225+ "Below the Fold" Journalists We're Thankful For

by Judith Alba in November 24th, 2020

In the first year of running our newsletter, Below the Fold, we have been blown away by how quickly it has grown in that short time period. It feels like just yesterday that our team congregated in our (not virtual) conference room to pitch stories for our first edition.

Our team works hard to dig up important articles that aren't making headlines, but this blog post is not about them – it's about the journalists who reported those stories in the first place. In other words, the reporters who's stories end up "below the fold." To those hard-working individuals listed below: Thank you so much for calling our attention to these stories!

Aasil Ahmed

Where They’ve Worked: ProPakistani

Why We’re Thankful For Aasil: For reporting on China’s plans to blacklist Apple, Boeing, Qualcomm, and other U.S. companies. The reason behind this ban? The U.S. did the exact same thing. We included Aasil’s article in Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Abby Phillip

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, Politico, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful For Abby: Abby wrote about the RNC suing California in an effort to prevent the state from expanding its mail-in voting policies. We featured this story in our 26th edition. You might also recognize Abby from her many on-screen appearancesincluding the time she moderated CNN’s Democratic Primary Debate back in January.

Where to Follow@abbydphillip

Adam Goldman & Charlie Savage

Where They’ve Worked: The Associated Press, The Economic Times, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful For Adam and Charlie: They (along with Eric Schmitt, mentioned below) reported on a significant moment in recent history. For the first time, the U.S. labeled a white supremacist group as terrorists. Why was this a big deal? We explain in more detail in Below The Fold’s 19th edition.

Where to Follow@adamgoldmanNYT@charliesavage

Adam Liptak

Where They’ve Worked: The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, Sun Sentinel

Why We’re Thankful For Adam: For his reporting on a Supreme Court case that would decide if adoption agencies could turn away same-sex couples. This ruling had the potential to weaken anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ+ community, a concerning possibility that we wanted our readers to know about. This article was shared in Below The Fold’s 13th edition.

Where to Follow@adamliptak

Adrianne Jeffries

Where They’ve Worked: Businessweek, The New York Times, The Verge

Why We’re Thankful For Adrianne: For her reporting on how the podcast industry may move towards capturing listener data. Her story was included in Below The Fold’s 61st edition.

Where to Follow@adrjeffiries

Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana & Yuddy Cahya Budiman

Where They’ve Worked: The Independent, Reuters, The Star (Malaysia), Yahoo Canada

Why We’re Thankful for Ajeng and Yuddy: For their reporting on Indonesian protests sparked by drastic law changes, which included eliminating the sectoral minimum wage and extending the work week to six days, instead of five. The story was featured in Below The Fold’s 63rd edition.

Where to Follow:  @yuddycahya

Alex Landon

Where They’ve Worked: Secret London

Why We’re Thankful for Alex: Alex reported about London’s installation of artificial trees, which can absorb as many pollutants as 275 real ones. Below The Fold shared this story in its seventh edition, hoping that we could one day bring these artificial structures to our home base, Los Angeles.

Where to Follow: @AlexLandon247

Alfred Ng

Where They’ve Worked: BuzzFeed News, CBS News, CNET, Daily Mirror

Why We’re Thankful for Alfred: Alfred covered a bill intended to protect children (at the expense of individuals' online privacy), an important but lesser-known story we included in our 33rd edition.

Where to Follow: @alfredwkng

Allen Kim

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The Mercury News, Sports Illustrated

Why We’re Thankful for Allen: Allen’s reporting has been featured in multiple editions, covering stories about

  • An increase in early prison releases, as required by coronavirus safety measures (edition 16)
  • The largest recorded ozone hole, which somehow closed up all on its own (edition 22)
  • 2,000+ marijuana convictions overturned by Colorado’s governor (edition 58)

Where to Follow: @allenxkim

Alicia Lee

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KCNC-TV, WJZ-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Alicia: Alicia shared this absolutely delightful story about a group of penguins exploring their empty aquarium home. You can find a video linked in Below The Fold’s 16th edition. You’re welcome, readers!

Where to Follow: @byalicialee

Amina Khan

Where They’ve Worked: Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Amina: Amina covered a story about NASA’s plans for the first round-trip mission to Mars, which we were excited to feature in Below The Fold’s 13th edition. (By the way, Amina was also a writer for the series Bill Nye Saves The World, in case you needed a new Netflix recommendation.)

Where to Follow: @aminakhan

Amir Vera

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The Progress-Index, The Virginian-Pilot,

Why We’re Thankful for Amir: Amir covered a wild story about a five-year-old boy taking his mother’s SUV for a joyride. We were just as surprised as the police officer who discovered the underaged driver, which is why we shared Amir’s article in Below The Fold’s 23rd edition.

Where to Follow: @TheAmirVera

Ann E. Marimow & Robert Barnes

Where They’ve Worked: Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald

Why We’re Thankful for Ann and Robert: For covering a story in which the Supreme Court rejected a petition to allow religious advertisements on public transit. We shared the article in Below The Fold’s 19th edition.

Where to Follow: @amarimow@scotusreporter

Andrew Natsios, Christine Crudo Blackburn, Gerald W Parker, & Leslie Ruyle

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, Texas A&M University

Why We’re Thankful for Them: These four academics highlighted a (at the time) lesser-known threat to the U.S.’s ability to combat the coronavirus – its reliance on medical supplies made in China. This was concerning news to our ears, which is why we shared the article in Below The Fold’s 11th edition.

Where to Follow: @DrGerryParker@LeslieRuyle

Angely Mercado

Where They’ve Worked: Grist, The Nation, Teen Vogue, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Angely: For her reporting on New York’s $1 billion clean energy initiative, which Below The Fold shared in its 41st edition.

Where to Follow: @AngelyMercado

Anjali Patel

Where They’ve Worked: ABC 15 News, BuzzFeed News, Bustle

Why We’re Thankful for Anjali: Anjali’s reporting addressed some cybersecurity concerns that readers might have with the U.S. census going digital for the first time. We shared this article in Below The Fold’s 14th edition.

Where to Follow: @AnjaliPatelTV

Anna Sturla

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KQED, NBC News

Why We’re Thankful for Anna: Anna reported on a decrease in prison populations across the U.S., which was part of an effort to minimize risks for a coronavirus outbreak in those close quarters. Allen Kim (mentioned above) also helped cover this story, and it was featured in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Where to Follow: @anna_sturla

Ariane de Vogue

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, CNN, KCBS-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Ariana: Ariana reported two stories that were shared in Below The Fold:

  • A new Supreme Court ruling might nullify the insanity plea (edition 17)
  • Facebook’s advertising algorithm likely worsened racial discrimination when it came to housing. (edition 27)

Devan Cole (mentioned below) also helped cover the Supreme Court case.

Where to Follow: @Arianedevogue

Ariana Tobin

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian, ProPublica, WNYC

Why We’re Thankful for Ariana: Ariana reported that Facebook’s advertising algorithm likely worsened racial discrimination when it came to housing. How? Below The Fold’s 27th edition, which was dedicated to stories about racial discrimination, explained the story in more detail.

Where to Follow: @Ariana_Tobin

Arielle Pardes

Where They’ve Worked: Cosmopolitan, Wired, Yahoo Lifestyle

Why We’re Thankful for Arielle: For her article about a new credit card specifically for social media influencers, which we included in Below The Fold’s 31st edition.

Where to Follow: @pardesoteric

Audrey McNamara

Where They’ve Worked: CBS, The Daily Beast, NPR

Why We’re Thankful for Audrey: Audrey reported on the Air Force removing height requirements for applicants, a minor change that they hoped would encourage more women to apply. We featured this story in edition 26 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @McNamaraAud

Avery Ellfeldt

Where They’ve Worked: Energy News Network, NPR, Scientific American, WGBH News

Why We’re Thankful for Avery: Avery reported on some good news in Arkansas. One school district found that switching to solar energy would save so much money that they could raise teachers’ salaries. We shared this story in our 62nd edition.

Where to Follow: @AEllfeldt

B. David Zarley

Where They’ve Worked: Freethink, Jezebel, Paste Magazine, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for B. David: For his reporting on how film productions can reduce their environmental footprint. We wanted to pass some of these ideas on to any readers who might be in the movie business, which is why we shared this article in Below The Fold’s 11th edition.

Where to Follow: @BDavidZarley

Barbara Rodriguez

Where They’ve Worked: 19th News, ABC News, The Associated Press

Why We’re Thankful for Barbara: For her reporting on how a Delaware state candidate was denied use of campaign funds for child care expenses. We called out this example of gender-based discrimination in the workplace in Below The Fold’s 48th edition.

Where to Follow: @bcrodriguez

Beena Raghavendran, Danielle Ohl, & Talia Buford

Where They’ve Worked: AlterNet, Capital Gazette, Politico, ProPublica, Star Tribune, USA Today

Why We’re Thankful for Them: Their year-long investigation called attention to 1,200+ court cases filed against unsuspecting renters in the city of Annapolis. We also wanted to call out this unfair treatment by including it in our 49th edition.

Where to Follow: @thebeenster@DTOhl@TaliaBuford

Ben Horwitz & Jeff Asher

Where They’ve Worked: Five Thirty Eight, The New York Times, The Star-Ledger

Why We’re Thankful for Ben and Jeff: Apparently, murder rates in the U.S. have increased, but other violent crime has decreased. What could be the reason behind these paradoxical statistics? Below The Fold covered some theories in its 32nd edition.

Where to Follow: @HorowitzBen@crimealytics

Ben Popken

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, Euronews, NBC News

Why We’re Thankful for Ben: For his reporting on “Grinch bots” buying up popular products online to sell on third party sites. We wanted our readers to be prepared for a competitive holiday shopping season, which is why we featured this story in our very first edition.

Where to Follow: @bpopken

Ben Westcott

Where They’ve Worked: Canberra Times, CNN, South China Morning Post

Why We’re Thankful for Ben: For covering a PR-scandal involving a restaurant chain in China that asked customers to weigh themselves. This story was included in Below The Fold’s 44th edition.

Where to Follow: @Ben_Westcott

Beth Duff-Brown

Where They’ve Worked: The Associated Press, The New York Times, Stanford Health Policy

Why We’re Thankful for Beth: For her coverage of Taiwan’s highly effective COVID-19 response plan, a story that we featured in Below The Fold’s 15th edition.

Where to Follow: @bethduffbrown

Beth Timmins

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, The Independent, Reuters

Why We’re Thankful for Beth: Beth covered a story about the sand-extraction business and its negative impacts on the ecosystem of the Mekong River. Below The Fold has shared multiple stories about the Mekong region, but this article from our fifth edition was the first.

Where to Follow: @Beth_LeahT

Boyce Upholt

Where They’ve Worked: The Counter, Emergence Magazine, TIME Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Boyce: For reporting on a byproduct of fertilizer that, ironically, is ruining the environment. You can read more in Below The Fold’s 22nd edition.

