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The Economic Hardship Reporting Project Announces New Hires

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project Announces New Hires

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project is excited to announce that Deborah Jian Lee and Maire O’Malley are joining our team as Senior Editor and Chief Operating Officer, respectively. We are expanding EHRP at a pivotal moment in journalism: major news publications are laying off hundreds of employees; too many local outlets are closing their doors entirely. At the same time, the need for clear, accurate, and compelling reporting has perhaps never been greater, as strong journalism is a requisite for any functioning democracy. Debbie and Maire are both crucial to building up EHRP’s infrastructure so we can remain a beacon during a media emergency.

Debbie is a long-time freelance journalist who has worked as a consulting editor and contributor to EHRP. She is an award-winning journalist, radio producer, fellow at Harvard Divinity School and the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism (Beacon Press). She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press and taught journalism at Columbia University. Her own work has appeared in Esquire, WBEZ and other publications. At EHRP, Debbie will recruit contributors and edit them, as well as develop strategic partnerships with major media outlets.

Maire is a seasoned operations professional who was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Youth Represent, a legal services and advocacy nonprofit where she raised three times the original revenue and shepherded a transition from a small team in a borrowed space to a robust staff of 17 helping thousands. Maire has taught at Brooklyn Law School, where she also graduated cum laude, and has experience working in criminal justice, homelessness, and education. Maire will be responsible for designing strategic, operational and financial practices, further building the organization’s foundation.

Save An Endangered Species: Journalists

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project supports independent journalists so they can create gripping stories which often counter the typical disparaging narratives about inequality. This high-quality journalism is then co-published with mainstream media outlets mobilizing readers to address systemic economic hardship.

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