Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler

Seth Freed Wessler is a Puffin Fellow with The Investigative Fund and a journalist in New York focusing on punishment, inequality, and social services. He has produced stories for NBC News, ProPublica, The Nation, This American Life, Elle magazine, Colorlines, Radio Ambulante, and other outlets. Wessler was previously a staff reporter for's In Plain Sight project and for and was a 2014-2015 Soros Justice Media fellow. Wessler reports for The Investigative Fund and is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. He won a Hillman Prize, the NYU Reporting Award, and was a finalist for a Casey Medal. Seth tweets at @sethfw. Last updated July 2017


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The Backstory: Seth Freed Wessler

Jasper Craven talks to Seth Freed Wessler about how he discovered and reported on the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of “floating Guantánamos,” which detain and shackle low-level smugglers in international waters for weeks or even months.

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