Jaeah Lee is a freelance journalist in San Francisco. She was a 2017 investigative reporting fellow at the Fund for Investigative Journalism and Schuster Institute at Brandeis University, on a story about human rights in detention. Previously she was a staff reporter at Mother Jones, covering law enforcement after Ferguson. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Guardian, and others. In 2015, she was part of a team at Mother Jones that won an Online Journalism Award for a series on the cost of gun violence in America.
Project description: After the Shooting: A year in the life of Gwen Woods is the result of Lee’s year with a mother whose son died in a police shooting. It explores the raw human dimensions of death and police brutality.
In her own words: “I’m writing about an African American mother whose son was killed in a police shooting. While covering one fatal police shooting after another in the wake of Ferguson—and the protests and investigations and publicly scrutiny that followed—my thoughts inevitably turned to those who suffered the deepest loss. What was justice for the families whose spouse, sibling, or child died at the hands of police, what happened to them once the news cameras moved on? In the course of reporting this story I found both grief and resilience, heartbreak and hope, and much like other restorative narratives, the arc of this mother’s story does not end in a neat conclusion.”