Kat Stafford

National Investigative Race Writer, The Associated Press

Kat Stafford is a national investigative writer and a global investigations correspondent, focused on race and inequity at The Associated Press. Prior to joining the AP, Stafford was an investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press, Michigan’s largest daily newspaper.

Her reporting there prompted city legislation, policy changes, congressional reviews and federal and state investigations. Stafford was part of a two-person reporting team that won Michigan’s Associated Press Media Editors 2019 First Amendment Award.

She was named a 2019 Ida B. Wells Investigative Fellow and received the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Young Journalist of the Year Award from the organization’s Detroit Chapter. Stafford was a 2016 Fellow of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ prestigious Journalist Law School. She is a board member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization and the deputy chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Print Task Force.