Maha Ahmed, Chief of Research

Maha Ahmed is chief of research 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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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’sEsquireThe NationThe New RepublicThe 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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Alissa Figueroa, Senior Editor and Senior Producer

Alissa Figueroa is senior editor and senior producer at Type Investigations, where she oversees the Ida B. Wells Fellowship program and our broadcast partnerships. Stories she has edited at Type have appeared in national print, digital and broadcast outlets, including FiveThirtyEight and NBC Nightly News.

She was previously investigative producer at Fusion, where she helped launch the network’s investigative unit and reported across the country and internationally. Her investigative and public service journalism has been recognized with a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, a Clarion award, an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, and other honors. Her 2015 documentary, Prison Kids: A Crime Against America’s Children, was nominated for an Emmy and selected as a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.

Prior to coming to Fusion, Alissa was an associate producer at NBC News. Her work has also appeared on the PBS NewsHour, Marketplace, Nightline ABC, Aqui y Ahora from Univision Noticias and The Christian Science Monitor.

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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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Nandini Rathi, Don and Doris Shaffer Intern

Nandini Rathi is the Don and Doris Shaffer Intern at Type Investigations where she conducts research and checks facts. Previously, she was a staff writer for The Indian Express in New Delhi and in a past life, researched the archives for TV production. She is passionate about tracking disinformation and holds a master’s degree in journalism and international relations from New York University.

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Mark J. Rochester, Editor in Chief

Mark J. Rochester is editor in chief of Type Media Center. He was previously senior news director for investigations at the Detroit Free Press. His career includes other senior leadership positions at the Indianapolis Star, Newsday, the Denver Post, the Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He served on the national board of directors of Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. and is currently on the national advisory board of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University in Washington, D.C.

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Richard Salame, Associate Editor and Puffin Writing Fellow

Richard Salame is associate editor and a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at Type Investigations. His articles have appeared in The Intercept, The Nation, The Guardian, and more. He has also researched and fact-checked for investigations appearing in Vice, The Intercept, Smithsonian Magazine, The Nation, and other outlets. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in migration studies. He was previously the Don and Doris Shaffer Intern at Type Investigations. Before coming to Type Investigations he worked at Data & Society Research Institute and was an organizing intern at UNITE HERE! Local 217.

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Reporting Fellows

Akintunde Ahmad, 2020-21 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Akintunde Ahmad is a Bay Area based multimedia journalist focusing on the intersection of education, economic inequality, and the justice system. Ahmad, an Oakland native, was most recently a Delacorte Fellow with the Columbia Journalism Review, where he wrote about news media and its influence on public perceptions. He holds a BA in sociology from Yale University and an MS in journalism and documentary film from Columbia University. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Appeal, Huffington Post, and MTV. He will be reporting on police.

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.

Seth Freed Wessler, Puffin Fellow

Seth Freed Wessler is a Puffin reporting fellow at Type Investigations. An investigative reporter based in New York, he has reported for the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, ProPublica, This American Life, Reveal from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Elle magazine, and NBC News. Seth has won numerous awards including the Hillman Prize, the Izzy Award, the investigative prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Reporters, the reporting award from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, the Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Immigration Journalism Prize from the French-American Foundation. Seth was previously a staff reporter for and, a Soros Justice Media Fellow, a visiting scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. He is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Seth’s work on immigration enforcement, federal prisons and social services has spurred the passage of legislation and led to litigation and to shifts in federal and state immigration and child welfare policy. He has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, WNYC, Democracy Now, and MSNBC. Seth tweets at @sethfw.

Eileen Guo, 2020-21 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Eileen Guo is an independent journalist who focuses on inequality and the unintended consequences of globalization. Based in Los Angeles, she has reported from across the United States, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Mexico, and China for outlets including The New York Times, National Geographic, Wired, Mother Jones, and NPR. She will be investigating novel uses of surveillance devices. 

Sylvia A. Harvey, Reporting Fellow

Sylvia A. Harvey is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations. A journalist based in New York, she reports at the intersection of race, gender, and policy.  Her work has appeared in The Nation, Yes! Magazine,, Colorlines, the Feminist Wire, Narratively, the New York Post, AOL’s Bedford-Stuyvesant Patch, where she served as the gentrification columnist, and more. Her commentary on race and the criminal justice system has been featured on WNYC, NPR, WBAI, HuffPost Live, and beyond. In 2016, SAH received the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Award.  She holds a Bachelors of Arts in sociology from Columbia University and a Masters of Science in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She tweets at @Ms_SAH.

Jack Herrera, 2020-21 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Jack Herrera is an independent reporter based out of San Francisco. He covers immigration, refugees, and Latino issues. His work has appeared in Politico Magazine, The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, Popular Science, and elsewhere. In 2018, he covered the arrival of the two most prominent Central American “caravans” on-the-ground in Tijuana as a reporter for Pacific Standard. In spring of 2020, he began covering the coronavirus pandemic’s effects inside ICE detention centers. He will be reporting on healthcare and immigration.

Sarah Posner, Reporting Fellow

Sarah Posner is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations and author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters (Polipoint Press), which she wrote with the support of the Nation Institute. She writes a blog for the Washington Post and is an associate editor of Religion Dispatches, where she writes about politics. Her coverage of religion and politics has appeared in The Nation, American Prospect, Salon, The Washington Spectator, and many other publications.

Irene Romulo, 2020-21 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Irene Romulo is a journalist based in Cicero, Illinois, where she helps run Cicero Independiente, a bilingual news organization she co-founded. Her work centers on immigrants, Spanish-speakers, and organizing efforts. She is a proud City Bureau Reporting Fellowship alum and was a 2020 Voqal Fellow. She will be reporting on school discipline.

Dax-Devlon Ross, Reporting Fellow

Dax-Devlon Ross is a reporting fellow with Type Investigations, the author of five books and an award-winning investigative journalist who covers social and criminal justice. His work has appeared in Time and The New York Times, along with many other prominent publications, and been nominated for the Hillman Prize and the Molly National Journalism Prize. In 2015, he was awarded the National Association of Black Journalist’s Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts. Alongside his journalism, he has established an consulting practice that focuses on developing disruptive strategies to generate inclusion and equity in workplaces and education spaces alike. He is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Law.

Tina Vasquez, 2020-21 Ida B. Wells Fellow

Tina Vasquez, our Southern Fellow, is a North Carolina-based movement journalist with more than 10 years of experience reporting on immigration, reproductive injustice, LGBTQ+ issues, and gender-based violence. She is currently a staff reporter leading Prism's coverage of gender justice. Previously, she was a senior reporter covering immigration at Rewire.News, the leading online publication devoted to evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. Her work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, NPR, The Nation, Playboy, and a variety of other publications. Recently, she was a mentor in the Freedomways Fellowship Program as part of Press On, a Southern journalism collective that strengthens and expands the practice of journalism in service of liberation. She will be reporting on immigration in North Carolina.

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.