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About State of Emergency

“State of Emergency,” a major investigation into natural disasters, is the 2019 project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national multimedia reporting project produced by the nation’s top journalism students and graduates. Each year, students selected into the program report in-depth on a single topic of national importance.

This year, 37 journalism students from 19 universities traveled across the country, examining, among other things, how local and federal agencies respond to communities devastated by disasters. They also interviewed victims, survivors, first responders, and report from affected communities. Reporters have reviewed thousands of pages of government documents and produced multimedia stories, original data sets, and documentary videos.

The students’ work began in January 2019 with a video seminar that included reporting and research. In May, they started working in a newsroom at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provides core support for the News21 program.

Individual News21 fellows are supported by their universities as well as a variety of foundations, news organizations and philanthropists that include The Arizona Republic, The Dallas Morning News, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Hearst Foundations, International Ireland Funds, Knight Foundation, Murray Endowment, Diane Laney Fitzpatrick, Myrta J. Pulliam and John and Patty Williams.

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News21 Fellows

Natalie Anderson

Natalie Anderson  | @nat_m_anderson

Natalie Anderson is a senior studying journalism at Louisiana State University, minoring in political science and psychology. While at LSU, Anderson led the coverage of the hazing-related death of a freshman pledge. She also covered multiple legislative sessions at the Louisiana State Capitol for The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, and analyzed public records at The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, California, to illustrate how a major medical cannabis company set its roots in the Coachella Valley. She served as the editor-in-chief of LSU's award-winning student-run newspaper, The Reveille, for two semesters. View her work here.

Allie Barton

Allie Barton  | @AllisonNBarton

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Allie Barton is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. As an undergraduate, Barton worked on several short documentaries. She also worked as a producer for "Catalyst" at Arizona PBS, a series that explores scientific research at ASU. In her senior year, she traveled to Peru with other Cronkite students to produce a multimedia report on the plight of the more than 700,000 Venezuelan migrants who have settled there to escape economic and political instability. In the fall, Barton will be a master's student at the Cronkite School, working as a reporter for Cronkite Noticias, the school's Spanish news broadcast. Her work can be found here. Her work can be found here.

Kailey Broussard

Kailey Broussard  | @KaileyBroussard

Donald W.Reynolds Foundation Fellow

Kailey Broussard is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. As an undergraduate, Broussard reported on historic flooding in south Louisiana, as well as fraternity hazing at her alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her work has won regional recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southeast Journalism Conference. She also served in various reporting and editing positions at the university’s student publication, The Vermilion. Her previous work can be found in The Advocate, The Current and The Independent. View her work on her website here.

Briana Cantañón

Briana Cantañón  | @BrianaCastanon

The Dallas Morning News Fellow

Briana Castañón is a graduate student pursuing a degree in journalism at the University of North Texas. A native Texan, she has wanted to work in news since third grade. She interned at Denton Television, the city’s TV channel. She also reported for the campus television station, North Texas Daily TV. Her story about a local high school teacher who was an undocumented immigrant was nominated and won a Lone Star Emmy. She also has experience as a TV producer, editor and anchor. She studied and reported abroad in London the summer of 2018. View examples of her work here.

Justine Coleman

Justine Coleman  | @JustineColeman8

Justine Coleman is a recent graduate of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, with a major in journalism and mass communication and minors in psychology and religion. Coleman interned two semesters at NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She also worked at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, assisting with The Washington Post’s coverage on unsolved murders, and on the Maryland and Virginia primaries. Coleman contributed to a front-page story for The Post on the deportation of the last living Nazi defendant in the U.S. She was assistant news editor at The Hatchet, GW’s independent student newspaper. Find more of her work here.

Anton Delgado

Anton Delgado  | @antondelgado

Anton Delgado is a senior at Elon University where he studies journalism and international and global studies. At Elon, he serves as the managing editor of the school newspaper and as a multimedia journalist for Elon News Network. Delgado spent fall 2018 in Morocco interning as a news correspondent for Morocco World News. He has previously worked for Save the Children Jordan and Town & Country. Delgado has covered a variety of issues from teacher strikes to papal visits and dreams of working as an investigative journalist in conflict zones. View Delgado’s work here.

Molly Duerig

Molly Duerig  | @mollyduerig

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Molly Duerig is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Originally from Pittsburgh, Duerig previously worked in the nonprofit sector, overseeing and teaching within a youth media program. As a multimedia journalist, she has covered environmental, social justice and culture topics, and most recently reported on efforts to help Venezuelan migrant children at the border of Peru and Ecuador. Duerig interned and freelanced for PublicSource, Pittsburgh’s primary investigative news outlet. As an undergraduate, she worked for Allegheny College’s weekly student newspaper, The Campus. View her work here.

