Topher Sanders covers race, inequality, the justice system and civil rights for ProPublica. In 2018, he and reporter Ben Conarck recieved Columbia University’s Paul Tobenkin award for outstanding reporting on race and the University of Colorado’s Al Nakkula award for outstanding police reporting for their multi-part investigation “Walking While Black.” The series explored how jaywalking citations are disproportionately given to black pedestrians. The investigation also earned a Deadline Club award, a National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence award, an Online Journalism Award and the Florida Society of News Editors Gold Medal for Public Service. Sanders is also a co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting.
He is a graduate of Tuskegee University and started his journalism career at The Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama.