Alain Stephens is the western correspondent for The Trace, an online newsroom that investigates gun violence in America. He’s been with them for nearly 4 years. He is based in San Diego.

Alain has a background in law enforcement, military, and sociology – not your typical journalism path. He’s a graduate of the University of North Texas who served in both the Coast Guard and Air Force. And he is a gun owner.

Alain talked about his unusual career path and the different projects he’s worked on for them. He explained how his military background intersects with his journalism experiences and told what it’s like to work on some stories for multiple years.

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You can see Alain’s work at

LINK: How The Trace Changed Reporting on Guns in America

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