Natalia Rodríguez Medina

Natalia Rodríguez Medina covers the Puerto Rican community in Rochester, New York, for the Democrat & Chronicle. A native of Puerto Rico, she’s an alumna of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York with a concentration in Spanish language and health and science, and also of the University of Puerto Rico, where she majored in journalism. She’s been a reporter for Diálogo, the paper of the University of Puerto Rico, covering myriad topics including strikes, local politics, health, culture and even Puerto Rico Comic-Con. Throughout her schooling as an undergrad and graduate student, she was also a freelance writer and a translator. She interned at Latino Rebels in New York City, where she was a correspondent covering Latino issues and protests in Puerto Rico.

Democrat & Chronicle

The Democrat and Chronicle is an online and print local news organization primarily serving the Rochester, New York Metro area of nearly 1 million people. We serve as the hub of the USA Today Network's Northeast Crescent Region, which stretches from Vermont to Virginia. We regularly collaborate and share best practices with other local news sites within the Network, as well as with USA Today itself. The Democrat and Chronicle and its predecessor newspapers, first launched in 1833, uphold a proud tradition of community journalism in a city where both the nation's abolitionist and suffragist movements took center stage in the 19th century.

Adria Walker

Walker covers education for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. Born, raised and educated in Mississippi, Walker worked as an editorial assistant at the Jackson Free Press, Mississippi’s alternative weekly. A 2019 cum laude graduate of Milsaps College, Walker was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Purple & White and president of the Black Student Union. As a journalist, she’s covered multiple issues and breaking news stories including a Confederate flag protest at the state capitol and an in-depth look at the racial overtones of a campus robbery. Her honors thesis examined the role of black women in modern American social movements. She also taught yoga at an alternative school in Jackson and participated in an archeological dig in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

Nicole Javorsky

Nicole Javorsky covers climate change and its implications for City Limits, which 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. Before that, she covered environmental issues as a staff writer for The Hill’s online section, “Changing America.” She has also written about climate change and public health as a ClimateDesk fellow at Mother Jones magazine. Javorsky reported for the environment section of CityLab through The Atlantic’s editorial fellowship program. After growing up in Queens, she attended Barnard College.

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.

Democrat & Chronicle

The Democrat and Chronicle is an online and print local news organization primarily serving the Rochester, New York Metro area of nearly 1 million people. We serve as the hub of the USA Today Network's Northeast Crescent Region, which stretches from Vermont to Virginia. We regularly collaborate and share best practices with other local news sites within the Network, as well as with USA Today itself. The Democrat and Chronicle and its predecessor newspapers, first launched in 1833, uphold a proud tradition of community journalism in a city where both the nation's abolitionist and suffragist movements took center stage in the 19th century.

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.  

Democrat & Chronicle

The Democrat and Chronicle is an online and print local news organization primarily serving the Rochester, New York Metro area of nearly 1 million people. We serve as the hub of the USA Today Network's Northeast Crescent Region, which stretches from Vermont to Virginia. We regularly collaborate and share best practices with other local news sites within the Network, as well as with USA Today itself. The Democrat and Chronicle and its predecessor newspapers, first launched in 1833, uphold a proud tradition of community journalism in a city where both the nation's abolitionist and suffragist movements took center stage in the 19th century.

City Limits News

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.

Eileen Grench

Eileen is an Olympic fencer-turned-journalist. As a dual Panamanian-American citizen, she competed for the Panamanian team at the 2016 Olympic Games and also won national, Pan-American and World Cup medals. She is currently a fellow at the Global Migration Project at Columbia University, where she has told the stories of Central American women as well as inequities in migrant women’s health — writing for The Intercept, The Nation, and Documented, among others. She has also contributed research to The New York Times. Earlier in her career, she worked as a clinic assistant at Stanford Children’s Hospital, where she served as a Bilingual advocate for documented and undocumented Latino families. She majored in Spanish and international studies at the Ohio State University and received an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. Juvenile justice in the Bronx Eileen covers justice issues, starting with juvenile justice in the Bronx. The South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the country, is home to Horizon Juvenile Center, which houses nearly one-quarter of the 700 16-and-17-year-olds incarcerated on any given day in the city. The center made headlines recently amid outbreaks of violence. The neighborhood, in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, is also home to Bronx Criminal Court, which no longer has any reporters assigned full-time to the press room. The verdict’s out on the borough’s nearly year-old innovative drug court, which stresses treatment over incarceration as the opioid addiction crisis mounts. The South Bronx, meanwhile, has been designated as the site of one of the local lockups slated to replace Rikers Island, much to the ire of many area residents. Overall, the Bronx is about 85 percent black or Hispanic, roughly mirroring the demographics of Rikers. Eileen uses a combination of data and in-person reporting to explore the human toll and political scope of justice-related issues.