Doug Bock Clark


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Doug Bock Clark is a reporter in ProPublica’s South unit. He investigates threats to democracy and abuses of power throughout the region.

Clark was previously a correspondent at GQ magazine, where his investigations contributed to getting two women off death row and revealed how the Trump administration had distorted classified intelligence to push the nation toward a confrontation with North Korea. His reporting for the New York Times Magazine helped free two unjustly imprisoned men from a foreign jail.

Clark has previously written about the South for the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and Wired. He won the Arthur L. Carter Reporting Award and has been a finalist for the Livingston Award, the Mirror Award and the Excellence in Features Award from the Society of Features Journalists. His first book, “The Last Whalers,” was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2019 and a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize and the Lowell Thomas Travel Book Award. He has produced two feature documentaries inspired by his articles: “Assassins,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and played in theaters worldwide, and “The Last Cruise” for HBO.

Close to 100,000 Voter Registrations Were Challenged in Georgia — Almost All by Just Six Right-Wing Activists

The recent transformation of the state’s election laws explicitly enabled citizens to file unlimited challenges to other voters’ registrations. Experts warn that election officials’ handling of some of those challenges may clash with federal law.

Two Republicans Kicked Off County Election Board in North Carolina for Failing to Certify Results

What happened to the officials stands in sharp contrast to elsewhere in the U.S., where those who voted against certification faced few consequences.

Some Election Officials Refused to Certify Results. Few Were Held Accountable.

A ProPublica review of local officials who refused to certify 2022 election results found that most did not face formal consequences. Experts explain what that means for the future of American elections.

A County Elections Director Stood Up to Locals Who Believe the Voting System Is Rigged. They Pushed Back Harder.

Even in a county where Trump won more than 70% of the 2020 vote, local election deniers have mounted a campaign to access voting machines and slash the elections director's pay.

Building the “Big Lie”: Inside the Creation of Trump’s Stolen Election Myth

Internal emails and interviews with key participants reveal for the first time the extent to which leading advocates of the rigged election theory touted evidence they knew to be disproven, disputed or dismissed as dubious.

Heeding Steve Bannon’s Call, Election Deniers Organize to Seize Control of the GOP — and Reshape America’s Elections

The stolen election myth inspired thousands of Trump supporters to take over the Republican Party at the local level, exerting more partisan influence on how elections are run.

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