Aviva Shen


about me

I am a PDX-based editor and writer via Brooklyn, New Orleans and DC. I am currently a Senior Editor at Type Investigations. I was previously a senior editor at Slate, The Appeal, and ThinkProgress. My work has appeared in additional publications including The Guardian, Citylab, Scientific American, The Trace, and Smithsonian Magazine.


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What Happens When a School Stops Arresting Kids for Throwing Skittles

There’s been a fight at Marrero Middle School. Two sixth graders traded insults during football practice, someone threw a punch, and soon enough they were on the ground with a ring of students egging them on. A few years ago, a fight like this might have ended with someone being suspended, or even arrested. But over the past year and a half, the New Orleans-area middle school has rebuilt its entire approach to discipline.


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Louisiana’s death penalty prosecutor takes aim at his legal opponents

The death penalty is costing the cash-strapped state of Louisiana tens of millions of dollars a year. But there’s one state employee who’s massively profiting off its continued existence. Hugo Holland’s fingerprints are on the bulk of Louisiana’s recent death sentences. He’s been hired by over a dozen district attorneys to prosecute death penalty cases at a rate that pays him more than Governor John Bel Edwards.

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