IMG_2361I’d never heard the term “newshawk” before a slumlord slung it at me during a 1990 investigation with Tom Brune at The Chicago Sun-Times. As in: “newshawk on a scumhunt.” An apt description in both regards, I thought. In the decades since, I investigated all manner of culprits for the Sun-Times, Seattle Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. Most recently, I’ve co-authored projects for Reuters (on military housing, superbugs, rising seasincome inequality), documented the sad lives of circus elephants for Mother Jones and wrote a book, The War Behind Me  all from my current perch at UMd, where I’m training the next generation of newshawks. You can learn more about Philip Merrill College of Journalism, my students and me here. This is a personal blog. It’s not affiliated with any past or present employers.  — Deb Nelson

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  1. Newshawk definition, a newspaper reporter, especially one who is energetic and aggressive.

    • GrahamHed on January 28, 2019 at 8:55 am
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