A Workshop for Journalists
Speakers & Participants
Chris Arnold is an NPR correspondent based in Boston who covers the economy, financial challenges facing working Americans, the mortgage market, the housing market and ongoing efforts to prevent foreclosures. He served as the lead reporter and editor for the NPR personal finance series “Your Money and Your Life” and his reporting on Wall Street firms charging excessive fees in retirement accounts won the 2016 Gerald Loeb Award. In 2014, he won the National Association of Consumer Advocates’ Investigative Journalism Award for a series he reported with ProPublica that exposed improper debt collection practices by nonprofit hospitals that were suing thousands of low-income patients. Following the 2008 financial crisis and collapse of the housing market, Arnold reported on banks improperly foreclosing on thousands of American homeowners. His series, “The Foreclosure Nightmare,” earned a 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award. He also received the Newspaper Guild’s 2009 Heywood Broun Award for broadcast journalism. Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, chronicled the recovery effort at Ground Zero and contributed to the NPR 5 coverage that won the Overseas Press Club and the George Foster Peabody Awards. He was the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Business Journalism at Harvard. He currently teaches radio journalism as a lecturer at Yale University, where he was named a Poynter Fellow in 2016
Aleszu Bajak is a senior writer at Undark, a magazine exploring the intersection of science and society based at the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT. He is the editor of Storybench.org, an under-the-hood guide to digital storytelling, and teaches journalism at Northeastern University. He has led several workshops on the tools and techniques for the digital journalist, including coding, podcasting, data visualization and user-centered design.
Ariella Cohen is an award-winning journalist and the editor-in-chief of Next City, an online magazine providing daily coverage of the people, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world. Prior to joining Next City, she co-founded New Orleans’ first online investigative news outlet, The Lens, and worked as a staff reporter for the Brooklyn Paper in New York. She has reported on disaster recovery, urban development and city politics in Port au Prince, Jerusalem and in cities across the United States.
Shaun Donovan served as the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Obama until January 2017. At OMB, he increased investment in key domestic and national security priorities that grew the economy, protected the United States and increased opportunity while helping cut the federal deficit. He also led the President’s Management Agenda to modernize technology and make the federal government more responsive to citizens. He additionally oversaw regulations that increased innovation, protected health, improved education and fought climate change. From 2009 until 2014, Donovan served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he managed a $47 billion budget, helping families buy homes, aiding households in fighting off foreclosure, revitalizing distressed communities and combating homelessness. Donovan also served as chair of the president’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Donovan served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, worked in the private sector on financing affordable housing, and was a visiting scholar at New York University. He served in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary for HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and as acting the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) commissioner during the Clinton/Bush presidential transition. Previously, he worked at the Community Preservation Corporation in New York City, at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and as an architect. He holds a B.A. and masters’ degrees in public administration and architecture from Harvard University.
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a faculty director at the NYU Furman Center. She is spending the 2016-2017 academic year as a visiting professor at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing and residential segregation. Ellen is author of “Sharing America’s Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration” and editor of “How to House the Homeless.” She has written articles for publications such as the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of the American Planning Association and Housing Policy Debate. She teaches courses in microeconomics, urban economics and urban policy research. Before joining NYU, Ellen held visiting positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She attended Harvard University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy.
Aaron Gornstein became the president and CEO of Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH) in June 2015. He provides overall leadership and oversight of the organization, including strategic planning, financial management, supervision of the executive team, and external relations and partnerships. From 2012-2015, Gornstein served under former Gov. Deval Patrick as undersecretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), where he expanded rental assistance and homeless prevention programs, reformed and improved state public housing and launched a comprehensive supportive housing initiative. Prior to that, he served as executive director of Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) for 21 years, where he spearheaded passage of state and federal legislation, launched innovation programs and helped to form numerous coalitions. Gornstein earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his M.A. in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University. He is a senior research fellow at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and serves on the board of directors of the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Massachusetts Community Preservation Coalition.
Christopher Herbert is managing director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. He has extensive experience conducting research related to housing policy and urban development, both in the United States and abroad. A key focus of his research has been on the financial and demographic dimensions of homeownership, and the implications for homeownership policy of the recession, housing bust and foreclosure crisis. Having previously worked at the Joint Center in the 1990s, Herbert rejoined the Center in 2010 from Abt Associates to serve as the director of research. In this role, he led the team responsible for producing the center’s annual “State of the Nation’s Housing” and its biannual “America’s Rental Housing” reports. Herbert oversees the Joint Center’s diverse sponsored research programs, its local and national conferences and symposia, as well as its student fellowship programs, designed to help train and inspire the next generation of housing leaders. He is also a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the department of urban planning and design. He is co-editor of “Homeownership Built to Last: Balancing Access, Affordability, and Risk After the Housing Crisis” and a member of the board of directors of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Development Research Advisory Council and the Center for Responsible Lending Research Advisory Council. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s in public policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College.
