Joe Sexton is a senior editor at ProPublica. Before coming to ProPublica in 2013, he had worked for 25 years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times. Sexton served as metropolitan editor at the Times from 2006 to 2011, and his staff won two Pulitzer Prizes, including the award for breaking news for its coverage of Eliot Spitzer’s downfall. From 2011 to 2013, Sexton served as the paper's sports editor, overseeing its coverage of the 2012 Summer Games in London and the Penn State scandal, among other major stories. The department under Sexton won a wide array of awards for its photography, art design and innovative online presentations. As a reporter, Sexton covered sports, politics, crime and the historic overhaul of the country's welfare legislation. His work was anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting (Houghton/Mifflin). Sexton is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and the father of four daughters.
A wrenching decision to end life support, and the unthinkable mistake that devastated not one but two families.
New York state has laws governing what health care providers are obligated to provide to patients and families facing end-of-life decisions. It’s hard to say how well they are being enforced.
He Spent Years Infiltrating White Supremacist Groups. Here’s What He Has to Say About What’s Going on Now.
Michael German, a former federal agent, sees cause for praise and concern.
The federal authorities confront a Neo-Nazi group that ProPublica and Frontline have been covering for years.
Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, give us some context and insight into the recent dust-ups over the death penalty and the case of Domineque Ray, who was executed on Feb. 7.
The president has had scores of his initiatives shot down by federal judges. The Washington Post actually counted how many.
Daniel Brownell, appointed to lead the Business Integrity Commission by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, endured months of embarrassing news coverage and complaints from lawmakers that his agency was too lax.
President Donald Trump has floated the idea that the military build his much-touted border wall. Tonight, the idea might become reality.
A shocking story of police and lethal force. Just not the one you might expect.
Police have radically cut back their use of stop-and-frisk policies. To the surprise of some, crime didn’t spike, but tumbled yet again.
Data collection on maternal deaths is so flawed and under-funded that the federal government no longer even publishes an official death rate.
Documenting Hate’s catalogue of incidents captures the seeming ordinariness of many of them.
A new federal survey on hate crimes offers cause for both alarm and confusion.
A review of the work of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct chronicles the costs of a tradition resistant to change.
The coalition of newsrooms behind “Documenting Hate” has recorded a wide variety of violence in all corners of the country.
America may get its border wall. It just might have to do without a lot else.
Lawyers for the man convicted in the killing of a 6-year-old Manhattan boy who went missing in 1979 have filed a motion asking the judge in the case to set aside the guilty verdict because of jury contamination.
Lawyers for man convicted in case of notorious missing boy to seek hearing on report of jury contamination.
As Chicago authorities waited before filing hate-crime charges against four young adult blacks for an alleged attack on a white disabled man, the Internet raged.
In April, the state’s Court of Appeals expressed uncertainty about using recorded jail calls against the accused. Now the issue has arisen in the Etan Patz murder case.