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), TRhe (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 (Digital)

Photo by Joshua Kessler

Nancy Bilyeau, Deputy Editor-Digital, 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

Victoria Mckenzie

Deputy Editor (Content)

Victoria McKenzie’s areas of interest include public sector corruption, corporate fraud, and international development funding. She began her journalism career at The Bronx Free Press, and went on to spend two years reporting on Colombia’s armed conflict and peace process for Colombia Reports. As a freelancer, she has received grants from the Nation Institute and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists to report on the flow of international aid for development in Colombia, and to conduct on-the-ground investigations of USAID subcontractors. Her work has appeared in Vice, Colombia Reports, and Cuba Trade Magazine.

Victoria studied Chinese literature and Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, where she majored in Asian Studies and Chinese literature, and ethnomusicology at Columbia University. She’s an avid language enthusiast. Her email is victoria@thecrimereport.org

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.

David Krajicek

Contributing Editor

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

Contributing Editor

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

Contributing 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.

Christopher Moraff

Christopher Moraff

Christopher Moraff

Contributing Writer

Christopher Moraff is a journalist and photographer who writes on the intersection of policing, criminal justice, drug policy and civil liberties. He is a frequent contributor to The Crime Report, The Daily Beast and NextCity.org, and was previously a contributing columnist for Al Jazeera America. His byline has appeared in a number of publications, including the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The American Prospect. From 2004 until 2013 he served as a writer-at-large for The Philadelphia Tribune — producing feature-length stories on the issues of criminal and prisoner justice. His NextCity.org feature story on how mass incarceration and urban violence claimed an entire generation of men from one black family in North Philadelphia was the subject of an hour-long discussion in January on the WHYY program Radio Times. In 2014 Moraff was recognized for his work with a H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellowship at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has degrees in sociology and journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he currently lives.

Graham Kates

Contributing Writer

kates_headshotGraham Kates former deputy editor and senior staff reporter of The Crime Report, covers urban issues, environmental crime, official corruption and the penal system. He is currently a reporter for CBS Crimesider.com. Graham’s work has appeared on NBCNews.com, CBSNews.com, Salon.com, The Nation online, Yahoo! Sports, The Riverdale Press, Serious Eats, amNY, Zagat, Fodor’s and other publications. He studied political science and English as an undergrad at the State University of New York at Binghamton and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. His email is graham@thecrimereport.org.

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, recognized for his writing talent in “JJ’s Finest 2016,” and currently manages his own blog on the restaurant industry. 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 brutality and racial profiling. 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.

Brian Edsall

Journalism Intern

Brian Edsall graduated from Marist College in 2017, attaining a B.S. in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. He is currently attending Marist College for graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He has previous experience interning with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office and the Rockland County Times – where he is now a freelance journalist. Brian hopes to combine his knowledge in the field of criminal justice with his writing ability to pursue a career in investigative journalism.


Megan Hadley

Journalism Intern

Megan Hadley recently graduated from Depauw University, with a Sociology major and English minor. She hopes to combine the two by writing about social issues, such as criminal justice. Writing has always been a passion of hers and one day she hopes to write something that changes someone’s life for the better. “As journalists,” she says, “our job is to seek the truth and write the truth, exposing the injustice we see everyday. For now, I want to pursue a career in journalism, but eventually I would like to write novels, self help books, and even children’s books.” Megan’s email is megan@thecrimereport.org

Julia Pagnamenta

Journalism Intern

Julia Pagnamenta is a student in the Criminal Justice master’s program at John Jay College and a fact-checker at Global Press Journal and VICE Magazine. For over three years, she worked as an administrator at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Julia graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature.