Radley Balko

Radley Balko

Radley Balko (born April 19, 1975 in Greenfield, Indiana) is an American libertarian writer, and speaker.

Employment and publications

Balko is senior editor at "Reason" magazine. Previously, he was a policy analyst for the Cato Institute, specializing in vice and civil liberties issues. He writes on drug policy, police misconduct, obesity, alcohol and tobacco, and civil liberties. He also writes on trade and globalization issues and more generally on politics and culture. He is also a biweekly columnist for Fox News. His work has been published in the "Wall Street Journal", "Forbes", "Playboy", "TIME magazine", "The Washington Post", the "Los Angeles Times", "Slate", "Reason", "Worth" magazine, Canada's "National Post", and the "Chicago Tribune". He blogs at The Agitator, his personal weblog, and for Reason's Hit & Run. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.ref|personalresume

Balko's work on "no-knock" drug raids was profiled in "The New York Times", and cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in his dissent in the case "Hudson v. Michigan". He is also credited with breaking and reporting the Cory Maye case. His work on the Maye case was also cited by the Mississippi Supreme Court.


Balko earned a B.A. in journalism and political science in 1997 from Indiana University.


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title=Radley Balko
publisher=Cato Institute

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author=Balko, Radley
title=Personal Resume

External links

* [http://www.theagitator.com The Agitator] , Balko's personal weblog
* [http://www.foxnews.com/column_archive/0,2976,32,00.html Balko's columns] at Fox News
* [http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6476 Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America] by Radley Balko

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