Casey Tolan

Hello! I'm a reporter on CNN's investigative unit, digging into the coronavirus crisis and criminal justice and specializing in data reporting. I was previously a political reporter at the San Jose Mercury News and a national reporter at Fusion, and I've also reported for Slate, The Daily Beast, VICE, and the Texas Observer, among other outlets.

I care about telling interesting stories and elevating marginalized voices. My reporting has been cited in political attack ads, federal criminal complaints, a death row inmate's final appeal, and by President Obama. You can reach me at

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