Casey Murray

The Sacramento Observer

Reporter Profile

Casey Murray is a data reporter covering health and criminal justice at The Sacramento Observer, which serves the Black community in Sacramento, California and beyond. Previously, she covered breaking news and helped to develop podcasts at KSHB, an NBC affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri. As a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Murray covered health and did newscasts for KBIA, an NPR affiliate, reported for the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and hosted an entrepreneurship podcast for Missouri Business Alert. She has interned at Politico Europe, where she managed social media platforms and assisted with data projects.

Beat: Data reporting on health and criminal justice inequities

This beat uses data to help change conditions in the community. Blacks have the lowest life expectancy and the highest mortality rate for all cancers compared with other racial groups, and infant mortality rates are almost twice the national average. Blacks are more likely to be suspended from school, stopped by police and incarcerated. The data journalist helps produce journalism that explores the inequities and sheds light on who, what, where, why, and how society can apply solutions.