Ianna Kachoris is a senior program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s multiyear, $25 million “How Housing Matters to Families and Communities” research initiative. She joined MacArthur in 2010 after directing Pew’s Economic Mobility Project. Kachoris previously served as senior policy advisor to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on issues ranging from housing and community development to telecommunications, research and development, international trade and economic policy. She also was his liaison to the Joint Economic Committee. She managed the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Midwest office, and worked on cross-jurisdictional housing issues for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. She began her career as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Evaluation and Inspections, conducting program evaluations of federal programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, Medicaid and Medicare. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Emory University.
Scott Keller served as a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s presidential transition team in charge of the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After the presidential inauguration in January 2017, Keller worked closely with White House senior staff and with the White House policy councils regarding housing policy and agency operational concerns. Keller is a partner in Horne LLP’s government services practice and leads the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He facilitates planning and coordination of Horne’s community development programs, working with state and local governments. A senior policy advisor with more than 25 years of experience at all levels of government, he maintains a strong focus in the federal appropriations process, HUD programs, the financial services sector, health care and public/private housing initiatives. Prior to joining Horne, Keller served as a chief of staff at HUD. He was instrumental in managing the department’s response during and after the 2004 Gulf Coast hurricanes as well as recovery following Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, President Bush nominated Keller for the position of assistant secretary for HUD’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Since 2014, Keller has served as the chairman of the housing committee for the Disaster Resiliency Coalition of America.
Chris Krehmeyer is the president and CEO of Beyond Housing, a NeighborWorks America organization in St. Louis, Mo. that produces and manages service-enriched affordable rental housing, operates a Homeownership Center, engages in a comprehensive community building initiative called 24:1 and leads the region’s foreclosure intervention work. Krehmeyer has or currently sits on a variety of boards including Midwest Bank Centre and Midwest Bank Centre Holding Company, Community Builders Network of St. Louis and the University of Missouri’s Not-For-Profit programs. He is board chair of the national Home Matters movement and is the former chair of the National NeighborWorks Association Board. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Washington University and recently taught a class at Webster University on not-for-profit mergers, alliances and collaborations. Krehmeyer has an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Washington University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He was named the Ethical Humanist of the Year for 2003 by the St. Louis Ethical Society and has received numerous other awards for his work.
Ann Marie Lipinski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Before coming to Harvard, Lipinski served as senior lecturer and vice president for civic engagement at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she was the editor-in-chief and senior vice president of the Chicago Tribune, a post she held for nearly eight years following assignments as managing editor, metropolitan editor and investigations editor. As a reporter at the Tribune, Lipinski was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for stories she wrote with two other reporters on government corruption in Chicago. While editor of the paper, she oversaw work that won Pulitzers in international reporting, feature writing, editorial writing, investigative reporting and explanatory journalism. Lipinski is a trustee of The Poynter Institute and a past co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and sits on the executive committee of Harvard’s Center for African Studies.
David Luberoff is senior associate director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, where he is responsible for external relations, institutional advancement and educational outreach. He is also a lecturer on sociology at Harvard, where he developed and co-teaches an undergraduate general education course on “Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston: The Changing American City.” Luberoff has also served as senior project advisor to the Boston Area Research Initiative at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); associate director of HKS’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government; and editor of The Tab, the largest group of weekly newspapers in greater Boston. The author of many articles and case studies on the politics of infrastructure and land-use policies, he is the co-author (with Alan Altshuler) of “Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment,” which was named 2003’s best book on urban politics by the American Political Science Association’s urban section. He received an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University
Nadeem Mazen is an educator, entrepreneur, and community organizer who has served on the Cambridge (Mass.) City Council since 2013. He has worked to make city government more accessible to the public and is building coalitions that address Cambridge’s most pressing issues. He has focused on social justice and greater equity for all members of the community. His civic updates are posted online at Nadeemtron.com and information about his campaign priorities can be found at VoteNadeem.com. Mazen first arrived in Cambridge to study engineering at MIT. After graduation, he founded two community-oriented businesses in Central Square: Nimblebot.com, a creative agency, and danger!awesome, a makerspace that brings creative expression and tools to the public. Mazen has organized a team of volunteers and community organizers who work for a progressive Cambridge.