Jordan Elder

Jordan Elder  | @JordanElderTV

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Jordan Elder is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a certificate in leadership and ethics. Her focus is on broadcasting and digital storytelling. Elder was a producer for “Catalyst,” an Arizona PBS series that explores scientific research at ASU, and a production intern for KPNX 12 News for two semesters. She served as a host and contributor to the entertainment news program “Cronkite Cut” for three years. Elder returns to Cronkite School in the fall to complete a master’s degree and report on sustainability issues for Cronkite News. View her portfolio here.

Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell  | @rachelvfarrell

Veronica Guerin Ireland Funds Fellow

Rachel Farrell is a graduate of Dublin City University in Ireland. Farrell works as a news reporter for Independent.ie, Ireland’s largest breaking news website. She covered major events such as the pope’s visit to Dublin in 2018, the referendum on abortion and Brexit. She is a regular style and entertainment contributor and broke national news stories for the Irish Independent and The Herald newspapers. Examples of her work can be found here.

Stacy Fernández

Stacy Fernández  | @StacyFernandezB

Stacy Fernández is a recent graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with dual degrees in magazine journalism and Latino-Latin American studies. She served as feature editor of The Daily Orange, Syracuse’s independent student newspaper. As an intern for The Buffalo News and The Dallas Morning News, she covered crime, developed enterprise stories, wrote longform features and waded through water to cover two flash floods and a double tornado. Fernández recently participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, a week-long “pop-up” digital journalism and audio training program. View her portfolio here.

Jake Goodrick

Jake Goodrick  | @Goodrick_Jake

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Jake Goodrick is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, earning a master’s degree in sports journalism. Before Cronkite, he graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As a reporter for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS, Goodrick covered the Phoenix Suns, ASU men’s basketball and the Chicago White Sox. His work can be found in The Arizona Republic, Indian Country Today, The Navajo Times and MLB.com.

Yael Grauer

Yael Grauer  | @yaelwrites

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Yael Grauer is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. As a freelancer, she’s covered online privacy and security, digital freedom, hacking and mass surveillance for various publications, including Ars Technica, The Intercept, WIRED, Motherboard, Slate, Breaker, and more. She’s also the managing editor of Performance Menu, the monthly magazine of Catalyst Athletics. Yael teaches workshops on digital security and source protection and serves as the Trollbusters director of education, designing resources and curriculum to help women journalists stay safer online. View her work here.

Christian Gravius

Christian Gravius  | @christiangravius

Christian Gravius is a recent graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he majored in journalism and minored in English. Gravius covered high school sports for the Olean Times Herald in New York, and worked as a marketing intern at the world’s largest YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado. Gravius covered the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Dallas. Gravius won the top award in the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation competition for an essay he wrote about a former teammate’s running career before and after a life-changing accident. Gravius will pursue a master’s degree at South Dakota State University in sports and recreation administration. See his work here.

Sophie Grosserode

Sophie Grosserode  | @sdgrosserode

John and Patty Williams Fellow

Sophie Grosserode is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she majored in journalism and electronic media. She worked as a features reporter for The Maryville Daily Times in Tennessee, and WUOT 91.1 FM in Knoxville. While living abroad in Sydney, she was an online content creator for HerBusiness. At college, Grosserode served as editor-in-chief of Scoop magazine, news director for WUTK The Rock, a top 10 college radio station, and a staff writer for The Tennessee Journalist. Her print and audio features reporting won multiple awards, including Best in Show at the Tennessee Associated Press College Awards. View her work here.

Sarah Beth Guevara

Sarah Beth Guevara  | @sarahbethatOU

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Sarah Beth Guevara is a senior at the University of Oklahoma where she is finishing a degree in journalism and a minor in vocal music. She currently serves as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists at OU. She is also a Gaylord Ambassador. The bilingual journalist has interned with the Enid News and Eagle and News 9. She’s also written for OU Nightly, Gaylord News Oklahoma, Monkey Cage….and [UNFILTERED], a student media project with KWTV News 9. In the fall she will be a wire reporter for Gaylord News in Washington, D.C.

Carly Henry

Carly Henry  | @CarlyHenry_

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Carly Henry is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, with a major in journalism and a minor in nutrition. She interned at The Arizona Republic as photographer, videographer and podcast producer. She covered health and consumer issues for Cronkite News and later worked as a producer for “Catalyst,” an Arizona PBS series that explores scientific research at ASU. In 2018, she contributed to the Southwest Borderlands Initiative’s documentary about Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria. Henry also worked as the video desk editor at ASU’s student publication, The State Press. See her work here.

