Report for America alumni are part of a growing network that allows corps members to stay connected to friends and resources long after they graduate. Report for America corps members go on to impressive careers in journalism.


Meet Our Alumni

Samantha Max

Corps member, WPLN 

Now: Public safety reporter,

Samantha Max won the 2021 Daniel Schorr Journalism Award award for her investigative report on a systemic pattern of misconduct, silence and retaliation in the Nashville police department. 

Will Wright
Corps member, Lexington Herald-Leader

Now: Politics reporter, The Charlotte Observer

Will Wright went from his Report for America stint at the Lexington Herald-Leader to the New York Times as a 2020-2021 reporting fellow for the national desk. 

Monique John
Corps member, WCPO-TV

Now: TV reporter,

Monique John reported for WCPO, a TV and digital news outlet in Cincinnati where she focuses on gentrification, and then transitioned to the ABC11/WTVD News team, with a focus on the Fayetteville, NC community. 

Other Report for America alumni went on to...

Alex Acquisto – Lexington Herald-Leader
Manny Ramos – Chicago Sun-Times
Adam Willis – Baltimore Banner
Sara Cline – Associated Press, Baton Rouge, LA
Molly Duerig – Spectrum News 13 Orlando
Kelon Lyons – NC Policy Watch
Emily Woodruff – The Advocate (Louisiana)
Teddy Rosenbluth – Raleigh News & Observer
Eric Shelton – USA Today Network
Eve Zuckoff – WCAI, Massachusetts
Theresa Davis – Albuquerque Journal
Zoe Jackson – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Kate Hidalgo Bellows – Chronicle of Higher Education
Rachel Needham – Rappahannock News (as the editor)
Sam Bojarski – Citywire
Rebecca Liebson – Tampa Bay Times
Joan Meiners – Arizona Republic
Brandon Block – Crosscut, Seattle
Benjamin Simon – Riverfront Times, St. Louis
Victor Luis Rodriguez Velazquez – El Centro Del Periodismo, Puerto Rico 
Kassidy Arena – KBIA, NPR station Columbia, MO
Emily Allen – Portland Press Herald
Silas Walker – Lexington Herald-Leader
Iris Samuels – Anchorage Daily News
Shawn Griswold – Source New Mexico
Sophie K. Will – CQ Roll Call Fiscal Note
Heather Mongillio – US Naval Institute News

Getting Involved

Your involvement in the alumni network can vary based on your interests and how involved you want to be. Perhaps you want to play a leadership role; or perhaps you want to act as a state coordinator for local alumni, organizing local meet-ups and get-togethers. It could also mean speaking on behalf of RFA to students at your alma mater.

We would love your help recruiting journalists to our program. To help the recruitment team find qualified Report for America candidates, contact Tim Lampley, Recruitment Manager, at [email protected].

Members of our alumni network can take advantage of these benefits…

  • Staying connected to a supportive and dynamic network of alumni in our Slack, LinkedIn and Facebook groups
  • Access to special events and gatherings for alumni
  • Ongoing access to our training library with videos and tip sheets

For more information about becoming involved as an alum, email [email protected].