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.

Rosalind Adams

Rosalind Adams is an investigative reporter for THE CITY. She was previously an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed News, and her work has also appeared in Barron’s, ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity and the Miami Herald.

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.

Claudia Irizarry Aponte

Claudia is a senior reporter covering labor and work for THE CITY. Her reporting on the dangerous and exploitative conditions of the city’s app-based food delivery workers led to landmark reforms and was awarded the James Beard Award in 2022 and the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2021, among other honors. Her reporting has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and NPR’s Latino USA. She joined THE CITY in 2019 as a reporter on the borough team.

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.

Reuven Blau

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

Xian Chiang-Waren

Xian Chiang-Waren is THE CITY’s newsletter writer. She previously worked as a writer and editor for theSkimm, Outside, Audubon, Grist, and various local newspapers. She was born and raised in Lower Manhattan.

Haidee Chu

Haidee Chu covers Queens for THE CITY. Previously, she worked for NPR’s news app/graphics team and was a stringer and interpreter for The New York Times. She is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, where she was a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism and focused on data reporting. After moving from place to place for more than a decade, the Hong Kong native now calls the world’s borough her home.

Jonathan Custodio

Jonathan covers The Bronx for THE CITY. His reporting has appeared in POLITICO, POLITICO New York, Documented NY, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. A proud graduate of LaGuardia Community College and Lehman College, he began his career at Norwood News.

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.

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.

Brittney George

Brittney is the Executive Assistant with THE CITY, where she supports the Leadership team, Board of Directors, and operations.  Brittney joins THE CITY with a background in marketing, communications, and fundraising. Giving back to the community is dear to Brittney’s heart and so joining THE CITY is the perfect complement!

Hasani Gittens

Hasani is a deputy editor for THE CITY. His priors include senior news editor for and managing editor for 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.

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.

Martin Gottlieb

Martin Gottlieb is The City’s Senior Editor for Investigations. He has served as chief editor of the Village Voice, the International Herald Tribune, and New Jersey’s Bergen Record. He was also managing editor of the Daily News and held many reporting and editing positions in a more than 20-year career at The New York Times, including associate managing editor in charge of the weekend editions and website. Most recently he was Newsday’s investigative editor and a deputy investigations editor at BuzzFeed News.

Natalie Thielen Helper

Natalie is THE CITY’s Associate Director of Development, Institutional Giving. She oversees philanthropic support from foundations and corporations, and works with institutional partners to maximize their impact. She holds an M.A. in Arts Management, with a concentration in not-for-profit fundraising, from American University.

Gwynne Hogan

Gwynne covers Brooklyn for THE CITY. She was previously a reporter at WNYC/Gothamist and DNAinfo NY.

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.

George Joseph

George is a senior reporter for THE CITY with a focus on criminal justice and courts. He previously worked for WNYC and Gothamist, and has published stories with NPR, ProPublica, Esquire, and The Intercept among other outlets.

Alyssa Katz

Alyssa is executive 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.”

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.

Scott Klein

Scott is the Chief Product Officer. He is responsible for overall product strategy and oversees the teams at the intersection of journalism and technology, including product management, engineering, interactive news and data reporting. Before THE CITY, he helped start ProPublica and founded its award-winning news applications and data teams. He also co-founded DocumentCloud and sits on the board of MuckRock.

Jessica Lysons

As Director of Finance + Administration for THE CITY, Jessica works with the leadership team to strengthen overall organizational capacity and impact. Previous positions have ranged from construction, finance, filmmaking, to school facility development. Most recently, she helped to shepherd Powerhouse Arts in Gowanus, Brooklyn through a period of extraordinary growth.

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.

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.

Michaela Norman

Michaela is THE CITY’s Development Operations Associate. Previously, she held roles in nonprofit fundraising and program operations at The Fuller Project and American Corporate Partners. A native New Yorker, Michaela is a graduate of Colby College where she received a degree in English and American Studies.

Bianca Pallaro

Bianca is a Senior Data Reporter, responsible for conceiving and carrying out focused, in-depth data investigations that unearth stories that would not be possible using other methods. She comes to THE CITY from USA Today, where she worked on the investigations team as a data reporter on the consumer watchdog beat. Previously, she worked for The Upshot team at The New York Times, focusing on data acquisition, analysis, and visualization for long and mid-range enterprise stories. Before moving to the United States to pursue her Masters at Columbia University, she worked for almost 5 years as a Senior Data Reporter at La Nación in Buenos Aires, where she led award-winning corruption and crowdsourcing investigations. 

Gabriel Poblete

Gabriel covers state agencies for THE CITY and is a Report for America corps member. He was as a reporter for the Las Vegas Optic in New Mexico and Miami Today, and interned for City & State New York and Crain’s New York. He attended Miami Dade College, the University of Florida and Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Sam Rabiyah

Sam is THE CITY’s news apps developer. He is a multidisciplinary technologist who works at the intersection of counter-mapping, data visualization, and oral history. Previously, Sam was the data lead at JustFix, where he created tools and interactive media to support tenant organizing. His projects have been featured in ProPublica, CityLab, Gothamist, and the New York Times.

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.

Tom Robbins

Tom is a senior investigative reporter for THE CITY. He has covered New York City as a reporter and columnist at the NY Daily News, the Village Voice, the NY Observer and as an editor of City Limits. His stories on politics and criminal justice have appeared in The NY Times, The New Yorker online, the Atlantic and other publications. He and two Times reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for their articles on abuses in the state prison system, produced jointly for the Times and the Marshall Project.

Sujin Shin

Sujin is THE CITY’s product developer. She is a software engineer with a background in urban planning and a passion for civic tech. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Civic Innovation Associate at BetaNYC where she consulted on software engineering and data analytic projects for NYC community organizations and government entities. She was also a part of Indeed’s Social Impact software engineering team.

Zainab Shah

Zainab Shah is the Director of Engagement and Audience at THE CITY. She works across all teams to grow THE CITY’s audience and bring THE CITY’s award-winning journalism to those who need it most. She was previously the Director of Audience at Talking Points Memo, Operations Manager at The Correspondent, and Global Lead for Strategy and Operations at BuzzFeed.

Harry Siegel

Harry Siegel is a senior editor at THE CITY and the creator and co-host of its FAQ NYC podcast, as well as a columnist at the New York Daily News and a former member of its editorial board. Previously, Siegel has been an editor at The Daily Beast, Politico, New York Press and the New York Sun, and a columnist at the Village Voice. He is the co-author of “The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life.”

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.”

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.


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.