About Homicide Watch Boston

Homicide Watch Boston is a not-for-profit website run out of Northeastern University dedicated to documenting every homicide and the subsequent criminal proceedings in the City of Boston. Through dedicated original reporting and aggregation, Homicide Watch Boston seeks to get to the story behind the violence in the city’s streets.

Who We Are

We aim to be a comprehensive database of the city’s homicide cases. As journalism students at Northeastern University we hope to establish a website that will continue on as a journalism tradition at Northeastern.

Kelsey Luing is a graduate student and former correspondent for the Boston Globe. She comes to Homicide Watch on the heels of a five-weeklong reporting excursion in Spain.

Haley Hamilton is a graduate student and part-time correspondent for the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Her work has appeared on boston.com, digboston.com and in DigBoston.

Melanie Dostis is a graduating senior whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, USA Today and Boston Magazine among other publications. She participated in the New York Times Student Institute last summer.

Todd Feathers is a senior who works part-time with the Boston Globe and MuckRock. In the past he has also worked for the West Roxbury Transcript and in Washington, D.C. for the German Press Agency.

Nicholas Jacques is a graduating senior and part-time Boston Globe correspondent. He will be starting law school in September.

Zack Sampson is a graduating senior and part-time Boston Globe correspondent who will be interning in the Globe’s Metro department this summer. He previously worked at The New Bedford Standard-Times, The Tampa Bay Times, and MuckRock.

Young Kim is a graduating senior with experience from the Investigative Unit at CBS in Denver, The CBS Sunday Morning Show, and the DailyNK in South Korea. He will be working as a News Associate at CBS News in New York after graduation.

Led by Laura Amico, founder and editor of Homicide Watch, now a network of comprehensive crime beat websites in including Chicago, Trenton and Washington D.C. She was an inaugural Nieman-Berkman fellow in journalism innovation at Harvard, a 2011 MJ Bear Fellow with the Online News Association, a fellow at the 6th Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, a Knight News Entrepreneur Boot Camp alum, and a New York Times Chairman’s award winner. Email Laura.

Chris Amico is a journalist and web developer based in Boston. He runs the technology side of Homicide Watch and helps out with editing and data-driven storytelling. And yes, he’s married to Laura.

Northeastern’s School of Journalism

For more than 40 years, Northeastern University’s School of Journalism has combined academic excellence with practical experience, preparing students to be analytical thinkers and successful communicators. School of Journalism alumni work in major news and public relations organizations throughout the country and the world. Many of our graduates also choose careers in advertising, education, government service, law, and business.

We believe that the ability to gather, analyze and present stories and information is at the core of the journalism and public relations professions, and we continue to emphasize reporting and writing skills in all courses. We also offer classes that keep pace with the changing way that news is delivered and received in the digital age. Students can learn multimedia journalism from “Crowdsourcing” author Jeff Howe or take “Reinventing the News” with Dan Kennedy. They can study visual communication and photojournalism, broadcast news writing and documentary production, and acquire public relations theory and skills.

Learn more about Northeastern’s School of Journalism.