Veteran New York Times reporter John Eligon covers issues of race and class as a national correspondent based in Kansas City. In his writing, he tries to document the nuance of America's difficult battle with race, from the protest movement over police violence to the changing face of the country's cities and suburbs. Eligon broke the story of a bail bonds scheme that left poor defendants unable to gain their freedom and authored a series that followed one Detroit neighborhood over the course of a year to document how it changed as the city worked to lift itself out of bankruptcy. He also helped to shepherd the “Times” coverage of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the various issues surrounding race and police/community relations that resulted. John Eligon began his journalism career as a sports reporter, and then moved on to cover courts and politics before assuming his current beat. Eligon is a marathon runner and reported on the Boston Marathon bombing just after finishing the race.