The CJ Project Reporting Team
CJ Project Editor – Amy Linn
Linn is an award-winning writer previously based in Missoula, Montana. In 2015, she received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to write about teenagers who grew up on death row. The resulting stories appear in The New York Times, Salon, and other publications. Linn has focused on criminal justice and social justice issues throughout her career. Her expertise in police brutality began at The Miami Herald and The San Francisco Examiner, where her investigative reporting helped uncover decades of white-on-black police shootings and beatings in impoverished communities. She has been a top-level editor at Outside Magazine, Wired and an array of online outlets. She also holds experience as a case investigator for the Montana Innocent Project, working to clear the wrongfully convicted. Linn has lived in Chicago, New York, New Mexico, and San Francisco and went to high school in Palo Alto, California. Learn more about her at www.amylinn.com.
CJ Project Senior Reporter – Mary Hudetz
Hudetz is an Associated Press reporter based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has covered law enforcement, criminal justice and federal Indian Country policy for the past year. She moved to Albuquerque from Phoenix, where she was the editor of Native Peoples Magazine, a national publication focused on indigenous art, health, culture and political topics. In 2009, Hudetz joined the AP’s West regional editing desk, where she filed national breaking news and daily reports from 13 Western states. She has also worked closely with reporters and editors in the West to advance coverage of Native American issues, including cultural shifts and gaps in the justice system. Hudetz is a member of the Crow Tribe in Montana and a graduate of Fordham University. Follow her on Twitter at @marymhudetz.
CJ Project Reporter – Sarah Macaraeg
Macaraeg is an award-winning investigative journalist, previously based in Chicago. Her investigations on the Chicago Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office have been featured on the Chicago Reader, The Guardian, VICE, Yes Magazine and cited by Al Jazeera, ColorLines, DemocracyNow!, Fusion and The Marshall Project. Macaraeg is a recent fellow of Investigative Reporters and Editors and International Center for Journalists, for whom she led an investigation on multinational gold mining and human rights across the southern Philippines, one of her family’s countries of origin. Macaraeg recently won a Sidney Award for her cover story in the Chicago Reader that focused on a little-known law sending people to prison for killings committed by the police. Follow her on Twitter at @seramak.
The CJ Project Advisory Committee
Paul Cheung — Director of Visual Journalism, NBC News
Paul Cheung is the Director of Visual Journalism at NBC News. This newly created role will build NBC News Digital’s foundation of visual language and define how stories are told beyond text, videos and photos across all digital platforms. Prior to NBC, Cheung helped pioneer VR360, automation, data journalism strategies and digital training initiatives at the Associated Press as their head of Interactives and Digital News Production. He also led a global team of multimedia journalists, data journalists and researchers who produced immersive digital experiences for web, mobile and social. Prior to joining the AP, Cheung was The Miami Herald’s Deputy Multimedia Presentation Editor. In 2009, he managed MiamiHerald.com site redesign and was responsible for the conceptualization, creative direction and visual look of MiamiHerald.com. He was The Miami Herald’s graphics editor from 2004 to mid-2007. Prior to joining the Miami Herald, Cheung was a Senior Graphics Editor at The Wall Street Journal. Cheung served two terms as Asian American Journalists Association global president from 2013 to 2016. Cheung was a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership graduate at Columbia University and a 2007 National Association of Newspapers Breakthrough fellow. Cheung currently serves on the board of ASNE and as an advisor for Journalism 360, a coalition launched by the Online News Association, Google News Lab and Knight Foundation to help newsrooms experiment with and advance the field of immersive storytelling. He graduated from New York University where he studied journalism, sociology, science and photography.
Mark Horvit — Associate Professor, University of Missouri School of Journalism
University of Missouri’s State Government Reporting Program in Jefferson City. As the former executive director of IRE, Horvit supervised 12 full-time staff members; ran IRE’s renowned professional programs, publications and Web site; and oversaw the $1.4 million budget, fund-raising campaigns and the more than $3 million endowment fund. Horvit came to Missouri from the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, where he was the projects editor. An accomplished investigative reporter and editor, Horvit previously has worked at the Panama City (Fla.) News Herald, the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times, The Houston Post, the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune and The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Abe Kwok — Online News Editor, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com
Abe Kwok cut his teeth in journalism at a high school newspaper in Tucson, where he learned to write on deadline on Royal manual typewriters, line-edit with a No. 2 pencil and punctuate each story with a “-30-” … He couldn’t get the newspaper ink out of his blood. These days, he serves on the editorial board of The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, and writes occasionally when he’s not knee-deep in editing staff and guest writers. Kwok is known to teach now and then at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. He is a founding member of the Arizona chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and has served on AAJA’s national board.
Deirdre O’Connor — Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Deirdre O’Connor, MSW, LCSW, is NCCD’s associate director for strategic initiatives, based in Washington, DC. Deirdre has experience working with child welfare, juvenile justice, and criminal justice systems. Since joining NCCD in 2004, Deirdre partnered with numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States and internationally to improve child protection systems and practice. Her projects include developing, implementing, and evaluating a structured screening assessment; developing an enhanced practice model for child protection hotline workers and supervisors; developing and implementing continuous quality improvement processes for child protection agencies; and partnering with a Native American tribe to implement Structured Decision Making® system assessments for child protection.
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