About Hate in America

“Hate in America,” an investigation examining intolerance, racism and hate crimes, is the 2018 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, 38 journalism students from 19 universities traveled to 36 states, including a 7,000-mile road trip around the country. They conducted hundreds of interviews, reviewed thousands of pages of federal-court documents, FBI data and state and federal statutes. Reporters interviewed nearly 300 people. They also produced a documentary and a five-episode podcast following the lifecycle of hate.

The students’ work began in January 2018 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.

This year’s team also partnered with ProPublica’s “Documenting Hate” project, which collects, researches and report incidents.

News21 is supported by grants from the Carnegie Corp. of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Hearst Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, Myrta J. Pulliam and the Veronica Guerin Dublin City University fellowship.

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News21 Fellows

Allie Bice

Allie Bice | @alliebice

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Allie Bice is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, with dual degrees in political science and journalism. While in college, Bice fact-checked public officials as prominent as the president of the United States for The Arizona Republic and chased down members of Congress for comment on Capitol Hill for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. She also most recently served as the editor-in-chief for ASU’s student-run digital publication, The State Press. Her work can be found in The Arizona Republic, The Hill, USA TODAY, and The State Press. More can be found on her online portfolio at www.alliebice.com .

Abby Bitterman

Abby Bitterman | @abby_bitterman

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Abby Bitterman is a senior at the University of Oklahoma where she studies print journalism and political science. She works for her student newspaper, The OU Daily, where she serves as the assistant sports editor and previously worked as a sports reporter and news reporter. Bitterman also interned at The Oklahoman where she covered business news.

Penelope Blackwell

Penelope Blackwell | @blackpendotcom

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Penelope Blackwell is a multimedia journalist from Washington, D.C., who is a senior at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. In the fall, she will serve as the editor-in-chief of The MSU Spokesman, the university student newspaper, where she previously was campus news editor. She has produced content for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Legacy Media Institute and Morgan State University’s athletic department. She worked on a film documentary about the unique relationship between Morgan State University and the University of Havana in Cuba.

Garet Bleir

Garet Bleir | @GaretBleir

Garet Bleir recently graduated with honors from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with dual degrees in magazine journalism and marketing management. Bleir is an investigative journalist who most recently completed an award-winning longform series on human rights and environmental abuses of indigenous nations in the Grand Canyon region. It was commissioned by the indigenous peoples magazine Intercontinental Cry and the news publication Toward Freedom. This work resulted in Bleir serving as the producer of a 30-minute documentary outlining these same issues to be featured in August on Germany’s largest television station. Bleir also runs Karuna Outdoor, an outdoor adventure and travel magazine. See his work on Facebook at Garet Bleir Journalism or on Instagram: @GaretBleir .

Brandon Bounds

Brandon Bounds | @brandonbounds_

Brandon Bounds is a senior journalism major at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. Bounds interned at WKSU 89.7, an NPR member station, and reported for the Akron Beacon Journal and Gatehouse Media Ohio. In the fall, Bounds will serve as the enterprise producer for the university’ television station TV2 and as the president of the Kent State chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Find more of his work here .

Scott Bourque

Scott Bourque | @sdbourque1

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Scott Bourque is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a graduate certification from Northern Arizona University in political communication and media criticism. Bourque learned to love storytelling while working as a combat correspondent for the American Forces Network. He covered the 2011 tsunami relief efforts in Japan, combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013, and produced hundreds of other stories. His interests include long-form audio storytelling, especially about diverse people and issues that often don’t get media coverage. See his work on KJZZ , radio, and at businessjournalism.org .

Brittany Brown

Brittany Brown | @isthatbritt

Brittany Brown is a senior journalism major and Spanish minor at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Brown is very involved in Ole Miss student media, where she is the assistant news editor for The Daily Mississippian newspaper and was the digital content producer for the NewsWatch Ole Miss, a live, student-run TV news program. Brown is passionate about investigative journalism and multimedia storytelling. View some of her work at isthatbrit.wordpress.com .

Lillianna Byington

Lillianna Byington | @lil_byington

Lillianna Byington is a recent graduate of George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a minor in criminal justice. Byington recently served as editor-in-chief of The Hatchet, GW’s independent student newspaper, after working as a news editor and reporter. She is passionate about investigative journalism and her work has been published in The Washington Post, Bloomberg BNA, The Hatchet, The New Republic and Westchester Magazine. Her portfolio can be found at lilliannabyington.contently.com .

Brendan Campbell

Brendan Campbell | @verboseghost

Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Brendan Campbell is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, focusing on investigative and governmental reporting. Originally from Michigan, Campbell has lived in the Phoenix area for more than a decade, and holds a bachelor of science in political science from ASU. He will be working at the Cronkite News Washington Bureau before graduating in December. View his work at VerboseGhost.com .

