Sharona Coutts

Vice President, Investigations and Research

Sharona Coutts is an investigative reporter, and Vice President of Investigations and Research at Rewire. She has exposed fraud and abuse in areas including pension funds, financial firms, for-profit colleges, aged-care, and New York City schools. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as dozens of other publications.

For Rewire, Coutts has overseen the creation of a new national database relating to reproductive rights, and her work has repeatedly undermined false anti-choice claims about abortion. Coutts graduated with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and worked for three years at ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom in Manhattan. Prior to joining Rewire, Coutts led the investigative team at The Global Mail, an online publication based in her hometown, Sydney, Australia. Coutts holds a law degree, and clerked for a justice of the High Court of Australia.


All Work

Investigations Religion

Not the ‘Illuminati’: How Fundamentalist Christians Are Infiltrating State and Federal Government

Sofia Resnick & Sharona Coutts

Welcome to the world of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, an annual program established in 2000 by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based nonprofit that is swiftly emerging as a major behind-the-scenes player in many of the nation’s most controversial legal cases involving reproductive rights, sexual justice, and a vast range of other moral and social disputes.

News Violence

School Officials Accused of Covering Up Sex Assaults Appear to Have Resigned or Been Removed

Sharona Coutts

A job posting on West Virginia's Mingo County Board of Education website lists two available positions at Burch Middle School, which is at the center of explosive allegations that school officials conspired to cover up allegations of sexual assault of minors on school grounds and on school buses in order to protect the perpetrators, who were allegedly related to officials at the board of education.

Investigations Abortion

In North Dakota, It’s ‘No’ to Government Spending, Unless You’re Fighting Against Abortion Rights

Sofia Resnick & Sharona Coutts

North Dakota is far from alone in spending large sums to defend anti-choice laws. But what makes the state unusual is that fiscal conservatives are now criticizing a double standard, where the lawmakers backing these bills are more regularly seen opposing other instances of what they call government interference, and decrying so-called “big spending.”

Dr. Steven Brigham legal documents

Investigations Abortion

For Decades, Authorities Let Rogue Abortion Provider Harm Women, Despite Pleas From Legitimate Doctors

Sharona Coutts

Since the early 1990s, public records show, Brigham’s patients have suffered emergency hysterectomies, severe bowel injuries, severed ureters, and sweeping lacerations to the uterus. Over a period of two decades, Brigham has been barred from practicing medicine in at least six states, sued by his landlords and business associates, and even served jail time for failing to pay taxes. And yet today, Brigham remains in control of a network of 15 abortion clinics in four states, and there appears little that most state authorities are able—or willing—to do about it.

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