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By including the individual experiences of our entire 19th community in our stories, we stand to earn, cultivate and retain the trust it will take to continue to lead the way in the news industry. 

It’s our mission to lead change by reporting with empathy, reimagining storytelling and transforming the news. Will you help us lead the change?

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Our Team

  • 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.

  • Abby Johnston portrait

    Abby Johnston is our deputy editor. Before joining The 19th, she edited and managed digital strategy for the Texas Observer, Frontline and Texas Monthly. She is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor and a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Missouri.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Barbara Rodriguez portrait

    Barbara Rodriguez is our statehouses 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emily Swelgin portrait

    Emily Swelgin is our product director. Emily has worked in design, development and audience at The Texas Tribune, The Washington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Headshot of Jayo Miko Macasaquit

    Jayo Miko Macasaquit is our Chief People Officer and a senior member of our leadership team. He previously worked at Mother Jones, where he established equity-centered HR processes for recruiting and onboarding, benefits, performance evaluations, compensation and more. Before Mother Jones, Jayo led human resources for the Oakland Public Education Fund after spending his earlier years in the for-profit space.

  • Jeff Dean portrait

    Jeff Dean is our chief financial officer. Most recently, Jeff has been consulting with small and early stage businesses on growth plans and financing projects. He was previously CFO of Spiceworks, Inc. and CFO of OTX Corporation prior to that. In 2009, Jeff was recognized as “CFO of the Year” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Jeff started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is a graduate of Duke University.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Gerson headshot

    Jennifer Gerson is a reporter on a 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Niketa Patel headshot

    Niketa Patel is our senior director of partnerships. Niketa has a storied track record in digital journalism, audience development and product at Twitter, CNN, ABC News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shefali Luthra portrait

    Shefali Luthra covers 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.

  • 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.