Andrew Capps

Andrew Capps | @JAndrewCapps

Andrew Capps is a senior at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in computer science. Capps spent a year and a half working as a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel, part of the USA Today Network, where he covered breaking news and events. See his work at jandrewcapps.com .

Renata Cló

Renata Cló | @renataclo

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Renata Cló is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was born and raised in Brazil, where she earned an undergraduate degree in social communication. Cló speaks four languages and chose journalism as a career because she has always loved discovering new places, talking to different people and telling stories. See her work at renataclo.weebly.com .

Rosanna Cooney

Rosanna Cooney | @rosannacooney

Veronica Guerin Dublin City University fellow

Rosanna Cooney is a graduate of Dublin City University. She is a multimedia journalist working for Maximum Media in Dublin, Ireland. She received national and international recognition for her work on the “Story of the Eighth Amendment.” This was recently translated into Czech for Britské listy. Cooney reported on the Belfast rape trial, and received national acclaim for live-tweeting the trial. Most recently, Cooney has been the journalist/producer on the Generation 8th series, which has attracted more than 2 million views on Facebook and Twitter. Cooney has been published in The Irish Times, been a contributor on the BBC, BBC Radio Shetland, BBC Northern Ireland and RTÉ radio, Ireland’s national broadcaster.

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine | @Catherinedevin1

Veronica Guerin Dublin City University fellow

Catherine Devine, who graduated with a degree in journalism from Dublin City University, is a digital channel editor at Independent News and Media in Dublin, Ireland. Devine has travelled to Ethiopia where she reported for the Irish Independent on the challenges facing women in education and politics. She also has experience reporting news, politics and data journalism. Read her work at independent.ie/search/?search=Catherine+devine .

Tessa Diestel

Tessa Diestel | @tessa_diestel

Tessa Diestel is a recent graduate of the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in Spanish. While at CU, she served as a reporter and anchor for NewsTeam Boulder and Buff Sports Live. She was also awarded the William W. White Award, which recognizes the graduating student in the journalism department who best exhibits a combination of academic merit, professional achievement and service to the school. Her portfolio can be found at tessadiestel.com .

Alexis Egeland

Alexis Egeland | @alexis_egeland

Hearst Foundation Fellow

Alexis Egeland is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Egeland has worked as a breaking news and a community reporter at The Arizona Republic, a legal reporter in Washington, D.C, for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS, as well as a copy editor, reporter and desk editor for The State Press, ASU’s student news organization. She will graduate in December with a degree in journalism and mass communication. See her work at alexisegeland.com .

Katie Gagliano

Katie Gagliano | @katie_gagliano

Katie Gagliano is a recent graduate of the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in business administration. While at LSU, Katie worked as a news and entertainment reporter for The Daily Reveille, the student news publication, and as a legislative reporter for the Manship School Statehouse Bureau, providing statehouse coverage for over 30 Louisiana publications. Gagliano’s work can be found in The Advocate, The Desert Sun, DIG Baton Rouge and Gambit Weekly. View her work at katiegagliano.wordpress.com. .

Kianna Gardner

Kianna Gardner | @KiaGardner

Don Bolles Fellow

Kianna Gardner recently graduated with a master’s degree from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at ASU, Kianna participated in multiple borderlands initiative programs that took her to Israel and Mexico to report on in-depth environmental issues. She also worked as a sustainability reporter and a data analyst for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Gardner’s work can be found in the Seattle Times, U.S. News and World Report, The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star. Read her work at kiannagardner.weebly.com .

Brooks Hepp

Brooks Hepp | @BrooksHepp10

Myrta J. Pulliam Fellow

Brooks Hepp is a senior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, studying communications and English writing and communications, with a focus on journalism. He is editor-in-chief of DePauw’s student-run newspaper, The DePauw, and has served other roles on staff, including news editor, sports editor, and opinions editor. Hepp has also served as a reporter and photographer for The Reporter-Times in Martinsville, Indiana.

Ashley Hopko

Ashley Hopko | @AshleyHopko

Ashley Hopko is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying political science and journalism with an emphasis in global media. She has contributed to publications including the Denver Business Journal and the Glass Heel. The Colorado native, with a relentless enthusiasm for journalism, has interned with local publications including CU Boulder Today, and ImpactFounder, a publication that focuses on entrepreneurs’ successes and struggles.