Katie Hunger

Katie Hunger  | @hunger_katie

Myrta J.Pulliam Fellow

Katie Hunger is a junior at DePauw University where she is majoring in English literature. Hunger has been heavily involved in student media since she stepped foot on campus. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of The DePauw, Indiana’s oldest college newspaper. In fall 2018, Hunger was chosen as the Indianapolis Star’s Our Children Fellow, and she spent 18 weeks reporting on children’s issues and programs that help them. Hunger has also completed an internship at The Madison Courier in Indiana where she covered everything from school board meetings to the death of a county councilman.

Anna Huntsman

Anna Huntsman  | @AnnaHuntsman_

Diane Laney Fitzpatrick Fellow

Anna Huntsman recently graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Huntsman is focused on audio storytelling and podcasting, and her reporting has aired at public radio stations across Ohio. She reported on major Northeast Ohio stories for Kent’s NPR member station, WKSU 89.7, and helped coordinate breaking and daily news coverage at the assignment desk at WKYC-TV, Cleveland’s NBC affiliate. Huntsman served as the general manager of Kent State’s student-run television station, TV2, and produced her own podcast about innovation called Kent-repreneur. More can be found on her website here.

Drew Hutchinson

Drew Hutchinson  | @drethegirl

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Drew Hutchinson is a senior studying journalism at the University of Oklahoma. She is the senior reporter for her school’s digital-first publication, the OU Daily, where she has also worked in podcasting and copy editing. During her time at the paper, she has exposed a law dean’s affiliation with a hate group, covered lawsuits against the university and broken down controversial public-private partnerships involving OU. Her minor is political science, and she has interned for Senate staff in the Oklahoma Legislature. Her work can be viewed here.

Jordan Laird

Jordan Laird  | @JordanSLaird1

Jordan Laird recently graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in journalism and political science. Her work has appeared in such professional publications as City & State New York, NY Metro Parents, Metrosource, and the Long Island Herald. She has received several awards for her reporting including two Press Club of Long Island awards and a Gracie award for radio reporting. Laird is a Cleveland native. View her work here.

Bailey Lewis

Bailey Lewis  | @BaileyLewis75

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Bailey Lewis is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science. She will serve as news editor for the OU Daily in fall 2019 and previously worked as a senior news reporter for the OU Daily. In the past year, Lewis has written various stories about gender gaps at OU and addiction among college students. View examples of her work here.

Anya Magnuson

Anya Magnuson  | @AnyaMagnuson

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Anya Magnuson is a visual journalist pursuing dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Magnuson, who is from Minneapolis, is also working on a minor in Spanish. At Cronkite, Magnuson reported on health care for the homeless and on the plight of Venezuelan migrants without health care in Peru. She completed internships at The Oklahoman, The Arizona Republic, Cronkite News, Sun Devil Athletics and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Magnuson is also the multimedia editor for the Downtown Devil and winner of the Mary Ann and Jack Nock Photojournalism Scholarship. View her work here.

Priscilla Malavet

Priscilla Malavet  | @PMalavet

Knight Foundation Fellow

Priscilla Malavet is a recent graduate of the School of Communication University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras campus with a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a minor in women and gender studies. Malavet’s areas of interest include cultural analysis, gender and women issues, pop culture and social media’s engagement culture. She has published research on the topic of sharenting, the overuse of social media by parents to share content about their children. She covered stories on Planned Parenthood for Latinas and the migration of Puerto Rican students after Hurricane María.

Harrison Mantas

Harrison Mantas  | @HarrisonMantas

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Harrison Mantas is working on a master’s degree at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California, and worked in entertainment and in the nonprofit world. At Cronkite, he has covered stories on the debate over light rail in South Phoenix, Native American adoptions and grazing fees on Arizona State Trust Land. Examples of his work can be found here.

Peter Nicieja

Peter Nicieja  | @peternicieja

Myrta J. Pulliam Fellow

Peter Nicieja is a senior at DePauw University pursuing a degree in music with a second major in communication. Nicieja has held various leadership positions with student media organizations, including programming director for DePauw’s radio station, WGRE, news editor for The DePauw newspaper, and producer for D3TV, the campus TV station. Nicieja also has a background in filmmaking and graphic design.

