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March 5, 2018. The Schuster Institute and Fund for Investigative Journalism announce new cohort of Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellows underwritten by Ford Foundation.

Jan. 23, 2017. The Schuster Institute and Fund for Investigative Journalism announce social justice investigative reporting grant and fellowship awards.

December 6, 2012. The Schuster Institute welcomes photojournalist Maria Stenzel and  journalist Brooke Kroeger to the Institute's Ethics & Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program. Press release>

June 26, 2012. The Schuster Institute welcomes Trevor Aaronson, Phillip Martin, Maryn McKenna, and James Verini to the Institute's Ethics & Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowship Program. 
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Ethics & Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowships

The Schuster Institute’s Ethics & Justice Investigative Journalism Fellowships are awarded to reporters whose ambitious projects are consistent with our journalistic mission to investigate and report on important public issues of government and corporate accountability, social justice, or human rights.

Through this collaboration with highly qualified and motivated investigative reporters, the Schuster Institute is undertaking additional stories of significant public interest. Our unpaid Fellows are pursuing important projects on a variety of topics, each working to a high standard with intensely researched, carefully fact-checked work that can benefit from having an institutional home.

While these fellowships are unpaid, Ethics & Justice Investigative Journalism Fellows have access to Brandeis University’s databases and other online resources; some student research assistance, where appropriate; some editorial support, guidance, and promotion of the completed work, when needed; and the potential to have the background documents and research related to their work hosted on our website.

Journalists with a compelling project related to our core interests may write to us at schusterinstitute@brandeis.edu explaining how their work is related to ours, and how their work and ours would benefit from the affiliation. Please also send a resume and links to relevant work samples.

Collaboration with the Fund for Investigative Journalism

The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) in Washington, D.C. announced in early January 2012 the launch of the Schuster Institute & Fund for Investigative Journalism Fellowships, an innovative investigative journalism collaboration with reporting on vital social justice and human rights issues as its core mission—reporting now endangered in mainstream newsrooms. Press release>

Schuster Institute
  Senior Fellows

Lisa Armstrong

LISA ARMSTRONG is an award-winning journalist with credits in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Intercept, The Daily Beast and several other publications and websites. She has reported from several countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Philippines, and reported from Haiti from 2010 to 2014. She is currently reporting on juvenile incarceration and recently published a story about minors who have been sentenced to life without parole. Armstrong is an FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Lara Bazelon

rectify-coverLARA BAZELON is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she directed the criminal justice and racial justice clinics. Her book, Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, was published by Beacon Press on October 16. Bazelon's work is informed by her career as a deputy federal public defender and as an associate professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she served as director of the school's innocence project. Her writing is focused on the rising tide of wrongful convictions in the United States. In her writing, she explores the root causes, the life-shattering consequences, and the potential for much-needed reforms by using powerful, character-driven stories. She looks at these issues from varied perspectives with an aim toward shining a light on innovative approaches to reducing these horrific injustices. Bazelon is a contributing writer for Slate Magazine, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Politico Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. @larabazelon

David Black

The Plague Years by David BlackDAVID BLACK, Criminal Justice Reporting Project. Black is an award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer based in New York City whose Schuster Institute fellowship will focus on a television series screenplay he is writing, based on deep research, about criminal justice and society. He is the author of ten books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Plague Years: A Chronicle of AIDS the Epidemic of Our Times, and more than 150 articles in magazines that include The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Rolling Stone. Black has risked his life a number of times while reporting, including being put under house arrest by Baby Doc's secret police in Haiti, infiltrating totalitarian therapy cults, being abandoned on a desert island, and exposing a sex trafficking organization in the East Village. His many awards include the Writers Guild of America Award, the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the National Science Writers Award, and nominations for the Emmy and Golden Globe. His novel Fast Shuffle was published in July 2015. He wrote the teleplay for the Law and Order episode "Life Choice", which was included in TV Guide's list of the 100 greatest tv episodes of all time.

Michael Blanding 

map-thief-coverMICHAEL BLANDING is an independent investigative journalist based in Boston. His work appears in such places as The New York Times, WIRED, Slate, The Boston Globe, and Boston magazine. He is the author of two books, The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps (Gotham, 2014), which was named a New York Times bestseller and an NPR Book of the Year; and The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink (Avery/Penguin, 2010). Blanding has formerly been a senior writer at Boston magazine and Harvard Business School, and a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He has taught journalism at Tufts University, Emerson College, and Grub Street Writers. @MichaelBlanding

Scott Carney 

what-doesnt-kill-usSCOTT CARNEY is an investigative journalist, anthropologist, and author whose stories blend narrative nonfiction with ethnography. His New York Times bestselling book What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength  is the third in a trilogy on body, mind and spirit. The previous two award winning book are: The Enlightenment Trap and The Red Market. His other writing appears in Wired, Mother Jones, Men's Journal, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Details, Discover, Outside, and Fast Company, with academic work in Nature and SAIS Journal. He regularly appears on radio and television including broadcasts by NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010 he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his Mother Jones story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. He reports from Colorado. Carney’s appointment is through the Schuster Institute-Fund for Investigative Journalism Fellowship. Visit his website for more.

Michele Chabin

MICHELE CHABIN is the Jerusalem-based correspondent for USA TODAY, Religion News Service, the New York Jewish Week and the National Catholic Register. Although she frequently covers wars and terrorism, she much prefers writing about religion-state issues, cultural trends, scientific innovation, women’s empowerment, poverty and social justice. Chabin is an FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Becky Cooper

mapping-manhattanBECKY COOPER is a former New Yorker editorial staff member, and assistant to David Remnick, Adam Gopnik and D.T. Max. Cooper is the author of Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers. Located in Cambridge, Cooper is working on an investigative project about Boston in the late '60s, a true crime narrative called "We Keep the Dead Close." Recently sold at auction, the book tells the story of "an unsolved 1969 murder at one of America's most prestigious institutions, and a memoir of obsession and love for a girl who once dreamt of rising among men." Cooper's work is supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, and the Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors Program.

Karen Coates 

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

KAREN COATES is an independent investigative reporter focusing on environmental, health, and human rights issues. She is the author of three books, including Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian Press, 2013), which she coauthored with Jerry Redfern; and Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (McFarland, 2005), which won the August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Books, Der Spiegel, Archaeology Magazine, Al Jazeera, and elsewhere. Coates was a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder, focusing on food security issues. She lives in New Mexico and spends at least six months of the year traveling in Southeast Asia. Her appointment is through the Schuster Institute-Fund for Investigative Journalism Fellowship. @ramblingspoon

Madeline Drexler 

lessons-on-happinessMADELINE DREXLER is a journalist and author specializing in public health, medicine, and travel, and the staff editor of Harvard Public Health Magazine. Her most recent book is A Splendid Isolation: Lessons on Happiness from the Kingdom of Bhutan (Amazon, 2014), a reported essay on that nation’s governing policy of Gross National Happiness. Drexler is also the author of Emerging Epidemics: The Menace of New Infections (Penguin, 2010). Her articles are published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and other outlets. Her investigative article “Why Your Food Isn’t Safe,” published by Good Housekeeping in 2011, was awarded the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award and a 2012 Clarion Award. She lives in greater Boston.

Judy Foreman

Judy ForemanJUDY FOREMAN is a nationally syndicated medical journalist with 40 years of deadline writing experience. She was a staff writer at The Boston Globe for 23 years and has been a medical specialist and science writer since 1985, covering a wide range of health issues: fitness, aging, cancer, heart disease, pain, nutrition, and basic biological sciences. In 'The Global Pain Crisis: What Everyone Needs to Know,' Foreman addresses the most important questions about chronic pain: what is it, whom does it affect most, which pain relief methods in Western and alternative medicine are effective, what are the risks and benefits of opioids and marijuana, and how can the chronic pain crisis be resolved for good? Foreman has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics, an affiliated scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, and a Harvard Medical School medical ethics fellow, and has won more than 50 journalism awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, a National Headliners Award, and others from the American Society on Aging, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the American Heart Association, and the Arthritis Foundation. As a Schuster Institute Senior Fellow within our Health & Justice Project, she will be working on a sequel to A Nation in Pain, again for Oxford University Press, that examines the global pain epidemic, arguing that pain management is a fundamental human right, and that the failure to help manage chronic pain is torture by omission.

Jan Goodwin 

JAN GOODWIN is an award-winning journalist and author, who has covered 17 wars and testified before Congress. Her work has appeared in such outlets as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie-Claire, and many other national publications. Goodwin is the author of two books, both of which have been widely translated. Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World (Little Brown; Plume paperback) examines how Islamic extremism affects the lives of Muslim women, is a New York Times notable book, and a course requirement at many colleges. For Caught in the Crossfire (E.P. Dutton), Goodwin spent three months traveling behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. She is a Soros Media Fellow and Kiplinger Fellow, and has a weekly social justice NPR show for Radio Catskill.

E.J. Graff 

what-is-marriage-formE.J. GRAFF is an award-winning journalist, commentator, and author best known for helping to pioneer the gender and sexuality beat. Her book, What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution (Beacon, 1999, 2004), was the first full-length American book examining same-sex marriage. Her Schuster Institute investigation into fraud and corruption in international adoption won four journalism awards, including the Society for Professional Journalism’s Sigma Delta Chi Award for Magazine Investigative Reporting, and paved the way for a new federal law designed to help stop shady U.S. adoption agencies from buying, defrauding, coercing, and even kidnapping children away from their birthfamilies to sell into international adoption. Her work appears in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, The American ProspectVice, and others. She is managing editor of The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post, which brings political science research into public discussion, and lives in greater Boston. Follow her @EJGraff or on Facebook. @EJGraff

Lottie Joiner

LOTTIE JOINER is an award-winning journalist who covers race, social justice, civil rights and culture. Her work focuses on issues of health disparities, poverty and inequality. She has written for The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Time.com, TheAtlantic.com and Essence magazine and produced several podcasts on race and policing for USA TODAY. Joiner is an FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Brooke Kroeger 

The Suffragents Brooke KroegerBROOKE KROEGER is a New York-based journalist, author of five books, and professor of journalism at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Her 2017 book, The Suffragents (State University of New York Press, 2017) tells the untold story of how some of New York's most powerful men formed the Men's League for Woman Suffrage. She is also the author of Undercover Reporting: The Truth About Deception (Northwestern University Press, 2012), biographies of Nellie Bly and Fannie Hurst, and Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are. In collaboration with the New York University library, Kroeger created an online database of thousands of groundbreaking stories written by American reporters who went undercover, going all the way back to slavery. @BrookeKroeger

Jaeah Lee

JAEAH LEE is a freelance journalist in San Francisco. She was most recently a reporter at Mother Jones, covering law enforcement and criminal justice after Ferguson. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Guardian, VICE News, Pop Up Magazine, and others. In 2015, she was part of a team at Mother Jones that won an Online Journalism Award for a series on the cost of gun violence in America. Lee is an FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Danielle Mackey

Based in New York and El Salvador, DANIELLE MACKEY reports on security and development in the U.S. and Central America. Her work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy and The New Republic, among others, with work forthcoming in El Faro and Revista Factum. She was twice an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow. Originally from Iowa, she has spent most of the past decade in El Salvador. @DanielleMackey

Johnny Magdaleno

Johnny Magdaleno has investigated human rights issues in Somalia, Turkey, Myanmar and other countries. His credits include Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, NPR and dozens of other organizations and websites. His work has been presented to Congress, and his reporting for VICE News on youth homicides in Salinas, California, led the local police officers’ association to raise funds to promote political candidates committed to public safety. Magdaleno was the 2016-2017 Equitable Cities fellow at Next City.

Phillip Martin

PHILLIP MARTIN is an award-winning investigative reporter for WGBH Boston Public Radio; a regular panelist for WGBH-TV’s “Basic Black”; an occasional panelist for WGBH’s “Beat the Press”; and an adjunct professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Martin’s 2014 “Underground Trade” series, an eight-part investigative series on human trafficking, was undertaken while he was a Ford Foundation Fellow with the International Center for Journalists and in collaboration with the Schuster Institute. The series won multiple awards, including a 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award. Martin was NPR’s first and only National Race Relations Correspondent from 1998 to 2001. In 1995, he helped create PRI/BBC’s news program “The World.” Martin was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow from 1997-1998, and a U.S.-Japan Media Fellow in 1997. @phillipWGBH

Linda Matchan

LINDA MATCHAN has been a print and multimedia reporter and editor for the Boston Globe and a documentary filmmaker, with a focus on social justice and the arts. Now a freelance journalist, she is working on an investigative project for the Globe's Spotlight investigative team. Her lengthy career at the Globe included a series on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. She is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her multimedia project about Inuit suicide in the Canadian Arctic, and for her 2015 documentary Circus Without Borders. Matchan is an FIJ Schuster Institute Social Justice Investigative Reporting Fellow and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Erin Siegal McIntyre

Finding Fernanda by Erin Siegal

ERIN SIEGAL MCINTYRE is an investigative journalist and author. Her award-winning book “Finding Fernanda” (Beacon Press 2012) was the basis for an hour-long CBS special investigation that won a 2015 News Emmy. The Overseas Press Club of America honored Finding Fernanda with a Robert Spiers Benjamin Award citation for best reporting in any medium on Latin America. Siegal McIntyre's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Latino USA, and various other outlets. She has also worked as an on-camera investigative reporter and producer for Univision Documentales. Siegal McIntyre was a 2012-2013 Soros Media Justice Fellow reporting on aggravated felony deportations, and has spoken at various conferences, including the Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley. She is a past board member and Diversity Committee co-chair for the nonprofit Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS). She is based along the U.S-Mexico border. @ESMcIntyre

Maryn McKenna

Superbug by Maryn McKennaMARYN MCKENNA is an independent journalist who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is the author of the 2017 bestseller BIG CHICKEN: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (published in the UK and other territories under the title Plucked.) Her earlier, award-winning books are Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She is one of the stars of the 2014 documentary “Resistance,” and her 2015 TED Talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?" has been viewed 1.5 million times and translated into 32 languages. She writes for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, NPR, Smithsonian, WIRED, Scientific American, Slate, The Atlantic, Nature, and The Guardian, among other publications, and teaches in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and the 2013 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences. @MarynMck

Michael McLeod

anatomy-of-a-beastMICHAEL MCLEOD, Environment & Justice Reporting Project. McLeod is an award-winning journalist, author, and film producer based in Oregon whose Schuster Institute fellowship focuses on investigating a landmark case of environmental pollution that begat a radical change in the country’s political system, foretelling today’s discordant politics. McLeod began his journalism career in television news then expanded into commercial film production, specializing in documentaries. His clients have included ABC, NBC, PBS, King Broadcasting, Discovery, and the PBS series “Frontline.” His investigations have looked at such subjects as death row, the origins of the U.S. Constitution, the building of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, hate crimes, sexual predators, the siege of Waco, and the world’s endangered fisheries. He is the author of Anatomy of a Beast (University of California Press, 2009). His many awards include the DuPont-Columbia, Cine Golden Eagle, Ohio State Award, and a Peabody.

Tracie McMillan 

The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillanTRACIE MCMILLAN is an investigative journalist whose groundbreaking reporting focuses on the intersection of food and class. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribner, 2012), in which she went undercover to report on labor and production in the American food system. McMillan has won numerous journalism awards, including the James Beard Journalism Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her work appears in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Harper’s, and Slate, and has been anthologized in the popular Best Food Writing series. She was a 2013 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow in residence at the University of Michigan, and now teaches writing at New York University. McMillan’s appointment as a Senior Fellow is through a collaboration between the Schuster Institute and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. @TMMcMillan

Elaine Murphy

ELAINE MURPHY has spent two decades investigating systemic corruption and abuse of power within the criminal justice system through focusing on the wrongful conviction of Sean Ellis, a native of Dorchester's section of Boston who was her son's elementary school chum in the 1980s. In 1995, Ellis was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the 1993 murder and robbery of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan that took place when Ellis was 19. It took three trials to convict him, as his first two trials ended in mistrial due to hung juries. He spent nearly 22 years in Massachusetts prisons, all the while steadfastly maintaining his innocence. Meanwhile, Murphy, working with Sean's attorneys from her home bases of Montreal and then San Diego, found documentary evidence of police corruption tainting the Mulligan homicide investigation that resulted in the overturning of Ellis’s conviction in May 2015. At age 42 he was freed on bail, but Boston prosecutors vowed to pursue him in yet a fourth trial, scheduled for September 2019. Abruptly, in December 2018, the district attorney dropped charges against Ellis, citing fading witness memories and the admitted corruption of three investigating detectives that made a retrial unwinnable. Murphy began her writing career as a consultant for Canadian businesses and universities before turning to criminal justice issues. She has extensively chronicled the Ellis case on her website and has written a memoir, "Freeing Sean" (as yet unpublished), about her experiences in reconnecting with Sean after a decade and her 23 years of strenuous efforts to free him. As the Schuster Institute’s first Senior Justice Fellow, she will continue publishing long-form journalism on wrongful convictions, police misbehavior, and the epidemic of violence within urban battle zones that causes so many black and brown youths to fear they'll up "either dead or in jail."

Janelle Nanos

JANELLE NANOS, Modern-Day Slavery & Human Trafficking Reporting Project. Nanos is a Boston-based writer, editor, and journalism professor who, during her Schuster Institute fellowship, is examining the commercial sexual exploitation of children within the U.S. She is writing a book with an advocate who works in the academy who was trafficked as a child—and who devotes her life to ending such child trafficking. Since 2014, Nanos has worked as a business reporter at the Boston Globe, and now covers retail and consumer culture. From 2011 to 2014, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine, where she wrote about ideas, people, and businesses that shape the way the city works. She earned her master's degree in journalism from New York University, where she was awarded a Knight Foundation fellowship for her outstanding reporting. She started her career at New York Magazine, where she worked as a reporter for three years, then joined the staff of National Geographic Traveler as Special Projects editor, developing multiplatform projects that spanned the print publication, tablet, and web. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, Marie Claire, The Village Voice, Forbes, and Mother Jones. She teaches magazine writing at Boston College. @JanelleNanos

Sonia Paul

SONIA PAUL is an independent journalist, radio producer and editor, and a longtime contributor to MediaShift. Her work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, VICE News, Wired, and on NPR and Public Radio International, among others, and has also received support from the International Women's Media Foundation and South Asian Journalists Association. From 2013 to 2015, Paul was based in Lucknow, India, as a freelance journalist, and from 2009 to 2011, she was based as a teacher in Shizuoka City, Japan, where she founded and produced a podcast series on racism, identity and education in Japan. Paul is an FIJ Schuster Institute Investigative Journalism Rising Star and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Jerry Redfern

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in LaosJERRY REDFERN is an independent photojournalist who reports primarily from Southeast Asia on issues involving the environment, health, and human rights. He and his wife Karen Coates co-authored Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian Press, 2013). Redfern was a 2012-2013 Scripps Fellow, focusing on data visualization and water issues in the Western U.S. His work has won awards from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Review Santa Fe, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is based in New Mexico and spends half of the year reporting from Southeast Asia. @JerryRedfern

Kenneth R. Rosen

KENNETH R. ROSEN is a senior news assistant at The New York Times and a nonfiction writer based in Massachusetts. His Schuster Institute research project focuses on rehabilitation centers for teenagers. He has filed stories for The Atlantic, The Atavist, New York Magazine, and Foreign Affairs, among other publications, from the Middle East, North Africa, and across North America. His reporting has been supported by several national and international organizations: the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in collaboration with John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice; the Fulbright Program; and the Carey Institute for Global Good. @kenneth_rosen

Stacy Thacker

STACY THACKER is an enrolled member of the Navajo tribe and grew up on the Navajo Nation. She decided on journalism as a career to give a voice to Native Americans in communities that might not have one. She writes: “I am early in my career but I’ve made it a point to take reporting positions in places that are near reservations so I can continue my quest of telling as many Native American stories as I can.” Thacker is an FIJ Schuster Institute Investigative Journalism Rising Star and received a grant from Fund for Investigative Journalism to complete an investigative reporting project. The initiative is funded by the Ford Foundation.

Luis Trelles

Luis Trelles is an audio reporter and producer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He covers Latin America and Latino communities in the United States for Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language podcast distributed by NPR. His work has appeared in WNYC's Radiolab, Gimlet Media's Reply All, and NPR's Planet Money and All Things Considered. Trelles also teaches in the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. @cu_bata

Chandra Thomas Whitfield

Chandra Thomas Whitfield is an award-winning multimedia journalist who contributes regularly to NBCNews.com/NBCBLK. Her work has also been featured with NPR, ESPN's The Undefeated, The Root, The Grio and magazines such as Essence, Ebony, Newsweek and on Time.com. One of her features made the Atlanta Press Club's “Atlanta’s Top 10 Favorite Stories of the Past 50 Years” list and contributed to a change in Georgia law and a teen’s release from a 10-year prison sentence. @ChandraWrites

Hella Winston

HELLA WINSTON is a sociologist, investigative journalist, and author whose work has focused on crime and government corruption, often as they play out with respect to the ultra-orthodox communities of New York and New Jersey but in the wider society as well. She has also written extensively on the subject of wrongful convictions. Her investigations have been published by the Daily Beast, Vice, the Crime Report, the New York Observer, the New York Daily News,  the New York Post, the New York Jewish Week,  Tablet, Gothamist, and City Limits. Her reporting has received awards from the American Jewish Press Association and the Annie E. Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families and grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Fund. Winston was chosen to be one of five 2017 John Jay/Quattrone reporting fellows at the H.F. Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also the author of Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels (Beacon: 2005) and the co-author, with Katherine Newman, of Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the 21st Century (Metropolitan: 2016).