Connor Sheets

Investigative Reporter

Connor Sheets

St. Clair Correctional Facility, Alabama, 2017 - Credit: Joe Songer, AL.com

 

Link to one-page PDF resume

 

Experience

Alabama Media Group, Investigative Reporter
Birmingham, AL - Jan. 2015-Present

ProPublica Local Reporting Network, Reporter
Birmingham, AL - Jan. 2019-Present

IBT Media / Newsweek, Senior Reporter
New York, NY - Oct. 2011-Jan. 2015

  • Reported from Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S.
  • Published numerous impactful investigations, including one on alleged Hatch Act violations at the Cincinnati IRS office that prompted the IRS to investigate.
  • Served as the editor of the International Business Times' Traffic & Trends desk for nearly a year.

TimesLedger Newspapers, Staff Reporter
Queens, NY - Oct. 2009-Oct. 2011

  • Published several investigations that spurred action by politicians and developers.
  • Created niches covering immigrant communities, real estate, and federal terrorism trials.

The Gazette, Staff Reporter
Frederick, MD - March 2008-Sept. 2009

  • Covered key beats including Frederick County government, crime and business.

 

Key Awards

Sigma Delta Chi Awards
Society for Professional Journalists - 2020 (Public service) & 2019 (Investigative)

National Headliner Awards
Press Club of Atlantic City - 2020 & 2019

Sidney Award
Sidney Hillman Foundation - 2019

Roy Bain Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism Award
Auburn University - 2019

Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, Finalist
University of Southern California - 2019

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Finalist
Harvard University - 2019

Worth Bingham Award for Investigative Journalism, Finalist
Harvard University - 2019

Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Finalist
University of Michigan - 2019

Tom Renner Award, Finalist
Investigative Reporters & Editors - 2019

Michael Kelly Award, Finalist
Atlantic Media - 2019

James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism, Finalist
Hunter College - 2019

Green Eyeshade Awards,
Society of Professional Journalists - 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 & 2016

Innovation of the Month,
Editor & Publisher - 2018

New York Better Newspaper Contest, Writer of the Year
New York Press Association - 2011

Eagle Scout Award
Boy Scouts of America - 2001

 

Fellowships

Justice Reporting Fellowship - John Jay College of Criminal Justice - 2018-2019 & 2020-2021

  • Investigated prisoners sent to solitary confinement in Alabama, resulting in multiple stories including one on the link between solitary confinement and the state's prison suicide crisis.
  • Received criminal justice journalism training and support from John Jay College.

Reporting the U.S. Workplace - Sidney Hillman Foundation & CUNY - 2020

  • Learned about workforce issues and received labor reporting training.

Journalist Law School - Loyola Law School - 2019

  • Learned about American law and its intersection with journalism over the course of this intensive four-day fellowship program.

Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellowship - University of Missouri - 2016-2017

  • Created the Deputy Program, an open-source initiative aimed at fostering community engagement and providing newsrooms with techniques to train and engage citizens to pitch stories and provide information about their communities.
  • Implemented the Deputy Program in the AL.com newsroom, which involved recruiting, training and deploying a team of news "deputies" across Alabama.
  • The Deputy Program was Editor & Publisher's April 2018 Innovation of the Month and has been heralded by organizations including the American Press Institute and the Poynter Institute.

Fellowship on Immigrant Children and Education - Georgia State University - 2016

  • Developed a multi-part reporting project that matched human stories with Alabama's unique migration trends following the state's passage in 2011 of S.B. 56, at the time the nation's harshest anti-immigration law.

U.S.-Nigeria Exchange Program - International Center for Journalists - 2013

 

Skills

    Confident:

  • FOIA & public records
  • Audience engagement
  • Excel & Google Sheets
  • Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Music & audio production
  • SQL
  • SEO
  • Proficient:

  • Photography
  • Web scraping
  • HTML & CSS
  • Learning:

  • Python
  • Data visualization
  • Video editing
  • Video game/app production


Education

University of Maryland
B.A. from Philip Merrill College of Journalism, 2007.