Skylar Olsen joined Zillow as a senior economist in the summer of 2012. Her research is used by consumers, policymakers and other researchers to understand real estate markets and make better decisions. While authoring works such as “A House Divided – How Race Colors the Path to Homeownership” and other Zillow research projects, she also creates many of Zillow’s real estate indices and metrics, including the Buyer-Seller Index and the Buy-Rent Breakeven Horizon. She also heads the economic research team at Zillow affiliate StreetEasy in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington, specializing in econometrics and environmental economics. Her academic work focused on using housing data to explore environmental issues. Prior to her work at Zillow, Olsen was honored for teaching excellence by the University of Washington.
Erika Poethig is an Institute Fellow and director of urban policy initiatives at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where she leads the Policy Advisory Group and partnerships to develop new programs and strategies, translate research into policy and practice, and align philanthropic investments and federal policy. Poethig previously was acting assistant secretary for policy, development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. During her tenure in the Obama administration, she also was deputy assistant secretary for policy development and was a leading architect of the White House Council for Strong Cities and Strong Communities. At the MacArthur Foundation, she was associate director for housing. She also was assistant commissioner for policy, resource, and program development at the City of Chicago’s Department of Housing. In the 1990s, Poethig developed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s campaign to combat predatory lending, prevent foreclosures and stabilize communities. She additionally was associate project director of the Metropolis Project, which produced the Metropolis 2020 agenda for regional leadership around the major issues faced by the metropolitan Chicago area. Poethig serves on the boards of the Center for Community Progress, Mercy Housing and the College of Wooster board of trustees. She was a Phi Beta Kappa member at the College of Wooster, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna, and has an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Megan Sandel is the associate director of the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center, a principal investigator with Children’s Health Watch and an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She is the former pediatric medical director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and is a nationally recognized expert on housing and child health. In 1998, she published with other doctors at Boston Medical Center, “DOC4Kids,” a national report on how housing affects child health, the first of its kind. Dr. Sandel also has written numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and papers on this subject. In 2001, she became the first medical director of the founding site for medical-legal partnerships, Medical-Legal Partnership-Boston, and from 2007-2016, she served as the medical director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. She has served as a principal investigator for numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH), HUD and foundation grants, working with the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to improve the health of vulnerable children, particularly those with asthma. She has served on many national boards, including Enterprise Community Partners, and national advisory committees at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.
Michael A. Stegman is a Bipartisan Policy Center fellow who focuses on housing finance reform and affordable housing. He formerly served in senior housing policy roles in the Obama administration. He was a senior policy advisor for housing on the staff of the National Economic Council from May 2015 through March 2016, after serving as counselor to the secretary of the treasury for housing finance policy. As senior policy advisor at the White House, Stegman coordinated administration policies on housing finance reform, access to credit and other housing issues. He previously served as director of policy and housing for the Program on Human and Community Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Stegman is also a distinguished professor emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught and conducted research on affordable housing policy as chair of the department of city and regional planning and was founding chair of the department of public policy. He was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997. He also has written extensively on housing and urban policy, community development, financial services for the poor and asset development policies. Stegman received a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kate Walz is director of the Housing Justice program at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, where she has been the center’s director of litigation since 2015 and an attorney advocate since 2001. She oversees the center’s amicus brief efforts and is a national advocate and trainer on fair housing, re-entry and housing, housing preservation and the housing rights of survivors of violence. She has served as counsel in numerous civil rights, housing preservation and public housing cases. She additionally spearheads the Shriver Center’s housing policy work, advancing laws to protect the civil and housing rights of survivors of violence and of justice-involved individuals as well as laws and policies aimed at protecting tenants and preserving affordable housing in high opportunity areas
Diane Yentel is the president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a membership organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. This is her second stint at NLIHC, having previously worked there as a policy analyst from 2005 to 2008. Before rejoining NLIHC, she was vice president of public policy and government affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. Yentel previously was the director of the Public Housing Management and Occupancy Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she managed a team overseeing the development and implementation of nationwide public housing policies, procedures and guidelines. She also worked to advance affordable housing policies with Oxfam America and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, and was a community development Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. She has a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. She regularly writes Point of View columns about affordable housing issues.
