Hi, I’m Sean.

I’m a journalist based in Richmond, Virginia, and I currently work as a data reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Much of my work is on the education beat, but I also cover stories in several other subject areas, like the housing market and the opioid crisis.

Before joining the Times-Dispatch staff, I was part of the reporting team behind the Pandora Papers, an investigation into global financial corruption led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. I helped analyze a trove of 12 million leaked documents containing information on offshore financial holdings by powerful figures including world leaders and prominent politicians, and I reported on the shell companies owned by famous athletes and entertainers.

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and have a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia. When I’m not reporting, I host a podcast called It’s Pretty OK, play the guitar, read, and reminisce on my time as a late-night radio host for WTJU in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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