Injustice Watch Staff

Mari CohenMari Cohen (reporting fellowgraduated from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a degree in History and English. Throughout college, she worked as a writer and editor for the nonprofit newsmagazine South Side Weekly, serving as contributing editor, education editor, and director of writer development. She has also worked as the Public Newsroom coordinator at City Bureau and as a research intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mari is passionate about using new 21st century models of nonprofit journalism to report on social injustice. Before joining Injustice Watch as a reporting fellow, she served as a summer intern.

Pamela Cytrynbaum (senior editor), veteran Chicago journalist and educator, joins Injustice Watch as Senior Editor. Cytrynbaum served four years as executive director of the Chicago Innocence Center, an investigative journalism nonprofit that explored and exposed wrongful convictions. She co-founded the Justice Brandeis Law Project at Brandeis University, where she served as associate director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. While teaching at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Pam was particularly proud, as a Medill alum, to win the student-voted award in 2012 for best teacher. Pam covered criminal justice issues for the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune before becoming a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she also was the late-columnist Mike Royko’s “legman.” Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Oregonian, Psychology Today and Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Marc Farinella (executive director) is the former chief operating officer for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Throughout his career, Marc has held senior leadership roles in government and politics. He served as chief of staff to former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and was the North Carolina State Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 1990, he founded the consulting firm Farinella & Associates where he served as a senior strategic communications and campaign management consultant for U.S senators and governors. Earlier in his career, Marc was a public policy analyst in the office of the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Comptroller.

Stephen Henderson (contributing editor), editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, has previously worked as a reporter, editorial writer and editor at news organizations including the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and Lexington Herald-Leader. Henderson also previously worked in the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, where he covered the U.S. Supreme Court.Henderson has won more than a dozen national awards, include the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary; he was named Journalist of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Black Journalists. A graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was editorial page editor of the Michigan Daily, Henderson hosts a daily radio show, Detroit Today, on Detroit’s public radio station. He also hosts the weekly talk shows “American Black Journal” and “MiWeek,” both on Detroit Public Television.

emilyEmily Hoerner (reporter) received a master’s degree in 2015 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she reported on education, addiction, politics, inequality, and criminal justice, and took part in investigative projects of the Medill Justice Project and Medill Watchdog. Earlier, as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, she worked at the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, an independent news service dedicated to advancing investigative and public affairs journalism. Emily’s work has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, U.S. News, the Texas Tribune, USA Today, the Sacramento Bee, and the Miami Herald.

Jeanne KuangJeanne Kuang (reporter) received a bachelor’s degree in 2016 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Jeanne has reported as an intern at the Chicago Tribune, the Sacramento Bee, NBC Los Angeles, and The Star in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has also worked at the Medill Justice Project and served as managing editor of the student-run paper The Daily Northwestern. Jeanne is interested in immigration, corruption, civil rights, and the intersection of law and social issues.

Amanda Miley (development director) joined Injustice Watch with over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Before joining Injustice Watch, Amanda was the program manager at Chicago HOPES for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for children and families experiencing homelessness. Amanda also previously served as the program director for a DePaul University research program, where she conducted research on the academic confidence of children who attend urban schools. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University, where she received the Charles Doyle Service Award for her commitment to social justice and equality.

John Seasly (reporting fellow) has served as a reporter on the investigative team at The Record in North Jersey, a staff writer at the Dubois County Herald in southern Indiana and a graduate fellow at Medill Watchdog. At Watchdog, John was part of the team that produced the award-winning multimedia series “Harsh Treatment,” the most comprehensive look ever at youth residential treatment in America, done in collaboration with the Chicago Tribune. He’s reported during record-breaking blizzards, outside massive fires, backstage at a ballet and from courtrooms, hospitals, statehouses and crime scenes. John received his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism.

Olivia Stovicek (reporting fellow) graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in biological chemistry and chemistry. Olivia has written and edited for nonprofit newsmagazine the South Side Weekly in various capacities, including managing editor, deputy editor, and director of fact-checking. She has also worked as a science communication intern at the University of Chicago’s technology transfer office and an editor at undergraduate science publication The Triple Helix. Olivia’s interests in science and journalism converge in both disciplines’ shared dedication to seeking and sharing truth, and she is particularly interested in using these skills to shed light on systemic injustice. Before joining Injustice Watch as a reporting fellow, she served as a summer intern.

tulsky1Rick Tulsky (co-director) developed a sense of the power of exposing social wrongs as a young reporter at the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, and retained his dedication to that work at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and the San Jose Mercury News. A lawyer, Rick has been both a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and an Alicia Patterson fellow. He was a longtime board member and former president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, an international organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. He also was the founding director of Medill Watchdog, a program under which Northwestern University’s journalism students collaborated with major media organizations on projects focusing on social justice issues. Rick has received more than two dozen national awards including a 1987 Pulitzer Prize; his work was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 1997 and 2001.

Rob WardenRob Warden (co-director) is executive director emeritus and co-founder of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) at Northwestern University School of Law. During his 16-year tenure, the CWC was instrumental in exonerating 31 wrongfully convicted men and women in Illinois. Before launching the CWC, Rob was editor and publisher of Chicago Lawyer, where his investigations into Illinois capital cases launched a movement that culminated both in the founding of the Center in 1999 and abolition of the Illinois death penalty in 2011. His reporting at Chicago Lawyer was instrumental in 13 exonerations, including that of Gary Dotson, the nation’s first prisoner to be exonerated by DNA. Before that, Rob was a prize-winning investigative reporter for the Chicago Daily News and Washington Post. He has won more than 50 journalism awards and is the author of seven books.