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Welcome to The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. We aim to empower women — particularly those underserved by and underrepresented in American media — with the information, community and tools they need to be equal participants in our democracy.

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Our Team

  • Abby Blachman portrait

    Abby Blachman is our full-stack product engineer. Her focus on the product side of news 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.

  • 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.

  • Andrea Valdez portrait

    Andrea Valdez is our editor in chief. Previously she served as editor in chief of the Texas Observer, editor of WIRED.com and editor of Texas Monthly’s website. She wrote the book “How to be a Texan: The Manual.”

  • 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.

  • Beatriz Rosen portrait

    Beatriz Rosen is our office manager. She previously worked in administration at top 100 U.S. law firms. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and developed a deep fascination with news and politics while living in Washington, D.C., after college.

  • 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.

  • Deb Pang Davis portrait

    Deb Pang Davis is our product designer. Her experience spans from print to digital with a passion for visual storytelling. She has worked as an art director and designer for newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, the Chicago Tribune, Copley Sun Publications and the Globe and Mail.

  • 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 director of product. 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.

  • 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. A graduate of Duke University, Jeff lives with his wife in Austin.

  • 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.

  • Kassie Navarro portrait

    Kassie Navarro is our social editor. She has worked in nonprofit and public sector spaces for more than 10 years and is steeped in facilitating civic engagement for nonpartisan brands. Most recently, she led digital and social strategy for the LBJ Presidential Library.

  • 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.

  • Ko Bragg portrait

    Ko Bragg is a general assignment reporter. She previously worked at The Appeal, Frontline/PBS and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • Mariel Padilla portrait

    Mariel Padilla is a general assignment reporter. Previously she covered breaking news at The New York Times, compiled data at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning project at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

  • May Olvera portrait

    May Olvera is our inaugural fellow. She is a student at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, set to graduate in December 2020. She received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas State University and won a 2nd place award from the College Media Association for her breaking news coverage.

  • 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 women 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.