Albert Samaha


Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist at BuzzFeed News and author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award and winner of the New York Society Library’s 2019 Hornblower Award. For his forthcoming book, Concepcion, he was awarded a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant.

Samaha's story on a narcotics unit in Mississippi led to a police captain’s resignation in 2015. His story on a Bronx murder helped get a wrongfully convicted man freed from prison in 2017, and his 2018 story on a teenager who accused two NYPD detectives of rape led six states to pass bills strengthening their police sexual misconduct laws. His story on why Filipinos turned to an authoritarian president was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2018.