Our Team

Stephen Handelman


stephen_handelman_photoStephen Handelman, Editor-in-Chief of The Crime Report, is a prizewinning former columnist, foreign correspondent and senior writer for Time Magazine and The Toronto Star, and author of Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafiya (Yale University Press), the first account of the rise of organized crime in post-Soviet Russia. In a follow-up book, he unraveled the Soviet bio-weapons program in Biohazard (Random House).

Steve serves as Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and managing editor of Americas Quarterly. He is a co-editor of How They Got Away With It: Lessons from the Financial Meltdown (Columbia University Press). He lives outside New York City with his wife, a television news producer, and son.

Steve’s articles and op-eds have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,The Independent (UK), The (London) Spectator, The Christian Science Monitor, Popular Science, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent commentator and lecturer on criminal justice issues, transnational crime and organized crime; and has trained investigative journalists in eastern Europe, Russia and Latin America. Since 2011, he has hosted John Jay’s monthly television program for CUNY TV, “Criminal Justice Matters.” He also serves as consulting managing editor of Americas Quarterly.

Steve earned his Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University and is a member of the board of communications alumni of the City College of New York. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Council on Foreign Relations. He can be reached at: shandelman@jjay.cuny.edu.

Nancy Bilyeau

Deputy Editor

Photo by Joshua Kessler

Nancy Bilyeau, is Deputy Editor-Digital of The Crime Report and Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice. She began her magazine journalism career as an assistant editor at Rolling Stone. She has held staff editing positions at magazines published by Hearst and Time Inc., including three years as deputy editor of InStyle. While executive editor of DuJour, a print/digital publication, she edited the stories “A Murder in Palm Springs,” by John Connolly, and “The Secrets of White Collar Prison,” by Lisa DePaulo, finalists for journalism awards. She also wrote a thriller trilogy for Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) that was published in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia. She lives in Queens with her husband and two children. Her email is nancy@thecrimereport.org

Ricardo Martinez

Center Coordinator

Ricardo Martinez coordinates the activities of The Crime Report and the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College.  His extensive background in public sector organizations includes a stint as program coordinator for the College & Community Fellowship program, a higher educational reentry program for women.  He also worked as a program assistant for the Rockefeller Foundation’s North American Transnational Community Initiative.  Prior to that, Ricardo supported Health Link, a criminal recidivism research project affiliated with Hunter College’s School of Community Heath that helped women and adolescents at risk.  Ricardo’s education credentials include a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College School of Public Affairs and a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He can be reached at rmartinez@jjay.cuny.edu 

Ted Gest

Washington Bureau Chief

tedgest__1Ted Gest oversees the daily news digest “Crime and Justice News” for The Crime Report, and reports and blogs on criminal justice developments in Washington DC and elsewhere in the country. Ted covered the White House, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court, and legal/justice news during a 24-year career at U.S. News & World Report.
He is president of Criminal Justice Journalists, the nation’s only association of criminal justice reporters, which he co-founded in 1997. From September 2011 through March 2015, he served as public information officer for the Washington, D.C., Attorney General.

A veteran journalist, Ted began his career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (his native city). A former coordinator of the Council of National Journalism Organizations (2003-2006), Ted has been cited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and won an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award. He is the author of Crime and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2001).

He is a founding partner of John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. Ted is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He serves as a juror for the annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife. His email is ted@thecrimereport.org

Joe Domanick

West Coast Bureau Chief

joedomanickheadshotJoe Domanick, West Coast Bureau Chief of The Crime Report, is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. He has been an adjunct lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, and Senior Fellow of the Institute for Justice and Journalism in Los Angeles.
Joe is Associate Director of John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice, and serves as a juror for the annual John Jay-Harry Frank Guggenheim Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting.

Joe has served as journalism coordinator and mentor to CMCJ Journalist Fellowship programs since 2009, including the annual John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellowship, the Tow Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellowships, the Pew Seminar programs on sentencing, corrections and re-entry, the CMCJ Police-Media Roundtables, and the CMCJ/InterAmerican Development Bank program for Justice Communications professionals–among others.

He is the author of several books, including Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America’s Golden State; To Protect and Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams (which won the 1995 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Non- Fiction Book.) Domanick’s feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His latest book, Blue: The Los Angeles Police Department and the Battle to Redeem American Policing has received glowing national reviews. He lives in Los Angeles, CA., with his wife. His email is Jdomanick@jjay.cuny.edu

Katti Gray

Contributing Editor

katti_gray_headshot_annenbergKatti Gray covers criminal justice, health and education for The Crime Report. Her work has appeared in, among other outlets, ABC News, Colorlines, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Women’s Media Center. She shares a Pulitzer Prize with a team of journalists from Newsday, one of her previous full-time employers.

As coordinator of the John Jay College/Langeloth Foundation Reporting Fellowships, she has steered and advised more than 80 journalists from across the country who are covering how the police, courts and correctional facilities manage justice-involved persons with mental illness. She was a 2014-15 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow, exploring veterans’ treatment courts and correctional services and programs for incarcerated veterans.

Katti teaches journalism at the Hunter College Department of Film & Media and directs the New York University Urban Journalism Workshop, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors; the Association of Health Care Journalists; and the National Association of Black Journalists. She serves as a juror for the annual John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Prize for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. Her email is katti@thecrimereport.org.

Andrea Cipriano 

Staff Writer

Andrea Cipriano

Andrea Cipriano is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), where she is working towards a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, with a double minor in Digital Media & Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies. She writes and edits for the John Jay Sentinel, the college’s student-run newspaper. At the beginning of 2019, Andrea created The Crime Sheet, an online True-Crime Blog where she writes about current crimes, spreads awareness to cold cases, and formulates forensic profiles of serial killers. She joined The Crime Report team to further her passions in investigative journalism and launch her career.

David Krajicek


krajicek_photo_1David J. Krajicek is co-editor of Crime and Justice News and a frequent Viewpoints columnist for TCR. He writes “The Justice Story,” a weekly true crime feature, for the Sunday New York Daily News, where he formerly worked as police bureau chief.

David co-founded Criminal Justice Journalists, a national association of reporters and editors. His books include Murder, American Style: 50 Unforgettable True Stories About Love Gone Wrong (2010, News Ink Books), with content drawn from his work for the Daily News; True Crime: Missouri—The State’s Most Notorious Criminal Cases (2011, Stackpole Books), and Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze and Celebrities (1999, Columbia University Press). His latest true crime book, Death by Rock ‘n’ Roll, was released in 2011 by CrimeScape/Rossetta Books, a new Kindle Singles imprint. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Newsday, the Village Voice and the Manchester (U.K) Guardian.

He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Columbia University, where he spent the 1990s as a journalism professor. A native Nebraskan, Krajicek lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York and on the Alabama Gulf Coast. His email is dkrajicek@aol.com

Adam Wisnieski


adamwisnieskiheadshotAdam Wisnieski writes regularly on crime and politics for TCR.

A freelance investigative reporter based in Hartford, Ct., he contributes to various New York and Connecticut-based newspapers and magazines, and is the former associate editor of The Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper in the northwest Bronx. His email is adam@thecrimereport.org.


Cara Tabachnick

European Editor

caraCara Tabachnick served as Managing Editor for The Crime Report from 2008-2015. She currently lives in Spain with her family, where she writes on international criminal justice issues.

She has freelanced for Newsday in New York City and Long Island, and has written for Newsweek, the New York Post, UPI, Atlanta Magazine and AM New York, among others. Her areas of interest in criminal justice include domestic abuse, legal affairs and juvenile justice. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism. Cara is the Deputy Director of John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, a filmmaker, and two children. She can be reached at cara@thecrimereport.org.

Julia Pagnamenta

Julia Pagnamenta

Julia Pagnamenta


Julia Pagnamenta graduated from John Jay College in the Criminal Justice master’s program with advanced certificates in Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime studies, in May 2019.  She has been a freelance fact-checker at various publications, including VICE Magazine and Global Press Journal. Before coming to John Jay, she worked as a cultural administrator at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Julia received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the  University of Chicago. 

Isidoro Rodriguez



Isidoro Rodriguez is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he majored in English, with a minor in journalism. He has been published in the John Jay Sentinel and recognized for his writing talent in “JJ’s Finest 2016.” He is a recipient of the 2017 Patricia Licklider Award for Best Work of Nonfiction: Journalism and the John Jay English Department’s 2017 award for Outstanding Graduate in English. His areas of interest in criminal justice include the militarization of police, police training, and policing the mentally ill. He joined The Crime Report team to pursue his interest in investigative reporting and further develop his skills as a writer and journalist. His email is izzy@thecrimereport.org.

Dane Stallone

Dane Stallone

Dane Stallone


Dane Stallone received a Master’s at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, concentrating in Health & Science reporting in 2018. He has a major interest in the neuroscience and psychology of crime, and the intersection of science and criminal justice. Before attending CUNY Journalism, he worked for several sports media companies as a producer/editor, including CNN Sports, NBA TV, and MLB.com. He currently lives in Long Beach, NY.


Laura Bowen

Journalism Intern, Summer-Fall 2020

Laura Bowen is a 2020 Virginia Commonwealth University grad with a bachelor’s in both mass communications on a broadcast journalism track and cinema. She has a diverse range of experience in media, from news producing to reporting, casting for films, crewing on films, making documentaries and running social media. She recently made a documentary for Virginia Supportive Housing about one of their formerly homeless clients and his journey. She decided to hone in on journalism specifically during her last semester at V.C.U. and her goal is to report on crime and criminal justice full time.

Emily Riley

Emily Riley is a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park pursuing a double-major in multi-platform journalism and criminology and criminal justice. On campus, Emily is the Vice President for UMD’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and writes for the campus publication Stories Beneath the Shell. Over the summer, Emily worked with UMD on Rostros Físicos, a video project that tells the stories and struggles of representation in the STEM field for Hispanic and Latin Americans. After graduating, Emily hopes to pursue a career that combines her passion for journalism and criminal justice issues.

Michael Gelb

Journalism Intern, Summer 2020

Michael Gelb is a rising senior at Cornell University, where he majors in Human Development and double minors in Law & Society and Inequality Studies. On campus, he is a member of a research lab that codes jury selections of death penalty cases to determine if and what effect the demographics of jurors have on the outcome of the case. He is co-president of a club that mentors incarcerated youth. In the summer of 2019, Michael interned for the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently, he conducted a mixed-methods research study on self-censorship in Rwandan media. Michael works for The Crime Report to pursue his interest in the intersection of media and law.

Sarah Rose George

Journalism Intern, Summer 2020

Sarah Rose George is a recent graduate of Bard College, where she majored in Creative Writing with a concentration in nonfiction. She played soccer, lacrosse, and ran for the track team during her four years at Bard. While abroad in England, she studied poetry at Oxford and took journalism courses in Bath. Just before joining The Crime Report team, she interned at the Monroe County Sheriff’s office to complete her extensive senior thesis on a series of cold cases in upstate New York. She is interested in pursuing a career in journalism, criminology, or international intelligence.