Journalism in the Public Interest


Emily Witt

Emily Witt was an intern at ProPublica. She graduated with honors from the Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to graduate school, she spent a year in Mozambique on a Fulbright fellowship, where she researched Mozambican cinema and reported for U.N. news agencies IRIN and PlusNews. Before Mozambique she was a staff writer at the Miami New Times, where she was a finalist for a Livingston Award. She has written for The New York Times, Oxford American, n+1, Men’s Journal and other publications. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Art Semiotics.


The Secret Test That Ensures Lenders Win on Loan Mods

Mortgage servicers aren't required to disclose the formula they use to decide who qualifies for the federal modification progra

Bush and Obama: A Counterterrorism Comparison

There are clear differences between the policies of the president and his predecessor on interrogation and other national-security issues, but there is common ground too.

How Did Organ Trafficking Scheme Stay Hidden?

Buying and selling organs is illegal, but transplant centers are left to police themselves.

DNA Testing of Detained Immigrants Easier Said Than Done

Though federal agencies are now authorized to send DNA samples from undocumented immigrants to the FBI's crime lab, they have yet to start doing so.

California Crime Lab Escapes Budget Cuts

Despite Promises, Some Rape Victims Stuck Paying Exam Bills

Gov’t Foreclosure Program: Who Are The Holdouts?

Homeowners’ Loan Mod Hurdles

California Budget Cuts Could Cause ‘Public Safety Emergency’