Megan Zerez

Megan Zerez reports on education for WSKG, an NPR affiliate station in Binghamton, New York. In 2021, she earned her degree from The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Zerez has interned with WNYC public radio and has written for The City, a nonprofit news site. She grew up in Honolulu and before she was a reporter, Zerez was a researcher in a bioengineering lab. But when ongoing nationwide protests in South Africa disrupted her work there, she began to record interviews and document clashes with police, and later realized that journalism was for her. That realization led to an internship at KERA, Dallas’ NPR station, where her story on refugees won statewide recognition. Zerez wrote an investigative series on alleged sexual harassment and labor law violations by a major university contractor for The Mercury, the student paper at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her work earned her honors from the Society of Professional Journalists.

WSKG Public Telecommunications Council

WSKG is a public radio station serving the Binghamton, N.Y., area with educational programming and news. Its areas of focus include the arts, culture and heritage of the region as well as other matters of local importance. It is an affiliate of National Public Radio. The station seeks to represent diverse viewpoints to help listeners reach better conclusions that can be clearly explained, effectively defended or, when appropriate, revisited and revised.

Ariama Long

Ariama C. Long is a reporter for the New York Amsterdam News in New York City, covering local politics, city council and city agencies. A born-and-raised Brooklynite, Long was a Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism fellow and worked as a multimedia reporter at PoliticsNY in Brooklyn. Her beat went beyond politics and elections, and included coverage of the arts and culture. She has interned as an audio reporter at WNYC, a public radio station, and at the Brooklyn-based Heritage Radio Network, a nonprofit radio station that focuses on food. Her favorite thing about being a journalist is the risk it takes to be informed, curious and brave. Long holds a master's degree in journalism from the City University of New York, and a bachelor's from Chestnut Hill College, where she double-majored in English literature and communications.

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio covers immigration enforcement for Documented, a nonprofit news site that focuses on New York City's immigrant communities and policies that affect them. Prior to this, she was a national reporting fellow for The New York Times, writing about COVID-19, the pandemic's effect on education, and extreme weather, among other stories. McDonnell Nieto del Rio is fluent in Spanish and reported on Latino communities and breaking news as an intern for her hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times. A participant in The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, she holds a bachelor's degree from Williams College, where she majored in Latin American history. She focused on immigration reporting while earning her master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. McDonnell Nieto del Rio has also worked for CNN in New York and Washington D.C.

Joseph De La Cruz

Joseph De La Cruz reports for The Riverdale Press, covering housing in New York City's Riverdale neighborhood in the Bronx. De La Cruz was born and raised in Brooklyn, and still calls it home. This multimedia journalist has written for online news outlets, including Bklyner, Kings County Politics and NBC News, primarily covering politics and culture. For over two years he was an associate video producer for MSNBC's “Morning Joe” and before that, he worked at the cable channel's “Live Weekends,” “Politics Nation” and “Kasie DC” as an associate video producer. De La Cruz holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, where he double majored in journalism and TV and radio. Husband and father, De La Cruz enjoys shooting video around Brooklyn when he gets a chance.

Liz Donovan

Liz Donovan reports for City Limits, a nonprofit investigative news site based in New York City. She covers climate change and its implications for the city, including the disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities. Previously, as a fellow for the Global Migration Project, Donovan investigated the exploitation of immigrant women in a health care workforce. For over a decade she worked as a magazine editor, then earned her master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As an Émile Boutmy scholar, Donovan earned a master's at the Sciences Po Journalism School in Paris in 2020. There, she interned on the climate and environment desk at Agence France-Presse and reported on France's migrant population. Her freelance work has been published in The Intercept, Documented, and The Week. In the summer she has taught reporting and editing to high school students at The School of The New York Times.

Onz Chéry

Onz Chéry covers Miami's Haitian community for The Haitian Times. Chéry started working for the Brooklyn, New York, based paper in January 2020. This Report for America position allows him to continue covering the largest Haitian American community in the U.S. Previously, Chéry covered soccer for Elite Sports NY, Cosmopolitan Soccer League, the Daily Soccer Digest and FirstTouch. Chéry is from Abingdon, Maryland. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from The City College of New York, where he started his journalism career as a sports reporter for The Campus, the student-run publication. When Chéry isn't writing, he's playing soccer.

Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo

Phoebe Taylor-Vuolo reports for WSKG, an NPR affiliate in Binghamton, New York, covering rural health care in the southern part of the state. She grew up in Brooklyn and is a fourth generation Brooklynite. Before joining WSKG, Taylor-Vuolo freelanced for Documented, a nonprofit news site that focuses on New York City’s immigrant communities and policies that affect them. She reported on the city’s immigration court system and explored immigration issues and conditions in detention centers and county jails. Taylor-Vuolo holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing from Baruch College, where she investigated the use of video teleconferencing in immigration court hearings in a piece that was published by Gothamist, a website. She currently lives in Delaware County, New York and when she’s not writing and reporting she’s painting houses, growing vegetables, and taking care of her chickens.

City Limits

City Limits is an award-winning, non-profit news agency that uses investigative journalism through the prism of New York City to identify urban problems, examine their causes, explore solutions, and equip communities to take action. For more than 40 years, we have covered key urban issues such as housing and development, education, government, immigration, the environment, criminal justice and the economy with award-winning investigative journalism.

The Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English-language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2012, it has morphed into an online-only publication broadening its audience to include Haitians from all over the world. Our readers are thought leaders and decision makers in their families and communities. The news outlet is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.