The County


In 2015, officer-involved shootings were more likely in Kern County, California, than anywhere in the United States. This documentary and interactive project for The Guardian follows the families grieving for their loved ones and calling for justice while also exploring the lives of the officers and deputies who are dealing with a county that has high rates of poverty and drug abuse. This project is part of The Counted — an initiative by The Guardian to document and maintain a database of all officer-involved killings in the US.


Edward R. Murrow award: Investigative video 

Online News Association Award: Topical Reporting 

Peabody Award finalist

News & Documentary Emmy: New approaches nomination


Mae Ryan Director, camera, producer & editor

Grant Slater Director, camera, producer & editor

Jon Swaine Producer

Oliver Laughland Producer

Guardian US Interactive Team Interactives & design