Team

THE CITY’s staff is united by a common mission: reporting hard-hitting stories that serve the people of New York.

We’ve assembled a team whose members bring a rich mix of work and life experiences, as well as hail from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more, see our most recent diversity report.


Vania André

Vania is THE CITY’s communication and marketing director, where she works with the entire team to promote THE CITY and its work while expanding its growing reach and reputation as the go-to local news source for New York. Previous positions include publisher and editor in chief of The Haitian Times, communications director for former-Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, and communications manager for Pubilc Agenda, a nonpartisan research institute.
vandre@thecity.nyc


Claudia Irizarry Aponte

Claudia covers The Bronx for THE CITY. Her reporting has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and NPR’s Latino USA. A 2018 graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she’s a recipient of the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for Social Justice Reporting.
cirizarry@thecity.nyc
@clauirizarry


Suhail Bhat

Suhail is THE CITY’s data reporter, responsible for bringing numbers to life. Previously, he was a data and graphics reporter at Louisville Public Media, where he covered the Ohio Valley and received the “Best Use of Data” award for his COVID-19 coverage from the Society of Professional Journalists, Louisville. Suhail is an engineer turned journalist, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and a former Reuters News correspondent.
sbhat@thecity.nyc
@suhbhat


Reuven Blau

Reuven is a reporter for THE CITY. He previously worked at the Daily News, NY Post and The Chief-Leader.
rblau@thecity.nyc
@ReuvenBlau


Nic Dawes

Nic is THE CITY’s executive director, responsible for growing the organization’s reach, impact and strategy as well for revenue and business operations. Nic has been a reporter, editor and non-profit executive on three continents, most recently serving as deputy executive director of Human Rights Watch in New York. He was previously editor-in-chief at South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, and chief editorial and content officer at Hindustan Times in Delhi.
nic@thecity.nyc
@NicDawes


Ben Fractenberg

Ben is a visual producer for THE CITY. He previously worked at the Forward as a national political reporter and DNAinfo as a New York City-based reporter/photographer. He is a proud alumnus of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
bfractenberg@thecity.nyc
@fractenberg


Hasani Gittens

Hasani is a deputy editor for THE CITY. His priors include senior news editor for NBCNews.com and managing editor for NBCNewYork.com. From Queens, he began his career as a copy kid at the New York Post and is a proud product of Baruch College’s newspaper, The Ticker.
hgittens@thecity.nyc
@hgitty


Yoav Gonen

Yoav is the City Hall reporter for THE CITY. Previously, he covered City Hall and education for the New York Post, after stints at the Staten Island Advance, NY Daily News and the Brooklyn Papers. Learned the ropes from Professor Blood.
ygonen@thecity.nyc
@yoavgonen


Katie Honan

Katie is a reporter for THE CITY. Previously, she covered City Hall for The Wall Street Journal, and neighborhoods in Queens for DNAinfo. She also worked as a social media editor at NBC 4 New York. She is a Queens native and graduated from St. John’s University and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
khonan@thecity.nyc
@katie_honan


George Joseph

George covers Brooklyn for THE CITY with a focus on criminal justice and housing. He previously worked for WNYC and Gothamist, and has published stories with NPR, ProPublica, Esquire, and The Intercept among other outlets.
gjoseph@thecity.nyc
@georgejoseph94
929-486-4865


Alyssa Katz

Alyssa is a deputy editor with THE CITY and a former member of the NY Daily News editorial board. Previously, Katz was editor of The New York World and City Limits. She is the author of “The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life” and “Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us.”
akatz@thecity.nyc
@alykatzz


Richard Kim

Richard is the editor in chief of The CITY. He was previously executive editor of HuffPost, where he also directed enterprise and impact journalism, and executive editor of The Nation magazine.
richard@thecity.nyc
@richardkimnyc


Samantha Maldonado

Samantha is a reporter for THE CITY. She previously covered energy, environmental and transportation policy for Politico New Jersey and New York. Her reporting also has appeared in The Associated Press and on CNN. She’s a 2018 graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
smaldonado@thecity.nyc
@sssmaldo


Jose Martinez

Jose is THE CITY’s transportation reporter. He previously worked on-air for six years at NY1 News, where he also hosted the weekly “In Transit.” He is a veteran of the city’s tabloids, covering courts at the Daily News and the New York Post. He began at the Journal News in Westchester County.
jmartinez@thecity.nyc
@jmartineznyc


Clifford Michel

Clifford is THE CITY’s Membership Manager. As a reporter for THE CITY, he covered Manhattan, Staten Island, south Brooklyn and the New York State Legislature. He previously covered state and local politics for the Staten Island Advance. His reporting has also appeared in Gothamist, the Amsterdam News, Politico New York, and Gotham Gazette.
cmichel@thecity.nyc
@cliff_michel


Laura Osorio

Laura is THE CITY’s Business Manager. Prior, she was the office manager at the Research Alliance for NYC Schools at NYU. She is a proud CUNY Queens College graduate.
losorio@thecity.nyc
@osoriolaurac


Diana Riojas

Diana is THE CITY’s social media associate. Prior to joining the team, she worked as the Assistant Social Media Editor for 100 Days in Appalachia, where she started as an Instagram Local News Fellow. She’s a proud alumna of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
driojas@thecity.nyc
@itsDianaRiojas


Gabriel Sandoval

Gabriel covers Queens for THE CITY. He previously was a researcher at ProPublica, and an intern at WNYC, ChicoSol, Chico News & Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He studied business reporting at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
gsandoval@thecity.nyc
@gluissandoval


Greg B. Smith

Greg is a reporter at THE CITY. He was a reporter at the New York Daily News from 1993 through 2018. His beats have included federal court, City Hall and public housing. He also is the author of several books, including “Made Men: The True Story of the Rise and Fall of a New Jersey Crime Family.”  
gsmith@thecity.nyc
@gregbsmithnyc


Rachel Holliday Smith

Rachel is an associate editor for THE CITY leading explanatory and service journalism in the newsroom. She is proud to have previously worked for WNYC, DNAinfo and NY1 News. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Curbed New York, Gotham Gazette and others.
rsmith@thecity.nyc
@rachelholliday


Mary Taylor

Mary leads THE CITY’s fundraising efforts as Director of Development.  She connects donors to causes through innovative approaches and has led development and communications teams at the Center for Urban Community Services, Action Against Hunger, and the Jericho Project. Mary holds a M.S. from the New School University’s Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment.
marytaylor@thecity.nyc
917-586-5766


Josefa Velasquez

Josefa is the state Capitol reporter for THE CITY. She’s previously worked at The Associated Press, Politico New York and the New York Law Journal covering the governor and Legislature. Most recently she worked as a money-in-politics reporter for the startup Sludge.
jvelasquez@thecity.nyc
@J__Velasquez
516-509-1641


Will Welch

Will is an interactives/graphics producer for THE CITY. He was previously a news applications developer at Newsday and graduated from Stony Brook University School of Journalism.
wwelch@thecity.nyc
@willcwelch


Contributors

Greg David

Greg David is a contributor and Ravitch fiscal and economics reporter at THE CITY. He spent 35 years at Crain’s New York Business as editor, editorial director and a columnist. He is also the director of the business and economics reporting program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY as well as the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program.
gdavid@thecity.nyc
@GregDavidonNY


Hiram Alejandro Durán

Hiram Alejandro Durán takes photos for THE CITY. A recent graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, he’s photographed general assignments for The Riverdale Press and Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, and interned for Times Square Alliance and the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg.
@HiramADuran