Joshua Eaton (credit Hai-Lam Phan)

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

One of my most recent investigation, with NBC News and Kaiser Health News, found that the U.S. wasted almost 200,000 coronavirus vaccine doses through March 2021 — and the vast majority of that waste was by CVS and Walgreens pharmacies.

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 at NBC News, The Washington Post, ProPublica, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, FiveThirtyEight, Kaiser Health News, Yahoo News, Al Jazeera America, The InterceptReligion News Service and more.

Impact and awards

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 include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Axios, Politico, Vox, The Guardian, The Verge, Rolling Stone, Kaiser Health News, The Trace, Just Security, Publisher’s Weekly — and Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update.

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

Skills and background

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.

I’ve done workshops on digital security and source protection for the GroundTruth Project, InsideClimate News, Texas Observer and ThinkProgress.

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.

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

The best place to follow my work is on  Twitter.