Kat Aaron

Kat Aaron

Writer
Phone: (202) 885-6353
kaaron@investigativereportingworkshop.org

Kat Aaron is a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellow, a reporter at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the project editor for the Workshop's What Went Wrong series. She writes about people, poverty and the justice system. 

In her work with the Patterson Foundation, she wrote about the growing crush of self-represented litigants in the civil courts, and what it means for poor people and the courts when most people don't have lawyers. Aaron's work on the subject began with two major stories about the civil courts for the Workshop and Mother Jones. For the What Went Wrong project, she wrote extensively about foreclosure, often in partnership with New America Media; about the Great Depression; and about poverty in America.   

Before joining the Workshop, she was a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, where she did investigative reporting on financial and economic issues. Until July 2008, she was the co-director of People’s Production House, a nonprofit journalism and media policy organization headquartered in New York City. From 2005 to 2008, she was a producer for Wakeup Call, the morning news show at WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, and was a contributor to Free Speech Radio News, Pacifica Radio’s national evening news program. 

Aaron has a bachelor's degree in Economic History from Barnard College, and a master's in Journalism and Public Affairs from American Unversity's School of Communication.

Aaron tweets about the civil courts, economics, journalism and occasionally food at @kataaron

Project Editor Kat Aaron gives a brief introduction to the What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream project.

Stories written by Kat Aaron

Recent News

The toxic chemical whack-a-mole game

When her black cat rapidly dropped from a healthy 14 pounds to a skeletal five pounds, it was natural for Arlene Blum to investigate whether a toxic chemical in her home might be to blame. The veterinarian's diagnosis raised that possibility, and Blum had expertise in the harm that chemicals can cause. Her research as a chemist in the 1970s helped reveal the possible health hazards posed by flame retardants used in children's sleepwear. 

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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How drones are changing disaster coverage

Drones, small unmanned aircraft, have changed how some news organizations cover disasters. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represent a “defining moment for the use of unmanned aerial systems in news gathering,” Greg Agvent, the senior director of National News Technology and CNN AIR, said. 


Offenses in youth centers send teens to adult prisons

A ProPublica reporter wondered why a Southwest Illinois juvenile facility was sending teenage inmates to adult prisons. Here's the story behind the story.


Blogs

Most Recent Posts

Fake news awards and death threats: Being a journalist in the Trump era

President Trump continued his public condemnation of the press by announcing the 2017 Fake News Awards on Twitter to his 46.8 million followers; CNN received four “awards,” the most of any news organization.

FOIA lawsuits up 26 percent in Trump's first year

The number of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits hit an all-time high, up 26 percent in President Donald Trump’s first year.

A toast to investigative journalism

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists each received a $1 million donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, and both awards were announced at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night in Beverly Hills, California.

Apply for summer 2018 internships

The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a nonprofit news organization based at the American University School of Communication in Washington, is looking for smart, engaged college students and recent graduates from around the country for internships in the summer of 2018.

Members of Congress 'share' differences on Facebook

Political schisms influence which national news outlets members of Congress share on Facebook, according to a new analysis published by the Pew Research Center.

Partners

Workshop Partners

We publish online and in print, often teaming up with other news organizations. We're working now on a new program with FRONTLINE producers, to air later in the year, and on the "Years of Living Dangerously," a series on climate change that has begun airing on Showtime. A story last year on the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention centers was co-published with The New York Times. Our updates to our long-running BankTracker project, in which you can view the financial health of every bank and credit union in the country, have been published with msnbc.com, now nbcnews.com, and we co-published stories in our What Went Wrong series on the economy with The Philadelphia Inquirer and New America Media. Our graduate students are working as researchers with Washington Post reporters, and our new senior editor is a member of the Post's investigative team. Learn more on our partners page.

Projects

Investigating Power update

Investigating Power update

Profiles of notable journalists and their stories of key moments in U.S. history in the last 50 years can be found on the Investigating Power site. See Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis' latest video interviews as well as historic footage and timelines. You can also read more about the project and why we documented these groundbreaking examples of original, investigative journalism that helped shape or change public perceptions on key issues of our time, from civil rights to Iraq, here.