intersection of national politics and tech policy at The Daily Dot. He was the co-author of an investigation with a 17-year-old hacking expert about a suburban Chicago family under relentless cyberattack. Aaron previously helped found The Huffington Post’s San Francisco office, where he covered city politics and state government. He will take over the digital privacy/cybersecurity beat here, with a particular focus on socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
Watch for their bylines soon.