About

Joshua Eaton (credit Hai-Lam Phan)

I’m an investigative reporter based in Washington, D.C.

Before going freelance, I was on investigations teams at CQ Roll Call and ThinkProgress, and I worked as a digital producer at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and GBH News.

My work has also appeared in ProPublica, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, FiveThirtyEight, Yahoo News, Al Jazeera America, The InterceptReligion News Service and more.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cited my reporting during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020. Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced new gun legislation based on my reporting in February 2020.

My stories have also led Congress to ask former Attorney General William Barr and former CIA Director Gina Haspel to clarify their testimony; resulted in disciplinary action against Judge William J. Martínez of the U.S. District Court of Colorado; prompted sexual misconduct investigations at a shelter for migrant children in Kansas, a Buddhist group in Colorado and a Christian college in Massachusetts; and been cited in a federal voting rights lawsuit and two Congressional Research Service reports.

I was one of the only reporters on the ground as torch-wielding white supremacists and Black Lives Matter protesters squared off on the University of Virginia campus the night before the Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Va. My reporting there was cited by Religion News Service and The Christian Century, and I make an appearance in Insider’s graphic novel about the rally. (I’m in the bottom left of the first cell, in a white shirt and black cap, looking down at my phone.)

Other outlets that have cited my work over the years include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Vox, The Verge, Kaiser Health News, Just Security and Publisher’s Weekly.

Many of my investigations are based on data and documents obtained through public records requests. I’ve brought successful lawsuits against the FBI and the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, and I usually have dozens of open records requests at a given time.

Before I was a reporter, I completed a master’s in Tibetan Buddhist studies at Harvard University and a bachelor’s in psychology at the University of West Georgia. In between, I spent a year serving with AmeriCorps at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.

Harvard Divinity School awarded me the Peter J. Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honors in 2021 for my reporting.

I’m a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. I sometimes write a newsletter about investigative reporting, On Background.

The best place to follow my work is on  Twitter.