Our Staff

The Imprint is published by Fostering Media Connections. Learn more and meet our full team here.

Karen de Sá

Executive Editor for The Imprint

Since 1994, Karen de Sá has worked for numerous newspapers in California, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have exposed inhumane conditions in juvenile halls, group homes and youth prisons, and detailed systemic injustice in the dependency courts. Recent projects exposed hundreds of questionable youth arrests in California children’s shelters and the excessive use of psychotropics in the foster care system. A 2006 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, de Sá has won numerous journalism honors over her career, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards and the NewsGuild’s Heywood Broun Award. Her work has led to nine state laws, overhauled institutions and improved public contracts with the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

John Kelly

Senior Editor for The Imprint

John Kelly is the senior editor of The Imprint and founding editor-in-chief of its predecessor, The Chronicle of Social Change, which he helped launch in 2013. In addition to overseeing national coverage, Kelly manages the opinion pages and produces Youth Services Insider, The Imprint’s subscriber platform providing business coverage and policy analysis for readers involved in child welfare and juvenile justice leadership. Previously, Kelly spent 10 years reporting on both fields for Youth Today.

Kim Hansel

Managing Editor for The Imprint

Kim Phagan-Hansel is the managing editor of The Imprint and editor of Fostering Families Today, a print and online magazine for foster, adoptive and kinship families across the country. She has served as the editor of Fostering Families Today and Adoption Today, a publication now out of print, since 2001. She is also the editor of two child welfare-related books, The Foster Parenting Toolbox and The Kinship Parenting Toolbox. She started her career as the special sections editor for the Longmont Daily Times-Call in Colorado and has been a freelance writer for the Wyoming Business Report and the Casper Star Tribune.

Kate Gonzales

Associate Editor for The Imprint

Kate Gonzales is a Sacramento-based editor and reporter. She has worked for public media and independent news organizations throughout her career, previously with Capital Public Radio and Sacramento News & Review. As an independent journalist, Kate covered California’s stories about class, race and gender. She graduated in 2014 from Sacramento State University with a degree in sociology.

Jeremy Loudenback

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Jeremy Loudenback is a Los Angeles-based senior reporter who writes about foster care, youth justice and child trauma for The Imprint. Loudenback tracks data, follows legislation in the state capital and reports from confidential courtrooms to cover the most vulnerable and resilient children and families. Loudenback previously worked as a reporter at the North County Times and has blogged about politics and governance and worked with homeless youth. Over the last five years, he has examined the impact of California’s congregate care reforms and reported on juvenile diversion programs, among other topics.

Sara Tiano

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Sara Tiano is a Los Angeles-based senior reporter for The Imprint covering issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, with a focus on L.A. County. Through Fostering Media Connections’ Youth Voice program, she leads journalism workshops and one-on-one trainings for teens and young adults. Her work has previously appeared in Los Angeles Daily News, WitnessLA, Youth Today, and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Tiano graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print and digital journalism.

Michael Fitzgerald

Senior Reporter for The Imprint

Michael Fitzgerald is a New York-based senior reporter for The Imprint where he covers city and state issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. He was previously a senior editor for Pacific Standard, and has reported for that magazine, The New Republic, Vice and Outside, among other outlets. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Megan Conn

Reporter for The Imprint

Megan Conn is a New York-based contributing reporter for The Imprint covering statewide policy and upstate issues involving children, youth and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Previously, she reported on education and juvenile justice for The Hechinger Report and Bklyner. She is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and Washington University in St. Louis.

Raquel Wilson, youth voice program manager

Raquel Wilson

Youth Voice Program Manager The Imprint

Raquel Wilson is a former foster youth from Compton, CA, who has been an advocate for youth affected by the foster care system, juvenile justice system, homelessness, or coined “at-risk.” She has dedicated over ten years to empowering youth and helping them develop both personally and professionally. She holds a master’s degree in grant writing, management, and evaluations and recently obtained an MBA in nonprofit management from Concordia University of Chicago.

Previously, she served as a program manager of the Real to Reel program through Better Youth, Inc., of which she is also a founding member. She also founded her own nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women of color in business and entrepreneurship called the Empower Her Project, Inc.

Raquel plans to use her experiences from being in the system to help connect and build relationships with other systems-experienced youth to encourage storytelling through journalism training, empowerment, and creative expression. Raquel also enjoys writing and performing spoken word, she loves to read, listen to music, and helping others grow their network.

Emily Jo Wharry

Emily Jo Wharry

Editorial Assistant & Youth Voice Editor for The Imprint

Emily Jo Wharry is the editorial assistant for Fostering Families Today and Youth Voice editor. She has a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she double majored in history and politics. Prior to joining Fostering Media Connections, she reported on local news in northeast Los Angeles and served as editor-in-chief of her college newspaper. As a student, she conducted research in the fields of restorative justice and U.S. legal history.

