I’m a D.C.-based investigative reporter, editor, and fact-checker who writes about housing policy, homelessness, and social services. I’ve reported from a dozen states, both coasts and the U.S.-Mexico border, on stories ranging from the degradation of public housing in the capital to the prevalence of micro-plastics in rural Montana.
I was formerly a politics reporter for VICE News, covering the 2020 election and federal agencies, as well as a columnist at Washington City Paper, where I wrote about housing policy and urban development. My work there won an award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for beat reporting. While living in Southern California, I worked as a print fact-checker and writer at Pacific Standard, where I covered national politics and immigration policy.
My work has been supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and has appeared in VICE, Slate, DCist/WAMU 88.5, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Washington City Paper, GEN Mag, High Country News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, TalkPoverty, Splinter, and USA Today, among other publications.
I’m originally from Miami and, no, I am neither a scion of the Baskin-Robbins empire nor the Morgan Baskin who ran for mayor of Toronto.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow my work @mhbaskin on Twitter.