Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz is a senior criminal justice reporter at Insider's New York office.

While at Insider Haven has written a six-part series on the US mental health system failures that lead to police shootings of people in crisis; uncovered how a yoga guru to Hollywood elite operated an abusive international cult; reported from the NY federal court where R. Kelly was found guilty of sex crimes; and covered the Minneapolis trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin. 

She also covered Russia's unprovoked war in Ukraine and the plight of refugees from the Ukrainian border in Beregsurany and Budapest. 

Haven previously worked on the crime, legal affairs, and investigations beats at several newspapers in Massachusetts. 

While working at the Cape Cod Times, and later The Berkshire Eagle, her reporting won awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

Before that, Haven worked as a metro correspondent at The Boston Globe and contributed to the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning Marathon Bombing coverage.

Haven is passionate about public records, government transparency, and bagels.

Get in touch! Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal at +1 (845) 304-4037 using a non-work phone, via email at horecchio@insider.com, or by Twitter DM @InsiderHaven.

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Criminal justice, policing, courts, extremism, cults, and breaking news. 

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