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Head of Finance

Alison Anderson is the Head of Finance for The Fuller Project, where she helps ensure the organization delivers on its mission of breaking new ground in journalism to   raise awareness and expose the injustices surrounding women and their communities. Alison works closely with members of The Fuller team around the world to efficiently manage the organization’s finances and budget, and to assist the COO in strategic efforts to boost the success and impact of reporting.

Alison is a highly-skilled finance professional with over fifteen years of experience.  Her speciality is helping nonprofit mission-driven organizations thrive. As a consultant, Alison’s financial expertise has assisted in growing numerous international, women-focused nonprofits, including Nadia’s Initiative, Komera, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, and Free to Run.  Previously, Alison was the General Manager of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA and the Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Organizations in Washington, D.C.  

Contributing Editor

Amie Ferris-Rotman is a Contributing Editor at The Fuller Project. A seasoned foreign correspondent, Amie has spent much of her 15-year career exposing injustices and raising awareness of underreported stories surrounding women and their communities. 

She has dedicated years of coverage to Russia and the surrounding region, most recently as the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. Before, she led coverage on the country for Foreign Policy and was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.  

Journalist

Corinne Redfern is a multi-award winning foreign correspondent focused on investigative reporting that raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities, exposes injustice and leads to accountability.

In 2019, Corinne won an Amnesty Media Award for her feature for ELLE magazine (UK), which followed the story of a 19 year-old whose husband had sold her to one of Bangladesh’s numerous ‘brothel villages’. The feature was also shortlisted for a One World Media Award.

Journalist

Erica Hellerstein is a journalist covering gender for The Fuller Project, where she is focused on raising awareness of issues impacting women and their communities. 

Erica has written extensively about gender and human rights issues throughout the United States and Latin America, from reproductive rights in Argentina and Chile, the black market for abortion pills on the U.S.-Mexico border, Colombian survivors of sexual violence during the civil war, criminal justice, immigration, and the environment in North Carolina, and poverty and inequality in California.

Journalist

Jenna Krajeski is a journalist with The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking reporting on women raises awareness and exposes injustice. Jenna’s work on female trafficking and exploitation has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy, and has been featured onThe Leonard Lopate Show, On The Media and the Slate podcast “What Next”. Other work has appeared in Slate magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the World Policy Journal, the Atlantic, and the Smithsonian Magazine, among other publications.

Jenna’s piece on trafficking and immigration under the Trump administration for The New Yorker Radio Hour was nominated for a Dart Award and a Gracie Award. She was a 2016 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 2019 became a visiting lecturer in the Global Affairs department of Yale University.

Journalist

Jessica Washington is a journalist with The Fuller Project focused on women and health, especially as it relates to the coronavirus. She raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities to expose injustice.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Jessica covered reproductive health for Mother Jones, publishing over 50 articles with a focus on access to care, the judiciary and state policies. Prior to working at Mother Jones, she worked for “All in With Chris Hayes” as a production assistant and digital content producer.

Journalist

Louise Donovan is an award-winning journalist based in East Africa, where she works closely with the editorial team of Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, raising awareness of issues impacting women and exposing injustices. Louise manages The Fuller Project’s strategic partnership with The Daily Nation and teams up with Kenyan journalists to cross-publish stories in both African and international outlets.

A European Journalism Centre grantee in 2017 and 2018, Louise was named a ‘30 Under 30’ rising star by the Professional Publishers Association in 2019. That year, she also won the One World Media award for her India reporting. In 2020, Louise’s work examining the deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights in Kenya was shortlisted for the Anthony Shahid Award for Journalism Ethics.

Journalist

Malcolm Burnley is a multimedia journalist whose groundbreaking reporting focuses on women facing economic insecurity. Malcolm contributes to The Fuller Project’s coverage of race and gender, often reporting untold stories on topics such as maternal health, incarceration, and workplace discrimination to raise awareness of issues impacting women, expose injustice and promote accountability.

On the cover of Time magazine in September 2019, Malcolm reported on the women in the tipped workforce, who haven’t received a raise in decades and make just $2.83 in Pennsylvania. The story was discussed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe by Senator Claire McCaskill and tweeted by Governor Tom Wolf and presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Several waitresses featured in the story received large unsolicited donations from readers. One of them got a job interview for a full-time position with benefits as a result of the story.

