Staff Writer, The Trace
Alain Stephens is a staff writer for The Trace, an outlet exclusively dedicated to reporting on gun violence. He is a reporter and the host of "The Gun Machine," a new podcast from WBUR & The Trace about how America was forged by the gun industry.
Trained as a law enforcement officer, Stephens served in the military for years — with the U.S. Coast Guard, followed by the Air Force — before pivoting to journalism. As a Black, biracial man who grew up in Texas, Stephens understands the racial and cultural implications of gun culture firsthand.
'The Gun Machine' Ep. 7: What the ATF — Why it’s so hard for the federal law enforcement agency in charge of guns to do its job
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is supposed to regulate the gun industry and protect the American public from gun crime. But the ATF often falls short of...
‘The Gun Machine’ Ep. 4: Springfield was once the center of the gun industry. Now, many guns on the street are illegal.
The byproduct of producing the world's most lethal guns is that criminals have them, too. We go back to the birthplace of the industry, Springfield, Mass., where nearly every young...