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.
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.
John Timoney, beat cop with a master’s degree, led police departments in New York, Philadelphia and Miami.
“Killing the Colorado” will premier Aug. 4, and include the work of five Academy-Award-winning filmmakers. The film tells the true story of the water crisis in the American West.
The mystery of whether Trump masqueraded as his own spokesman while owner of the New Jersey Generals endures.
ProPublica’s coverage of New York City‘s failures to enforce its commitments to affordable housing takes a trip back in time.
Inflammatory pre-trial publicity was an issue in the Netflix series, and now a defense lawyer wants to make it an issue in New York’s famous missing child case.
Girls, many of whom have suffered a range of trauma at home, make up a growing share of children arrested and detained across the country.
After 18 days of deliberation, a Manhattan jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked in case involving boy who went missing in 1979.
The prosecution says Pedro Hernandez fled New York after killing Etan Patz. A detectives report from 1979 suggests that might not be so.
Defense lawyers question whether mistrial is warranted after lost evidence surfaces in case of missing boy.