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Daniel DeFraia a journalist-in-residence at Emerson College and a freelance investigative reporter with a PhD (2022) from Boston University. Currently, he is writing a book, titled “State Work: American Reporters and Journalistic Independence, 1890 - 1980,” which excavates the history of an idea - the modern independent reporter - told through the lives of several reporters and their secret relationships with the U.S. state. Previously, he was a Steiger Fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists and worked in their journalist assistance program. Before that he reported for GlobalPost and other news outlets.



B.A., Emerson College
M.A., Harvard Extension School
Ph.D., Boston University

Areas of Expertise

  • History