Covering the death penalty and execution secrecy

Journalists from four states talk about how to investigate the death penalty and shed light on secrecy surrounding lethal injection practices. You’ll learn how to get started covering these issues and where to look for key pieces of information. 


  • Ziva Branstetter, enterprise editor at the Tulsa World and one of the witnesses to the botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett. You can follow her coverage of the case here.
  • Chris McDaniel, political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. McDaniel has been involved in a lawsuit to free up information surrounding lethal injection drugs. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also recently won IRE’s not-so-coveted Golden Padlock award for government secrecy.
  • Brian Haas, criminal justice reporter at The Tennessean. You can read some of his coverage here.
  • Della Hasselle, an investigative reporter and contributor to The Lens in New Orleans. Read her stories about execution secrecy here.