That Wednesday began the way it was supposed to. Gwen Woods got out of bed an hour before sunrise, showered, and dressed for work. As she was leaving the house, her phone rang. “God morning,” she greeted Mario, her youngest son. “God morning,” he replied.
As the historic sights and sounds of black liberation, free speech, and anti-war movements swirled around him, Murase and began to wonder where, exactly, he fit in.
Topic, February 2018. Image courtesy of Gidra. Full story
Jaeah is an independent journalist living in San Francisco and an inaugural recipient of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. She is a 2017 senior fellow at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a program supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Ford Foundation. She is also a 2017 restorative narrative fellow with Images and Voices of Hope. She serves on the board of the Asian American Journalist Association's San Francisco-Bay Area chapter.
Jaeah was previously a staff reporter at Mother Jones, where she covered policing after Ferguson, and wrote about criminal justice, income inequality, and race, among other subjects. Her work has been featured in major national outlets including The Atlantic, Guardian, Huffington Post, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Global Post, MSNBC, and Democracy Now. As a 2013-14 Middlebury College Environmental Journalism Fellow, Jaeah spent a year investigating China's emerging fracking industry and its ties to international oil companies, which led to a feature story in print and a multimedia package online. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jaeah's work has won awards from the Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists, and named a finalist in the National Magazine Awards and Data Journalism Awards. She's spoken at conferences including the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Asian American Journalists Association, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, and Exceptional Women in Publishing. She occasionally teaches workshops on data reporting and visualization at UC Berkeley's Advanced Media Institute.
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