W. Paul Smith
W. Paul Smith is the Investigative Researcher for The Intercept. Prior to joining The Intercept, he contributed research to in-depth investigations on criminal justice, immigration, national security, and surveillance issues at Human Rights Watch. His writing has appeared in HuffPost and Politico, among other outlets. He received his M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He is based in New York.
Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People
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