Communications Intern

Mariyah Espinoza recently graduated from American University where she received her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bethune-Cookman University.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Mariyah interned at WNDB, a local news station in Daytona Beach and was a 2018 Bloomberg journalism fellow in San Francisco. In 2019, Mariyah became a top undergraduate researcher in the state of Florida after investigating how college students use social media to consume the news. This past year, she’s worked as a communications assistant for the School of Communication’s Diversity and Inclusion Team at AU.

Contributing Editor for Audience Engagement

Marta Martinez is a multimedia journalist with The Fuller Project, working to raise awareness on issues impacting women and their communities.  

Marta specializes in long-form journalism and documentary, covering human rights, gender, migration and inequality mostly in developing and post-conflict countries. She has reported on how the economic crisis in Venezuela strangled women’s reproductive rights, why straight women are marrying each other in northern Tanzania, the reintegration of female child soldiers in Uganda and how the genocide trial came together in Guatemala.

Contributing Data Journalist

Rachel Dissell is an investigative journalist with The Fuller Project. Her  groundbreaking reporting on women has changed laws, policies, hearts and minds. She has over two decades of experience reporting untold stories to drive awareness, expose injustice and spur impact, most recently with The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.  

In 2019, Case Closed, her series with Andrea Simakis, explored the systemic failures of the Cleveland police through the experience of a grandmother who had to solve her own rape. The series won the 2020 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Rachel is the only reporter to be honored with the award twice, having first won it in 2008 for the series Johanna: Facing Forward, which chronicled the recovery of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland teen who was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend after reporting to police that he had raped her.  

Contributing Editor

Rikha Sharma Rani is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where her   groundbreaking reporting raises awareness of  issues impacting women and their communities. She has reported extensively on immigration, human trafficking, and women’s health. She also edits The Fuller Project’s monthly column in Foreign Policy Magazine, which is dedicated to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the world’s women. 

Rikha was awarded “Silver” in the Consumer Category by the Milwaukee Press Club for her co-reported investigation into the impact of Catholic hospital care on reproductive services in Wisconsin.

Contributing Editor

Vauhini Vara is a Contributing Editor at The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking journalism focuses on  raising awareness of issues impacting women and their communities.

Vauhini has won a Burns Prize from the International Journalists’ Programmes for an analysis in the Atlantic of how labor organizations influence German politics, and a National Journalism Award from the Asian American Journalists Association for a reported essay in Harper’s on the Indian-American spelling-bee culture. A year-long project for Businessweek, featuring interviews with workers all over the world in jobs newly created by globalization, was longlisted for a One World Media Award. Vauhini has also received fellowships from the McGraw Center for Business Journalism and the International Center for Journalists.

Alison Anderson
Head of Finance

Alison Anderson is the Head of Finance for The Fuller Project, where she helps ensure the organization delivers on its mission of breaking new ground in journalism to   raise awareness and expose the injustices surrounding women and their communities. Alison works closely with members of The Fuller team around the world to efficiently manage the organization’s finances and budget, and to assist the COO in strategic efforts to boost the success and impact of reporting.

Alison is a highly-skilled finance professional with over fifteen years of experience.  Her speciality is helping nonprofit mission-driven organizations thrive. As a consultant, Alison’s financial expertise has assisted in growing numerous international, women-focused nonprofits, including Nadia’s Initiative, Komera, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, and Free to Run.  Previously, Alison was the General Manager of New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA and the Manager of Operations at Grantmakers for Organizations in Washington, D.C.  

She is an alumna of Davidson College and Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. She currently lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband, three children, and two cats. She enjoys gardening, podcasts, and very rare moments of peace.

Amie Ferris-Rotman
Contributing Editor

Amie Ferris-Rotman is a Contributing Editor at The Fuller Project. A seasoned foreign correspondent, Amie has spent much of her 15-year career exposing injustices and raising awareness of underreported stories surrounding women and their communities. 

She has dedicated years of coverage to Russia and the surrounding region, most recently as the Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post. Before, she led coverage on the country for Foreign Policy and was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.  