Kaylen Howard

Kaylen Howard | @Kaylen02Howard

Kaylen Howard is a recent graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton County where she studied broadcast journalism. She also minored in sculpting and in social sciences. Her expertise is in videography, editing, reporting, and radio. Howard has a passion for visual journalism and her work has appeared in the North Texas Daily newspaper in Denton. She shoots videos and mini-documentaries for musicians, businesses and Texas personalities. See her work at kaylenhoward.wixsite.com/mysite .

Jimmie Jackson

Jimmie Jackson | @jimmie_AJ

Hearst Foundation Fellow

immie Jackson is working on a master’s degree at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He previously earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a graduate assistant at the Reynold’s Center for Business Journalism and freelance audio visual technician for Video Tech Services. See his work at jimmiej22.wixsite.com/website .

Storme Jones

Storme Jones | @StormeJones

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Fellow

Storme Jones is a broadcast journalism senior at the University of Oklahoma, with emphasis on international studies and political science. He has worked at Oklahoma City’s National Public Radio member station, KGOU. There, he hosted midday newscasts and reported on policing issues affecting minority communities and people with disabilities for KGOU and NPR. In the fall, Jones will work in Washington, D.C., for the Gaylord News Service, reporting on national issues affecting Oklahomans. Jones is a 2018 Native American Journalists Association Scholar. See his online portfolio at stormebjones.com .

Emma Keith

Emma Keith | @shakeitha_97

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Fellow

Emma Keith is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying print journalism and Spanish. She works with the campus news organization, The OU Daily, where she has served as news managing editor for the past year and previously as a reporter. She has covered and managed coverage of stories about mental health, race, and the campus administration during a shift in university presidents.

Shelby Knowles

Shelby Knowles | @ShelbyAKnowles

Shelby Knowles is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a master of arts degree in journalism. The Houston native is a multimedia journalist who has covered health, science and immigration stories, as well stories in many other topic areas. Her numerous internships include with National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and The Texas Tribune in Austin, Texas. See her work at shelbyknowles-photography.com .

Carley Lanich

Carley Lanich | @carleylanich

Carley Lanich is a recent graduate of the Media School at Indiana University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science, while minoring in international studies. While at IU, she served as a reporter, investigations editor and editor-in-chief at the Indiana Daily Student, where she reported on crime, courts and the intricacies of campus rape. Her work has also been published with the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Times of Noblesville and News-Decoder.

Ashley Mackey

Ashley Mackey | @Forevrash

Knight Foundation Fellow

Ashley Mackey is working on a master’s degree in sports journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and minor in communication studies from the University of Montana. Although her primary focus has been photography and videography, she has published articles in the East Valley Tribune, Arizona Big Media and Nearby News. She also interned at the United States Tennis Association. Portfolio: AshleycMackey.weebly.com .

Tilly Marlatt

Tilly Marlatt | @tillymarlatt

Myrta J. Pulliam Fellow

Tilly Marlatt is a senior at DePauw University studying English writing. The multimedia journalist has held various leadership positions with student media organizations, including news director for D3TV’s The Source, assistant production director for 91.5 WGRE, staff writer and photographer for The DePauw, and the student media director for the DePauw Sustainability Leadership Program. Marlatt also interned with The Bob and Tom Radio Show, the Zionsville Times Sentinel, and Radio One Indianapolis. To view Tilly’s work, visit tillymarlatt.com .

Lenny Martinez Dominguez

Lenny Martinez Dominguez | @lennymartinezd

Lenny Martinez Dominguez is a master’s student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and product design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lenny is a designer, visual journalist, and editor interested in how information is presented and experienced, and the intersection of media and technology. His work has been published in The Tech, The Daily Orange, and on planetachatbot.com. A selection of his work is available at lennymartinez.com .

Angel Mendoza

Angel Mendoza | @angeInews

Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Angel Mendoza is a recent graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. The multimedia journalist has covered multiple cities in Arizona while reporting on the community desk for The Arizona Republic. Previously, he worked as a politics reporter and campus life editor for ASU’s student newspaper, The State Press. See his portfolio at angelmendoza.com .

Emmanuel Morgan

Emmanuel Morgan | @_EmmanuelMorgan

Emmanuel Morgan is a senior at Elon University in North Carolina. He is the executive director of Elon News Network, Elon’s merged student media organization, where he directs coverage for its digital, print and broadcast platforms. Previously, he interned at the Charlotte Observer, writing stories for the sports, metro and investigative desks. He also was selected for two nationally competitive fellowships for the National Association of Black Journalists. Morgan also wrote for ESPN’s The Undefeated. View his work at emmanuelmorgan.com .

