Our Team

Stephen Handelman

Editor-in-Chief

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.

Isidoro Rodriguez

Isidoro Rodriguez

Deputy Editor

Isidoro Rodriguez is deputy editor of The Crime Report and editor of TCR’s daily “Justice Digest. A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he majored in English, with a minor in journalism,  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 focus in criminal justice reporting is police reform, where he explores topics ranging from police training and policing the mentally ill to whistleblower. He is currently a co-host on Behind The Blue Curtain, a weekly podcast covering policing issues and race relations around the country. 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.

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 

Andrea Cipriano 

Associate Editor

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.

 

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

Contributor

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

 

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.

Michael Gelb

Contributor

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.

Julia Pagnamenta

Julia Pagnamenta

Julia Pagnamenta

Contributor

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. 

Dane Stallone

Dane Stallone

Dane Stallone

Contributor

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.

TCR INTERNS

Blake Diaz

blake

Journalism Intern, Summer-Fall 2021

Blake Diaz is a senior at Loyola University Chicago studying both criminal justice and multimedia journalism. Blake was born and raised in Phoenix and currently lives in Chicago. He writes periodically for Loyola’s student-run newspaper, the Loyola Phoenix. He is passionate about criminal justice reform and wants to pursue a career in public policy and investigative journalism. Blake is excited to be working for The Crime Report in the hope of furthering his knowledge of the criminal justice system and sharpening his writing skills.

Gabriela Felitto

Journalism Intern, Summer 2021

Gabriela Felitto is a rising senior at the University of Vermont, where she majors in Public Communication with a concentration in Community Media and Journalism and a minor in writing. On campus, she became a writer for her university’s newspaper, the Vermont Cynic.  In her Junior year, she became the section editor for the paper’s opinion section. She also works as a writing tutor for UVM’s Undergraduate Writing Center, helping students with their writing assignments. At the Crime Report, Gabriela plans to pursue her interest in journalism and criminal justice.

Eva Herscowitz

Journalism Intern, Summer-Fall 2021

Eva Herscowitz is a rising junior studying journalism and American Studies at Northwestern University. Last summer, she interned at The Hill Rag, a community paper covering Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. On campus, she writes for North by Northwestern and The Daily Northwestern.

 

Emily Riley

Journalism Intern, 2020-2021

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.