REPORTER, THE APPEAL
Meg OConnor, reporter for The Appeal, covers police, prisons, and prosecutors. She previously worked for Phoenix New Times and Miami New Times, where her work drew national scrutiny to local police departments and led to the firing of five officers who had committed egregious misconduct. In Miami, she wrote a series of articles showing Miami police had failed to adhere to a new law allowing officers to hand out tickets in lieu of arrest for minor marijuana possession. The series led Miamis police chief to begin a civil citation program and won the Florida Press Associations Claudia Ross Memorial Award for investigative reporting, the Association of Alternative Newsmedias David Carr Award for investigative reporting, and the Florida Press Clubs Lucy Morgan Award for in-depth reporting. She has also written extensively about the NYPDs Special Victims Division. Her work has also appeared in VICE.