Louis Hansen has been a journalist for more than 20 years in New York, Philadelphia, Hampton Roads, and Silicon Valley. He was an enterprise and investigative reporter for The Virginian-Pilot for more than a decade, covering state government, military affairs, and criminal justice. He served as a combat correspondent in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, covered the Virginia legislature, and state and federal elections.
Hansen has won national and state awards for his work. His profile of a teenage gang member, “The Girl Who Took Down the Gang,” was published in a collection of the ten best newspaper narratives of 2012.
In 2015, he was one of 20 journalists from around the world chosen for a year-long John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. He most recently covered Tesla, renewable energy, and the housing crisis in California.