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Leah Thorsen: 2001 Devroy Fellow

During my fellowship at The Washington Post, I got my first taste of reporting on crime. I spent several days with two talented criminal justice reporters who not only let me tag along with them, but who took the time to talk about their work and answer my questions. It made me realize that this was the kind of reporting that I wanted to do. My seven months at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, also part of the Ann Devroy Fellowship program, further cemented that notion.

Today I cover 16 police departments and a bustling criminal courts system as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter. I'm grateful for the experience the Ann Devroy Fellowship gave me.