Justine Barron writes for print and online media, film, TV, podcasts, and stage. Her work has appeared in The Appeal, Miami Herald, Rolling Stone, FAIR Media, Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Fishbowl, Baltimore Brew, Jewish Journal, Devastator Quarterly, Undisclosed Podcast, WLRN-NPR, and on stages across the country. Her local investigative stories and fight for transparency have been picked up by national news outlets, including AP News and the Intercept. She was a frequent guest of the Real News "Stir Crazy" show and has appeared on numerous other podcasts and talk shows. She is also an acclaimed live storyteller and has won the Moth storytelling competition four times.
Justine Barron pursued her longtime interest in crime and justice by investigating and writing about the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody for the Undisclosed Podcast. She continues to dive deep into Baltimore crime and media and is the author of the forthcoming, "They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up" for Arcade Press (2023). She is a 2021 Best of Baltimore winner in Baltimore Magazine.
Justine Barron has provided writing and consulting services for dozens of political and nonprofit organizations, including proposals and speeches. She has also taught writing to adult and college students. She attended Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities, attaining degrees in English Literature.
Advanced praise for "They Killed Freddie Gray":
"Barron debuts with an impassioned account... She debunks the Baltimore police department’s account in meticulous, point-by-point detail... Barron’s writing is powered by outrage over Gray’s death and the failure to hold anyone accountable. Readers will be troubled." - Publisher's Weekly
"A fascinating, intriguing look at police and political abuse of those caught up in the criminal justice system... This 'You Are There' format gives the reader entree into the final moments of Freddie Gray’s life and allows the reader to experience the uniqueness of those connected. I wholeheartedly endorse this work and encourage all to experience the constitutional abuse of power first hand." - Sgt. Ron Stallworth (Ret.), author of"Black Klansman"
"Required reading for anyone who thinks policing will be fixed or justice achieved by civilian review boards, progressive prosecutors, blue-ribbon panels, or high-paid 'police reformers.' Barron makes clear that abusive policing is business as usual for Baltimore's political class." - Alex Vitale, author of "The End of Policing"
"Meticulous and engrossing, They Killed Freddie Gray provides a multifaceted analysis of the investigative, prosecutorial, and journalistic shortcomings that characterized the aftermath of Freddie Gray's arrest. Unearthing new details, it reveals the cover-up that has kept the full story from us until now... This book explains why and how justice was not done, and why the city, and the country, should still feel no peace."- Stuart Schrader, author of "Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing."
Available for pre-order or in stores after August 15.
August 10, 7pm - Red Emma's in Baltimore: Panel discussion including activist Tawanda Jones, community organizer Ray Kelly, and eyewitness Sierria Warren
August 11 - Bard's Alley in Vienna, VA: Discussion with author Wesley Lowery
August 17 - Books and Books in Coral Gables, FL (details TBD)
August 22, 6pm PST - City Lights in San Francisco, CA (online): Virtual panel discussion with author Rabia Chaudry, author Alex Vitale, eyewitness Sierria Warren, hosted by Kim Brown ("Burn it Down" podcast, formerly Real News)