Liz Brazile is a journalist based in Seattle, WA. She is currently an Emerging Journalist Fellow at Crosscut, where she covers K-12 education. She also serves on the board of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists.
Since joining Crosscut’s newsroom in January 2019, Liz has significantly expanded the outlet’s coverage of education issues in Seattle and Washington state. She writes in-depth stories, such as those examining the impact of a historic state funding overhaul, a five-year, racial justice-focused plan for Seattle Public Schools, and various other topics at the intersection of equity and K-12 public education.
Previously, Liz reported on social solutions for YES! Magazine, researching and explaining responses to core problems at the intersections of racial, economic, health, and environmental justice.
As a contributor for Rewire.News, Liz wrote an investigation into Cincinnati Public Schools’ mishandling of students with disabilities. She was recognized for this reporting in the categories of Best Investigative Reporting and Best Education Story for the 2019 Ohio SPJ and Cincinnati SPJ award contests, respectively. Six months following Liz’s investigation, Cincinnati Public Schools launched an effort to recruit several dozen special education teachers and support staff to address a districtwide shortage.
In 2017, Liz covered the second murder trial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who shot and killed an unarmed Black motorist for The Cincinnati Herald. Her reporting on the case won her an award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for Best Criminal Justice Reporting. She has also worked in broadcast journalism and spent a year at WLWT-TV working as a production assistant alongside on-air talent, producers, assignment editors, and the digital team.
Liz was awarded a Diversity Fellowship from the Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) Virtual Newsroom, a fiscally sponsored project of IRE in 2018.