Lia Russell

I’m originally from California. From 2019 to 2020, I was the federal workforce reporter at FCW, where I covered agencies ranging from the VA to the Office of Personnel Management to the Interior Department. I was also on the editorial board of The Strikewave, a labor newsletter. I earned my Masters of Science from Columbia Journalism School in the spring of 2021. In June 2021, I joined the Bangor Daily News, in Bangor, ME, as a reporter on the city desk covering the City of Brewer and economic redevelopment.

I have written about anti-government extremism on public lands, climate change, police brutality, gentrification, oversight of artificial intelligence, algorithmic bias, Silicon Valley, the gig economy, the deadly California Camp Fire, the impact of COVID-19 on federal agencies, the claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and leftist politics in Appalachia, just to name a few.

My writing has been published in The New Republic, The American Prospect, San Francisco Weekly, Curbed, The Baffler, and others. In 2019, I won second place for “Best National Feature Story” from the International Labor Communications Association for my Baffler article on the Sacramento City Teachers Association and California public school finance. For my full portfolio, click here.