Albert Samaha

Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist, Inequality Editor at BuzzFeed News, and author of two books.

About

His first book, Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, was winner of the New York Society Library’s 2019 Hornblower Award, a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award, and adapted into the Netflix docuseries We Are: The Brooklyn Saints. For his second book, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes, he was awarded a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant. His reporting on a narcotics unit in Mississippi led to a police captain’s resignation in 2015, his reporting on a Bronx murder helped get a wrongfully convicted man freed from prison in 2017, his 2018 reporting on a teenager who accused two NYPD detectives of rape led six states to pass bills strengthening their police sexual misconduct laws, and his 2020 reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic forced more than a dozen companies to implement additional safety protocols for food and service workers. He lives in New York City. 

Find him at his website https://www.albertsamaha.com/ and on LInkedIn and Twitter.

 

 

Albert Samaha es periodista de investigación, editor de desigualdad de BuzzFeed News y autor de dos libros. Su primer libro, Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inter City [Nunca corrieron, nunca lo harán: infancia y football en una cambiante ciudad intermedia de Estados Unidos], ganó el premio Hornblower de la New York Society Library en el 2019, fue finalista para el PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award del mismo año, y fue adaptado para Netflix en la docuserie We Are: The Brooklyn Saints [Somos los Brooklyn Saints]. Con su segundo libro, Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortune [Concepción: la fortuna de una familia inmigrante], ganó la Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant. 

Su reportaje sobre una unidad de narcóticos en Mississippi llevó a la renuncia de un capitán de la policía en el 2015 y otro reportaje suyo sobre un asesinato en el Bronx ayudó a que un hombre injustamente condenado fuese liberado de la prisión en el 2017. En el 2018 realizó un reportaje sobre una adolescente que acusó de violación a dos detectives de la policía de Nueva York, y este condujo a que seis estados aprobaran proyectos de leyes que fortalecieron las legislaciones policiales sobre conducta sexual inapropiada. Durante la pandemia de COVID-19 en el 2020, su trabajo obligó a más de una docena de compañías a implementar protocolos de seguridad adicionales para trabajadores de alimentos y servicios. Vive en la ciudad de Nueva York.

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Agenda

Oct
19
Panel 3 - Finding Belonging in a Climate of Loneliness, Conspiracy, and Mistrust in Government
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the very real threat that disinformation, entrenched individualism, and low trust in institutions pose in tackling a deadly global crisis. While the arrival of multiple Covid-19 vaccines earlier this year seemed to suggest a hopeful resolution to the crisis, low rates of vaccination—driven in large part by both political leaders' strategic public skepticism and targeted disinformation online—revealed a much deeper problem around lack of faith in government and the enormous reach of conspiracy and fake news more broadly.