Our Staff

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Karen de Sá

Executive Editor for The Imprint

Karen de Sá has been executive editor of The Imprint since 2020. She has worked as an investigative reporter for the majority of her three-decade career in journalism, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have revealed 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.

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. 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.

Madison Hunt

Reporter for The Imprint

Madison Hunt is a New York-based reporter for The Imprint covering child welfare and the youth justice system. Previously, she reported on social justice issues within minority communities for Capital News Service. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, among other publications. She holds a master’s degree from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Queens.

Adilia Watson Reporter for The Imprint

Adilia Watson

Reporter for The Imprint

Adilia Watson is the New York State Youth Justice Reporter. After graduating from Seattle University, she became a Rural Reporting Fellow at The Daily Yonder. She is from Stockton, California, and has articles published in Cultura Colectiva and The Yucatan Times. In her free time, she enjoys reading science-fiction and rollerskating.

Farrah Mina

Farrah Mina

Reporter for The Imprint

Farrah Mina is a Minnesota-based reporter covering child welfare. Before joining The Imprint, Farrah worked as a data reporter at the Kansas City Star. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and an alum of the Emma Bowen Foundation and Dow Jones News Fund program.

Nancy Marie Spears

Indigenous Children & Families Reporter for The Imprint

Nancy Marie Spears is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. She covers Indigenous children and families with a focus on the Indian Child Welfare Act and the impact of Indian boarding schools. In 2022, she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with distinction from the University of Oklahoma and received top honors from the Native American Journalists Association, two first-place awards and one second-place prize for her coverage of environmental, health and elder issues in Native American communities. Her experience in investigative reporting and data journalism includes contributions to a nationwide map tracking the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Indigenous communities that was co-produced by Indian Country Today and Johns Hopkins American Indian Health Center. When she isn’t living and breathing journalism, you can find her outdoors hiking, camping, gardening, drinking hot tea, cooking vegan foods and spending time with her family and her beloved pets.

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.

Tracey Onyenacho

Youth Voice Editor The Imprint

Tracey Onyenacho is the Youth Voice Editor for The Imprint. She was recently the editorial assistant for Colorlines. She also was the lead politics reporter for Blavity Politics, covering criminalization, racial and social justice, and the 2020 presidential campaign trail. They have also written as an independent journalist for USA Today, The Washington Post’s The Lily, Prism, and more. Tracey received her undergraduate degrees in Literary Journalism, Film and Media Studies, and Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California, Irvine. Tracey resides in Los Angeles.

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.

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.”

Hiram Alejandro Durán

Contributing Photographer for The Imprint

Hiram Alejandro Durán is a Brooklyn-based freelance documentary and editorial photographer. In addition to his work at The Imprint News, he is the Photo Editor at The Riverdale Press and a Photo Contributor at THE CITY where his work documenting a high school’s journey to take graduation to their students’ doorsteps received a Editor & Publisher Award for Best Photojournalism. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Marshall Project, The Mail & Guardian (South Africa) and the Pulitzer Center’s “2020: A Year in Photos.” He is an alumni of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and the Eddie Adams Workshop where received the highest honors in 2020, The Nikon Award.

 

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.

 

Karlos Rene Ayala

Contributing Photographer for The Imprint

Karlos Rene Ayala is a freelance photographer, videographer, documentarian, artist and writer living in Sacramento, California.

 

Colleen Connolly

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Colleen Connolly is a Minneapolis-based independent journalist who writes about child welfare in Minnesota for The Imprint. She also writes about education, native rights, immigration, and more. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Smithsonian magazine, and The American Prospect, among other outlets. She previously edited the Latin America News Dispatch and worked as a digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune and is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and New York University’s Global Journalism program.

Nell Bernstein

Nell Bernstein

Contributing Reporter for The Imprint

Nell Bernstein is the author of “Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison” and “All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated,” both published by The New Press. Launched with starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus and appearances on Fresh Air and the Tavis Smiley Show, “Burning Down the House” went on to win the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and was named one of the Best Big Ideas of 2014 by The Daily Beast, a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and “What to Read” by Glamour Magazine. “All Alone in the World” was selected as a pick of the week by Newsweek, a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and a top 10 book of the year by the Online Review of Books.

After launching her career as a counselor in a group home for adjudicated youth, Ms. Bernstein spent nine years as editor in chief of YO! (Youth Outlook), a magazine by and about young people in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has written for multiple national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Marshall Project, Glamour, Mother Jones, Buzzfeed News and many others; and made numerous radio and television appearances, including Fresh Air, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and MSNBC. She has been awarded a Soros Justice Journalism Fellowship and a Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy at the University of Maryland, and received a White House Champion of Change award for her work on behalf of children of incarcerated parents.

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.