The Trace is an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the United States. We bring an admitted bias to our beat: We believe that this country’s rates of firearm-related deaths and injuries — an average of 91 lives lost per day, and more than 200 people suffering nonfatal bullet wounds — are far too high. But as journalists, our work is focused on a second, related problem. There is a relative shortage of information on the issue, a shortage caused in part by the gun lobby’s efforts to squash gun-violence research and limit law-enforcement data. We take it as our mission to address that information deficit through daily reporting, investigations, analysis, and commentary on the policy, politics, culture, and business of guns in America.

The articles we publish will be shaped by these core values:

  • Accuracy. We check our facts, clearly cite our sources, and quickly correct any errors.
  • Fairness. We seek comment from all sides of a story and engage with opposing viewpoints.
  • Empathy. We tell the underreported stories of victims of gun violence with the aim of showing that all gun deaths and injuries matter. When writing about everyday gun owners, we portray them with respect.
  • Doggedness. We are unstinting in our efforts to uncover answers and address misperceptions. We practice journalism that seeks not only common ground, but also, above all, the common good.


Our founding editorial team is comprised of James Burnett (editorial director), Ben Hallman (deputy editor), Akoto Ofori-Atta (senior engagement editor), Miles Kohrman (senior editor), Jennifer Mascia (engagement writer), Mike Spies (staff writer), Alex Yablon (reporter), Nora Biette-Timmons (associate editor) and Olivia Li (editorial assistant).


The site you are reading today is a work in progress. As The Trace evolves, expands, and improves, we welcome your feedback. Please send your suggestions, questions, and constructive criticism to [email protected]

As we build a national network of correspondents, we’re interested in hearing from experienced journalists who know things we don’t and are based in places we otherwise might not get to. Resumes and story ideas can be submitted to [email protected] 


The Trace is organized as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation under the IRS code. Our seed funding was provided by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and the Joyce Foundation; individual donors include Ken Lerer and Nick Hanauer. Interested in supporting our reporting? Donations can be sent to: Trace Media Inc., P.O. Box 3886, New York, NY 10017.