Keri Blakinger is a journalist at the Houston Chronicle, where she covers criminal justice, specializing in prisons and the death penalty. While stationed in the Bayou City, she’s covered hurricanes, drug raids, and executions, and investigated everything from conditions of incarceration to prison sexual harassment to juvenile courts. In the course of her work, she’s told stories that have impact, pushing the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to begin providing dentures for some toothless inmates and exposing a prison disciplinary quota system that led to a statewide review and multiple demotions.

Before coming to Texas, she worked the overnight breaking news desk at the New York Daily News after two years at the Ithaca Times in upstate New York.

Her writing has appeared in The Marshall Project, VICE, The Washington Post, The Appeal, Salon, Quartz and more. In 2019, she participated in Pop Up Magazine’s fall tour, performing to sold-out crowds from New York’s Lincoln Center to Oakland’s Paramount. She also partnered with Mike Hixenbaugh of NBC News for a four-part investigative series examining how allegations of child abuse can lead to wrongful removals by Child Protective Services.

To contact her directly, email keriblakinger[at]gmail[dot]com or follow her on Twitter @keribla. To subscribe to her podcast, go here.

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