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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.

Cara Tabachnick, Managing Editor


Cara Tabachnick is Managing Editor for News and Content of The Crime Report. 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.

Graham Kates, Deputy Managing Editor

Graham Kates, Deputy Managing Editor of The Crime Report, oversees daily operations of the site and TCR's daily and weekly newsletters. He also serves as a senior staff reporter. 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 Salon.com, The Nation online, Yahoo! Sports, The Riverdale Press, amNY, Zagat Buzz, Fodor'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.


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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