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Stephen Handelman, Executive Editor/Editor-in-Chief


Steve Handelman is the Editor-in-Chief of The Crime Report. A former columnist, foreign correspondent and senior writer for Time Magazine and The Toronto Star, his articles and op-eds have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent (UK), and Foreign Affairs. He is the author of Comrade Criminal: Russia’s New Mafiya (Yale University Press), the first account of the rise of organized crime in post-Soviet Russia, which was on The New York Times Notable Books of the Year list. In a follow-up book, Mr. Handelman unraveled the Soviet bio-weapons program in Biohazar (Random House). Currently, he is the director of Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and managing editor of Americas Quarterly.

Wren Longno, Deputy Director, Center on Media, Crime and Justice


Wren Longno, appointed CMCJ’s Deputy Director in August 2015, is a nonprofit manager with 10+ years of fundraising, communications and marketing experience. Previously, she was members’ director for New York State advocates, the Supportive Housing Network of NY. Supportive Housing addresses root causes of poverty through the provision of affordable housing with services and is built for people who were homeless. She coordinated an annual conference attended by 1,400+, a large awards gala and a reception for members. Wren created numerous partnerships among members and with government funders of supportive housing and connected members to services, developed best practices trainings and managed an emergency preparedness/resiliency initiative. From 2007-2012, Wren served as Director of Communications and Fundraising for Housing and Services, Inc. (HSI), nonprofit developers of housing and services for 600 men, women and children who were homeless. As executive manager at HSI and in addition to fundraising events and initiatives, Wren raised the profile of the organization within its field, managed internal and external communications and marketing and led the organization’s policy and growth strategies. Prior to HSI, she was the Marketing Director of Tony-Award winning off-Broadway theatre company, The New Group were she implemented outreach strategies for single-ticket sales, subscriber campaigns and young patrons. She began her career as the copywriter and PR director for an ad agency where she wrote technical articles for industry trade magazines and created copy for the agency’s promotional materials. 

Alice Popovici, Deputy Editor


Alice Popovici is Deputy Editor of The Crime Report. She oversees TCR’s daily operation and newsletters, manages social media outreach and serves as a staff reporter. Her areas of interest within criminal justice include immigration law, juvenile justice and the prison system. Alice began her journalism career as a police reporter at the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Ariz., and has since written for Reuters, City & State Magazine and New York Nonprofit Media, among others. She recently spent a year as a Fulbright Research Fellow in the Republic of Moldova, working on an oral history project about national identity in the former Soviet Union. She has a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in filmmaking, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Graham Kates, Contributing Editor

Graham Kates, Contributing Editor to The Crime Report, is a former deputy editor and senior staff reporter of the site. He is currently a reporter for CBS News. His areas of interest in criminal justice include urban issues, official corruption and the penal system. In addition to The Crime Report, Graham’s work has appeared on NBCNews.com, CBSNews.com, Salon.com, The Nation online, Yahoo! Sports, The Riverdale PressSerious Eats, amNYZagatFodor's and other publications. He studied political science and English as an undergrad at the State University of New York at Binghamton and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.


Cara Tabachnick, Contributing Editor


Cara Tabachnick, Contributing Editor to The Crime Report, is a former managing editor of the site. She has freelanced forNewsday in New York City and Long Island, and has written for Newsweek, the New York PostUPIAtlanta Magazine and AM New York, among others. She regularly contributes articles and investigative reports to the “Inside Criminal Justice” section of TCR.  Her areas of interest in criminal justice include domestic abuse, legal affairs and juvenile justice. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism. Cara is the Deputy Director of John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, a filmmaker, and two children.

Ted Gest, News Editor

Ted Gest is the editor of “Crime and Justice News” for The Crime Report. He also writes a blog for the site. Gest covered the White House, Justice Department, Supreme Court, and legal/justice news during a 23-year career at U.S. News & World Report. 

A native of St. Louis, Gest began his career at the Post-Dispatch. Currently, he is the founder and president of Criminal Justice Journalists.


David Krajicek, Contributing Editor

David Krajicek is a contributing editor to “Criminal Justice News” and other sections of The Crime Report. He was a crime reporter at newspapers in Omaha and Iowa and was police bureau chief of the New York Daily News. He writes “The Justice Story” for the Daily News and contributes to other publications. He is the author of a nonfiction book, Scooped! Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze and Celebrities (Columbia University Press). Publication of his first novel, “Poovey’s Grove,” is pending.


Katti Gray, Contributing Editor

Juveniles on death row, a first-of-its-kind think tank run by the formerly incarcerated, health care in women's prisons and the relative silences surrounding male victims of sexual abuse males are among the topics veteran journalist Katti Gray has covered for national magazines and online news sites. Criminal justice, health and higher education are her reporting niches, though she continues to cover a wide range of non-niche topics. ABCNews.com, Chicago Tribune, ColorLines.com, DailyYonder.com, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, DiverseEducation.com, Ebony, Essence, Heart & Soul, Houston Chronicle, Jet, Los Angeles Times, Ms., New Orleans Times-Picayune, Newsday, Raleigh News & Observer, SHRM.org, The Crisis, TheGrio.com, TheRoot.com, The Washington Post and others have published her articles. Before become a freelancer in 2005, she’d been on the full-time staffs of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday, where she was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team.


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