Where to Follow: @BoyceUpholt

Bradley W. Parks

Where They’ve Worked: Brookings Institution, OPB, PBS, The Washington Post,

Why We’re Thankful for Bradley: For his reporting about the “death” of the Clark Glacier in Oregon due to rising temperatures. How does a glacier die? You can catch up on the story in Below The Fold’s 62nd edition.

Where to Follow: @Bradley_W_Parks

Branko Filipovic

Where They’ve Worked: Daily Mail, Reuters, Yahoo Singapore

Why We’re Thankful for Branko: In 1995, roughly 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Twenty-five years later, nine more victims were identified and buried. Below The Fold covered this tragic historic event in its 35th edition.

Brian Resnick

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, Business Insider, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Brian: For his reporting on mass launches of commercial satellites, and how they might one day change our view of the night sky. We spotlighted this story in Below The Fold’s seventh edition.

Where to Follow: @B_resnick

Bridie Pearson-Jones

Where They’ve Worked: Daily Mail, The Independent, Press Association

Why We’re Thankful for Bridie: For their reporting on Malone Mukwende, a black medical student, who created a handbook to help doctors identify conditions on darker-skinned individuals. We also wanted to shout out Malone’s incredibly beneficial guide in Below The Fold’s 34th edition.

Where to Follow: @bridiepjones

Caitlin O’Kane

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, CBS News, NBC News

Why We’re Thankful for Caitlin: Caitlin reported on 39 missing children that were found in Georgia, a story that we included in Below The Fold’s 48th edition.

Where to Follow: @caitlin_0210

Caitlin Thompson

Where They’ve Worked: Coda Story, Foreign Policy, Here & Now

Why We’re Thankful for Caitlin: During BLM protests, participants knew that they were being closely monitored, but Caitlin’s article highlighted the extent of this surveillance. A report found that the San Francisco PD had access to 375 cameras, which were being used to gather evidence of “illegal activity.” Below The Fold included this story in edition 55.

Where to Follow: @cethompson5

Cameron Joseph

Where They’ve Worked: The Almanac of American Politics, New York Daily News, Talking Points Memo, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Cameron: For calling attention to the 20,000+ mail ballots that were rejected during Pennsylvania's primary election, which Below The Fold included in its 54th edition.

Where to Follow: @cam_joseph

Canela López

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, The New Orleans Advocate, NOLA

Why We’re Thankful for Canela: Canela reported that ICE detention centers were overusing disinfectant, to the point where inmates were suffering from nausea, nosebleeds, skin reactions, and fainting. Below The Fold felt a responsibility to call attention to this suffering, which is why it’s included in the 28th edition.

Where to Follow: @VCanelaLopez

Cara Lombardo & Dana Mattioli

Where They’ve Worked: The Associated Press, Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Why We’re Thankful for Cara and Dana: Their reporting highlighted Amazon’s predatory practice of investing in startups and then launching similar products for a cheaper price. Shouldn’t that be illegal? We delve into more detail in Below The Fold’s 38th edition.

Where to Follow: @CaraRLombardo@DanaMattioli

Carl Hulse

Where They’ve Worked: The Economic Times, The Independent, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Carl: For his reporting on an ethics investigation related to the timing of a judge’s retirement. Apparently, several sources revealed that Senate Republicans may have encouraged older judges to retire so they could be replaced with other conservative appointees. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 23rd edition.

Where to Follow: @hillhulse

Carol Kuruvilla

Where They’ve Worked: HuffPost, New York Daily News

Why We’re Thankful for Carol: For her reporting on new dress codes in the U.S. Air Force, which would allow for service members to wear turbans, headscarves, or beards, as a form of religious expression. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 12th edition.

Where to Follow: @CarolKuruvilla

Caroline Haskins, Logan McDonald, & Ryan Mac

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, BuzzFeed News, Forbes, The Outline, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Them: For their reporting on a data breach at Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition app with a database of billions of individuals’ public photos. The public was already aware of Clearview’s massive pool of images, but the data breach revealed who was paying for access … a list that included 2,000+ corporations, law enforcement agencies, and “authoritarian regimes.” You can read up on the full story in Below The Fold’s 14th edition.

Where to Follow: @caro1inehaskins@_loganmcdonald@RMac18

Cassandra Negley

Where They’ve Worked: The Ithaca Times, The New York Times, Oneonta Daily Star, Yahoo

Why We’re Thankful for Cassandra: For her reporting about the loosening of Title IX policies, which may make it harder for students to hold sexual abusers accountable. As a woman-run company, this is an issue that hits close to home, which is why we shared the story in Below The Fold’s 24th edition.

Where to Follow: @CasNegley

Catherine E. Shoichet & Geneva Sands

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, The Associated Press, CNN, Fusion, The Hill, St. Petersburg Times

Why We’re Thankful for Catherine and Geneva: Their reporting called attention to the 500+ migrant children that were detained in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic. Below The Fold felt a responsibility to share the story in its 51st edition.

Where to Follow: @CatherineCNN@Geneva_Sands

Catie Keck

Where They’ve Worked: Gizmodo, Inverse, Newsweek

Why We’re Thankful for Catie: Film production has picked up, but we can take comfort in knowing that at least one studio has been taking COVID-19 safety protocols very seriously. We covered Catie’s story in Below The Fold’s 37th edition.

