Author: Kallie Cox

AP creates new guidance on criminal justice reporting

By Kallie Cox The way journalists report on criminal justice and law enforcement has evolved over the past 10 years. In 2014 when Michael Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, we saw the beginning of this reform, and in 2020 following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, we saw even greater

Essay: St. Louis longstanding alt-weekly dies

The Riverfront Times 1977-2024 By Kallie Cox The heart of St. Louis, and its sole alt-weekly newspaper, The Riverfront Times, died on Wednesday, May 22. My colleagues and I logged on to our weekly staff call at 9:30 a.m. and instantly I started to panic. Our executive editor, Sarah Fenske, was one minute late, and

New Illinois police reform bill makes state police misconduct database secret

This reporting was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Illinois’ historic criminal justice reform law, hailed as a national model, contains a little-noticed loophole that seals statewide records of police misconduct and hides them from courts and the public.  The new law requires the Illinois Law Enforcement and Training Standards Board to maintain