Stephen 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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Washington Bureau Chief
Ted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast Bureau Chief
Joe 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 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 email@example.com.
David 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam 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 email@example.com.
Cara 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Pagnamenta graduates from John Jay College in the Criminal Justice master’s program, where she specializes in Criminology, 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 graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature.
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 email@example.com.
Journalism Intern, Summer 2019
Brian Demo is a journalism master’s candidate at New York University, enrolled in the school’s Magazine Writing program. Before joining The Crime Report, he was an editorial intern at Straus News. During the internship, he helped cover Lower Manhattan for one the Straus newspapers, Our Town: Downtown. Brian earned his bachelor’s of science in Business Administration at Elmira College and was a staff writer for EC’s student newspaper, The Octagon. His work at the paper included a journal series on the Holocaust, Solidarity, and the Velvet Revolution during his time studying abroad in Poland and the Czech Republic. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalism Intern, Summer 2019
Andrea Cipriano is a Junior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), where she majors in Forensic Psychology, with a double minor in 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.
Roman Gressier is a graduate of the CUNY Baccalaureate program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former applied research fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, where he contributed to and co-produced the Emerging Issues in American Policing Digest. Of particular interest to Roman are policing, mental health, immigration, and applied research. He joined The Crime Report to launch his career in investigative journalism. He can be reached at email@example.com
Journalism Intern, Summer 2019
Yotam Ponte is a rising Junior at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he studies Journalism, Sociology and Political Science. Yotam is a former editorial intern at Musée Magazine and an occasional contributing writer for his school newspaper, the Washington Square News. He joined The Crime Report in hopes of improving his skills in journalism and becoming familiar with the field of crime and justice reporting. Yotam eventually aspires to become a foreign correspondent and and report on war and conflict. He can be reached at Yotam@thecrimereport.org
Dane Stallone is a 2018 master’s candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, concentrating in Health & Science reporting. 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.
Journalism Intern, Summer 2019
Maria Trovato is a rising junior double major in Multi-Platform Journalism and Government and Politics at the University of Maryland. She is a staff writer at UMD’s student-run newspaper, The Diamondback, and formerly interned at The Real News Network. Maria is passionate about social justice and problems within the criminal justice system, and wants to pursue investigative journalism.
J. Gabriel Ware
J. Gabriel Ware holds a master’s degree in communication at Western Michigan University. He earned a bachelor’s in communication with a focus on journalism and criminal justice at the same university in 2016. He is an alum of the Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism, and is a contributor at YES! Magazine. He was most recently a reporter at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute.