Safiyah Riddle

The Associated Press - Alabama

Reporter Profile

Safiyah Riddle’s reporting has appeared in Reuters, THE CITY, WNYC, Chicago Crain’s Business, Chalkbeat and more. Riddle won the Silurians Press Club’s Dennis Dugan award for her reporting on environmental contamination in New York City’s public housing. Her story about failed desegregation efforts in New York schools, which was part of a nine-part series, earned the 2023 Shaufler Prize in the student category. Riddle holds a master’s degree in economic reporting from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she also concentrated in data and audio journalism. Most recently, Riddle was a fellow for This American Life, where she contributed reporting about a range of issues, including congressional elections and gun violence in schools. Raised in New York City, Riddle enjoys distance swimming in Brooklyn’s beaches (sometimes even in the winter).

Beat: The Alabama Legislature, with a focus on race and law enforcement

Law enforcement agencies at the county and small-town level in the Deep South often receive little scrutiny, despite their policies having an outsize impact on communities of color. This reporter digs deeply into these issues, with a focus on accountability journalism, while covering laws, policies and news emanating from the Alabama Legislature.