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Mazin Sidahmed previously worked for the Guardian US in New York during the 2016 US elections, where he covered a variety of issues including surveillance and criminal justice, as well as the rise of hate crimes following the election. Mazin left the news desk to join the award-winning Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab where he helped develop new mobile-specific story formats. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut. He reported on the Syrian refugee crisis, weapons transfers to Lebanon and the plight of migrant domestic workers. Upon moving to the U.S., Mazin also contributed to Politico New York where he covered real estate, with a focus on the New York City Housing Authority, and City politics.
Max Siegelbaum began reporting in post-revolution Egypt, where he wrote about the Egyptian judiciary, the dying infrastructure of Alexandria and an association of men with enormous mustaches, among many other subjects. He is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and has written for newspapers in Denver and Pittsburgh, Foreign Policy, VICE and STAT, among others. In the United States, he has investigated healthcare conditions for detained immigrants with mental illness, due process violations of immigration courts located inside prisons and an inconsistently enforced law in Colorado that’s designed to protect domestic violence survivors.
Nicolás Ríos is an Emmy-nominated multilingual Chilean journalist, who holds a Master in Digital Media Innovation from New York University and a B.S. in Social Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He worked as a reporter and a documentary fixer for Vice Media; as an international news reporter, senior editor and broadcaster for CNN Chile, and as a freelance reporter for BBC World Service (UK), El Mercurio (Chile) and Daily Trust (Nigeria). After moving to New York City in 2018, he worked with Documented, Axios and Quartz on projects that involved making audiences central to content creation and product development. He has also worked as a consultant for five Chilean newsrooms as they planned to launch membership revenue efforts.
Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio covers the immigration courts, immigration detention and U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement for Documented as part of the Report for America program. She was a national reporting fellow for The New York Times previously. She is from Los Angeles, and has previously reported in her hometown for the Los Angeles Times, worked for CNN in New York and Washington, and participated in The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She is fluent in Spanish, and graduated from Columbia Journalism School and Williams College.
Andrea Bichan’s development background spans 10+ years of working to sustainably and responsibly resource nonprofit organizations in New York City. Previously, she served as the Development and Communications Director of VOCAL-NY as well as the Development Director at Immigrant Justice Corps. She has also worked as an organizational growth and institutional giving consultant for organizations of varying budgets across the country, including the Drug Policy Alliance, Upwardly Global, Everybody Solar, and the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction.
Fisayo Okare is a Newsletter Writer for Documented, with 4+ years of journalism experience. She is a 2021 master’s graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York, and has a broad experience in writing and research. She began her career in Nigeria, West Africa. In 2020, she worked as a Financial Journalist for Stears Business, a leading business publication in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2019, she worked in the civil society space, where she co-authored Yiaga Africa’s book about young legislators who overcame threats to win elections in Nigeria. Her first writing job was at the Native Magazine in Lagos, where she grew into a journalist and sub-editor. Fisayo has won awards including a scholarship from the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents (AFPC-USA). She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Pan-Atlantic University, where she graduated with first class honors.
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