Kate Abbey-Lambertz is a national reporter for The Huffington Post. Based in Detroit, she focuses on urban issues and housing. She was previously HuffPost’s Detroit editor and is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. In her free time, she dabbles in photography, biking and baking.
Yamiche Alcindor is a national reporter for The New York Times who covers politics and social justice issues. From Washington, D.C., she covers social safety programs and the effects of the Trump administration on working class and poor Americans. She traveled extensively to cover the presidential campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump and has written about outreach to voters of color as well as how police killings affect communities and children. Previously, she was a national breaking-news reporter for USA Today and split her time covering quickly developing incidents and stories about the social issues affecting the United States. In that position, she covered stories including the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Boston Marathon bombing, the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and the protests in Ferguson, Mo. She also spends time producing videos and documentaries about societal concerns such as wrongful convictions and gun violence.
Jake Blumgart is a reporter with WHYY’s Plan Philly, where he covers housing, development, planning, and preservation. He covers the city’s built environment and the people who live and work there. He is also a contributing writer with Next City and has contributed to Slate, CityLab, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and the American Planning Association’s magazine.
Lolly Bowean is a general assignment reporter and writer at the Chicago Tribune, where she focuses on the city’s unique African-American community, youth culture, urban affairs, cultural trends and other topics. She has written about the destruction of public housing, the death of Nelson Mandela and the work of civil rights icons as well as the election of President Barack Obama and violence in troubled neighborhoods. Before joining the Tribune, Bowean covered suburban communities for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She additionally has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. At Harvard, she is studying the cultural differences between the African-American descendants of American slavery and the children of black immigrants. She also is researching the evolution of the black family in America.
Jim Buchta is a staff writer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where he covers housing and residential real estate with a focus on buying, selling, renting and building. Previously, he has covered travel, small business and energy, and has taken short breaks from reporting/writing to edit the Real Estate and Travel sections of the paper. He has a particular interest in architecture, design and affordability issues, and has written extensively about construction defects, including water intrusion problems. He is currently focused on trying to help readers understand the nuances of today’s topsy-turvy recovery, and is collaborating with a team of data journalists on an index that measures the strength of that recovery in various communities.
Kriston Capps is an award-winning journalist and critic. He is a staff writer for CityLab, the urbanism site for The Atlantic, where he writes about housing, architecture, property taxes and other topics. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, New York, Slate, The Guardian, and other publications. He writes as an art critic for Washington City Paper and Artforum. Previously, Capps worked as a senior editor for Architect. In 2016, he was the inaugural winner of the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism; in 2009, he was named a fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has given presentations at the National Building Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Capps is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and lives in Washington, D.C.
Jose DelReal is a national correspondent for The Washington Post, covering America’s rural-urban divide, the USDA and HUD. During the 2016 presidential election, he traveled to over 40 states while chronicling Donald Trump’s political rise. DelReal grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated from Harvard College. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Gabrielle Emanuel is a radio reporter at WGBH. She started her journalism career as a Kroc Fellow at NPR and subsequently covered education with the NPR Ed Team. Before becoming a journalist, she worked overseas in Mali, India and Uganda.
Brandon Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He has written about a planned bullet train causing conflict between private property rights and the state’s business-friendly environment; Houston’s transit agency bucking falling ridership with an overnight bus system overhaul; and Dallas officials’ struggle with a beleaguered pension fund that could bankrupt the city. Formby joined the Texas Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. The Texas Tech University graduate spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where he covered transportation, local government and politics.
Prashant Gopal covers the U.S. housing market for Bloomberg News. Previously, he covered real estate for BusinessWeek, The Record of Bergen County, N.J., and covered housing and development issues at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He has also worked for newspapers in Delaware and New Delhi. Gopal is a graduate of Bates College in Maine and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is based in Boston.
Henry Grabar is a journalist who writes about architecture, transportation and urban design, among other topics. He is a staff writer at Slate. Previously, he was the senior editor of Urban Omnibus, the magazine of the Architectural League of New York, and the author of the “Science of Cities” column for Next City and the “Dream City” column for Salon. His work has appeared in Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, The Atlantic, City Lab, Cultural Geographies, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Read more of his work on his website.
Marilyn Kalfus covers real estate news, issues, trends and the housing market for The Orange County Register. She writes cover stories for the Register’s award-winning Sunday real estate section, which in 2015 won first place for best U.S. newspaper real estate section from the National Association of Real Estate Editors. She also shoots and edits photos and puts together web-only slideshows for the Register’s popular Hot Homes feature about iconic, big-ticket and unusual properties on the market. Kalfus has more than 10 years of management experience focusing on breaking news, law enforcement, legal and general assignment stories. On weekends, she edits police, breaking news and general assignment reporters for the web and the paper.
