i’m currently spreading my wealth between two amazing national outlets that see the value in me remaining in Mississippi to report.
since January, i’ve been a reporter at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting wrapping a project about kids charged as adults and delving into another exciting Mississippi-based project. you can read my bio on their site here, which is also where my you can find my investigations once they publish.
in July 2019, i joined FRONTLINE as the lead reporter for an investigative documentary about civil rights cold cases. read more about that below:
Ko Bragg joins FRONTLINE as the lead reporter on an ambitious new interactive documentary project examining civil rights cold cases. Since graduating from Columbia Journalism School and Sciences Po École de Journalisme in Paris, Bragg has been covering criminal justice issues in Mississippi — winning eight awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, mainly for her coverage of officer-involved shootings and kids charged as adults. Bragg served as an investigative fellow at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and as a reporter at the Jackson Free Press. Her work has also appeared in Scalawag Magazine and The Appeal. She was recently selected as one of 12 journalists to participate in the Data Institute 2019, a prestigious workshop by the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. Bragg will be working with FRONTLINE’s award-winning interactive team and series producer Michelle Mizner on the new investigative interactive documentary experience.
“It feels like a dream to join a team of formidable journalists and producers at FRONTLINE, a household name that has a longlasting legacy of making history come alive, forcing humanity to reckon with its present realities, and propelling the industry forward,” says Bragg.
“We are so pleased to welcome Ko to our team,” says Aronson-Rath. “She is an intrepid reporter and talented storyteller whose coverage of criminal justice issues has been sharp and illuminating. Her skills and expertise will elevate our work.”
at the beginning of 2019, i left my day job and jumped into the scary world of contracts and freelancing. i wound up loving it, and produced some good work for some outlets you should support. see for yourself:
scalawag Magazine. “Reckoning with the south”
Brief But Spectacular
the “brief but spectacular team” from PBS News Hour came to interview me as part of a three-part series connected to my criminal-justice reporting in Jackson.
i was selected as a 2018-19 Reveal Investigative Fellow to better understand the paths of juveniles charged as adults in the state of Mississippi, where kids’ journeys through the adult system can include incredibly long pre-trial wait times or none at all depending on where they're arrested. Read more here.
i was a 2018 "Bringing Home the World" Fellow through the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). I went to Liberia in July 2018 to report on the current socio-political climate under George Weah, an international soccer legend and one of the country’s first presidents with no American heritage. Read more about the project that has a historical connection to Mississippi here.
my first “big girl” job after grad school was at the Jackson Free Press, an alt-weekly in Mississippi’s capital city.
here's the entire database of my JFP stories:
i interned at NBC BLK once upon a time. here are some of my stories:
on black banking initiatives as a response to police brutality in the summer of 2016 (RIP Philando Castile and Alton Sterling).
on the lit black park ranger at Yosemite National Park.
and one of the most fun social media roundups, which i got to do on the reg: #BlackWomenDidThat
some moons ago i was the inaugural lifestyle editor for Blavity. here's some work linked below from my time there:
on the familial effects of mass incarceration
on a racist restaurant encounter at a Montreal restaurant that reminded me to never turn off my race-dar
the lit time i got to interview the cast of The Wiz Live! and Queen Mary J Blige answered my question looking dead into my eyes.
there are tons more links and information from the past on my LinkedIn.
2019 Robert McCord Freedom of Information Award from the Arkansas SPJ for coverage of officer-involved shootings. Judge’s comment:
“While many questions are yet to be answered, the persistent coverage by the JFP to hold the police accountable must be applauded. This is seeking information and closure for the families affected by these shootings.”
2019 Green Eyeshade Awards by the Southern Society of Professional Journalists:
First Place in Public Service for Officer-involved Shooting Coverage
Second Place for Courts & The Law Reporting for Policing Coverage
Second Place in Feature Writing
First Place in Travel Writing for “From Mississippi to Liberia: The Living Legacy of America’s West African Colony”
2018 Green Eyeshade Awards:
Best of Division for Coverage of Juvenile-Justice Reform in Mississippi
First Place in Public-Service Journalism for Juvenile-Justice Reform Coverage
Third Place in Courts and the Law Reporting for Coverage of the Hinds County District Attorney on Trial