Kira Lerner, reporter for The Appeal, covers politics, voting, civil rights, and criminal justice issues. Her work has appeared in VICE, Talking Points Memo, CityLab, ThinkProgress, and other national and local outlets. She was recently an inaugural fellow with Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. Previously, she worked for the Chicago Innocence Project where her investigative reporting helped to free a wrongfully convicted man who was serving a life sentence in an Illinois prison. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.