Where to Follow: @catiekeck

Chaewon Chung

Where They’ve Worked: BUST Magazine, Coda Story, South China Morning Post

Why We’re Thankful for Chaewon: For her coverage of a social media crackdown in Cambodia, which Below The Fold called out in its 24th edition.

Where to Follow: @chaewonjrn

Chris D’Angelo

Where They’ve Worked: Grist, HuffPost, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Chris: Chris covered the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act, a nature conservation bill that would, ironically, be funded by gas and oil royalties. We needed some good news in 2020, which is why we included this story in Below The Fold’s 38th edition.

Where to Follow: @c_m_dangelo

Christian Davenport

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Christian: Christian covered the launch of a new “tow truck” spacecraft that would refuel a dying satellite. We were interested in the implications of this mission, as these satellite tow-trucks could help minimize the amount of space debris orbiting our planet. You can read more in Below The Fold’s 21st edition.

Where to Follow: @wapodavenport

Christine Ro

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Christine: For her article about something we called “The breakup business in Japan.” Apparently, you can hire private agents to sabotage your romantic relationships. We were so fascinated by this story, we included it in Below The Fold’s 41st edition.

Christopher Collins

Where They’ve Worked: Civil Eats, Texas Observer, USA Today

Why We’re Thankful for Christopher: For covering the appointment of a corporate-friendly Food Safety Czar to oversee the meat production industry. This story almost eluded Below The Fold’s team, but we caught wind of it in time for our 21st edition.

Where to Follow: @collins_reports

Chun Han Wong

Where They’ve Worked: The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Chun Han: For covering China’s decision to set global standards on data security, calling for tech companies to disallow “backdoors” in their products. Below The Fold featured this story in its 51st edition.

Where to Follow: @ByChunHan

Cici Zhang

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Popular Science, Undark Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Cici: For covering the rise (pun intended) of environmentally-friendly buildings in China. We thought some of these ideas were pretty clever, which is why we shared the story in our 29th edition.

Where to Follow: @CiciZhang15

Claire Kelloway

Where They’ve Worked: Food And Power, Open Markets, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Claire: Claire’s reporting aims to hold the big names in the food industry accountable for shady behavior. We included her story about Big Food corporations undercutting local farms for food-service contracts in Below The Fold edition 28.

Where to Follow: @clairekelloway

Costas Kantouris & Derek Gatopoulos

Where They’ve Worked: Associated Press, The Independent, Seattle Times, Times of Israel

Why We’re Thankful for Costas and Derek: The duo covered Greece’s plans to build a wall on its border with Turkey because of concerns of migrants crossing into the EU. (Sound familiar?) We included the story in Below The Fold edition 63.

Where to Follow: @CostasKantouris@dgatopoulous

Craig Whitlock

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian, The Independent, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Craig: Craig published a massive exposé about the botched war effort in Afghanistan. When the Afghanistan Papers were first published, they were overshadowed by Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry, when it would have otherwise been a trending story. Below The Fold featured this eye-opening series in its second edition.

Where to Follow: @CraigMWhitlock

Dan Bradford

Where They’ve Worked: Fun Owl

Why We’re Thankful for Dan: Dan covered a delightful story about hundreds of thousands of olive tortoises taking back their old nesting grounds (since humans were in quarantine). We were so happy to read about animals thriving undisturbed that we shared this story in Below The Fold’s 19th edition.

Dan Goodin

Where They’ve Worked: Ars Technica, CNN, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Dan: Online ads may be siphoning off your computer’s battery life, but Dan’s article shows that Chrome has developed a way to block those sneak attacks. You can read more in Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @dangoodin001

Daniel Cole

Where They’ve Worked: AP News, Blueprint Media BV, DJBroadcast,

Why We’re Thankful for Daniel: For his reporting on the controversy surrounding Venice’s floodgate network, a project that had been under construction for almost 50 years. This story was featured in our 58th edition.

Daniel Oberhaus

Where They’ve Worked: Motherboard, Vice, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Daniel: For his coverage of a new, potentially meltdown-proof nuclear reactor, which Below The Fold featured in its 33rd edition.

Where to Follow: @dmoberhaus

Daniel Victor

Where They’ve Worked: The Independent, The New York Times, ProPublica

Why We’re Thankful for Daniel: For reporting on how toxic masculinity norms made men less likely to take precautions against COVID-19. We included the story in our 61st edition.

Where to Follow: @bydanielvictor

Darian Symoné Harvin

Where They’ve Worked: BuzzFeed News, Harper’s Bazaar, Yahoo

Why We’re Thankful for Darian: For drawing more attention to the CROWN Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against natural hair, and why it still hasn’t been passed on a federal level. You can learn more about this issue in Below The Fold’s 61st edition.

Where to Follow: @dariansymone

Dave Michaels

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Dave: Dave covered a story about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new strategy for catching white-collar crime – rewarding whistleblowers with major paydays. We shared this article in Below The Fold’s 23rd edition.

Where to Follow: @davidmichaels

David Gilbert

Where They’ve Worked: Entertainment Weekly, Daily Mirror, The New Yorker, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for David: For reporting about how a Facebook disinformation campaign led to ethnically-motivated violence and the assassination of a singer in Ethiopia. How and why did this happen? You can find more information in Below The Fold’s 53rd edition.

Where to Follow: @daithalgilbert

Deanna Paul

Where They’ve Worked: The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Deanna: For reporting about a Supreme Court case that would decide if “revenge porn” counted as free speech. Wait, what? You can get more context for this complicated story in Below The Fold’s fifth edition.

