Radley Balko

Keep Columbia Free is sponsoring Radley Balko’s visit to the Missouri NORML Conference at M.U.. Mr. Balko will be speaking in the auditorium in the Arts and Science building at 5:30 pm on Friday Nov. 5th and again Saturday Nov. 6th at 4:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Radley Balko is a Senior Editor at Reason Magazine and a Media Fellow at the Cato Institute. Here is a short bio from Cato’s site. 

                Radley Balko is a senior editor at Reason magazine, where he works as an investigative reporter covering criminal justice and civil liberties. Balko’s work on paramilitary raids and the overuse of SWAT teams was featured in The New York Times, has been praised by outlets ranging from Human Events to the Daily Kos, and was cited by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent in the case Hudson v. Michigan. Balko is also credited with bringing national attention to the case of Cory Maye, a black man who prior to Balko’s work was on death row in Mississippi for shooting and killing a white police officer during a raid on Maye’s home. Balko’s Reason feature on Maye was also cited in an opinion by the Mississippi State Supreme Court. National Journal also profiled Balko’s coverage of the case. Balko’s November 2007 investigative report on Mississippi medical examiner Steven Hayne won second place in the investigative reporting category for the 2007 Los Angeles Press Club awards.

               Balko was formerly a policy analyst with the Cato Institute. He has been a columnist for FoxNews.com and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Time, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Forbes, ESPN, the National Post, Worth and numerous other publications. Balko has also appeared on the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NPR.

               Balko publishes the personal blog, TheAgitator.com. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism and political science.


You can see some of his work at the links below:

Radley’s article on the Columbia, MO Kinloch Ct. SWAT raid A Drug Raid Goes Viral

Radley’s blog  The Agitator

Radley’s groundbreaking white paper Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America

Radley’s page at the Cato site where you’ll find links to the work he’s done for Cato

Radley’s page at Reason Magazine where you’ll find links to his many articles.



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