Laura Kusisto covers housing and the economy around the United States for The Wall Street Journal. She has written about everything from the bumpy recovery from the 2008 housing crash to the affordability crisis and looming apartment glut. Previously, she wrote about economic development in New York, focusing on big real-estate projects and affordable housing. Before that, she worked at the New York Observer and as a freelance reporter in Turkey and Israel.
Tim Logan writes about real estate, housing and urban development at The Boston Globe, where he has worked on the business desk since 2015. Prior to joining the Globe, Tim covered the housing market at the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of business beats at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he won a Loeb Award for Business Journalism for a series about the region’s economy. Logan has also worked for newspapers in New York and Indiana and earned a master’s degree in urban affairs at St. Louis University. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.
Simon Montlake is a national reporter at The Christian Science Monitor covering economic inequality. A former deputy world editor, he spent 14 years as a foreign correspondent based in China, Thailand, and Indonesia for the Monitor, The Economist, Forbes, and Dow Jones Newswires. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.
Robert Moore has been editor of the El Paso Times since October 2011. Moore previously served as executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan from 2005-2011, and in various editing roles at the El Paso Times from 1986-2005. He was the 2013 recipient of the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Foundation. Moore serves on the boards of United Way of El Paso County, where he chairs the Education Community Impact Committee, and El Paso’s Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. He is a past president of the Colorado Press Association and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
Nereida Moreno is a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune. A native of San Bernardino, Calif., she graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2015 with degrees in Journalism and American Studies. She landed an internship at the Daily Breeze in Los Angeles through the Chips Quinn Scholars Program and was later hired as a full-time crime reporter for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Moreno contributed to the paper’s award-winning coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack in December, which occurred just two weeks after her start date.
Elliot Njus covers housing and transportation for The Oregonian/OregonLive in Portland. He began reporting on the real estate beat in 2011 and covered the damage resulting from the housing bubble, the subsequent recovery and Portland’s surging housing costs. He also has written explanatory stories on inequality resulting from Oregon’s unusual property tax system, which primarily benefits gentrified neighborhoods. He grew up in a suburb of Detroit and studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Camille Padilla Dalmau is a metro reporter for El Diario NY, where she covers the New York City Police Department, courts, City Hall, and all things affecting the Spanish-speaking communities of New York City. Prior to that, she worked as an independent journalist for Spanish and English publications including Univision and Remezcla. She also worked as a radio producer and social media manager for American Latino Radio SiriusXM Ch. 154. Before moving to New York, she reported in cities such as Philadelphia, San Juan, and Buenos Aires. Padilla Dalmau has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University where she majored in English and minored in communications and international relations. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she is currently based in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Ely Portillo covers economic development for The Charlotte Observer. He grew up in Silver Spring, Md., outside of Washington, D.C., and studied political science at Harvard University. Portillo reported in Fresno, Calif., Miami and Washington, D.C., before arriving in Charlotte in 2009. At the Observer, he has covered everything from crime to riots, the airport’s growth to a five-legged puppy.
Simón Rios is a general assignment reporter at WBUR. A native of Boston, Rios covers issues related to housing, labor, inequality and immigration, with an emphasis on the state’s Latino communities. In addition to reporting in English, Rios’ work also airs in Spanish on WBUR radio, as well as on WBUR.org. Rios worked for two years at The Standard-Times in New Bedford before joining WBUR in 2015.
Andrea Riquier is the housing finance reporter for MarketWatch, a role that includes covering everything from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the demographics driving homeownership. Previously, she was the economics reporter for Investor’s Business Daily, where she covered all aspects of macroeconomics and global central banks. She started her journalism career covering distressed and high-yield municipal bonds for Debtwire. Riquier has a degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before becoming a journalist, she was a budget and finance manager in nonprofit and higher education.
Mike Rosenberg was born and raised in Massachusetts before moving west for college and launching a career in journalism. He began writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for smaller publications such as the San Francisco Examiner and San Mateo County Times for several years. He then spent six years writing for the San Jose Mercury News, covering such topics as California’s pricey high-speed rail project, the 49ers new Silicon Valley stadium and crippling transit strikes. He has spent the past year as the real estate reporter for The Seattle Times, chronicling how the once-modest city is coming to grips with soaring rent and home prices fueled by the rapid growth of Amazon and other tech companies.