In 2020, she was honored by the Human Rights Press Awards for her investigation into the sexual violations of ethnic Kazakh women by Chinese authorities at the so-called “re-education camps” in Xinjiang. In a series of articles on the Russian women battling President Vladimir Putin’s macho populism, she trailed the lawyers and survivors of abuse fighting for a #MeToo reckoning in Russia. In 2019, after reporting on the covert activists campaigning for the conviction of policemen in a gang rape in central Russia, the Kremlin broke its silence on the case and the accused were later given jail sentences, setting a precedent. Her story on Russia’s decriminalization of domestic violence was part of a multi-award winning series in 2018 for ELLE UK

Between 2011-2013, Amie lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, as senior correspondent for Reuters during the U.S. troop surge. Her reporting focused on Afghan women, examining Western efforts to build a female police force and the disproportionate toll of drug addiction on women. Her story on a woman’s public execution near Kabul by the Taliban spurred the government and NATO to conduct independent investigations into the killing. 

In 2015, frustrated with the dearth of Afghan women in the international news corps in Kabul, Amie founded Sahar Speaks, a program providing training, mentoring and publishing opportunities for Afghan female reporters. This won her the 2016 Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation, a British Press Award. To date, 23 women have undergone training and been published in The Huffington Post and The Guardian. A year after its founding, The New York Times Kabul bureau hired a Sahar Speaks alumna, indelibly altering the Afghan media landscape. 

Amie is a 2014 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, a 2013 Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University and a grantee of the International Women’s Media Foundation and the International Reporting Project, for reporting on Russia’s anti-abortion campaign and women’s health in Nepal.   

She has reported from over 15 countries and written op-eds for The New York Times and Haaretz, and reported for The Atlantic, Politico, and The Guardian, amongst others. 

Amie holds a bachelor and Masters degree in Russian studies from University College London. 

She currently lives in London with her husband and their son. 

Recent reporting by Amie: 

Her husband Chopped Off Her Hands. Now, She’s on Russian TV and Speaking out about Domestic Violence. – The Washington Post

Abortions, IUDs and Sexual Humiliation: Muslim Women who Fled China for Kazakhstan Recount Ordeals – The Washington Post

Her Husband’s Government has been Excluded from Peace talks. But Afghanistan’s First Lady is Rallying the Women. – The Washington Post

Corinne Redfern
Journalist

Corinne Redfern is a multi-award winning foreign correspondent focused on investigative reporting that raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities, exposes injustice and leads to accountability.

In 2019, Corinne won an Amnesty Media Award for her feature for ELLE magazine (UK), which followed the story of a 19 year-old whose husband had sold her to one of Bangladesh’s numerous ‘brothel villages’. The feature was also shortlisted for a One World Media Award.

Corinne has also won a BSME Award for her reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis for Marie Claire (UK) magazine, and a PPA Award for her role at Time Inc (UK), where she headed up a team of journalists reporting on international issues affecting women, including the Israel-Palestine conflict and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She has been a finalist for a UNHCR Award, a Devex Award and a PPA Award for Writer of the Year.

Corinne is based in Southeast Asia, reporting for The Fuller Project on untold stories around exploitation, trafficking and gender inequality. She has reported from over 20 countries in four continents, including investigating the links between child marriage and sex trafficking in Bangladesh, maternal health and malnutrition across West Africa, and exploring the impact of conflict on women during the Mosul siege in Iraq.

In 2017, Corinne’s reporting on underage girls in a Bangladeshi brothel assisted in the rescue and release of 20 adolescent girls, while her ongoing investigation into trafficking in the region has led non-governmental organizations to update their programming and factor child marriage into their country-wide trafficking response. Corinne’s reporting has also led to impact on the official level. Following her coverage on the high rate of suicide amongst girls and women working in brothels in Bangladesh, and a ban on their public burials, one local government began allowing sex workers to arrange formal funerals. In the Philippines, less than one month after Corinne reported (with The Fuller Project’s Sophia Jones) on sham virginity testing for Marie Claire magazine, local medical professionals said they had ended the practice.

Corinne’s reporting on trafficking and sexual exploitation — including exclusively revealing a more than two-fold surge in links to child sexual abuse materials during COVID-19 — has been featured on PBS News and ABC Australia.

Corinne is currently investigating the U.S. role in the exploitation of women and girls across Asia.
Prior to joining The Fuller Project in 2019, Corinne was Acting Features Director at Marie Claire (UK). Her reporting has been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC, The Daily Telegraph and many others.

Recent reporting by Corinne:

Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis – Foreign Policy 

The living hell of young girls enslaved in Bangladesh’s brothels – The Guardian

‘I’m Too Tired To Cry’: The Laotian Girls Who Are Kidnapped To Become Child Brides – The Lily

Erica Hellerstein
Journalist

Erica Hellerstein is a journalist covering gender for The Fuller Project, where she is focused on raising awareness of issues impacting women and their communities. 

Erica has written extensively about gender and human rights issues throughout the United States and Latin America, from reproductive rights in Argentina and Chile, the black market for abortion pills on the U.S.-Mexico border, Colombian survivors of sexual violence during the civil war, criminal justice, immigration, and the environment in North Carolina, and poverty and inequality in California.

In 2018, Erica’s investigation into the civil rights and environmental impacts of North Carolina’s commercial hog farming industry won several honors, including the Reed Award for Environmental Writing and the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists. It was also a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award for Investigative Reporting. In 2017, Erica traveled to Honduras with the support of the International Women’s Media Foundation to retrace the journey of a young woman seeking asylum from domestic violence, spending a year following her case as it wound through the U.S. immigration court system. As a follow-up, in 2018, she spent months investigating the impacts of a decision to eliminate domestic violence as a basis for asylum on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Previously, Erica covered poverty and inequality in the Bay Area with the San Jose Mercury News and Report for America, was an investigative reporter with INDY Week in North Carolina, and worked on the award-winning PBS/Frontline documentary, “Rape in the Fields”, about sexual assault in the agricultural industry.

Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Lily, USA Today, Elle, and the San Jose Mercury News, among others, and her investigations have been highlighted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She has a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California. 

Recent reporting by Erica:

Health Clinics Struggle to Stay Open – Daily Democrat

Meet Universal Basic Income’s Unlikely Bay Area Evangelist – East Bay Times

Childcare Costs Rise in Bay Area as Supply Declines – The Mercury News

Jenna Krajeski
Journalist

Jenna Krajeski is a journalist with The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking reporting on women raises awareness and exposes injustice. Jenna’s work on female trafficking and exploitation has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy, and has been featured onThe Leonard Lopate Show, On The Media and the Slate podcast “What Next”. Other work has appeared in Slate magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the World Policy Journal, the Atlantic, and the Smithsonian Magazine, among other publications.

Jenna’s piece on trafficking and immigration under the Trump administration for The New Yorker Radio Hour was nominated for a Dart Award and a Gracie Award. She was a 2016 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in 2019 became a visiting lecturer in the Global Affairs department of Yale University.

Jenna is the author, with Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad, of Ms. Murad’s memoir “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State” and the co-author of a forthcoming book about Congo, Rwanda, and the refugee crisis.

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Jenna was based in Cairo, Egypt where she was the Arts and Culture Editor of the English-language version of Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm,  where she reported on art, politics, and the Egyptian revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. In late 2011, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey where for four years with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, she focused on the Kurdish minority in southeastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and northeastern Syria, as well as the shifting politics and growing authoritarianism in Turkey.

 She is currently based in Queens, New York.

Recent reporting by Jenna:

What the World Loses if Turkey Destroys the Syrian Kurds – The New York Times

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News – Foreign Policy

The Hypocrisy of Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall – The New Yorker

Jessica Washington
Journalist

Jessica Washington is a journalist with The Fuller Project focused on women and health, especially as it relates to the coronavirus. She raises awareness of issues impacting women and their communities to expose injustice.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Jessica covered reproductive health for Mother Jones, publishing over 50 articles with a focus on access to care, the judiciary and state policies. Prior to working at Mother Jones, she worked for “All in With Chris Hayes” as a production assistant and digital content producer.

Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, NBC News,MSNBC, NBC News.com, and in The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a staff writer for The Daily Pennsylvanian covering the diversity beat and focusing on race, religion, gender, and sexuality in relation to politics and campus dynamics. She is now based in Washington, D.C.

Recent reporting by Jessica:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting—During a Pandemic – Mother Jones 

House Republicans Tried to Capitalize on Coronavirus to Sneak Anti-Abortion Language Into Law – Mother Jones

Louise Donovan
Journalist

Louise Donovan is an award-winning journalist based in East Africa, where she works closely with the editorial team of Kenya’s largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, raising awareness of issues impacting women and exposing injustices. Louise manages The Fuller Project’s strategic partnership with The Daily Nation and teams up with Kenyan journalists to cross-publish stories in both African and international outlets.

A European Journalism Centre grantee in 2017 and 2018, Louise was named a ‘30 Under 30’ rising star by the Professional Publishers Association in 2019. That year, she also won the One World Media award for her India reporting. In 2020, Louise’s work examining the deadly consequences of curbing reproductive rights in Kenya was shortlisted for the Anthony Shahid Award for Journalism Ethics.

Louise’s groundbreaking reporting has taken her across the globe. In Kenya, she investigated the issue of dumped foetuses and how restricted access to prenatal care, contraception and reproductive services is leaving women in increasingly desperate situations. Her reporting shone a light on an often overlooked but growing problem.

She embedded with an all-female biker squad who fight sexual violence in Jaipur, North India for a story with ELLE UK. One year after the story’s publication, the local government rolled out seven further women-only police units, created over 400 jobs for female officers and dedicated nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to buy extra equipment. More recently, she reported on a Ugandan woman’s experience of domestic violence during Covid-19 restrictions, which led to a women’s organisation reaching out to offer the single mother support.

Previously the Deputy Digital Editor of ELLE UK, Louise edited the multiple award-winning Warrior series published in partnership with The Fuller Project. Louise’s work appears in outlets such as CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and The Telegraph.

Recent reporting by Louise: 

A Transport Ban in Uganda Means Women are Trapped at Home With Their Abusers – CNN

Sex Workers’ Dilemma amid Covid-19 – The Daily Nation

‘You Are Beautiful’: the Kenyan Beauty Parlour Serving Female Heroin Users – The Guardian

Malcolm Burnley
Journalist

Malcolm Burnley is a multimedia journalist whose groundbreaking reporting focuses on women facing economic insecurity. Malcolm contributes to The Fuller Project’s coverage of race and gender, often reporting untold stories on topics such as maternal health, incarceration, and workplace discrimination to raise awareness of issues impacting women, expose injustice and promote accountability.

On the cover of Time magazine in September 2019, Malcolm reported on the women in the tipped workforce, who haven’t received a raise in decades and make just $2.83 in Pennsylvania. The story was discussed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe by Senator Claire McCaskill and tweeted by Governor Tom Wolf and presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Several waitresses featured in the story received large unsolicited donations from readers. One of them got a job interview for a full-time position with benefits as a result of the story.

His interview with Brittney Cooper, a professor of gender and Africana studies and the author of Eloquent Rage, was featured in the New York Times and generated a robust discussion on social media. The conversation focused on black feminist themes related to COVID-19 and the recent nationwide protests.

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Malcolm was a seasoned freelancer working for outlets like WURD radio, Philadelphia magazine, WHYY, and POLITICO magazine. His extensive reporting on public space and equity was widely read by policymakers at the state and local level. He investigated the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, and allegations of corruption at an EPA Superfund site. Malcolm launched two podcasts, including an eight-part series called The Missionary, which focused on the story of Renee Bach, an American woman accused of killing children while posing as a fake doctor in Uganda. As a college student, Malcolm’s reporting led to the discovery of a long lost unknown Malcolm X tape (All Things Considered). He’s a former editorial fellow at The Atlantic and a 2012 graduate of Brown University.

Malcolm is now based in Philadelphia and takes being named after Malcolm X seriously. But not too seriously. In addition to reporting on inequity and injustice, he likes writing features on oddballs, iconoclasts, and fringe characters, maybe because he is one himself.

Recent reporting by Malcolm:

Author Brittney Cooper on Harnessing Rage, Right Now – The New York Times 

This Financial Coaching Pilot is Helping Cash-Strapped Women During COVID-19 – The Philadelphia Citizen 

Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry – TIME Magazine 

Mariyah Espinoza
Communications Intern

Mariyah Espinoza recently graduated from American University where she received her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs. Prior to that, she received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications at Bethune-Cookman University.

Before joining The Fuller Project, Mariyah interned at WNDB, a local news station in Daytona Beach and was a 2018 Bloomberg journalism fellow in San Francisco. In 2019, Mariyah became a top undergraduate researcher in the state of Florida after investigating how college students use social media to consume the news. This past year, she’s worked as a communications assistant for the School of Communication’s Diversity and Inclusion Team at AU.

Mariyah specializes in multimedia projects, with some of her most recent work consisting of a documentary that focused on health care inequality and covering stories that dealt with social justice issues.

She’s originally from Las Vegas, Nevada; however, she prefers to live on the East Coast. In her free time, Mariyah loves to travel, read mystery novels and try new food. She is excited to be a part of The Fuller Project team.

Marta Martinez
Contributing Editor for Audience Engagement

Marta Martinez is a multimedia journalist with The Fuller Project, working to raise awareness on issues impacting women and their communities.  

Marta specializes in long-form journalism and documentary, covering human rights, gender, migration and inequality mostly in developing and post-conflict countries. She has reported on how the economic crisis in Venezuela strangled women’s reproductive rights, why straight women are marrying each other in northern Tanzania, the reintegration of female child soldiers in Uganda and how the genocide trial came together in Guatemala.

Marta’s work has appeared on CNN, VICE, The New Humanitarian, Le Monde and El País, among other media. She is also the audience engagement editor at Dromómanos, a journalistic production company reporting on regional and systemic issues in Latin America that uses new narratives and audience-centered approaches.

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Marta worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times, as a researcher for The New Yorker and a translation editor for The Wall Street Journal. She has also led digital teams and developed content and social media strategies for non-profit organizations like the United Nations, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Drug Policy Alliance.  

Marta is a grantee of the  International Women in Media Foundation and the European Journalism Centre and holds a master’s degree from New York University in narrative journalism. She is currently based in New York, and is originally from Spain. 

Recent reporting by Marta:

Inside the Colombian ‘War Hospital’ Treating Venezuela’s Pregnancy Crisis – The New Humanitarian

Straight Women Are Marrying Each Other for Safety in Tanzania – VICE

Kony’s Legacy Persists for Children Born From His Army’s Sexual Violence – The Atlantic

Rachel Dissell
Contributing Data Journalist

Rachel Dissell is an investigative journalist with The Fuller Project. Her  groundbreaking reporting on women has changed laws, policies, hearts and minds. She has over two decades of experience reporting untold stories to drive awareness, expose injustice and spur impact, most recently with The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.  

In 2019, Case Closed, her series with Andrea Simakis, explored the systemic failures of the Cleveland police through the experience of a grandmother who had to solve her own rape. The series won the 2020 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Rachel is the only reporter to be honored with the award twice, having first won it in 2008 for the series Johanna: Facing Forward, which chronicled the recovery of Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland teen who was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend after reporting to police that he had raped her.  

Reinvestigating Rape, a series with reporter Leila Atassi, led to the testing of nearly 14,000 rape kits in Ohio. The new investigations that followed resulted in indictments in nearly 800 cold cases in Cleveland and solved several murders. Researchers built on the project’s early discoveries to redefine the understanding of serial rape in Ohio and beyond. 

Rachel’s reporting has been featured in two award-winning documentaries, “I am Evidence,” which details the stories of women whose rape kits were not tested and  “Roll Red Roll” which examines the seocial-media fueled ‘boys will be boys’ culture in the small Ohio town of Steubenville after a 16-year-old girl was raped by several of the town’s high school football players. 

Toxic Neglect, a series with public health reporter Brie Zeltner, exposed Cleveland’s poor track record when it  investigated children who were lead poisoned, a problem that caused the most harm among poor Black children living in segregated neighborhoods. The series sparked a community-wide effort to proactively protect children from the brain-damaging toxin, including a grassroots citizen petition drive and the formation of a coalition of more than 300 public, private and philanthropic partners who worked to pass a set of laws  requiring all rental homes in the Cleveland area to be inspected for lead hazards.
Rachel trains law enforcement, nurses, advocates and community groups for End Violence Against Women International and the National Center for Victims of Crime. She also has taught emerging journalists at her alma mater, Kent State University.

