Lakeidra Chavis joined The Marshall Project in August 2021. Previously, she reported in Chicago for The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom focused on gun issues, and before that for ProPublica Illinois and Chicago Public Media (WBEZ), Chicago’s local NPR affiliate. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She was a 2020 Center for Health Journalism Data Fellow.
As the shooting in Sacramento reminds us this week, gun violence is one of the biggest public health crises in America.
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