Emily is an award-winning journalist living near Charlotte, N.C. You’ll find her current freelance work in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Huffington Post, WFAE radio, New Republic, Self, Glamour, and several other places. Emily started freelancing in 2010 and is a proud former staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune and the Charlotte Observer. She contributed reporting and writing to projects named a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in 2008 and winner in 2015.
Favorite investigative topics include the legal system and wrongful convictions, uses of public money, sustainability and consumerism, gender, religion, and profiles of people doing all sorts of interesting things. A fan of local news and longform journalism, she’s a regular contributor to Charlotte magazine.
Emily is a 2001 graduate of the University of Michigan and U of M’s New England Literature Program (NELP). Currently an at-home parent of two little ones, you’ll also find her drawing with chalk in the driveway, trying to charm a bellicose vegetable garden, and rallying local appreciation for Carson McCullers’ novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. She can’t believe someone else with the same name didn’t claim this website before she did.
Contact: esabaum (at) gmail (dot) com; on Twitter @heyemilyharris