Ellen O'Brien

Ellen O'Brien  | @e_obrie

Ellen O’Brien is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, with dual degrees in journalism and philosophy and a minor in Arabic. At ASU, O’Brien reported on Arizona policy issues for The Arizona Capitol Times and photographed breaking news stories for Cronkite News. She also served as the nonfiction editor for Superstition Review, an online literary magazine at ASU, and worked as a research assistant and copy editor at the Middle East Institute, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, D.C. Find her work here.

Miguel Octavio

Miguel Octavio  | @migoctav

Miguel Octavio is a recent graduate of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in journalism. He covered business and housing for UMN’s student-run newspaper, the Minnesota Daily, during his final semester. Octavio focused on broadcast journalism, interning at KARE 11 and WCCO-TV. He also earned a fellowship at CBS News, where he was part of the winning group in the 2018 intern project competition. More of Miguel’s work can be found here.

Dustin Patar

Dustin Patar  | @dustinpatar

Dustin Patar is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication with a minor in publishing from Simon Fraser University and spent two years attending film school at Capilano University. Most recently, Patar was part of a year-long international investigation of the fishmeal supply chain, with a focus on how foreign interests are impacting West African communities. His other work can be found on Motherboard, Hakai Magazine, and CBC Indigenous. See more of his work here.

McKenzie Pavacich

McKenzie Pavacich  | @mpavacichASU

Hearst Foundation Fellow

McKenzie Pavacich is a master’s student in sports journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, McKenzie attended Virginia Tech, where she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism and minors in psychology and international studies. Pavacich has held a number of positions in sports media, but her other passions lie in mental health advocacy, religion and culture, and the intersection between society and sport. You can see her work here.

Ariel Salk

Ariel Salk  | @arielsalk

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Ariel Salk is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. While in college, Salk interned at KPNX NBC 12 News with the investigative team. She also wrote for the websites of KTVK 3TV and KPHO CBS 5 News, as well as produced content for social media. She recently covered politics and the courts for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. She was a videographer on The State Press, covering campus news. Her work can be found at The State Press, AZFamily, Cronkite News and 12 News. More can be found on her online portfolio here.

Becca Scadden

Becca Scadden  | @becca_scadden

Murray Endowment Fellow

Becca Scadden is a recent graduate of The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where she majored in journalism and mass communication, earning a certificate in leadership studies, and a minor in rhetoric and persuasion. While in college, Scadden worked as the news director of the student-run TV station, Daily Iowan TV, where she produced live daily newscasts five days a week. She interned at KCRG TV 9 in Cedar Rapids and KCCI News 8 in Des Moines, as well as serving as a member of the executive board for the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

Ben Sessoms

Ben Sessoms  | @BenSessoms

Ben Sessoms is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he double majored in journalism and communication studies. During his time at Appalachian State, Sessoms was the news editor of the student newspaper, The Appalachian, where he covered issues ranging from free speech restrictions on campus to student voting rights. Sessoms also interned at the local Boone newspaper, the Watauga Democrat. You can find his work here.

Alex Simon

Alex Simon  | @AlexSimonSports

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Fellow

Alex Simon is a master’s student at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Simon attended Elon University in North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. During his time there, he was the sports editor of the Elon News Network, the student news publication on campus. Simon has also worked as a writer for MLB.com, Baseball America, High Post Hoops and the Burlington (N.C.) Times-News. View his work here.

Jake Steinberg

Jake Steinberg  | @jakesteinberg

Jake Steinberg is a recent graduate of the Hubbard School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota. While in college, Steinberg reported for the Minnesota Daily. He worked the higher ed beat, covering the inner workings of one of the county’s top public research institutions. He spent last summer working in Alaska, where he reported on a man killed by police and a family that didn’t know why — eight months later. Steinberg hasn’t found a place that didn’t have a story. He followed a tip 200 miles into the forests of the Minnesota Iron Range and wrote an award-winning feature about the people who lived there. You can read his work here.

Natalie Wadas

Natalie Wadas  | @natalie_wadas

Natalie Wadas is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder earning her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism in the college of media, communication, and information with minors in political science and Russian. She interned at KRDO NewsChannel 13 in Colorado Springs and studied international relations at the Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Wadas has been a part of NewsTeam Boulder and managed social media projects for the college during her time as an undergrad. You can find her work here.

Brigette Waltermire

Brigette Waltermire  | @brige_walt

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Brigette Waltermire is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor of arts in online journalism in 2017 and a master of arts in journalism in 2018. She interned at the Enid News & Eagle in 2017 and was the executive producer for OU [UNFILTERED], a student media project with KWTV News 9. She managed over 100 student journalists during the 2018 Oklahoma teacher walkout. Waltermire was on faculty for the 2019 National Press Photographers Association News Video Workshop in Norman. She has been a public affairs specialist with the Oklahoma Air National Guard for six years, contributing to the award-winning Air Observer, the biannual journal of the 137th Special Operations Wing. See her work here.