Connory Leavy Murphy

Connory Leavy Murphy | @ConnorLMurphy

Connor Leavy Murphy is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science and minored in American history. While at ASU, he wrote for Politico Europe in its Brussels office, reporting on European politics and Transatlantic affairs. Murphy has also been published in the Phoenix Business Journal. He also interned with the U.S. Department of State in Milan and the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. In the fall, Connor will attend law school at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. See his portfolio at connorleavymurphy.wordpress.com .

Justin Parham

Justin Parham | @jparhamtv

Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Justin Parham is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University. Parham is a multimedia journalist who specializes in sports reporting, and documentary work. He launched his own sports news show “The Sideline” while an undergraduate. The show has reached more than 300,000 viewers on the web, and has almost 500,000 impressions on Twitter. For more information, visit his website justinparham.com .

Jasmine Putney

Jasmine Putney | @jazthejourno

Jasmine Putney is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, where she received bachelor’s degrees in journalism and cinematic arts. During that time, Jasmine worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant for introductory journalism courses. She has also worked for three years as a videographer for the university strategic communications office. There she helped shoot TV spots, live stream large events, and produce short-form video stories. Her work has been published in The Daily Iowan and Iowa Now.

Megan Ross

Megan Ross | @meg_ross_

Megan Ross is a senior studying journalism, Spanish and art at the University of Oklahoma. She is a multimedia journalist specializing in still photography and writing. During her time at the university, she has worked as a photographer for Sooner Yearbook, the OU Daily and various other local publications. This fall, Ross will serve as editor-in-chief of the Crimson Quarterly and Sooner Yearbook. Additionally, she will be working for Gaylord News Service in Washington, D.C., reporting on national issues of interest to Oklahomans. Her work can be found on meganrosscollective.com .

Danny Smitherman

Danny Smitherman | @djsmitherman

Donald W. Reynolds Fellow

Danny Smitherman is a master’s student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education at the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching high school sciences for two years, he completed a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Montana, where he focused on the history and philosophy of science. Smitherman has published in magazines, ezines, academic journals, and written one book. He is also a longtime photographer, shooting photos during the Islamic Revolution in Tehran, on the streets of Rome and Athens, in the mountains of Montana, inside clubs in San Diego and Phoenix, and at a volunteer nurses’ clinic set up south of the Arizona/Mexico border. View his work at djsmitherman.media .

Bryce Spadafora

Bryce Spadafora | @bryce_spadafora

Bryce Spadafora is a recent graduate of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He graduated with a degree in journalism and mass communications. Previously, he served as editor-in-chief of The Intrepid, St. Bonaventure’s online newspaper, and as digital content manager of SBU-TV, the broadcast news station at SBU. Bryce also has a background in social media, advertising and marketing. View his work at brycespadafora.wixsite.com .

Rebecca Walters

Rebecca Walters | @RebWalters

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow

Rebecca Walters is a multimedia journalist from Oklahoma City. She is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in online journalism with a minor in philosophy. Previously, Walters served as the senior producer for the OU Nightly, the University of Oklahoma’s nightly newscast. She has a background in social media, data journalism, documentary journalism and web development. She has reported on local and breaking news, education policy and refugee issues for various outlets at the University of Oklahoma.

Anya Zoledziowski

Anya Zoledziowski | @anyazoledz

Anya Zoledziowski is a multimedia journalist and recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s master of journalism program. Previously, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in Polish language studies. She has reported on local news, race, education, gender, drug policy and Indigenous issues for various Canadian publications, including The Globe and Mail, The Edmonton Journal, VICE, CBC Indigenous and the University of British Columbia’s journalism school student publication, The Thunderbird. Zoledziowski interned with investigative journalism startup The Discourse, and was recently awarded the Donna Logan Scholarship for graduating with the highest academic average in her class and for her interest in investigative reporting. Find samples of Zoledziowski’s work at www.anyazoledz.com .

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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.

Len Downie Jr.

Len Downie Jr. | Professor and Editor

Leonard Downie is the Cronkite School’s Weil Family Professor of Journalism and vice president at large for The Washington Post, where he served as executive editor from 1991 to 2008. He is a founder and board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. and chairman of the board of advisers of Kaiser Health News. During his 44 years at the Post, Downie was an investigative reporter, editor on the local and national news staffs, London correspondent and managing editor and helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Ohio State University. At the Cronkite School, Downie teaches the News21 seminar and an accountability journalism class.

Maureen West

Maureen West | Assistant Editor

Maureen West is a lecturer 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.

Bhuvan Aggarwal

Bhuvan Aggarwal | Web Application Developer

Bhuvan Aggarwal 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. Aggarwal has a master's degree in information technology and graduated from Arizona State University in May 2016.

Hari Subramaniam

Hari Subramaniam | Data Visualization Developer

Hari Subramaniam is the lead developer 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 worked independently with other software consulting services.

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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