Justice

I originally became a journalist to cover issues related to justice. Over my career, that’s meant writing about a wide array of subjects from housing to education, but I often find myself gravitating towards policing, labor, and racial equity. My food writing often overlaps with issues of justice, too.

greensboro massacre article for teen vogue by eric ginsburg

A history piece I wrote in 2018 for Teen Vogue

I love digging up stories that would otherwise go unreported, either because nobody bothered to investigate them or because they’ve largely been lost to history. As a freelancer and a staffer, I’ve drilled into everything from the hidden deposition of a mayor in 2015 (for Triad City Beat) to Jewish gangsters beating up American Nazis before WWII (for Teen Vogue). 

I uncovered a secretive “civil emergency unit” in the Greensboro Police Department that existed for a year without the knowledge of the city’s public safety committee. Here are some of the freelance justice pieces I’ve written:

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The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Workers at One of America’s Most Sensitive Nuclear Facilities Are On Strike (VICE)

North Carolina Teachers Protest Education Funding (Teen Vogue)

Here’s What It Looks Like When ‘Law & Order’ Laws Pit Red States Against Liberal Cities (Splinter News)

How April 1968 Changed America Forever (Teen Vogue)

DNC One Year Later: Big Brother’s Watching (Creative Loafing Charlotte)

The Jewish Teens Who Fought Back Against Hitler (Teen Vogue)

How A Sit-In Movement Started By Black Students Changed Activism Forever (Teen Vogue)

In Labor Movement’s Achilles’ Heel, Black Municipal Workers Organize Greensboro (Scalawag magazine)

A City Says ‘No’ to More Police Officers (Route Fifty)

These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics By Putting Them On Wheels (Teen Vogue)

The Fight Against Amazon’s HQ2 (Mask Magazine)

50 Years Ago, Black Students Revolted Against Police Brutality (Teen Vogue)

A New Vision for White Oak Mill (Piedmont Left Review)

And I helped research this A1 Sunday New York Times investigative piece on racial disparities in policing, too. 

I’m skilled at writing stories that attract a lot of attention. As a staff writer at YES! Weekly, I wrote two of the three most-read news stories ever (as of my departure): my detailed look at a Republican primary race for Guilford County Commission and a piece on who really initiated the city’s controversial noise ordinance. And my 2018 piece about the Greensboro Massacre was one of Teen Vogue‘s top stories for the year.