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.
In a Supreme Court term packed with controversial cases, one of the more-overlooked rulings has alarmed press freedom advocates as it gutted the legal mechanism used to hold federal officers liable for violating individuals’ constitutional rights.
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 …