Nikolai Mather

Nikolai Mather reports on social justice for the Athens Banner-Herald in Athens, Georgia. Previously, he was a staff writer at Queen City Nerve, covering local government, social justice and workers’ rights in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2021 as a Levine Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where he studied Southern history and political science and was the opinion editor of the student paper. In 2019, Mather was awarded a fellowship through Humanity in Action, an international nonprofit, to study genocide in Berlin, Germany. He has worked in Norway, France and the United Kingdom, but calls Pittsboro, North Carolina home.

Sofia Gratas

Sofia Gratas is the rural health care reporter at Georgia Public Broadcasting in Macon, Georgia. She started working in public radio as an intern with NPR-affiliate station WUGA in Athens, Georgia, and later interned with Georgia Public Broadcasting. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in ecology, Gratas worked at the student-run paper, The Red & Black, in multiple roles covering local government, crime, economics and food and drink.

Timothy Pratt

Timothy Pratt chronicles the long-term effects of the pandemic on Georgia for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, focusing on communities—demographic and geographic—that have suffered the most and will likely face the greatest challenges moving forward. Pratt has reported for the last 25 years, in English and Spanish, from Latin America and the U.S. on immigration, education, elections and voter suppression, race and more. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, AP and Reuters. He has been a National Health Journalism Fellow, an Education Writers Association Reporting Fellow, a Marguerite Casey Foundation Fellow, among others, and the recipient of various awards, including one from the National Association of Hispanic Publications for a series in Spanish on how immigrant communities in Las Vegas experienced the 2010 World Cup.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the largest newsroom in the city and has a mission to report what’s going on in the community. Its reporters uncover the truth, protect the public’s right to know, hold community leaders accountable for serving the public, and document the region’s moments, milestones and people. This news organization is owned by Cox Enterprises, a private, family owned company.

Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Banner-Herald, the only daily paper in the region, and OnlineAthens are the primary news source for the area, which includes five counties and the University of Georgia community. This news organization, owned by Gannett, regularly covers education, city government, crime, sports, culture and breaking news.

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Georgia Public Broadcasting's mission is to create high quality programs and services that educate, inform and entertain audiences. GPB TV, Radio and Digital cover all of Georgia and adjacent counties in surrounding states. Operating across all platforms, GPB News is the local host for PBS and NPR news and produces stories of regional importance from its hubs in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah. With a combined broadcast and digital audience of over 4 million, GPB News is also developing a growing presence on social media.

WABE 90.1

WABE has been Atlanta’s independent, nonprofit source of news and local stories since 1948. As greater Atlanta’s NPR station, it reaches more than half of the state's population. Its mission is to inform, inspire, reflect and empower the community by delivering fact-based journalism, essential to democracy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the largest newsroom in the city and has a mission to report what’s going on in the community. Its reporters uncover the truth, protect the public’s right to know, hold community leaders accountable for serving the public, and document the region’s moments, milestones and people. This news organization is owned by Cox Enterprises, a private, family owned company.

The Current

The Current is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization founded in 2020 to provide free in-depth watchdog journalism for Savannah and other coastal Georgia areas. This news organization holds the powerful to account, illuminates public threats and helps build a more engaged society built on trustworthy facts. Its governing board consists of local business and community leaders committed to solving inequality and improving lives.

Madeline Thigpen

Madeline Thigpen covers education for The Atlanta Voice in Georgia. As an independent journalist, she has reported on the school district in her hometown of South Orange, New Jersey. Her coverage tackled the district's elementary school integration plan and its struggle to reopen schools during the pandemic. She has written about parents groups that demanded that schools be reopened, and the teacher's union that undertook multiple job actions to ensure safe working conditions. Thigpen has also provided local news coverage in Elizabeth, New Jersey, writing about the city's large community of domestic workers and the intersection of labor and immigration rights that affects their community. She interned at “The Brian Lehrer Show,” a daily call-in program on WNYC, New York's leading public radio station, and for four years hosted a show on WVAU, American University's student-run radio station.