Laura Sullivan is an investigative correspondent for NPR News whose work has cast a light on some of the country’s most disadvantaged people. She is one of NPR’s most decorated journalists, with three Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Batons. She joined NPR in 2004 as a correspondent for the National Desk. For six years she covered crime and punishment issues, with reports airing regularly on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Day to Day” and other NPR programs. In 2007, Sullivan exposed the epidemic of rape on Native American reservations, which are committed largely by non-Native men, and examined how tribal and federal authorities have failed to investigate those crimes. In addition to winning a duPont, this two-part series earned Sullivan a Dart Award for Exemplary Coverage of Trauma, an Edward R. Murrow and her second Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media.
Before coming to NPR, Sullivan was the Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, where she covered the Justice Department, the FBI, and terrorism. In 1996, Sullivan and two other Northwestern University students completed a project that freed four men, including two death-row inmates, who had been wrongfully convicted of an 18-year-old murder on the south side of Chicago. The case led to a review of Illinois' death row and a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. The project won a special citation from Investigative Reporters and Editors and numerous other awards.