Meet our team

Our Staff

Adeshina EmmanuelAdeshina Emmanuel, editor-in-chief

Adeshina is the editor-in-chief at Injustice Watch. He was born and raised in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side by an African-American mother and Nigerian father and studied journalism at Loyola University Chicago. His work over the past decade has spanned hyperlocal and national reporting with a focus on race, class, and institutional injustice. Before coming to Injustice Watch in 2019, Adeshina covered education at Chalkbeat, was an investigative reporter at the Chicago Reporter, and a neighborhood reporter at DNAinfo Chicago. He has also worked at the Chicago Sun-Times and the New York Times. His work has been published by various local and national outlets, including the Chicago Reader, Ebony Magazine, In These Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Reports, the Washington Post, Parts Unknown, and the South Side Weekly.

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Amanda MileyAmanda Miley, director of development and operations

Amanda is the director of development and operations at Injustice Watch, where she is responsible for fundraising, strategic initiatives, and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Amanda moved to Chicago in 2009, and has lived here ever since. Prior to joining Injustice Watch in 2017, Amanda worked for several Chicago-based nonprofit organizations and has more than ten years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She currently lives in Ravenswood with her husband and their two cats, Sonny and Puddle.

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Carlos Ballesteros, reporter

Carlos is a reporter at Injustice Watch covering police, politics and immigrant communities. Previously, he worked at the Chicago Sun-Times and Newsweek. Carlos was born in Chicago and lives in the city’s Lower West Side. He also lived in Mexico for a while. Carlos graduated from Claremont McKenna College in southern California with a Bachelor’s in history. Only time will tell if he ends up going back to school.

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Charles PrestonCharles Preston, audience engagement manager

Charles is the audience engagement manager at Injustice Watch. Before joining the organization in April 2019, Charles got his start in media as a reporting fellow at City Bureau, covering city council and mental health in Chicago. Charles’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Defender, Chicago Magazine, and In These Times. Charles was born in Redondo Beach, California, but has been living on the southside of Chicago since the age of four. He graduated from Chicago State University with a bachelor’s in African-American Studies after leading a student campaign to prevent the university from closure. He is a 2018 and 2020 ArtsMatter grantee for hosting #ChurchOnThe9, a street-based open mic for the Chatham community.

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Jonah NewmanJonah Newman, editor

Jonah is an editor at Injustice Watch, where his job is to help reporters do their best work. He also helps manage our award-winning judicial election guides and collaborations, like The Circuit. Previously, he worked at Pacific Standard (RIP), the Chicago Reporter, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Jonah is originally from Minnesota, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, and part of a lineage of writers and storytellers. He fell in love with Chicago — with all its flaws — as a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Wicker Park with his wife, son, and their dog, who you’ve probably heard barking during a Zoom call.

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Josh McGheeJosh McGhee, reporter

Josh is a reporter at Injustice Watch covering courts, policing and public defense, with an emphasis on data. He has been covering Chicago on various beats for nearly a decade including at DNAinfo, WVON, and the Chicago Reporter. Josh grew up in Tinley Park, attended Providence Catholic High School, and Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. He lives on the South Side with his wife and son.

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Juliet SorensenJuliet Sorensen, executive director

Juliet is the executive director of Injustice Watch. Previously, she was the director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University’s law school, where she remains on the faculty and is associated with its Center for International Human Rights. From 2003 to 2010, Juliet was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago. Between college and law school, Juliet was a maternal and child health Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Morocco for two years. She graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School. Juliet and her husband moved to Chicago in 2003. They’ve since added three kids, two cats and a dog to their family. They all love the windy city.

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Rita OcegueraRita Oceguera, reporter

Rita is a corps member with Report for America who covers immigration, policing, and class equity. At Injustice Watch she hopes to expand coverage to suburban communities and offer creative ways to engage and provide resources for folks impacted by our reporting. A Chicago suburbanite, Rita was raised in the East side of Aurora by Mexican parents and studied journalism and anthropology at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Before joining Injustice Watch, she was the bilingual community engagement reporter for The Chicago Reporter, where she worked to expand coverage of Latinos in the suburbs.

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Summer Residents

Amy QinAmy Qin is a reporter based in Washington and, soon, Chicago. Before joining Injustice Watch, she worked on the product team at POLITICO and was a consultant at EY-Parthenon. She graduated from the University of Chicago, where she studied labor history. She discovered a love for journalism writing for South Side Weekly.

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Emanuella EvansEmma Evans is a multimedia journalist who graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in June, after interning at Injustice Watch in the spring. Her past reporting has focused on institutional injustices and their impacts on Black and brown communities.

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Kelly GarciaKelly Garcia is a Chicago-based freelance journalist covering education, police, and politics. She’s written for The TRiiBE, South Side Weekly, and Injustice Watch. She is also a former civic reporting fellow for City Bureau.

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Interns

Aviva WaldmanAviva Waldman is a rising fourth-year at the University of Chicago and is interning at Injustice Watch through the University’s Institute of Politics. Originally from San Diego, California, Aviva studies English and has written for the University’s independent student newspaper, the Maroon. When she’s not trying to keep her two cats out of trouble, she likes to read, write, and go for long walks in Washington Park.