Spencer S. Hsu

Washington, D.C.

Investigative reporter

Education: Harvard University, B.A. in English

Spencer S. Hsu is an investigative reporter, two-time Pulitzer finalist and national Emmy Award nominee. Hsu has covered homeland security, immigration, Virginia politics and Congress. He received the Sigma Delta Chi award and Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for excellence in investigative journalism in 2012.
Latest from Spencer S. Hsu

U.S. appeals court revives lawsuit by family of man who died in Metro station and wasn’t found for 4 days

Relatives of Okiemute C. Whiteru can sue Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority over his death at a Metro station, a court ruled.

February 12, 2022

Three Hawaii defense contractors charged with illegal donations to Sen. Susan Collins

Martin Kao, 48, Clifford Chen, 48, and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, 52, all of Honolulu, worked for a defense contractor prohibited under federal law from making contributions in federal elections, according to a five-count indictment.

February 10, 2022

Phone, email records for lawyer of Bannon, Giuliani sought by Justice Dept.

U.S. prosecutors have obtained the phone and email records of Robert Costello, an attorney representing former Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon, who has been charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to appear before a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2020, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bannon's defense decried the search as a potential violation of attorney-client privilege. Prosecutors said Costello is a witness to Bannon's failure to testify.

February 5, 2022

Man arrested after swastikas painted at Union Station in possible hate crime, police say

A man has been arrested and charged with spray-painting swastikas on the facade and columns of Union Station in what D.C. police and Amtrak police said Saturday they are investigating as a possible hate crime.

January 29, 2022

Winter storm sideswipes D.C. and hits the Eastern Shore before slamming Northeast

A powerful winter storm hit parts of the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday while intensifying into a blizzard aimed at New England.

January 29, 2022

Reward up to $100,000 offered for tips in Baltimore blaze that killed three firefighters

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott and Baltimore County are each offering a reward of $10,000 for information about the fire that killed three Baltimore firefighters, authorities said.

January 29, 2022

Kansas man who made Biden death threat said he was ‘coming for’ the president, Secret Service alleges

The Secret Service said in a court document that Scott Ryan Merryman was found in possession of ammunition but no weapon.

January 29, 2022

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to remain jailed pending trial on Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy charge

A U.S. judge ordered Stewart Rhodes jailed pending trial on a charge of seditious conspiracy. The founder of the extremist group Oath Keepers is the highest-profile defendant charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

January 26, 2022

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes pleads not guilty to seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

Stewart Rhodes and several Oath Keepers pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack by a pro-Trump mob.

January 25, 2022

Jan. 6 influencer who called for ‘civil war’ sentenced to probation

Many extreme pro-Trump voices cast Jan. 6 as the first shot of a “revolution,” but Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes is charged with seditious conspiracy while others aren’t. The sentencing of right-wing influencer Brandon Straka illustrates why.

January 24, 2022