Maha Ahmed, Managing Editor

Maha Ahmed is managing editor at Type Investigations. She oversees and coordinates research and fact-checking for a team of editors, investigative reporters, and interns. Previously, she was a news assistant at The Intercept, where she copy edited and fact-checked investigations and news articles, and also produced a weekly email newsletter for the digital publication.

Maha has also reported on criminal justice, technology, gender, municipal politics, and more, for The Intercept, Mother Jones, In These Times magazine, and others. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and public policy.

You can find her on Twitter @mahaxahmed.

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Paco Alvarez, Research Fellow

Paco Alvarez is a research fellow at Type Investigations. Previously, he was a staff writer for the immigration newsletter Migratory Notes, and a Fall 2020 Civic Reporting Fellow for City Bureau, where he covered the 2020 elections and political participation in immigrant communities. His work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Block Club Chicago and South Side Weekly. He is based in Chicago and holds a bachelor's degree in English.

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Sasha Belenky, Senior Editor

Sasha Belenky is a senior editor at Type Investigations. As a freelance editor, he has contributed to numerous publications, including HuffPost, NBC News, and Global Press Journal.

Previously, he was a features editor at The New Republic, where he oversaw projects on a wide range of subjects, including the spread of right-wing extremism, the global refugee crisis, the threats posed by climate change, and more. He also served as senior editor at HuffPost and associate editor at The Guardian. Articles he has edited have won numerous awards, including the 2019 James Beard Award for investigative reporting.

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Joe Conason, Editor-at-Large

Joe ConasonJoe Conason is editor-at-large of Type Investigations. He is also founder and editor-in-chief of The National Memo, a daily newsletter and news site. For 18 years he wrote a weekly political column for The New York Observer, where he formerly served as executive editor, and for 12 years he wrote a weekly column for Salon. He previously served as investigative editor of The American Prospect and editor-at-large for Conde Nast’s Details. Before that, he worked for The Village Voice as a columnist, staff writer and national correspondent.

He is the author of several books, including Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martin’s Press) and, with Gene Lyons, The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton (St. Martin’s Press), both of which were New York Times bestsellers. His most recent book is Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.

His articles and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Esquire, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian (London) and The New Yorker, as well as scores of other periodicals. He appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio, including several years as a regular guest on Air America’s Al Franken Show. A winner of the New York Press Club’s Byline Award, he has covered every American presidential election since 1980.

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Cassi Feldman, Executive Editor

Cassi Feldman is executive editor of Type Investigations. Previously, she was a senior editor of The Appeal, a nonprofit criminal justice news site. Stories she edited there won top awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and the Society of Professional Journalists. She was also bureau chief of Chalkbeat New York, and an associate producer at CBS News's 60 Minutes, where her team won an Emmy for its reporting on Guantánamo Bay.

As a reporter, she covered housing, homelessness, and child welfare for City Limits and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesNewsday, and elsewhere.

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Zoe Heisler, Communications Director

Zoe Heisler is communications director of Type Media Center. Previously, Zoe directed a global team of communications professionals to develop data-driven digital campaigns for clients such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, Defense for Children International, and the American Civil Liberties Union. A media maker at heart, she received her dual B.A. in Journalism and Philosophy from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Zoe grew up near Húsavík, Iceland.

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Aviva Shen, Senior Editor

Aviva Shen is a senior editor at Type Investigations. She was previously a senior editor at Slate, overseeing coverage of the courts and legal news. She has also worked as a senior editor at The Appeal, where she directed and edited investigations into local criminal legal systems, and ThinkProgress, where she managed on-the-ground political reporting and news analysis. Her own reporting has appeared in The Guardian, CityLab, The Trace, and other outlets. She currently lives in Brooklyn and can be found on Twitter at @avivash.

