Sean Campbell | Columbia Journalism School

Sean Campbell

Adjunct Faculty

Sean Campbell is an investigative journalist living in New York City. His stories focus on public health and gun violence, and have prompted action from members of Congress, change in the CDC, and contributed to changing Twitter's policy. 

Campbell's investigations have covered topics ranging from New York tax credits for businesses, to children being shot in Flint, Michigan, to nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. His pieces on disproportionate gunshot death rates in New York City sparked conversations about hospital trauma care, promises for action from local politicians, and discussion within the data journalism community on combining gun violence and health reporting. His interrogation of the "Craigslist" of gun sales formed the basis for a lawsuit against Armlist.com, and his pandemic reporting has spurred legislation by state lawmakers. 

He's won the Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color from the Society of Professional Journalists' Deadline Club and a Sidney Award from the Hillman Foundation, among other recognitions. His feature work has been published by ProPublica, The Verge, BuzzFeed News and FiveThirtyEight, among other outlets. His short stories have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and Hayden's Ferry Review.

He holds BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida, an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and a master of science degree from Columbia Journalism School with a specialization in data journalism.

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