Abigail Savitch-Lew is a native Brooklynite with a passion for land use issues and long-form journalism. She covers Mayor Bill de Blasio’s neighborhood rezoning plans and other New York City housing issues for the nonprofit investigative news magazine City Limits. Previously, she freelanced for publications including YES! Magazine, Colorlines, The Nation, Dissent Magazine and Jacobin, covering the community land trust movement in Detroit and anti-displacement activism in Portland, among other subjects. She has appeared as a guest on BRIC TV, CUNY TV, and BronxNet and is a winner of an Ippies award from CUNY’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media. She is currently working on a novel that blends her family’s immigration story with meditations on the deindustrialization and gentrification of Brooklyn.
Mary Louise Schumacher is the art and architecture critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin. A decade ago, she developed Art City, a multiplatform program for the coverage of art, architecture and urban design. As experiments in social journalism go, it has stood the test of time more than most. It features a regular newspaper column, a community of contributing writers, short films, podcasts, other multimedia and live events. Schumacher has one of the largest social media followings of any arts journalist in the nation and is working on a documentary film about the lives of art critics. She is the 2017 Arts and Culture Nieman Fellow. At Harvard, she is studying emerging strategies within the fields of architecture and urban design for addressing issues of racial and economic inequity.
Charlotte Sutton is the health and science editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she directs the paper’s award-winning coverage of medical issues for both print and online. She joined the Inquirer in March 2015 from the Tampa Bay Times, where she was health and medicine editor. As a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, she has covered a wide range of topics, from politics to consumer issues to the arts. She completed her master’s degree in public health at the University of South Florida in 2014, focusing on health management and policy, particularly Medicare. She is a board member of the Association for Health Care Journalists.
Tanzina Vega is CNNMoney’s national correspondent for race and inequality in America. Prior to working at CNN, she was a staff reporter for The New York Times where she created and covered a beat on race and ethnicity for the national desk, reported on digital media and advertising for the business desk and covered the New York City courts for the metro section. NPR’s Code Switch included Vega in their “Journalists—Of Color!—To Watch In 2014” list and The Huffington Post listed her as one on of the 40 top Latinos in American media. Vega has won various awards for her multimedia work, including being part of the Emmy-winning team that produced “One in 8 Million,” in addition to awards from the National Press Photographers Association. She has a bachelor’s from the State University of New York at StonyBrook and a master’s in multimedia journalism from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Becky Vevea is an education reporter for WBEZ. She writes about Chicago Public Schools and the impact local, state, and federal education policy has on communities across Chicagoland. In 2013, she became the youngest recipient of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, awarded by WBUR and Boston University each year to one public radio journalist under 35, for her coverage of Chicago’s 50 school closings. Prior to joining WBEZ in 2012, Vevea worked at the Chicago News Cooperative and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as an education and general assignment reporter. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and in The New York Times and USA Today. She holds a B.A. in journalism and Spanish from University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Jim Weiker is a senior writer with The Columbus Dispatch, responsible for real-estate and housing coverage. He previously served as assistant managing editor, assistant business editor and business writer for the Dispatch. Before joining the paper in 2000, he served on the business news desks of The Denver Post, The Grand Rapids Press and The Flint Journal newspapers.
Lorraine Woellert is a financial services reporter with years of experience covering the intersection of politics, money and business. At Politico, she covers housing and mortgage policy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department. She previously worked for the chief economist at Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, where she helped manage the company’s data-driven research and worked with a team to establish a housing market news blog. At Bloomberg, she covered the U.S. economy and housing in the years following the subprime lending meltdown, breaking market-moving news on Obama administration policies, the Fed and the Federal Housing Administration. In 2008, she was embedded with the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. At BusinessWeek, Woellert covered legal affairs and money in politics, breaking news during the oversight of Enron, and John Roberts’ confirmation to chief justice. At The Washington Times, she documented the early days of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. She is a long-time resident of Alexandria, Va., and a graduate of George Mason University.
Rong Xiaoqing is a reporter for the Chinese language Sing Tao Daily in New York. She also writes for various English and Chinese language publications in the United States and China. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the South China Morning Post and China Newsweek, among other publications. She writes different columns for Fortune magazine’s Chinese edition, Global Times’ English edition and the Tencent website. She has won multiple awards from CUNY, New America Media, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She also was the first reporter from a non-English language media to win an award from the Deadline Club and has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the California Health Endowment.