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Nina Zweig, Assistant Editor

Nina Zweig is assistant editor at Type Investigations. She has researched and fact-checked for The Intercept, Longreads, New York, The Atavist, Vox, Grist, and other publications. She was previously a researcher and intern at Type. Her writing and reporting have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, GEN, and Jewish Currents. Prior to her work at Type, Nina reported on digital misinformation, with a focus on the far right. She holds a bachelor's degree in English.

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Reporting Fellows

Melissa del Bosque, Reporting Fellow

Melissa del Bosque is a Lannan reporting fellow with Type Investigations. Her investigative reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration, government surveillance and national security has been featured in numerous publications including: ProPublica, The Intercept, the Guardian, Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. She is the author of Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty (Ecco, 2017). In 2020, del Bosque was part of the reporting team for ProPublica’s “Inside the Border Patrol” series, awarded a RFK Journalism Award. She has also been honored with an Emmy, a National Magazine Award and The Hillman Prize. In 2012, an investigation into massacres in the Juarez Valley, Mexico, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and won accolades from both the Association of Alternative News Media and the Pan American Health Organization. She has also been awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Del Bosque holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and a Master’s in Public Health from the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. Born and raised in the Golden State, del Bosque now lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. She tweets at @MelissaLaLinea

Aaron Miguel Cantú, Puffin Foundation Fellow

Aaron Miguel Cantú is an investigative journalist and a Puffin Foundation Fellow with Type Investigations. His reporting focuses on some of the most pressing issues of our time, including federal prosecutors targeting political protests; the power of the police and their role in society; and the transition away from fossil fuels, with an emphasis on environmental justice. He's received awards from the Association of Alternative News Media, the ACLU, and the Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to a book, “Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States” (Haymarket, 2016). He is currently based in Los Angeles. 

Adam Federman, Reporting Fellow

Adam Federman is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations. His writing has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, Salon, Columbia Journalism Review, Utne Reader, Gastronomica, CounterPunch, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Explorer and other publications. He is the recipient of a Polk Grant for Investigative Reporting, a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and a Russia Fulbright Fellowship. His biography of British food writer Patience Gray, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray, will be published by Chelsea Green in June 2017.

Lila Hassan, 2021–2022 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Lila Hassan is a New York-based investigative journalist who focuses on extremism, human rights, and immigration. She has reported from Cairo, Istanbul, Paris, and all five New York City boroughs. Currently a Tow Reporting Fellow at FRONTLINE PBS, Hassan writes digital stories and is a researcher for investigative documentaries. Her work has appeared in Reuters, The Guardian, ProPublica, Kaiser Health News, Documented, and Human Rights Watch. She holds a B.A. in political science from Brooklyn College’s Scholars Program and an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School’s specialized Toni Stabile investigative program. She will report on ICE arrests and accountability.

Amir Khafagy, 2021–2022 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Amir Khafagy is an award-winning New York City-based freelance journalist. Much of Amir's beat explores the intersections of labor, race, class, immigration, and urban policy. His reporting has been featured in The New Republic, Vice, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Appeal, Jacobin, and In These Times. Amir has been awarded The International Center for Journalists COVID-19 Reporting Award, The New Economics Reporting Fellowship, The Economic Hardship Reporting Grant, The Talk Poverty Writer Workshop Fellowship, The Asian American Writers Workshop Open City Fellowship, and The AARP Freelance Fellowship. He holds a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Urban Affairs from Queens College. He will be reporting on labor and the criminal justice system.

Bobbi-Jeanne Misick, 2021–2022 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Bobbi-Jeanne Misick is our Southern Fellow. She’s a New Orleans, Louisiana-based journalist and a reporter for NPR member-stations WWNO and WRKF, where she covers health, criminal justice and social justice issues. Much of her work as a reporter and producer has focused on the Caribbean, where she covered a range of topics from violence against LGBTQ youth, gay marriage and teen pregnancy to extrajudicial killings, misuse of police resources and the rise of extremism in the region. Bobbi-Jeanne’s work has appeared in ESSENCE Magazine and on NPR. She is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She will be reporting on immigration asylum and parole policies in the deep south.

