Sheelagh McNeill is the former Investigative Research Editor at The Intercept. She has nearly 20 years of research experience in a variety of roles held at ABC News, ProPublica, and the New York Times. She covers all beats from breaking news to investigative international stories. At the New York Times, her research supported front-page investigations into European countries funding Al Qaeda by paying ransom for the release of hostages, and a deep look at former Islamic State prisoners. While at the Times, she was lead researcher on award-winning stories as diverse as the privatization of prisons in New Jersey and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and as a researcher on several books, including “Audition” by Barbara Walters.
An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?
The writer Heshmat Alavi pushes regime change in Iran. But an MEK defector says the controversial, exiled opposition group created the persona.
The Threat WithinThe Strange Tale of the FBI’s Fictional “Black Identity Extremism” Movement
The only connection between the men referenced in the FBI’s “black identity extremism” report, besides their race, is a thread of anger at police violence.
Rape Victim Who Smuggled DNA Evidence Out of Rikers Wins Settlement
A woman raped by Rikers guards has settled a lawsuit against New York City, which she accused of “deliberate indifference” to sexual abuse at the jail.
Oil and WaterHow an Undercover Oil Industry Mercenary Tricked Pipeline Opponents Into Believing He Was One of Them
A former Marine working for the private security firm TigerSwan infiltrated an array of anti-Dakota Access pipeline groups at Standing Rock and beyond.