Lucas Smolcic Larson

Hi, I’m Lucas!

I’m currently an intern at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of Communications in Washington, D.C. — a position that also involves working part-time with The Washington Post’s investigative team. I recently graduated from Brown University, where I studied anthropology and Portuguese and served as Metro and Special Projects Editor for The College Hill Independent, an alt-weekly distributed in Providence, Rhode Island.

Previously, I have reported on community organizing in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro for RioOnWatch.org, written FOIA-based stories as an editorial intern at MuckRock News, and contributed to investigative, data-driven projects at The New England Center for Investigative Reporting. My bylines have appeared in The Nation, WGBH News and The Providence Journal. The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and KCBS Radio in San Francisco have also featured my reporting.

I do what I do because I think news is about asking questions of power and uncovering abuses of it. I ground my reporting in history, back it up with data and bring it to life with people’s stories.

I’m originally from rural central Pennsylvania, although I was born in Quito, Ecuador — and would rather be in Brazil right now. Reach me with tips, job offers and your thoughts here. Hablo español / falo português!