Sarah Posner, Reporting Fellow

Sarah Posner is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations and author of the books Unholy: How White Christian Nationalists Powered the Trump Presidency and the Devastating Legacy They Left Behind and God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.

Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Report for America Corps Member

Karen Robinson-Jacobs is a Chi-Town native who has been chasing the big story for decades. She serves as a Report for America corps member with Type Investigations and the St. Louis American, focused on local watchdog reporting.

She spent 15 years writing about food, sports business, and real estate for the Dallas Morning News, where she was part of the Pulitzer Prize Finalist team lauded for coverage of a 2016 shooting spree that killed five police officers and injured nine others. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where she worked with emerging journalists in the paper’s Metpro program and helped launch the paper’s website and new media department. While in Los Angeles she also served as vice-president of the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

A long-time Midwesterner, Karen also worked at the Milwaukee Journal, where she was among the first African American editors. While in Milwaukee, she also found a creative outlet as a dancer and member of the Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company.

Adreanna Rodriguez, 2021–2022 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Adreanna Rodriguez (she/ella) is a Lakota/Chicana artist based in Oakland, CA.  As a storyteller, her research, writing, and filmmaking revolve around issues of social and climate justice for Indigenous communities, as well as femme stories. Adreanna is currently working as an Associate Producer at VICE Audio.  She holds a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from San Francisco State University and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies from the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.  She will be investigating reproductive health care and access to abortion services within Indian Country.

Lam Thuy Vo, 2021–2022 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Lam Thuy Vo is a reporter who digs into data to examine how systems and policies affect individuals. She's explored how excessive 'quality-of-life complaints led to the over-policing of minorities, how badly constructed algorithms helped spread hate speech and warp our understanding of politics, and how changes in immigration enforcement drove immigrants into the arms of fraudulent lawyers. Previously, she's led teams and/or reported for BuzzFeed News, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and NPR's Planet Money and told economic and political stories across the U.S. and throughout Asia. She's currently a data journalist in residence at the Craig Newmark CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and will be investigating inequality and gentrification.

Advisory Committee

Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón hosts the award-winning Spanish-language podcast, Radio Ambulante, which features long-form Latin American and Latinx stories. He has written for such magazines as The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Harper’s and in 2008 won a National Magazine Award for an issue he edited of the Virginia Quarterly Review about South America. He currently teaches radio and writing at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

David M. Barreda

David M. Barreda is a visual editor, multimedia producer and journalist. He previously served as a founding editor at Topic, an award-winning digital magazine, and was the founding visuals editor for ChinaFile, where he launched the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography. He was a staff photographer at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, and other newspapers.

Mark Horvit

Mark Horvit teaches investigative reporting as an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Previously, he served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, DC, and a journalist in residence at American University. She was previously a senior editor for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica. She is a former training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and serves on the IRE Board of Directors.

Carrie Lozano

Carrie Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. She is currently director of the International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz funds. She also is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches documentary production and history.

Lynn Oberlander

Lynn Oberlander is chief news counsel at Univision Communications Inc. and an adjunct professor at The New School where she teaches media, corporate responsibility and the law. Previously she was general counsel for the New Yorker, First Look Media, and Gizmodo Media Group, and also a lawyer for NBC and Forbes

Bruce Shapiro

Bruce Shapiro is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University School of Journalism that encourages innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, he is a contributing editor at The Nation, U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live in Australia, and senior advisor for academic affairs at the School of Journalism, where he teaches ethics.

Keith Summa

Keith Summa was the senior vice president for content and programming with Fusion Media Group and the executive producer of The Naked Truth, an investigative documentary TV series recognized with the duPont Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. He previously worked as a producer with CBS News, The Documentary Group and ABC News.

Kai Wright

Kai Wright is editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and a columnist for The Nation. His award-winning reporting and writing are focused on healthcare, economic inequality, racial justice, and sexuality. He was previously the host of the WNYC podcasts There Goes the Neighborhood and The United States of Anxiety.