Isaac Windes

Isaac Windes  | @isaacwindes

Don Bolles/Arizona Republic News21 Fellow

Isaac Windes is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, with a major in journalism, a minor in political science and a certificate in international studies. Windes interned for the Arizona Capitol Times, covering water policy stories and reported from the Pentagon and White House as a reporter for Cronkite News in Washington, D.C. Windes also spent three years as a politics reporter for ASU’s student publication, The State Press, breaking several extensive in-depth and investigative stories, as well as time reporting for the Arizona Capitol Times, Zócalo Public Square. His work can be found here.

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Jacquee Petchel

Jacquee Petchel | Executive Editor

Jacqueline Petchel, a longtime investigative reporter, editor and producer in newspapers and broadcast, is a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and executive editor of News21. She previously served as senior editor for investigations and enterprise at The Houston Chronicle. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald, the Arizona Republic and the Indianapolis Star/News and produced investigative journalism for CBS television stations in Minneapolis and Miami. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and a member of the Cronkite School Hall of Fame.

Maureen West

Maureen West | Assistant Editor

Maureen West is editor-in-residence at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she teaches newswriting, solutions journalism, advanced digital storytelling and journalism ethics. She was previously a reporter and editor and for The Arizona Republic, and a correspondent for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the AARP Bulletin, and wrote on Arizona political issues for the Center for Public Integrity. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism. She earned a master’s degree in nonprofit studies at ASU and a graduate certificate in program evaluation from Claremont Graduate University. She is a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen | Knight Chair in Data Journalism

Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Data Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Most recently she worked at the New York Times, leading reporters who focused on data- and document-driven investigations. As a database editor at The Washington Post, she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for public service. She also served as the first Knight Chair in computational journalism at Duke University. Cohen is a former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Alex Lancial

Alex Lancial | Multimedia & Design Editor

Alex Lancial is the co-founder and managing director of Scale Storytelling, a visual production company focused on international development and socially responsible organizations. She produced video journalism at The Boston Globe, where she won an Emmy Award for a story about sexual assault survivors and was nominated for several other films. Lancial is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2014, she worked as a News21 fellow on the Gun Wars project, which focused on gun rights and regulation in the U.S. Her work also has appeared on HBO, the Center for Public Integrity and The Today Show.

Jim Tuttle

Jim Tuttle | Photo & Multimedia Editor

Jim Tuttle is the co-founder and creative director of Scale Storytelling, a visual production company focused on international development and socially responsible organizations. He has freelanced extensively in West Africa as a photographer and filmmaker, producing editorial and sponsored content. Tuttle is a graduate of Pennsylvania State and Syracuse universities. He served as a News21 fellow in 2014 and contributed to Gun Wars, the 2014 project about gun rights and regulation in the U.S. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Player’s Tribune, The Dallas Morning News and NPR.

Nic Lindh

Nic Lindh | Web Application Developer

Nic Lindh is the web administrator for the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS among many others. He has taught graduate boot camp, multimedia and graphic design at the Cronkite School. Prior to coming to Arizona State University, he worked as a writer, programmer, designer and system administrator.

Hari Subramaniam

Hari Subramaniam | Data Visualization Developer

Hari Subramaniam is the lead technologist for the New Media Innovation Lab at the Cronkite School, working with students to develop digital products and enterprises. Hari used to run platforms at The Arizona Republic and has worked independently with other software consulting services.

Adnan Alam

Adnan Alam | Web Application Developer

Adnan Alam is the web application developer for Cronkite News and News21. He works with students at Cronkite and helps them explore new storytelling techniques and ways to amplify the reader experience.

Martin Dolan

Martin Dolan | Content Editor

Martin Dolan, a Kansas City-area native, graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1976. He moved to Phoenix in 1984 to work for The Arizona Republic. Over his 30 years at The Republic, Dolan was a copy editor, reporter, photographer, line editor and digital producer. He joined the Cronkite News staff in January 2018.

Kristin Gilger

Kristin Gilger | Administrative Editor

Kristin Gilger is senior associate dean in charge of professional programs for the Cronkite School and is the chief administrator of News21, which is headquartered at the school. She was previously director of Student Media at Arizona State University, deputy managing editor for news at The Arizona Republic, managing editor of The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, and served in various editing positions at the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans. Gilger holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Nebraska. This is her eighth national News21 project.

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