Sarah Smith was a reporting fellow at ProPublica. She previously interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she wrote about police misconduct. A story she co-authored on allegations of police abusing arrestees in the back of vans contributed to a victim getting a payout from the city and the police review of transport policies. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where she spent most of her time at the school paper. One of her stories at Penn involved a whistleblower from the school's mental health center leaking 11 years of internal documents that showed inadequacies in how the center treated students with mental illness. She's also been a fellow at The Atlantic, National Journal and Politico.
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