Buzzfeed News investigative reporter Melissa Segura will deliver her Flora Distinguished Visiting Journalist lecture, “They All Wear Uniforms: How I left the glitz of pro sports for the grit of prisons and found meaning along the way,” on Tuesday, October 31 at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theater, Weyerhaeuser Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Segura’s work focuses on the intersection of justice, class and race. In April 2017, Segura published a landmark investigation detailing how a group of predominately working class, Latina women from Chicago uncovered evidence suggesting a police detective framed at least 51 of their sons, brothers or husbands for murders.
Before BuzzFeed News, Segura was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated. During her 12 years at the magazine, she contributed reporting that revealed rocked Little League Baseball by uncovering pitching phenom Danny Almonte was two years older than rules allowed; published investigations about rampant abuse and exploitation of young, Latin-American baseball players that led Major League Baseball to implement reforms; and detailed the damning effects of concussions on NFL players and their families in a groundbreaking, 2012 cover story. In 2013, her story of a teenage boy who killed a referee during a recreational soccer match earned recognition in The Best American Sportswriting.