Maisie Crow is a photographer and multimedia producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Maisie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, as well as studied as a graduate student at OhioUniversity’s School of Visual Communication. In 2012, her short film, Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, won the Overseas Press Club Award for online video and was recognized by the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and the Lumix Fotofestival. In 2010 her multimedia project, A Life Alone, was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and recognized in Best of Photojournalism.Maisie is a member of Razon Collective. She has done work for The Boston Globe, Bread for the World, MediaStorm, The New York Times, Robin Hood Foundation, Save the Children, and Virginia Quarterly Review among others. Maisie has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and as a multimedia instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Alissa Quart is the co-editor of EHRP and the author of three non-fiction books, Branded (Basic Books, 2003), Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press, 2006), and Republic of Outsiders (The New Press, 2013) as well as the poetry book Monetized (Miami University Press, 2015). She has written features for The New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, and many other magazines and has contributed frequent reported opinion pieces to The New York Times. Many of her pieces have been supported by EHRP, including the Emmy- and ASME-nominated multimedia project “The Last Clinic” that she wrote and produced for The Atavist. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism among other universities and was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Rose Aguilar hosts “Your Call,” a daily call-in show focusing on politics and social issues on NPR-affiliate KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco. She provides a weekly commentary for KPFK’s “Uprising Radio.” Rose writes for Al Jazeera English and has reported on health care for the uninsured on Truthout, She’s the author of “Red Highways: A Liberal’s Journey Into the Heartland.” Her forthcoming EHRP piece will profile homeless elderly women in San Francisco who are getting lost in the system.
Annette Fuentes is a Bay Area journalist and author of “Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse” (Verso), which examines the harsh discipline, policing and high-tech security that have turned public schools into prison-like environments–to the detriment of young people and their families. Most recently, she has been an editor for the online news outlets New America Media and the Bay Citizen. Fuentes was an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and a reporter and editor at newspapers in New York, including the Village Voice, El Diario/La Prensa and the Daily News. She is currently producing an EHRP story on the criminalization of school truancy and its devastating impact on poor families.
Dashka Slater has written for The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Salon, Mother Jones, and More, among others. She’s the author of five books for both children and adults. Here’s Slater in The New York Times Magazine profiling a nun trying to keep publicly-traded corporations honest. For EHRP, she is developing a story on the unemployed folks required to participate in a state-run job club.
Virginia Sole-Smith has hung out in discount nail salons, talked her way into Mexican sweatshops, and learned how to wax, Brazilian-style, all in the name of exploring key health, social and economic issues facing women today. Her writing has appeared in more than 40 national magazines and newspapers including Slate, Glamour, Parents and the New York Times. For more, please visit virginiasolesmith.com. Sole-Smith’s forthcoming EHRP article will show people acting rationally, yet illegally, to provide for their families.
Gabriel Thompson has worked as a journalist, community organizer, union researcher, and investigator of capital punishment cases involving undocumented Mexican immigrants. He is the author of three books: Working in the Shadows, There’s No José Here, and Calling All Radicals. He has written for The Nation, New York magazine, The New York Times, and other publications. Thompson is the recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award, the Studs Terkel Media Award, and a collective Sidney Hillman Award. He is working on a book about the life and times of legendary community organizer Fred Ross. In his upcoming EHRP piece, Thompson will explore what the “recovery” means for the growing army of temporary blue-collar workers.
Steven Gray is a columnist and contributing editor at The Root, providing reported analysis on politics and society. Previously, he was a Washington Correspondent at TIME, where he also worked as Detroit Bureau Chief and Chicago-based reporter. His magazine and digital assignments included the 2008 presidential race, Barack Obama’s relationship with black America, poverty, the economic crisis, technology, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the auto industry, philanthropy, food, the debate over public boarding schools, immigration, and the future of criminal justice policy. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Chicago-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal, covering the global food industry and social issues, including a two-part series on the human toll of Katrina’s aftermath. He has written for Fortune, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Times-Picayune, and the Nation, and produced reports for Chicago Public Radio and the New Orleans CBS affiliate, WWL-TV. He has provided analysis on National Public Radio, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was born in New Orleans, graduated from Howard University, and lives in Washington. Gray’s work was central to coverage of Detroit for Time in 2010. His EHRP assignment will take an unflinchingly look at the decline of the black middle class.
Laurie Udesky has been a reporter and editor for more than 15 years. She has reported on health, social welfare, and public policy issues for print, radio, and online outlets. Udesky has won a number of national and regional awards and fellowships, including two California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships. In 2011, “When Foreclosure Threatens Elder-Care Homes,” New York Times, earned an Honorable mention in the Best Investigative Report category from NAREE. For a 2008 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship project, she reported on a new specialty court in Alameda County, California for teens with mental health problems who break the law. “A Safe Place for Troubled Teens,” East Bay Express, won a 2010 Price Child Health and Welfare award. Her 2006 California Endowment Health Journalism project, “A Matter of Respect: Training Hmong shaman in the ways of western medicine is saving lives in Merced.” appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle magazine. Udesky is currently a freelance journalist in San Francisco, and has written most recently for The New York Times. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, and is a board member of the northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. For EHRP, Udesky is investigating the fate of indigent elderly and disabled people made homeless by foreclosure of group homes.
Isabel MacDonald is a freelance journalist, currently completing her PhD in journalism at Concordia University. She has been published in the Toronto Star, The Guardian and beyond. Her investigative work for The Nation exposed the shoddy, mold-filled trailers the Clinton Foundation donated to Haiti post-quake. Her EHRP reporting will explore the ramifications of state-mandated drug testing of applicants for unemployment benefits.