Sasha was the lead reporter on ICIJ’s “Evicted and Abandoned” investigation, which revealed that the World Bank was failing to follow its own rules requiring it protect and compensate poor people displaced by its development projects. The investigation found that over the last decade, an estimated 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced by World Bank-financed projects.
Sasha also led ICIJ’s “Mystery in the Fields” and “Island of the Widows” investigations, which explored a mysterious epidemic of kidney disease that is killing agricultural workers from Central America to South Asia. In addition, he has exposed how a dysfunctional federal program kept many borrowers with severe disabilities buried in student debt, prompting the Education Department to overhaul the program. Other stories examined a sex-segregated public bus line serving Hasidic communities in Brooklyn, a campaign for climate change reparations by leaders in Latin America, and an identity theft scam that involved impersonating brides at the altar.
Sasha has previously written for ProPublica, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York World, an investigative website that covers New York city and state government. He has received numerous awards for his work from groups including the Overseas Press Club, Online News Association, New York Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists, and was a finalist for the Loeb Award and Investigative Reporters and Editors award. Sasha graduated from Columbia University in May 2010 with a dual masters degree in journalism and international affairs.