2022 Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage, Single Story finalist

Wolf of Main Street

About the Project

Kriston Capps and Sarah Holder exposed how the fastest-growing landlord in the U.S. Midwest used evictions to drive up rents during the pandemic — even while a federal moratorium was in place. They deftly wove together a deep data dive into legal filings with anecdotes from eviction lawyers, executives and renters. The narrative was buttressed by sophisticated data visualisations from graphics journalists Marie Patino and Jeremy Lin as well as photographs and video. The result was a shocking look at industry practices, often explained directly by the people engaging in them.