Alissa Quart is the Executive Director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the author of four non-fiction books including the acclaimed Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, and Republic of Outsiders as well as two poetry books, most recently Thoughts and Prayers. Her journalism appears regularly in The New York Times and The Guardian among many publications. She has received an Emmy and a Nieman fellowship among other honors and has taught journalism at Brown University and elsewhere.
David Wallis previously served as opinion editor of the Forward and deputy editor of The New York Observer. David, who has contributed to The New Yorker, Slate, The Washington Post and The New York Times, edited two critically acclaimed books, Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print and Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression. In 2000, he founded Featurewell.com, an online syndication service that pays the majority of proceeds to contributors.
Erica Hunt is a writer and organizational consultant with more than 25 years’ experience working with organizations to advance racial and economic equity, fair voting, and human rights. She is the author/editor of six books of poetry, most recently, “Jump the Clock,” and a visiting professor at Brown University. Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Hunt served as the executive director of the Twenty-First Century Foundation, and held the position of president of the Foundation for 12 years.
Social Media Editor
Rachel Sanoff is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. Her writing on healthcare access, social movements, and education has been published in MTV News, Jezebel, Business Insider, The Guardian, Bustle, and other publications. She was previously the features editor at HelloGiggles and has worked as a social media editor for several magazines and community organizations. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where she graduated from the Labor Studies program and researched local workers’ rights campaigns at the UCLA Labor Center.
Deborah Jian Lee is an award-winning journalist, radio producer and author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. She has worked as a staff reporter for the Associated Press, taught journalism at Columbia University, and contributed to Foreign Policy, Slate, Playboy, TIME, WBEZ, WNYC and many others.
Host, Going for Broke with Ray Suarez
Ray Suarez is an American broadcast journalist and the current John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent until 2013.
Housing Crisis Reporter
Lori Teresa Yearwood is a housing crisis reporter for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her work has been recently featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the American Prospect, and many other publications. Photo © Preston Gannaway
George Lozano is an open-source researcher of far-right violent extremism. A Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, he holds a degree in International Studies from the School of International Service at American University.