Emily Le Coz
Investigative Projects Editor
Emily Le Coz is GateHouse Media’s national data projects editor and oversees a team of journalists dedicated to data-driven investigations. Among them: the award-winning “In the Shadow of Wind Farms” about how energy companies con private landowners into giving up their property rights for generations.
Previously, Emily served as the deputy investigations editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she and her team won numerous national awards – including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award and the ASNE Batten Medal in Public Service Journalism – for a series called “Bias on the bench,” about racial discrimination in criminal sentencing.
Before joining the Herald-Tribune in 2015, Emily worked as an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also covered the state legislature and was a stringer for Reuters. And before that, she covered local politics for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.
Regional Investigations Editor
Michael Braga is a regional investigations editor for GateHouse Media. He shared the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Journalism in 2016 for a series of stories about rising incidents of injury and death after funding cuts at Florida’s mental hospitals. He was named a finalist for the same award in 2009 after co-authoring a series about real estate flipping fraud that led to more than 30 indictments.
Braga also co-authored a prize winning series about bank failures and edited the acclaimed Bias on the Bench series that used tens of millions of criminal court records to show that black Floridians spend far more time behind bars than whites accused of the same crimes.
Prior to joining the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s investigative team, Braga spent 15 years as a business reporter and editor in Florida. He has B.A. in History from Duke University, a M.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and spent nearly three years working for newspapers and magazines in Venezuela and Argentina.
Senior National Data Reporter
Josh Salman is an award-winning investigative reporter for GateHouse Media in Florida. Prior to joining the national team, he spent six years at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, first as a business reporter before working his way up to projects. He served on the team that produced “Bias on the Bench” and was named Journalist of the Year in 2016 by the Florida Chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists.
He started his career as a government reporter for the Charlotte Sun, a smaller daily newspaper in Port Charlotte. He also spent a year at the Bradenton Herald as a business writer before joining the Herald-Tribune in November 2012.
His reporting has triggered federal investigations, uncovered illegal activity by convicted felons, exposed loopholes that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, prompted new city ordinances and helped struggling families save their dream homes.
National Data Enterprise Reporter
Lucille Sherman is GateHouse Media’s national data reporter. She works on national, data-driven projects for the company and also helps smaller newspapers with their own data projects.
Previously, Lucille was a journalism student at the University of Missouri – she graduated in December 2017.
She also was GateHouse Media’s first investigations intern and spent the summer of 2017 working with Emily Le Coz on an investigation into the wind industry entitled “In the Shadow of Wind Farms” that won the S.A.B.E.W. Award for Innovation and was a finalist for a Scripps Howard Award in Multi-Media Journalism.
National Data Projects Reporter
Daphne Chen is a data and investigative reporter with GateHouse Media. She was previously an investigative reporter at the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, where she won awards for her reporting on the deadly consequences of the state mental hospital’s waitlist. She also worked as a reporter at the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, where she revealed a network of bribes that allowed a relative of the Prime Minister to run an illegal gambling ring.
News Engineering Manager
Dak Le is a web developer and digital projects manager for GateHouse Media focusing on building and maintaining innovated data projects. He was previously with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune where he started as an information technology specialist in 2005 and transitioned to web development in 2012. During that time he worked with the investigative team on the award winning “Bias on the Bench” series.
Data Visualization Editor
Jennifer is an award-winning graphics and visual editor who is focused on data visualization for GateHouse Media. She was previously a Graphics Editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, where she served on the team that produced the “Bias on the Bench” series, helping to win an Eppy for “Best use of Data/Infographics” She also created illustrations to tell the story of “Influence and Injustice” an investigation into the power of prosecutors. She received her B.A. in Illustration from Ringling College of Art + Design.