DSC_3379Award-winning investigative journalist with an eye for “conceptual” scoops. My approach weaves together data analysis and traditional shoeleather reporting. All the best stories come from tips.

Last year I moved to London to join Reuters’ enterprise desk as the inaugural Sir Harry Evans Global Fellow for Investigative Journalism. My fellowship ends in October.

For the Los Angeles Times, I unmasked a secret gang inside the sheriff’s department. My longform feature showed how the department had fired these deputies, then was forced to rehire most of them with backpay, even while one deputy faced felony criminal charges. In San Antonio, Texas, I chronicled how amateur investors exploiting regulatory loopholes caused chaos in working class apartment complexes across the city. My work was credited with reforms to the city’s inspections process. In East Tennessee, I won the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Reporting from the Tennessee Associated Press, for my series showing how a local government’s new insurance program inadvertently pushed mom-and-pop pharmacies to the brink of bankruptcy. My coverage of the ongoing opioid crisis also won recognition from the Tennessee Press Association.

I graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree from the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California,¬†where I was the 2020 Selden Ring Fellow for Investigative Journalism. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College in 2016.

Outside of writing, I enjoy playing the banjo and bicycling. I’m from East Texas. I promise I don’t boast as much in person, but that’s the nature of a personal career websites.

Email: waylonwc@gmail.com

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