Keri Blakinger

Reporter
The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger is an investigative reporter at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering criminal justice. She started her journalism career in upstate New York, covering local government for an alt-weekly newspaper before moving to the New York Daily News. After coming to Texas in 2016, she started covering criminal justice for the Houston Chronicle and has written about prison suicides, the use of solitary confinement, executions, poor prison conditions and medical concerns, including a series of stories about the state's refusal to give dentures to toothless inmates. That reported led to a statewide change, as the prison system afterward agreed to begin providing 3D-printed dentures to inmates. Keri was also part of the Chronicle's Pulitzer finalist team for coverage of Hurricane Harvey and her work has appeared in the Washington Post, NBC News, VICE, Quartz and more. She is formerly incarcerated and, before becoming a reporter, served just under two years in New York's prisons and jails. She is currently working on book to be published through St. Martin's Press.

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