Where to Follow: @thedeannapaul

Declan Walsh

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian, The Irish Times, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Declan: For reporting a new law in Sudan that outlawed female genital mutilation – which was a huge victory for women’s rights. We highlighted this good news in Below The Fold’s 23rd edition.

Where to Follow: @declanwalsh

Devan Cole, Laurie Ure, & Paul Leblanc

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, CNN, Forbes, MSNBC, NBC News, Newsweek

Why We’re Thankful for Them: The trio reported on a $60 million bribery scheme that involved at least one House speaker in Ohio. We featured the story in Below The Fold’s 39th edition.

Where to Follow: @devancole1@LaurieUreCNN@CNNPaul

Dharna Noor

Where They’ve Worked: Gizmodo, Jacobin Magazine, Truthout

Why We’re Thankful for Dharna: Dharna’s reporting has been included twice in Below The Fold, with articles about

  • The rise of offshore wind energy in the UK and how consumers may soon be paid to use it (edition 39)
  • The Mauritius oil spill and how residents used an unlikely resource to soak up the pollution – their hair (edition 42)

Where to Follow: @dharnanoor

Dustin Volz & Sadie Gurman

Where They’ve Worked: Associated Press, National Journal, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Dustin and Sadie: For their coverage of a shooting investigation that, according to the FBI, may have been delayed by Apple. What was the context? We delved into the story in Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @sgurman@dnvolz

Ed Augustin & Frances Robles

Where They’ve Worked: Al Jazeera, The Economic Times, The Guardian, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Ed and Frances: For their coverage on how the pandemic led to a food crisis in Cuba. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 55th edition.

Where to Follow: @FranceRobles

Ed Cara

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, Gizmodo, Newsweek, VICE

Why We’re Thankful for Ed: Ed’s reporting has been featured twice in Below The Fold, for articles highlighting

  • FDA-approved prescription opioids that were signed off on with very little safety data (edition 57)
  • Research that shows the long-term benefits of giving money to homeless individuals (edition 60)

Where to Follow: @EdCara4

Elana Lyn Gross

Where They’ve Worked: Forbes, Fortune, Monster, TIME

Why We’re Thankful for Elena: For her reporting on the passing of a California bill that requires corporate boards to include a minimum number of individuals from underrepresented groups. We shared this optimistic move for diversity in Below The Fold’s 52nd edition.

Where to Follow: @ElanaLyn

Elizabeth Shogren

Where They’ve Worked: The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Reveal News

Why We’re Thankful for Elizabeth: Elizabeth reported a story about how lobbyists and the Trump Administration pressured the EPA to downplay the toxicity of TCE … a chemical that can damage fetal hearts. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s exactly what we said after reading the headline. We called out the dangers of this widely used chemical in Below The Fold’s 14th edition.

Where to Follow: @ShogrenE

Elliott Ramos & Melissa Sanchez

Where They’ve Worked: NBC News, ProPublica, WBEZ Chicago

Why We’re Thankful for Elliott and Melissa: For their coverage of a new law in Illinois, which promised to stop suspending licenses over nonmoving violations, such as unpaid parking tickets. This was exciting news for Illinois residents, as those hindered by ticketing debt also needed to drive to work. Below The Fold shared this story in its eighth edition.

Where to Follow: @ChicagoEl@msanchezMIA

Emiko Terazono & Jude Webber

Where They’ve Worked: CNBC, Financial Post, Los Angeles Times

Why We’re Thankful for Emiko and Jude: For their coverage of the cartel war over avocado farms in Mexico, which is a $2 billion industry. This story was featured in Below The Fold’s tenth edition.

Where to Follow: @EmikoTerazono@jude_webber

Emma Ockerman

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, Vice, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Emma: Emma reported about a proposed rule that would remove protections for transgender homeless people. Below The Fold called attention to this story in its 32nd edition.

Where to Follow: @EOckerman

Eric Schmitt & Mark Mazzetti

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Eric and Mark: For their reporting of Trump’s plans to launch a new military campaign in Iraq, despite warnings from military experts. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 18th edition. (Eric has an additional credit in Below The Fold, for a story in our 19th edition.)

Where to Follow: @EricSchmittNYT@MarkMazzettiNYT

Erica L. Green

Where They’ve Worked: The Baltimore Sun, The Gazette, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Erica: Erica reported on how a minor “bookkeeping change” at the Department of Education would cause 800+ rural schools to lose thousands of dollars in federal funding. How did this happen? You can read up on the story in Below The Fold’s 15th edition.

Where to Follow: @EricaLG

Eryk Bagshaw

Where They’ve Worked: The Age, Business Insider, The Sydney Morning Herald

Why We’re Thankful for Eryk: Eryk reported about how China’s government warned teachers in Hong Kong to avoid political discussions … under the threat of imprisonment. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 49th edition.

Where to Follow: @ErykBagshaw

Ezra Klein

Where They’ve Worked: Vox, MSNBC, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Ezra: Ezra Klein, founder of Vox, has an extensive list of journalistic accomplishments, but we are especially appreciative of his coverage of the Farm System Reform Act, a bill that aims to phase out factory farms by 2040. This story was featured in Below The Fold’s 35th edition.

Where to Follow: @ezraklein

Feargus O’Sullivan

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Financial Times,

Why We’re Thankful for Feargus: For covering Barcelona’s unconventional plan to repossess empty apartments and convert them into affordable public housing options. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 36th edition.

