Michael Lawson

Michael Lawson

Reporter

Michael Lawson is a native of Detroit. He has covered a wide spectrum of Washington business as a contributor to Free Speech Radio News, the daily newscast of Pacifica Radio. Lawson works as a researcher and reporter with the What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream project.

Reporter Michael Lawson describes his role in the What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream project.

Stories written by Michael Lawson

Recent News

Obama’s weak approach to pardons

When it comes to the pardon power, President Obama is still more talk than action. According to the most recent Justice Department data, he has granted only one pardon for every 29 petitions that have come before him, fewer than any of the past seven presidents. Last week, he signed 22 commutations, but his record on those is even more dismal because he has such a staggering backlog, the biggest of any president in U.S. history. It is a backlog that he and his administration invited.

Incubating new economic models for journalism.

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Fighting in-house censorship

One of the occupational hazards for investigative reporters everywhere is internal censorship. So what can you do, as an individual journalist, if it appears that the great, exciting, investigative story you’ve been quietly exploring and finally have pitched is getting yawns or worse, pushback from your editor?

The future of TV news

Viewers nationwide mostly get local traffic, crime, weather and sports news, while local investigative reporting about the powers that be — and straight talk, facts and figures about the serious 21st century issues we all face  — generally have become endangered species.

Blogs

Most Recent Posts

How do we protect freelancers?

You can still register for the Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism & the Call for Global Safety Practices event on April 23 at the National Press Club.

Blind cords kill hundreds of children, report says

FairWarning, a nonprofit investigative news organization, reports on the strangulation hazard from window blind cords, a long-running problem that the Consumer Products Safety Commission first began looking at in 1981.

What we're reading

Philip Meyer wrote " “Public Journalism and the Problem of Objectivity ” 20 years ago but it still offers lessons for the new digital age. 

Food safety: 'The Trouble with Chicken' airs in May

FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the U.S. food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Preview our co-production, which airs May 12.

Small steps, real impact

We looked three investigations in which we contributed research and reporting to Washington Post teams and found three different outcomes. And very real impact.


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.