Stephanie Sugars is the senior reporter for the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. She documents press freedom violations in the U.S. and by U.S. officials abroad. A graduate of NYU's Global and Joint Program Studies program in journalism and international relations, her professional work focuses on human rights, politics, and identity-targeted violence. She has previously worked at the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Post-Conflict Research Center, and her freelance reporting has appeared in Al Jazeera, Open Democracy, Muftah, Civic Ideas, and Balkan Diskurs.
A New Mexican living in New York, her interests include hiking, board games, pool, and reading all the books she amassed while working at a bookstore.
Journalists covering state responses to the coronavirus pandemic are hampered as officials reduce seating in briefing rooms, introduce unreliable technology and, in some cases, refuse real-time questions.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily life, President Donald Trump accelerated smearing the press on Twitter, reaching 2,000 negative tweets about the media in a string of insults …
From Jan. 20, 2019 to Jan. 19, 2020, Trump tweeted negatively about the media 548 times — almost as many as his first two years in office combined.