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Radley Balko is a journalist, blogger, speaker and author based in Nashville, Tennessee. He specializes in reporting on criminal justice, civil liberties and the war on drugs. The American journalist writes columns in The Washington Post. He started a personal blog called ‘The Agitator’. He also blogs at the site ‘Reason Hit and Run’. Radley Balko’s articles have been published in Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Post in Canada, Worth, Reason, the Chicago Tribune and TIME.?

About Radley Balko

Radley Balko was born on the 19th of April in 1975. He has aBachelor of Arts in Journalism & Political Science. He is an alumnus ofIndiana University. He graduated in 1997. He is a self-proclaimed atheist.Balko is the author of “The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist”, “The Rise ofthe Warrior Cop” and Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids inAmerica. The latter was his first book published by CATO Institute. “TheCadaver King and the Country Dentist New York” and “The Rise of the WarriorCop” were published by PublicAffairs.

Impact and Influence of Radley Balko

Radley Balko writes opinion columns for the Washington Post.His writings have covered the excessive use of SWAT and increasing paramilitaryraids across the country. Such writings have featured in leading newspapers andmedia including the New York Times. His writings have been praised by manyjournalists, writers, civil rights activists, human rights organizations andothers. His fact based reporting has been cited more than once in Supreme Courtjudgments or dissent notes. Very few journalists have had as much of an impacton real cases in a court of law and have become a topic of discussion in thelarger public discourse over the years. Radley Balko is one of these fewinvestigative reporters and journalists.

Balko’s investigative and factual reporting was mentioned inthe dissent note of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Hudson v.Michigan case. He brought national attention to the Cory Maye case. Balko hadreported about the police raid at the house of Cory Maye and published hisfindings in Reason. The feature highlighted the case of a black man on deathrow in the state of Mississippi. He was charged with murdering a white copduring the raid. Balko’s feature in Reason was used as an opinion in theSupreme Court of Mississippi. His coverage of the Cory Maye case was profiledby National Journal and another investigative report by him about Steven Hayne,a medical examiner in Mississippi, was accorded the second prize in thecategory of investigative reporting at the Los Angeles Press Club Awards for2007.

Radley Balko is a former policy analyst. He worked at theCato Institute. His stints over the decades include senior editor with Reason,a columnist with FoxNews.com, a correspondent for ESPN, and associations withthe Wall Street Journal, BBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, NPR and Fox News Channel. Hehas worked with the Huffington Post as an investigative reporter and seniorwriter. He has extensively written about drug policy, civil liberties, policemisconduct, tobacco, alcohol and obesity. He has also written about trade,globalization, culture and politics.

Balko is one of the most persistent American journalists whohave constantly raised important issues. His consistent writings about“no-knock” drug raids have been published in several newspapers,journals and magazines. He wrote extensively about a raid on the residence ofCheye Calvo, which was later referred to as the case of Ryan Frederick. Balkohas taken strong stands on many issues, including criminalization of drunkdriving. He has routinely advocated that the punishable act must be that ofviolating rules of the road and being the cause of an accident rather than thefactor or issue leading to the offence. He has pointed out that isolatingalcohol consumption and resulting impairment for additional punishment becomesmore punitive rather than being about road safety or making roads safer.

Accomplishments of Radley Balko

The investigative report of Radley Balko about expertwitness fraud in a case of death penalty case in the state of Louisiana hadbagged the 2009 Western Publication Association’s Maggie Award. He was afinalist for the Opinion Columnist of The Week in 2011. He was the Best of ShowJournalist for the year 2011 by the Los Angeles Press Club. Balko is known forhis groundbreaking reporting. His fact-finding, breaking of stories andextensive coverage of serious issues have had actual impacts. His features andopinions often compel readers and society at large to think about real problemsand his works actually have a consequence. His works have often propelledpeople and organizations to act. 

Radley Balko won the Best News Story Award of WesternPublications in 2010, was ranked first for Online Commentary by the MD-DC-DEPress Association in 2014, receive the Innocence Project Journalism Award in2015, the Champion of Justice Award of NACDL in 2016 and the Bastiat Prize forJournalism in 2017.

Books by Radley Balko

Balko has written three books. Two of them are about theincreasing militarization of the police forces around the country. He wroteabout the militarization in Rise of the Warrior Cop. He has written about theincreasing paramilitary raids across America in Overkill. The book cites howthe number of raids by SWAT teams was around three hundred in a year throughthe 1970s and has increased to as many as a hundred and fifty per day in theyear 2005. His third book with coauthor Tucker Carrington about a true story ofinjustice in the south is The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist.

Radley Balko continues to write about the criminal justicesystem in the country, the war on drugs, issues affecting civil liberties andoccasionally blogs about culture & music of Nashville. His books areavailable for sale online. His appears on television and writes columnsregularly. He is active on Twitter and can be followed @radleybalko. He hasover seventy eight thousand followers.