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Daniela Porat

Daniela Porat joined Investigative Post in August 2016. She previously worked with The New York Times investigative and computer-assisted reporting units for seven months on a project about gun violence in America. She also reported on the lack of oversight over nursing in New York for ProPublica and worked as a researcher for Vice HBO.

Porat, 27, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Toronto. She graduated from McGill University in 2011 with a degree in art history and political science. In May 2015, she graduated with honors from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Her classmates voted her Student of the Year.

Email: dporat@investigativepost.org / Twitter: @d_porat

Mar
27

Progress on Buffalo police accreditation

 The Buffalo Police Department is getting closer to obtaining professional accreditation from the state, according to police representatives who spoke Tuesday at the Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee.   As Investigative Post reported last year, the City Charter requires the police to maintain professional accreditation, a good housekeeping stamp of approval that ensures departments […]

Mar
22

No job search for Buffalo police commissioner

 Mayor Byron Brown didn’t search for job applicants or interview any candidates other than Byron Lockwood before he nominated him to succeed Daniel Derenda as police commissioner in February. Selecting a police commissioner without conducting a job search is not standard practice for large municipalities. Other cities take their candidate hunts national by posting […]

Mar
14

Porat discusses police drowning on Press Pass

Daniela Porat walks Jay Moran of WBFO through her reporting on her recent story about the drowning death of Officer Craig Lehner while on a training dive with the Buffalo Police Department’s Underwater Recovery Team.

Feb
13

Training, equipment deficient in police drowning

The rapid-moving and debris-filled water of the Niagara River was unfamiliar territory to Officer Craig Lehner. His previous dives were in relatively calm and contained waters like the Buffalo River and the clear, warm Caribbean where he got his scuba certification. Last October, Lehner was training with the Buffalo Police’s Underwater Recovery Team in the […]

Feb
09

Buffalo police disbanding troubled Strike Force

 The Buffalo Police Department is disbanding a special unit that ostensibly targets gang, guns and drug activity in the face of criticism over what some regard as its heavy-handed tactics. Police officials confirmed the 19 officers and supervisors in the unit, known as Strike Force, will be reassigned effective March 12. The fate of […]

Feb
02

Buffalo police cleared in fatal shooting

Daniela Porat provided analysis for WGRZ on a report released Thursday by the state attorney general on the fatal shooting of Jose Hernandez-Rossy by Buffalo police last May. The report concluded that police had legal justification to use deadly force as Hernandez-Rossy fled police because they believed – mistakenly – that he had a gun […]

Dec
14

Police refused to cooperate in death probe

A review of internal Buffalo police records and state law raises questions over the refusal of two officers to cooperate with the attorney general’s office as it investigated the death of Wardel Davis during an encounter with the police in February. The two officers involved, Nicholas Parisi and Todd McAlister, refused to be interviewed by the attorney […]

Oct
06

Podcast: Researcher De’Jon Hall on police misconduct

For our latest Postcast, Daniela Porat interviewed De’Jon Hall, a co-author of a two-year study by UB and Cornell Law Schools alleging that the Buffalo police department engages in unconstitutional and discriminatory policing. With Porat’s recent investigation into illegal searches by a group of officers in the department’s Strike Force and Housing Units and public […]