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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

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 […]

Sep
29

Porat talks police abuse on Press Pass

Investigative Post reporter Daniela Porat discuss her recent story on police misconduct on WBFO’s Press Pass.    

Sep
26

City Hall agrees to increased police oversight

City officials, faced with growing concerns over the conduct of Buffalo police officers, agreed Tuesday to form a citizen advisory committee with Open Buffalo, an activist organization. The commitment came during a meeting of the Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee. Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda was in attendance and agreed to the advisory group. Details are […]

Sep
25

Buffalo police sued in fatal shooting

The family of Jose Hernandez-Rossy, the man who was fatally shot by police in May, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Buffalo and the police department. The lawsuit alleges that Housing Unit officers Justin Tedesco and Joseph Acquino conducted an illegal stop and search of Hernandez-Rossy and used unjustified deadly […]