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Adam Rhodes

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journalist, data nerd, dog dad

(any pronouns!)

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About Me

I am an investigative journalist and I devote my work to uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in our nation's criminal legal systems.

My reporting has shined a light on struggles to access HIV treatment, numerous homophobic murder trials, and this country's history of criminalizing queerness.

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Over the course of my career, I have investigated a racist, homophobic law that criminalized HIV in Illinois; controversial surgeries on intersex minors; multiple anti-gay murder trials; access to HIV treatment in Puerto Rico; and, largely, how queer and trans people interact with the criminal legal system in the U.S.

My Expertise

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Public Records

FOIA, open data portals, you name it! I am a seasoned public records hound.

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Long form Writing

I pride myself on telling dynamic, complicated stories with care and nuance.

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I'm skilled using data (public or otherwise) to add crucial context and depth to my work.

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Social justice Journalism

I specialize in work that focuses on how systems impact our most vulnerable.

My Writing Samples

  • Chicago Reader: Activists say Illinois’s law that makes it illegal to expose others to HIV is racist and homophobic. Now they’re close to changing it.

  • Chicago Reader: Bernina Mata’s attorneys say prosecutors used homophobic rhetoric to secure a death sentence in 1999. Now they’re asking the governor to set her free.

  • The Appeal: Some states have banned a controversial homophobic legal defense, but other efforts, including at the federal level, are facing challenges.

  • BuzzFeed News: With the coronavirus spreading and natural disasters intensifying, HIV-positive Puerto Ricans are having to decide to flee — or stay and fight for their lives.

  • The Nation: A wave of labor organizing at queer instituions in Chicago comes amid a wave of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and violence across the country, and as a staunch union ally, Mayor Brandon Johnson, starts his first term in office.

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