About

Photo by Herald-Journal photojournalist Tim Kimzey

Photo courtesy: Tim Kimzey

Daniel J. Gross is a South Carolina-based journalist covering crime and criminal justice with a focus on enterprise, data, investigations and in-depth reporting.

He has been with the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C. since December 2013.

Previously, Daniel worked as a cops reporter for The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Md. He also spent two years covering crime and courts in the Washington, D.C. metro region for The Gazette,  a weekly newspaper in Maryland owned by The Washington Post Company before it shuttered. He was also a frequent contributor to The Washington Post‘s Local Living and Metro sections during that time.

Other previous employers include The Advocate of Carroll County— a Carroll County Times weekly newspaper — and The Towerlight, an independent twice-weekly newspaper at Towson University where he served as the editor-in-chief. He has also held internships at WBAL Radio, The Baltimore Sun’s B free daily and the Southern Maryland Newspapers’ The Enterprise.

He has been honored with numerous press association awards for in-depth, enterprise, breaking news, general news, feature story and beat reporting.

Topics of his award-winning stories include the war on heroin, sex offender registries, communities plagued by crime,  arson investigations, drive-by shootings and the life of a serial killer.

His in-depth reporting on gun laws, mental health and a murder-suicide at the University of Maryland led to his guest interview on an NPR-affiliate radio station. His in-depth coverage of a notorious mass murderer and serial killer in South Carolina led to him being interviewed for nationally-televised true crime programs. The highlight of his journalism career came when he began handwritten correspondence from prison with Todd Kohlehpp, the serial killer tied to at least seven murder and a brutal kidnapping in South Carolina.

Daniel is accustomed to firm deadlines, spot news, enterprise, database projects, long-form journalism, in-depth reporting, digging deeper, holding officials accountable, photography, video, social media and digital tools to enhance a story.

Follow him on Twitter: @danieljgross.

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