I am a writer and editor specializing in legal affairs journalism. I freelance full time for a variety of sites and publications. In 2014-15, I was a Soros Justice Media Fellow writing a series of stories for Slate on crime victims, and that remains the focus of my reporting and writing on criminal justice policy.
During most of my 36-year career I have covered cops and courts, drugs and violent crime, legal policy, and a variety of business-and-law topics. Most of those years I was an editor. Starting in 2004, I have reported and written stories as a freelancer, first in my off-hours when I wasn’t teaching and since mid-2012 as a full-time writer (go here for more details on where I’ve worked and here for links to my recent work).
In addition to magazine freelance, I’ve written an e-book, selected by Amazon as a Kindle Single and titled God’s Nobodies, expanding on my feature article in O, The Oprah Magazine about a murder in Syracuse. More recently, as I focused on crime victims, criminal justice policy, policing, and urban violence, I have been a regular contributor to The Trace and published a lengthy series at Slate. My work also has been published by The New York Times, TakePart, Politico, Al Jazeera America, Vice, TheAtlantic.com, and others. I’m a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In the past, I used this site to curate and critique notable reported criminal-justice narrative journalism. Many of the critiques are archived here. But these days I focus the blog more narrowly on:
- My current works in progress and as they’re published.
- The issues I’m following when they can illuminate something about my work focus.
The rest of the site is devoted to:
- Descriptions of the editing and writing-coaching services I can provide.
- Samples of my work.
- My professional bio and CV.
- A glimpse of my life in New York’s Finger Lakes.
- My contact info.
All material I produced on this site © 2018, Mark Obbie, LLC.