Liz Brazile is a journalist based in Seattle, WA. She is currently an Emerging Journalist Fellow at Crosscut, where she covers public K-12 education in Seattle and Washington state.
Since joining Crosscut’s newsroom in 2019, Liz has significantly expanded the outlet’s coverage of education issues — a subject that had previously gone underreported by the publication.
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 uncovered racial bias in the mental health care system and the mishandling of students with disabilities in Cincinnati Public Schools. Six months after Liz’s 2018 investigation into Cincinnati Public Schools, the district launched an effort to recruit several dozen special education intervention specialists to address a districtwide shortage. She was recognized in the categories of Best Investigative Reporting and Best Education Story for the 2019 Ohio SPJ and Cincinnati SPJ award contests, respectively.
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.