JB Nicholas is an independent journalist based in New York City.
Since 2006, his photojournalism has appeared in scores of print, online and broadcast publications around the world, including Paris Match, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, the Guardian, Le Monde, Newsweek, New York Magazine, People, In Touch, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, the Village Voice, the Villager, the Daily Freeman, the Daily Beast.com, TMZ.com, the Daily Mail, Narratively.com and Gothamist.com, as well ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, among others.
In 2016, he focused his attention on reporting and investigative journalism. Among other things, he detailed, for the Daily Beast, the stories of two mentally-ill New York State prisoners who were, in essence, killed by the New York State prison system. He also revealed, in the Village Voice, that New York City was building a $1 billion new jail on Rikers Island -- work on the new jail was halted after the appearance of his story.
JB Nicholas is also a free press activist, and currently has a federal civil rights lawsuit pending against the NYPD. On Feburary 27, 2017, Federal District Judge J. Paul Oetken issued a landmark decision in the lawsuit, affirming free-press rights, and allowing the case to proceed over the NYPD's objection.
JB Nicholas was incarcerated from November 1990 until July 2003.
He is currently at work on a memoir, detailing his life as a Boy Scout, crime victim, vigilante, criminal, soldier, jailhouse lawyer, prisoner leader, protest organizer, college student, libertine, wilderness traveler, New York City news photographer and investigative journalist.