Lia Russell

I’m a freelance journalist based in New York and 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’m also on the editorial board of The Strikewave, a labor newsletter. In June 2021, I will join The Bangor Daily News, in Bangor, ME, as a general assignment reporter.

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.

Professional affiliations: National Writers’ Union/Freelance Solidarity Project, Freelance Journalists’ Union, the Society for Professional Journalists, and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).