Where to Follow: @FeargusOSull

Frederik Pleitgen

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KYW-AM, ZDF

Why We’re Thankful for Frederik: Frederik shared a story about a post office that came across a suspicious smelling package. What caused the big stink? Read for yourself in Below The Fold’s 30th edition. (Rob Picheta, mentioned below, also helped report this story.)

Where to Follow: @fpleigenCNN

Gabriel Filippelli & Joseph D. Ortiz

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, IUPUI, Kent State University, The New York Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Gabriel and Joseph: For their coverage of a toxic (algae) storm brewing in the Great Lakes. We shared this article in Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @GabeFilippelli@EarthSci_Info

Gautama Mehta

Where They’ve Worked: Coda Story, POLITICO, Rappler

Why We’re Thankful for Gautama: Gautama reported on the story of a Turkish journalist who was arrested for poking fun at a dead sultan in a tweet. Was it an overreaction or was the tweet just that scathing? We included this story in Below The Fold’s 52nd edition.

Where to Follow: @mehta_gautama

Gavin Butler

Where They’ve Worked: Daily Mail, Real Clear Science, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Gavin: Gavin reported on looser restrictions on weed usage in Queensland, Australia, a story that Below The Fold included in its 31st edition.

Where to Follow: @gav_butler

Georgi Kantchev

Where They’ve Worked: The Economist, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Georgi: For reporting on a government crackdown against protesters in Belarus, and the consequences it may have on the country’s emerging tech hub. We shared this story in Below The Fold edition 54.

Where to Follow: @georgikantchev

Georgina Berbari

Where They’ve Worked: Bustle, Considerable, Elite Daily

Why We’re Thankful for Georgina: For warning us about the bacteria that might be growing in our disposable water bottles. Bright side? At least we know that those metal flasks are worth purchasing. You can read this story in Below The Fold’s eighth edition.

Where to Follow: @GeorginaBebari

Gianluca Mezzofiore

Where They’ve Worked: International Business Times, CNN, Mashable

Why We’re Thankful for Gianluca: For writing this heartwarming article about a Florida resident who paid off his neighbors’ utility bills for the holidays. We included this bit of good news in Below The Fold’s fourth edition.

Where to Follow: @GianlucaMezzo

Gloria Dickie

Where They’ve Worked: The Counter, National Geographic, Scientific American

Why We’re Thankful for Gloria: For her piece about how rising temperatures have been slowly killing off piñon nut trees, a cultural staple in the Southwest region. We were incredibly moved by the history of the piñon nut harvest, which is why we shared this story in Below The Fold’s 11th edition.

Where to Follow: @GloriaDickie

Gene Norman, Judson Jones, & Ralph Ellis

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, Daily Mail, Daily Star, KASW-TV, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sunday Mirror

Why We’re Thankful for Them: For covering a tornado in Arkansas that left 22 people injured. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 18th edition, along with an article warning that more intense tornado and hurricane seasons may be coming soon.

Where to Follow: @thejudsonjones@ralphellis56

Gregory Lemos & Leslie Perrot

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, CNN, The Mercury News, MSN, Sports Illustrated

Why We’re Thankful for Them: They, along with Allen Kim (mentioned above), covered a story about Colorado’s governor pardoning over 2,000 marijuana convictions, which was featured in Below The Fold’s 58th edition.

Where to Follow: @leslieperrot

H. Christopher Frey

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, North Carolina State University, Scientific American

Why We’re Thankful for H. Christopher: Even though researchers confirmed that current EPA regulations were not enough to protect the public from fine particle air pollution, those outdated standards stayed in place. The EPA didn’t listen to the scientists, but Below The Fold felt that their findings were important to share in our 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @H_C_Frey

H. Claire Brown

Where They’ve Worked: AlterNet, The Counter, The Intercept

Why We’re Thankful for H. Claire: For her reporting on three e.coli outbreaks, which had been linked to lettuce contaminated by cattle waste. We shared this article in Below The Fold edition 28. She also wrote about how Amazon’s on-site emergency care may be covering up workplace injuries, which we featured in Below The Fold’s first edition.

Where to Follow: @hclaire_brown

Hamed Aleaziz

Where They’ve Worked: BuzzFeed News, Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle

Why We’re Thankful for Hamed: For his reporting on ICE’s controversial billboard campaign in Pennsylvania, which showed photos of real immigrants and phrases like “Wanted by ICE.” We felt a responsibility to bring more attention to this injustice in Below The Fold’s 59th edition.

Where to Follow: @Haleaziz

Hannah Beech

Where They’ve Worked: The Economic Times, The New York Times, Time Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Hannah: Her reporting has been featured twice in Below The Fold, in

  • Edition 20 – for covering China’s dam network’s role in unprecedented droughts on the Mekong River
  • Edition 57 – for covering pro-democracy protests in Thailand (alongside Muktita Suhartono, mentioned below)

Where to Follow: @hkbeech

Hannes Grassegger & Julia Angwin

Where They’ve Worked: BuzzFeed News, The Markup, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Hannes and Julia: The duo uncovered several documents that indicated that Facebook’s algorithm was censoring Black political expression. This article is a few years old, but we still wanted to include it in our 27th edition, seeing as Facebook still has problems with its algorithm’s ability to detect hate speech.

Where to Follow: @HNSGR@JuliaAngwin

Harrison Jacobs

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, The Independent, Vice News

Why We’re Thankful for Harrison: For reporting on the air pollution and health issues caused by BRESCO, a trash incinerator in South Baltimore. Residents in this area suffer from higher averages of cancer and have a lesser life expectancy than those who live just ten miles away in North Baltimore. We included Harrison’s article in Below The Fold’s 56th edition.

