Connor Sheets

Investigative Reporter

Connor Sheets

Birmingham, Alabama, 2019 - Credit: Abbey Crain

I'm an investigative reporter for Alabama Media Group. I have covered everything from international economics to federal terrorism trials, but in recent years my reporting has largely focused on civil rights and criminal justice issues.

Since I moved to Alabama in 2015, my work has had major impact, from spurring state officials to clear the way for thousands of people with felony convictions to restore their voting rights and prompting the state to abandon a discriminatory ventilator triage protocol to driving state lawmakers to pass a law barring sheriffs from pocketing jail food funds and revealing severe prison understaffing that helped convince the state to boost staffing levels.

In 2019, I investigated sheriffs and local jails as a member of ProPublica's Local Reporting Network. I've been honored as a winner or finalist in numerous national journalism contests, including the Selden Ring, Goldsmith, Livingston, Sidney, Tom Renner, Sigma Delta Chi, Michael Kelly and Worth Bingham prizes and awards.

I've reported from four continents and been published in outlets including ProPublica, The Guardian, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

I've completed fellowships with the University of Missouri's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Loyola Law School, the Hillman Foundation, and Georgia State University's Institute for Justice Journalism.

I was born on Long Island, but I grew up in Frederick, Md., where I delivered newspapers as a teenager and landed my first reporting job after graduating from the University of Maryland. I now live in Birmingham, Ala., with my wife, Mary, and our two young children.