Brenda Hernandez

Brenda Hernandez-Rodriguez is a first generation Mexican-American Latina multimedia journalist. Her spark for journalism and higher education started with her high school newspaper. She holds a bachelor's degree in writing & rhetoric with a journalism concentration. As a college student at St.Edward’s University she completed five internship experiences and was a part of Hilltop Views, the university newspaper. Her written and spoken Spanish fluency has allowed her to curate community-focused articles about the Latino community in her hometown. Brenda is a multimedia journalist who always seeks to grow and expand her video and photographic skill set. Brenda has an unwavering passion and dedication for journalism and hopes to make her career something her parents will be proud of.

Kate Payne

Kate Payne covers government and politics for The Associated Press with a focus on the Florida Legislature and education. Before joining Report for America, Payne covered education for WLRN Public Media in South Florida, where she profiled students and pressed officials in some of the country’s largest school districts. Payne has spent her career in public media newsrooms in Florida and Iowa, where her reporting has spanned interviewing middle schoolers on the lunch line to presidential candidates on the campaign trail. In 2020, she and NPR’s Miles Parks broke the story that Iowa Democrats planned to use an untested and potentially vulnerable app to transmit their Caucus results. Payne has won awards for her political reporting, feature writing and sound editing, and has reported from the field in the aftermath of multiple natural disasters. Like a good Floridian, Payne has a love for the weird and the wild and makes an excellent Key lime pie.

Charlotte Matherly

Charlotte Matherly covers the New Hampshire statehouse for The Concord Monitor & Monadnock Ledger Transcript. Matherly previously reported on government and education in Virginia as a freelancer. She has interned at The Chronicle of Higher Education and at a business journal in Richmond, Virginia for the Dow Jones News Fund. Matherly pursued journalism on a whim when she joined her campus newspaper, The Breeze, at James Madison University. Immediately hooked, she became an award-winning features editor, then editor-in-chief. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design from JMU. When not poring over public records or holed up at a government meeting (which is rare), Matherly loves to roller skate, explore new cities and frequent local coffee shops.

Lucas Dufalla

Before coming to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dufalla interned at PublicSource, an investigative nonprofit newsroom in his hometown of Pittsburgh. There, he covered housing and economic development in the city and its surrounding boroughs. A summer before, he interned at the Portland Press Herald, Maine’s largest daily newspaper, where he covered small business in southern Maine. He attended Bowdoin College and wrote for the school’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Bowdoin Orient.

Charlotte Kramon

Charlotte Kramon covers The Georgia Legislature, with a focus on democracy and voting rights and access, for The Associated Press. During internships at the Los Angeles Times and Charlotte Observer, respectively, Kramon covered housing and homelessness and revealed dire conditions in a long-term stay hotel. Kramon also investigated student overdose deaths as a freelance journalist for The Assembly and covered criminal justice, elections, and education for INDY Reporter and The 9th Street Journal in Durham. She graduated from Duke University with a major in public policy and minor in journalism.

Macy Lipkin

​Macy Lipkin covers the Hispanic/Latino community in Ogden, Utah. Her reporting also will include Weber State, Utah's fourth-largest university and the nearby Hill Air Force Base, the area's largest employer. This region is the heart of the manufacturing, aerospace, and defense industries. Before joining Report for America, Lipkin worked as the associate producer for Basic Black at GBH News in Boston, freelanced in Ecuador, and interned with Connecticut Public Radio and a local newspaper in Lisbon, Portugal. She is fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese, and working on deciphering the language of dogs. She holds a bachelor's degree in peace and justice studies from Wellesley College.

Chloe Courtney Bohl

Chloe Courtney Bohl covers Raleigh and Wake County government for INDY Reporter in North Carolina. Before she joined Report for America, Bohl worked as a general assignment co-op for, writing about politics and civic life in and around Boston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations at Tufts University, where she served as the editor-in-chief of The Tufts Daily.

Morgan Casey

Morgan Casey covers wellness, mental health and the environment in Cumberland County, North Carolina, at CityView Today. Before joining Report for America, Casey led the writing and fact-checking of a team national investigation into U.S. lithium mining with The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism that published with USA Today and aired on PBS Newshour. Before that, she was a fellow with News21 where she was part of a team reporting on how Catholic health system mergers with local secular hospitals impact abortion access. She holds a master's degree in investigative journalism from Arizona State University and earned her bachelor's at the University of Maryland.

David Escobar

David Escobar covers diversity in the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Explorer & North Country Public Radio. He previously served as the news editor for WFUV 90.7 FM in the Bronx. Along with mentoring student reporters, he produced, directed, and hosted the station's daily news podcast "What's What". Escobar has also worked as an associate producer for the podcast and radio show "Our Body Politic" and as an intern for WNYC's "The Takeaway". His journalism career started at WFUV as an anchor and student reporter. Prior to working in journalism, Escobar researched the history of Chinese migrant labor at the John Muir National Historic Site as an intern for the National Park Service. He has a master's degree in public media from Fordham University, where he also earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and digital technology & emerging media.

Nadia Lathan

Nadia Lathan covers the Texas statehouse with a focus on energy for the Associated Press. Before joining AP, Lathan covered culture, policy, and health as an intern at the Investigative Reporting Program and a science writer for UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She helped report on the 2024 presidential primaries as an intern at The Mercury News and East Bay Times and has written about the Bay Area’s proactive transportation community for Oaklandside. Lathan holds a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from University of Redlands. In 2021, she studied social policy as a foreign exchange student at University of Oxford. She adores biking, playing with her cat, and listening to technology podcasts when away from her desk.