CBH Talk | Joe Sexton and Errol Louis discuss “The Lost Sons of Omaha”

Veteran journalist Joe Sexton’s new book, The Lost Sons of Omaha: Two Young Men in an American Tragedy, unpacks two linked and tragic deaths stemming from the 2020 George Floyd protests. It tells the story of James Scurlock, a 22-year old Black protester killed by Marine veteran and bar owner Jake Gardner, who then took his own life. Their intertwined deaths and the social media frenzy that followed provides Sexton with a lens to examine some of the most pressing issues facing America today: our racial mistrust and division, our dire need for gun control, and the toxic power of fake news. Join him for this conversation moderated by Errol Louis, NY1 Political Anchor and host of Inside City Hall.


Joe Sexton is a former senior editor at ProPublicawho also spent twenty-five years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times. While Sexton was serving as metropolitan editor at the Times, his staff won two Pulitzer Prizes, including the award for breaking news for its coverage of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s downfall. As a reporter, he covered sports, politics, crime, and the historic overhaul of the country’s welfare legislation. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing. Sexton is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn and the father of four daughters.



Errol Louis is the Political Anchor of NY1 News, where he hosts Inside City Hall, a nightly prime-time show about New York City politics, featuring interviews with top political and cultural leaders. He is also the host of the weekly podcast You Decide with Errol Louis. Louis has moderated dozens of debates between candidates for Mayor, Governor, Public advocate, city and state Comptroller, state Attorney General, Congress and U.S. Senate. He is a longtime CNN Contributor, providing on-air commentary on key events including presidential primaries and Election Night. He writes regularly for CNN.com, as well as a weekly column for New York Magazine on a range of political and social affairs.


Nov 14 2023


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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