Recent reporting by Rachel:

Lead Exposure Sets More Cleveland Children On A Poisoned-To-Prison Path – Ideastream

Cleveland’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Police Case Happened Four Years Ago – Cleveland.com

Coronavirus In Ohio: Families Weigh Risks Of Sending Loved Ones To Nursing Homes – WOSU Radio

Rikha Sharma Rani
Contributing Editor

Rikha Sharma Rani is a journalist and contributing editor for The Fuller Project, where her   groundbreaking reporting raises awareness of  issues impacting women and their communities. She has reported extensively on immigration, human trafficking, and women’s health. She also edits The Fuller Project’s monthly column in Foreign Policy Magazine, which is dedicated to the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the world’s women. 

Rikha was awarded “Silver” in the Consumer Category by the Milwaukee Press Club for her co-reported investigation into the impact of Catholic hospital care on reproductive services in Wisconsin.

Her reporting on the homeschooling challenges facing non-English speaking families during Covid-19 was widely read among educators and featured as a “Lesson of the Day” in The New York Times. Her profile of the first Latina head of America’s largest union of registered nurses helped raise awareness of the administration’s failure to secure personal protective equipment for hospital nurses.  

Rikha’s reporting for The Fuller Project from the US-Mexico border in the fall of 2017 about the devastating toll of family separation, provided some of the earliest first-hand accounts from parents whose children had been taken by U.S. immigration authorities. 

Prior to joining The Fuller Project, Rikha profiled five formerly incarcerated people who were casting their ballots in the 2016 presidential election for the first time, in Politico Magazine. Rikha has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Montgomery Advertiser, The Cap Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

From 2014 to 2017, Rikha was Intelligence Director at the Solutions Journalism Network. She has worked extensively in the global health space, including as part of a team in New Delhi, India that negotiated drug prices for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in low-income settings. 

Rikha hails from Toronto, Canada and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied economic and political development. She is a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Affairs. Rikha is now based in Oakland, California. 

Recent reporting by Rikha:

This Nurse is Leading the Fight for Safer Hospitals – The New York Times

Imagine Online School in a Language You Don’t Understand – The New York Times

Worried About Abortion Laws? Catholic Hospital Mergers Also Seen as Threat to Women’s Health Care – USA TODAY

Vauhini Vara
Contributing Editor

Vauhini Vara is a Contributing Editor at The Fuller Project, where her groundbreaking journalism focuses on  raising awareness of issues impacting women and their communities.

Vauhini has won a Burns Prize from the International Journalists’ Programmes for an analysis in the Atlantic of how labor organizations influence German politics, and a National Journalism Award from the Asian American Journalists Association for a reported essay in Harper’s on the Indian-American spelling-bee culture. A year-long project for Businessweek, featuring interviews with workers all over the world in jobs newly created by globalization, was longlisted for a One World Media Award. Vauhini has also received fellowships from the McGraw Center for Business Journalism and the International Center for Journalists.

Vauhini’s reporting on globalization, capitalism, labor, and migration has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Businessweek, and elsewhere.

Vauhini is also an O. Henry Prize-winning writer of fiction, and her stories have appeared in journals including McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Zyzzyva. Her fiction has won honors from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Yaddo Corporation. W.W. Norton will publish her debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, in 2021, followed by her story collection, This is Salvaged, in 2022. 

For nine years, Vauhini was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she originated the Facebook beat. Afterwards, she launched the business section of The New Yorker’s website, where she also became an editor and contributing writer. She has edited for the website of the Atlantic and worked as a staff writer for the California Sunday Magazine. Vauhini teaches creative writing and journalism and is a  mentor for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Book Project. She was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and also grew up in Oklahoma and the Seattle suburbs. She now resides in Colorado. 

Recent reporting by Vauhini:

Workers of the World – Bloomberg Businessweek

Small World: How the Tiny-House Trend Has Rebranded Affordable Housing into Design Chic – Believer Magazine

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