Christine Ongjoco

Graphic Artist for The Imprint

Christine Ongjoco is a Los Angeles-based freelance graphic designer and social media coordinator. She is deeply committed to using art and technology as an avenue for social change. For The Imprint, she creates graphics, illustrations and manages social media accounts for the team. Ongjoco’s work has been featured for other organizations such as VICE, Amazon Watch and Search for Common Ground.

Roxanna Asgarian

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Roxanna Asgarian is an independent Houston-based journalist covering child welfare issues in Texas for The Imprint. Asgarian also writes for The Appeal and has been published in numerous other outlets including The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Vox and the New York Daily News. She’s currently at work on “We Were Once a Family,” a book about the murder of six Black adopted children and what the tragedy says about the failures of the child welfare system, to be published in 2022. Asgarian has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Chuck Carroll

Contributor for The Imprint

Chuck Carroll is a Silicon Valley-based freelance journalist, writer and editor who works as a contributor for The Imprint. Carroll worked at newspapers in South Carolina for 11 years, mostly covering the Statehouse, before joining The San Jose Mercury News staff, where he worked as a reporter and copy editor from 2000 to 2016. He has an abiding interest in government, politics and public and environmental policy.

Julie Reynolds Martinez

Julie Reynolds Martinez

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Julie Reynolds Martinez is an investigative journalist and author of “Blood In The Fields,” a book documenting the lives of young gang members in the Salinas Valley that was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Award. Reynolds has worked as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting and for 10 years as criminal justice writer for The Monterey County Herald. Her work has been broadcast and published by outlets including PBS, NPR, Discovery Channel, The Nation, Newsweek and Mother Jones. Reynolds has received numerous journalism honors including a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and awards from the Columbia School of Journalism and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She was awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Tom Renner Medal for Crime Reporting, for her PBS documentary, “Nuestra Família, Our Family.”

Reynolds co-founded the nonprofit news site Voices of Monterey Bay and produces the podcast “Gray Area: a Show About Justice and Redemption.”

Johnny Angel Martinez

Johnny Angel Martinez

Contributing Reporter & Research Assistant for The Imprint

Johnny Angel Martinez is a national and state-certified substance abuse and cognitive behavioral treatment counselor with more than 20,000 hours experience counseling youth and adult clients, both in and out of prison. Many of his adult clients were in the juvenile justice system and foster care, and he has direct experience working with youth in and out of the foster care system.

Martinez is a skilled researcher and has been certified by the National Institutes of Health in protecting human research participants. He initiated and supervised the nation’s first research projects conducted by men in prison, for the Center for Conflict Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

His work in media includes writing for the nonprofit news site Voices of Monterey Bay and creating an inmate media lab at a state prison in Soledad, California that will begin producing short video documentaries and podcasts in 2021. He has been an avid advocate for his community by transforming the traumas he faced in his life through serving his communities.

Elizabeth Amon

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Elizabeth Amon is an award-winning Seattle-based journalist and contributing reporter for The Imprint, covering vulnerable youth and their families. She’s written for many outlets including, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The American Lawyer magazine, and Harper’s Magazine. Previously, she worked as a bartender in Paris, a Census enumerator in Trenton, a 70 mm projectionist and popcorn vendor in San Francisco, and a photographer in New Orleans. A former Soros fellow and a Fulbright scholar to Tunisia, she holds a master’s degree in creative writing from The City University of New York and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College.  

Sylvia Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Sylvia A. Harvey reports at the intersection of race, class, and policy. Harvey’s work has appeared in VOX, ELLE, POLITICO, The Nation, The Appeal, The Marshall Project, The Imprint, Colorlines, the Feminist Wire, 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 NPR, WBAI, Cheddar News, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, HuffPost Live, Radio Curious, and beyond. Harvey is the author of The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family, a searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families — including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked up. She is the recipient of a National Headliner Award and a National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence award. The Oakland native holds a BA in sociology from Columbia University and an MS in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Harvey lives in New York City.

You can connect with her on social media as Ms_SAH.

 

Steven Yoder

Steven Yoder

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Steven Yoder is a New York-based independent reporter who has covered a range of domestic policy issues for The Washington Post, pbs.org, Salon, Reason, The American Prospect, and others since 2009. His focus is criminal justice, youth policy, and education. Previously, he spent five years as lead writer and editor on a team that supported the federal reviews of state child and family services for the federal Children’s Bureau, producing reports and newsletters on best practices in child welfare reform. For the eight years before that, he was managing editor for the writing team at a clearinghouse of the federal Family and Youth Services Bureau, producing reports and newsletters offering youth policy news and analysis.