How the NFL blocks Black coaches

Nearly two decades after the NFL enacted the Rooney Rule, teams’ hiring and firing practices still disadvantage Black coaches at every turn — and it’s getting worse, a Washington Post investigation found.

Sophia Steele

Sophia Steele is earning her master’s degree at American University in investigative journalism. She graduated with a bachelor’s in English from Clemson University, where she wrote for the opinions column of the Tiger newspaper. Steele is one of the staff writers for the free press magazine, Zeal & Pristine, and also writes for the sister site, Baby Z. …

Audrey Morales

Audrey Morales is a graduate student in investigative journalism and public affairs at American University. She is a Washington Post practicum student as well. Morales is from Fairfax, Virginia, and earned her undergraduate degree in English at George Mason University. At GMU, she received an “Excellence in Journalism” award in 2022 for a composite of …

Hayden Godfrey

Hayden Godfrey is a graduate student at American University, where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Journalism & Public Affairs with a focus on investigative journalism. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, his work has appeared in The Toronto Star, The National Post and numerous other outlets across Canada. He is an alumnus of Toronto …

Shwetha Surendran

Shwetha Surendran’s first story was about basketball. Sports led her to writing, and writing has led her back to sports. Surendran is a journalism graduate student at American University and the ESPN-AU Fellow for 2022-’23. She has bylines in The Associated Press, WBUR, The New Indian Express and The Hindu, with experience in narrative podcast …

Emily Seymour

Emily Seymour is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in investigative journalism, from American University. She is a reporting fellow with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Seymour previously interned with Voice of America, where she worked on the team focusing on news geared toward younger generations. She also interned with Index on Censorship, …

Gabriella Allen

Gabriella (Gabby) Allen is a senior at American University, majoring in journalism and minoring in justice studies. She is a reporter for The Eagle, American University’s student newspaper, and currently on its multimedia team. Throughout her years as a student journalist, she has covered diverse topics, from inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility engaged in …

Ibrahim Aksoy

Ibrahim Aksoy is a graduate student at American University, studying Journalism and Public Affairs with an International Specialty. Aksoy majored in digital journalism at Pace University in New York, where he was a regular contributor and news editor at the Pace Chronicle. His professional interests include global journalism, immigration and authoritarianism in the 21st century. …

We connect data — so you don’t have to.

Data is everywhere but often inaccessible.  The Accountability Project is a collaborative effort to collect what is normally siloed public data in a single, searchable database. Our team gathers public data from federal, state and municipal agencies and standardizes it for our central public database. The TAP data team has encountered almost every variation in …