The Trace is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan news organization dedicated to expanding public understanding of gun violence in the United States. There is an urgent need for the knowledge that public interest journalism can provide, because in this case one problem — America’s epidemic rates of shooting deaths and injuries, which leave 33,000 people killed annually and another 79,000 wounded — is compounded by another: a shortage of information about the issue.

It is The Trace’s mission to close that deficit through daily reporting, investigations, analysis, and commentary on the policy, politics, culture, and business of guns in America.

The articles we publish are shaped by the core values of accuracy, fairness, empathy, and doggedness. We check our facts, clearly cite our sources, and quickly correct any errors. We seek comment from all sides of a story and engage with opposing viewpoints. We tell the stories of overlooked victims and secondary casualties of gun violence with the aim of showing that all gun deaths and injuries matter.  

We practice journalism that seeks not only common ground, but also, above all, the common good.


Our team is comprised of James Burnett (editorial director), Ben Hallman (deputy editor), Akoto Ofori-Atta (senior engagement editor), Miles Kohrman (senior editor), Ann Givens (staff writer), Mike Spies (staff writer), Nora Biette-Timmons (associate editor), Elizabeth Van Brocklin (reporter), Alex Yablon (reporter), Jennifer Mascia (engagement writer), and Olivia Li (editorial assistant). Brian Freskos, Francesca Mirabile and JoVona Taylor are our editorial fellows for Fall 2016.

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As part of our mission to expand coverage, we regularly collaborate with news organizations. In our first year, we’ve partnered with more than a dozen outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Lenny Letter, NPR’s Codeswitch, Tampa Bay Times, Slate, and Vice.


We welcome your feedback. Please send your suggestions, questions, and constructive criticism to [email protected].

We routinely partner with other news organizations. If interested in republishing one of our pieces, or in discussing editorial collaborations, please contact Senior Engagement Editor Akoto Ofori-Atta at [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. Seed funding was provided by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and the Joyce Foundation; individual donors include Ken Lerer, Nick Hanauer, and readers like you. Please consider supporting our journalism.