Top Investigative Journalist Joins The Chronicle of Social Change for Innovative Fellowship
De Sá is a veteran investigative reporter who has covered child welfare and other youth and family services for more than two decades.
Her widely acclaimed reporting projects on California's child welfare system have exposed the overburdened network of attorneys for kids and parents in dependency court; the heavy use of psychotropic medications on youth in foster care; and the reliance on police to control the behavior of kids living in residential and group home facilities.
Since 1994, de Sá has worked for numerous newspapers in California, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. A 2006 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and finalist for the Goldsmith Award for Investigative Reporting, de Sá has won numerous journalism honors, including Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards, the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, the Society of Professional Journalists' Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards, among others.
Her stories have resulted in nine state laws and improved public contracts with the nation's most vulnerable populations.
"Karen is one of the great investigative journalists,"
Through The Chronicle's Safety Net Reporting Fellowship, de Sá will turn her reporting skills toward foster youth aging out of the system in California and how these 18- to 21-year-olds navigate the byzantine and frayed social services safety net.
"The greatest honor I have had as a journalist is the opportunity to amplify the voices of youth in the foster care system, and to hold the government agencies, courts, institutions, and stand-in parents accountable for their treatment of this special and awe-inspiring group of children and young adults," de Sá said. "For this next series, I welcome any and all story ideas and your thoughts on how society could best serve this population, and where it has fallen short."
The stories de Sá produces will be published in The Chronicle of Social Change and in partner news outlets. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fostering Media Connections (FMC) – FMC is a non-profit news organization that uses investigative and accountability journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families. See https://fosteringmediaconnections.org/
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