Where to Follow: @Harrisonxjacobs

Irene Klotz

Where They’ve Worked: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Reuters, Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Irene: For sharing an unlikely solution for a roundtrip mission to Mars: a fungus that can absorb radiation. We were fascinated by this story and wanted to share it with our readers in Below The Fold’s 38th edition.

Where to Follow: @Free_Space

Isaac Arnsdorf

Where They’ve Worked: Mother Jones, ProPublica, Politico

Why We’re Thankful for Isaac: Isaac’s reporting called out how private investors were hiking up ER bills for their own financial gain. Yeah, we were angry about this too, which is why we shared this story in Below The Fold’s 29th edition.

Where to Follow: @iarnsdorf

Isabelle Gerretsen

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Climate Home News, CNN

Why We’re Thankful for Isabelle: The bees have thrived while we humans were in quarantine, as Isabelle highlighted in her article from Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @izzygerretsen

Isobel Cockerell

Where They’ve Worked: Coda Story, Rappler, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Isobel: Isobel covered a story about U.S. sanctions preventing Iran from accessing a coronavirus tracking map, which has been an invaluable resource for many other countries. Below The Fold shared this story in its 14th edition.

Where to Follow: @isocockerell

Jacey Fortin

Where They’ve Worked: Folha de S.Paulo, The New York Times, Terra

Why We’re Thankful for Jacey: Jacey reported a story about the FDA banning schools from using electric shock devices to discipline students. While we’re relieved that this practice has been outlawed, we were also horrified that it was legal in the first place … and that we weren’t aware of that fact. This article was shared in Below The Fold’s 15th edition.

Where to Follow: @JaceyFortin

Jackie Wattles

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KYW-TV, MSN

Why We’re Thankful for Jackie: Jackie covered a story about Microsoft suing a group of hackers who stole sensitive data. We included this story in Below The Fold’s fifth edition.

Where to Follow: @jackiewattles

Jackson Danbeck

Where They’ve Worked: NBC 15, TMJ4 News

Why We’re Thankful for Jackson: Jackson covered a story about Illinois placing a cap on out-of-pocket costs for insulin refills, which Below The Fold included in its ninth edition.

Where to Follow: @JacksonDanbeck

Jacqueline Howard

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The Huffington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Jacqueline: For covering the voluntary recall of two children’s cough medicines, which had insufficient dosing measurements on cups. This article was included in Below The Fold edition 30Sandee LaMotte (mentioned below) was also a reporter on this story.

Where to Follow: @JacqEHoward

James Bandler & Jesse Eisinger

Where They’ve Worked: This American Life, The Boston Globe, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for James & Jesse: For two years, federal prosecutors compiled damning evidence that Walmart pharmacies were responsible for several opioid overdoses. Unfortunately, the corporation’s friendly relationship with Trump appointees allowed it to avoid prosecution. We featured James and Jesse’s investigation in Below The Fold’s 18th edition.

Where to Follow: @jamesBandler, @esingerj

James Fredrick

Where They’ve Worked: Financial Times, NPR, Vox, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for James: For his article about how the coronavirus pandemic led to a junk food ban in parts of Mexico. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 53rd edition.

Where to Follow: @jameslfredrick

Jane Dalton

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, The Independent, Sunday Times, Telegraph

Why We’re Thankful for Jane: Jane covered some great news – the closing of the last temporary hospital in Wuhan China! You can read the story – and catch a glimpse of these workers’ smiling faces – in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Where to Follow: @JournoJane

Janet Wilson

Where They’ve Worked: Desert Outlook, Detroit Free Press, ProPublica

Why We’re Thankful for Janet: Janet reported on how, despite California claiming to crack down on oil spills, the new regulations don’t seem to work. Worse still, oil companies can actually profit from these spills. This was news to our ears, which is why we shared Janet’s reporting in Below The Fold’s 57th edition.

Where to Follow: @janetwilson66

Jeff Kao & Renee Dudley

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, ProPublica, Reuters

Why We’re Thankful for Jeff and Renee: When an organization is attacked, it usually has two courses of action to get its computer access back – pay off the hackers or hire a data recovery firm to help. According to Jeff and Renee’s reporting, these two options may be one and the same. We were surprised as well, which is why we included this article in Below The Fold’s first edition.

Where to Follow: @jeffykao@Renee_Dudley

Jennifer Jacobs & Shira Stein

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, The Des Moines Register, Durango Herald, PBS, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Jennifer and Shira: For covering a cyber-attack on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department during the COVID-19 pandemic. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Where to Follow: @JenniferJJacobs@shiramstein

Jennifer Medina

Where They’ve Worked: The New York Times, Post Gazette, WRAL

Why We’re Thankful for Jennifer: For her article on Ella Jones, the first Black mayor elected to the city of Ferguson, Missouri. We wanted to include some positive news in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Where to Follow: @jennymedina

Jessica Fu

Where They’ve Worked: The Counter, The New York Times, YES! Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Jessica: Jessica has two stories featured in Below The Fold, about the USDA

  • Approving faster processing slaughter-houses, which could have negative impacts on quality control (edition 19)
  • Introducing genetically engineered peaches that can thrive in Georgia’s warmer winters (edition 26)

Where to Follow: @JessTiaFu

Jessica Washington

Where They’ve Worked: The Fuller Project, Mother Jones, Nation Africa

Why We’re Thankful for Jessica: Jessica covered a story about how an anti-abortion clause almost made it into a coronavirus relief bill. What was the context? We explained more in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Where to Follow: @jessica_m_wash

Jessie Yeung

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, Observer, Time Out

Why We’re Thankful for Jessie: For sharing this scientific breakthrough – the creation of “the world’s first living, self-healing robots” – which Below The Fold featured in its seventh edition.

