Grace Toohey is currently based in Baton Rouge, working as a crime and criminal justice reporter for the largest newspaper in the state, The Advocate. She covers breaking news, investigates the criminal justice system, and monitors local law enforcement, in a state with the highest incarceration rate and a history of racial injustice. She previously spent the summer as a general assignment reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she co-authored a project on homicide solve rates in Chester, Pa. In May 2016, she graduated with honors from The University of Maryland-College Park with a double degree in Multi-platform Journalism and Government and Politics, and a minor in Spanish. Throughout college, she worked as a reporter at the university's independent student newspaper, The Diamondback. She also interned with McClatchy's Washington Bureau, covering national politics, Capital News Service, covering the Maryland legislative session, and The Frederick-News Post, covering local news in Frederick, Md.
Pressuncuffed.org seeks to encourage and promote rigorous student reporting, scholarly research and debate on the role of, and obstacles to, independent journalism in the United States and abroad. Our website features reporting by University of Maryland students about press freedom in the United States and abroad. It also offers resources to instructors elsewhere who may want to teach classes or hold workshops on this theme. In the near future, this site will become a place for student work from around the country and abroad.
Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer prize winner at The Washington Post and Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland.