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  • Abby Blachman portrait

    Abby Blachman is our full-stack product engineer. Her focus on the product side of journalism was born out of her experience as a data reporter for Injustice Watch in Chicago, where she explored and developed a passion for accessible information delivery. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, but is a born and raised Texan. Email Abby Blachman at [email protected]

  • Abby Johnston portrait

    Abby Johnston is our editorial director. Before joining The 19th, she edited and managed digital strategy for the Texas Observer, Frontline and Texas Monthly. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Missouri. Email Abby Johnston at [email protected]

  • Alexandra Smith staff photo

    Alexandra Smith is our audience director. She has a decade of experience working at the intersection of audience, product and news, previously working at the media startup WhereBy.Us and local newspapers The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan and the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press. Email Alexandra Smith at [email protected]

  • Amanda Becker portrait

    Amanda Becker is our Washington correspondent. She has covered the U.S. Congress, the White House and elections for more than a decade. Becker previously worked at Reuters and CQ Roll Call. Her work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The New Republic and Glamour magazine. Her political coverage has also been broadcast on National Public Radio. Email Amanda Becker at [email protected]

  • Amanda Zamora portrait

    Amanda Zamora is our co-founder and publisher. She spent nearly two decades as a digital editor, product manager and audience strategist at newsrooms including the Texas Tribune, ProPublica and The Washington Post. She serves as a board member of the American Press Institute and Chicas Poderosas, and was also an appointed member of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder. Email Amanda Zamora at [email protected]

  • Anne Musial staff photo

    Anne Musial is our director of foundation philanthropy. She has over two decades of experience helping nonprofits and visionary political leaders maximize their success through effective fundraising and communication strategies. Prior to The 19th, she worked in philanthropy and politics at consulting firms in Austin and Los Angeles. Email Anne Musial at [email protected]

  • Annelise McGough portrait

    Annelise McGough is our newsletters editor. She graduated from The New School with a degree in journalism and design. She started her work in journalism as the social media producer at Fast Company. More recently she led audience efforts at Grist as the growth and engagement editor. Email Annelise McGough at [email protected]

  • Barbara Rodriguez portrait

    Barbara Rodriguez is our state politics and voting reporter. She most recently worked at the Des Moines Register, where she covered health care, politics and state government. Before that, Barbara was the Iowa statehouse reporter for The Associated Press, where she worked for a decade. Email Barbara Rodriguez at [email protected]

  • Ben Werdmuller is our chief technology officer. Prior to The 19th, he co-founded Elgg and Known, supported media startups at Matter Ventures, was the inaugural Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals, and worked on publications at Medium. An early blogger and open web advocate, he is an active member of the indieweb community. Email Ben Werdmuller at [email protected]

  • Candice Norwood headshot

    Candice Norwood is a breaking news reporter. Before The 19th, she was a digital politics reporter for the PBS NewsHour, a staff writer for Governing magazine covering state and local government, and a freelancer for the Bloomberg News White House team. Email Candice Norwood at [email protected]

  • Chabeli Carrazana portrait

    Chabeli Carrazana is our economy reporter. Previously, she worked as a business reporter for the Miami Herald, where she covered the tourism industry, and the Orlando Sentinel, where she covered NASA, the private space industry and labor issues. Email Chabeli Carrazana at [email protected]

  • Clarice Bajkowski portrait

    Clarice Bajkowski is our creative director. With nearly two decades of experience crafting brand narratives, she has served as design lead, art director and brand strategist for the arts, education and travel sectors. She has created award-winning brand experiences for Microsoft, HP, Dell and Expedia. Email Clarice Bajkowski at [email protected]

  • Emily Ramshaw portrait

    Emily Ramshaw is our co-founder and CEO. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, an award-winning nonpartisan digital news startup. She serves on the board of the Pulitzer Prize. Email Emily Ramshaw at [email protected]

  • Emily Swelgin portrait

    Emily Swelgin is our chief product officer. Emily previously worked in visual journalism and user experience design at The Texas Tribune, The Washington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Email Emily Swelgin at [email protected]

  • Errin Haines portrait

    Errin Haines is our editor-at-large. An award-winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience, Errin was previously national writer on race for the Associated Press. She’s also worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.

  • Faith Smith headshot

    Faith Smith is our senior director of events. Previously she was the executive producer of Slate Live, where she led all of Slate’s live programming from podcasts and editorial conferences to events on emerging technology with their Future Tense partnership. Before that she was the director of events and external relations at New America. She’s a graduate of UCLA and lives in Northern Virginia. Email Faith Smith at [email protected]

  • Fatima Hessabi is our chief financial officer, with more than 17 years of experience in finance and accounting. She holds an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and received her undergraduate degree in managerial economics and sociology-organizational studies, also from UC Davis.

  • Flora Peir headshot

    Flora Peir is our news editor. She oversees our daily news operation and finds the gender lens on the nation’s biggest stories. An 18-year veteran of The New York Times and graduate of the Asian American Journalist Association’s executive leadership program, she has been a line editor and headline writer for local, national and international news; an assignment editor for late-breaking news; and for the last four years, helped decide what makes the Times’ national print section. Email Flora Peir at [email protected]

  • Janelle Sanchez is our development and revenue associate. With over 20 years in the nonprofit and higher education sectors, Janelle has deeply rooted experience in all aspects of fundraising operations, with specialties in gift accounting and administration, IRS compliance and regulation, campaign analytics, and donor relations. She has worked for institutions of all sizes across the country, including the University of Arizona Foundation, Connecticut College, and the University of Texas at Austin. Email Janelle Sanchez at [email protected]

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    Jasmine Mithani is our data visuals reporter. She is focused on making complex ideas accessible to everyone. She has worked as a game developer, civic tech software consultant, alt-weekly editor and user experience designer. Her experience in journalism spans newsrooms national to hyper-local, including National Public Radio and South Side Weekly. She was most recently at FiveThirtyEight, where she worked on interactive forecasts and visual stories. Email Jasmine Mithani at [email protected]

  • Jayo Miko Macasaquit is our chief people officer. Before joining The 19th, Jayo led equity-centered human resources processes at organizations like Mother Jones and the Oakland Public Education Fund. Jayo was a 2019 Equity in Leadership Fellow at the Surge Institute and holds an MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts. Email Jayo Miko Macasaquit at [email protected]

  • Jenny Ajluni staff photo

    Jennifer Ajluni is our director of individual philanthropy. Before joining The 19th, she worked at The Texas Tribune, where she was the senior development officer. Prior to that, Jenny worked in political fundraising both nationally and in Texas. Email Jennifer Ajluni at [email protected]

  • Jennifer Gerson headshot

    Jennifer Gerson is a reporter on our breaking news team. She was the recipient of the 2015 Maggie Award for her reproductive and sexual health reporting work at Yahoo Health. In 2019, she was twice nominated by the American Society of Magazine Editors for her work in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. She was also one of the founding editors of Jezebel.com. Email Jennifer Gerson at [email protected]

  • Jessica Kutz is our gender, climate and sustainability reporter. Prior to joining The 19th, she was an editor and reporter at High Country News, a regional nonprofit that covers the Western United States. Her work has been republished in many outlets including The Guardian, Slate, Mother Jones and The Atlantic. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Email Jessica Kutz at [email protected]

  • Johanna Derlega portrait

    Johanna Derlega is our chief revenue officer. She previously oversaw revenue efforts, events and marketing as publisher of The Hill and senior vice president at National Journal. Most recently, she launched the consultancy Broad Branch Strategies. Email Johanna Derlega at [email protected]

  • Julia B. Chan is our editor in chief. A veteran multi-platform journalist, she held newsroom leadership positions at KQED in the Bay Area, Mother Jones, Reveal for the Center for Investigative Reporting and the San Francisco Examiner. Julia serves on the board of the Asian American Journalists Association and is a founder of the Journalists of Color Slack community. She’s a proud alum of San Francisco State University and Foothill College. Email Julia B. Chan at [email protected]

  • Julie Bogen is our audience engagement editor. With eight years of writing, reporting, social media, and editorial strategy experience, she joins us now from The Atlantic where she was a deputy team leader. She has extensive experience in project distribution strategy and her bylines can be found not only in The Atlantic but also at Vox.com, Refinery29, and Cosmopolitan. She holds a Film & New Media degree from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

  • Karen Hawkins is our story editor. She joins us from the Chicago Reader, where she served as co-publisher and editor in chief. Karen is founder of Rebellious Magazine for Women and the Feminist Media Foundation, and co-host of the podcast Of Course I’m Not OK.

  • Kari Cobham is our director of fellowships. She has almost two decades of experience in journalism as a staff writer, executive producer, and analytics and digital strategy lead, and has bylines in The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, CNN and others. She is from Trinidad and Tobago, and is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and the University of Central Florida. Email Kari Cobham at [email protected]

  • Kate Sosin portrait

    Kate Sosin is our LGBTQ+ reporter, focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics and public policy. Kate has conducted deep-dive investigations into transgender prison abuse and homicides for NBC News. They previously worked at Logo TV, INTO and Windy City Times. Email Kate Sosin at [email protected]

  • Lance Dixon is an audience engagement producer. Before joining The 19th he served as digital editor at WLRN News, South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Prior to that he worked as director and storytelling producer at The New Tropic, part of the media startup WhereBy.Us, and as a general assignment and municipal government reporter at the Miami Herald. Email Lance Dixon at [email protected]

  • Lydia Chebbine, The 19th

    Lydia Chebbine is our photo editor. She was previously at U.S. News & World Report, where she crafted daily visual coverage and special packages which have been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association. She has a background in Critical & Visual Studies from Pratt Institute. Email Lydia Chebbine at [email protected]

  • Mariel Padilla portrait

    Mariel Padilla is a general assignment reporter. Previously she covered breaking news at The New York Times where she contributed to COVID-19 coverage that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize, compiled data at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and contributed to a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning project at The Cincinnati Enquirer. Email Mariel Padilla at [email protected]

  • Marissa Nelson is our events producer. She earned an undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism at DePaul University. At DePaul, she helped found the university’s student magazine, 14 East, where she leveraged events and other engagement tools to better serve readers. More recently, Marissa produced for WTTW News’ Nightly News program “Chicago Tonight.” Email Marissa Nelson at [email protected]

  • Megan Kearney is our digital producer. Before The 19th, she worked on the USA TODAY Network’s Digital Optimization Team in Florida, where she strategized the promotion of daily news coverage, enterprise projects and newsletters with an emphasis on creatively transforming news into uniquely digital, audience-driven experiences. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Florida. Email Megan Kearney at [email protected]

  • Myrka Moreno is an audience engagement producer. She previously worked at Grist as the social media coordinator and interned at the Texas Observer. Myrka was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and studied Digital Media and Journalism at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Email Myrka Moreno at [email protected]

  • Nadra Nittle

    Nadra Nittle is our education reporter. She was previously a senior reporter for Civil Eats and a staff reporter for Vox Media and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where she covered K-12 education. She has a master’s degree in teaching, and her writing has also appeared in publications including The Guardian, Business Insider, The Atlantic, BBC News, NBC News and EdSource. Email Nadra Nittle at [email protected]

  • Orion Rummler headshot

    Orion Rummler is a reporter on our breaking news team. He previously anchored live news coverage at Axios, including the January 6 Capitol attack, the coronavirus and the 2020 election. He also researched “Axios on HBO” stories on former President Donald Trump and expanded the outlet’s LGBTQ+ coverage. Email Orion Rummler at [email protected]

  • Rena Li is our brand designer. She previously led the art direction and branding at Atolla, a skincare startup, and worked on campaigns at creative ad agencies McCann NY and dentsumcgarrybowen. Email Rena Li at [email protected]

  • Sara Luterman, The 19th

    Sara Luterman is our caregiving reporter. She is based outside Washington, D.C. Prior to The 19th, she worked as a freelancer covering disability policy, politics and culture for publications including The Nation, The American Prospect and Vox. Her reporting in The Nation was shortlisted for the 2021 Deadline Club Mosaic Award, which recognizes excellence in “coverage of disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, social justice, equity and inclusion.” Most recently, Sara became a contributing editor for Radiolab. Email Sara Luterman at [email protected]

  • Sereena Henderson portrait

    Sereena Henderson is our community manager. She previously worked at Mississippi Today, where she managed the nonprofit newsroom’s social media, reported on Mississippi culture, curated the daily newsletter and pitched in on audience engagement projects. Sereena is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Email Sereena Henderson at [email protected]

  • Shefali Luthra portrait

    Shefali Luthra is our health reporter covering the intersection of gender and health care. Prior to joining The 19th she was a correspondent at Kaiser Health News, where she spent six years covering national health care and policy. Email Shefali Luthra at [email protected]

  • Terri Rupar staff photo

    Terri Rupar is our political editor. She previously worked at The Washington Post, where she held editing and digital jobs, most recently covering politics. She joined the Post after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Terri Rupar at [email protected]

  • Vanessa Gregorchik is our product designer. Before joining The 19th, she designed editorial experiences at Upstatement and The Washington Post. She has a background in design and journalism from Northeastern University.

  • Wynton Wong is our multimedia events producer. She has previously worked in various production and operations capacities at Universal Cable Productions, Universal TV, the It Gets Better Project, The Outline, Transmitter Media, and The Markup. She’s passionate about more diverse, equitable and sustainable work in the events, film and media industry.

  • Zurii Conroy is our people operations manager. With nearly two decades of experience, her work has ranged from engaging with youth and supporting seniors, to convening community advisory councils and even collaborating with the White House on a community event. She is a graduate of Howard University and a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional with the Society of Human Resources Management. Email Zurii Conroy at [email protected]