Where to Follow: @jessieyeung8

Joanna Slater & Niha Masih

Where They’ve Worked: The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, SF Gate, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Joanna and Niha: For their extensive reporting on the 100+ day internet shutdown in Kashmir, India, which was the longest ever imposed in a democracy. We included this important story in Below The Fold’s third edition.

Where to Follow: @jslaternyc@NihaMasih

Joe Fassler

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, The Counter

Why We’re Thankful for Joe: Joe reported on new research that found toxic chemicals called PFAS in food packaging from chains like Burger King, Wendy’s, and Sweetgreen. What makes PFAS so dangerous? Read more in Below The Fold’s 45th edition.

Where to Follow: @joefassler

Joe Hernandez

Where They’ve Worked: WBGO, WHYY, WNYC

Why We’re Thankful for Joe: For his reporting on an environmental justice bill that, if passed, would help regulate air pollution in low-income communities. The story was featured in Below The Fold’s 30th edition.

Where to Follow: @byjoehernandez

Joe McCarthy

Where They’ve Worked: Global Citizen

Why We’re Thankful for Joe: Joe essentially broke down the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen, an important story that Below The Fold included in its 29th edition.

Where to Follow: @mccarthyj71

Johnathan Hettinger

Where They’ve Worked: The Counter, The Midwest Center, The News-Gazette

Why We’re Thankful for Johnathan: Johnathan covered a lawsuit to stop the sale of a toxic pesticide to black farmers. Since 2015, reports have flip-flopped between claiming that the active ingredient in this pesticide was safe and “probably carcinogenic.” Why were there conflicting reports? You can read more about this story in Below The Fold’s 50th edition.

Where to Follow: @jhett93

John Johnson

Where They’ve Worked: Newser

Why We’re Thankful for John: John covered an interesting improvement in fingerprint analysis technology, which we shared in Below The Fold’s tenth edition.

Jordan Culver

Where They’ve Worked: The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, USA Today

Why We’re Thankful for Jordan: Jordan shared a story about Australia’s plans to kill 10,000 camels as a short-term solution to conserve water. So … did it work? For more context, you can check out Below The Fold’s sixth edition.

Where to Follow: @JordanCulver

Jordan Smith

Where They’ve Worked: Crime Report, The Intercept, The Nation

Why We’re Thankful for Jordan: Jordan reported on how an anti-abortion group exploited the language of a coronavirus order in order to postpone those operations. Below The Fold shared this article in its 18th edition.

Where to Follow: @chronic_jordan

Justin Rowlatt

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, CBS News, Yahoo

Why We’re Thankful for Justin: Justin reported on a big milestone for Britain – two months without burning coal for electricity. Below The Fold highlighted this push towards clean energy in its 28th edition.

Where to Follow: @BBCJustinR

Kamala Thiagarajan

Where They’ve Worked: Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian

Why We’re Thankful for Kamala: Kamala’s reporting called attention to an island that is struggling to stay above water. We wanted to direct more attention (and hopefully resources) to this sinking landmass before it was too late, which is why this story was included in Below The Fold’s tenth edition.

Where to Follow: @Kamal_t

Karla Zabludovsky

Where They’ve Worked: BuzzFeed News, The Daily Beast, Newsweek

Why We’re Thankful for Karla: Karla covered a story about Bolivian mayor Patricia Arce, who returned to work one month after being violently attacked by protesters. Below The Fold shared Patricia’s story in its fourth edition.

Where to Follow: @karlazabs

Kari Lydersen

Where They’ve Worked: Chicago Reader, Energy News Network, The New York Times,

Why We’re Thankful for Kari: Kari reported about an innovative design that could make offshore wind turbines cheaper and more environmentally friendly. We were excited by the potential of this invention, which is why we included Kari’s story in our 29th edition.

Katelyn Polantz

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, PBS News, The Roanoke Times

Why We’re Thankful for Katelyn: For covering a lawsuit that demanded that the White House hire sign language interpreters for coronavirus briefings. We covered this story in edition 40 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @kpolantz

Katia Patin

Where They’ve Worked: Coda Story, Current Time TV, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Katia: For her reporting on the Polish president’s anti-LGBTQ+ stance, and what this means for that community if he wins re-election. This story was included in our 29th edition.

Where to Follow: @katia_patin

Katie Benner

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg View, The Information, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Katie: Katie covered a major push for prison reforms that may actually protect inmates from sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable. We shared this story in edition 22 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @ktbenner

Katie Pearce

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, The DC Line, Johns Hopkins University

Why We’re Thankful for Katie: Katie reported on the development of a plasma treatment that could help slow the spread of the coronavirus. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Kevin Lavery

Where They’ve Worked: Marketplace, NPR, WKAR-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Kevin: Kevin covered a story about high schoolers in Michigan who were starting school later in the day and earning better grades. We shared this article in Below The Fold’s ninth edition, hoping that, if enough school principals see it, all teens could get a full night’s sleep.

Where to Follow: @KevinLaverywkar

Khaled Abdelaziz, Nayera Abdallah, & Ulf Laessing

Where They’ve Worked: The Economic Times, The Globe and Mail, MSN, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report

Why We’re Thankful for Them: For reporting on a decade-long negotiation to build a hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile. Below The Fold included this story in its 39th edition.

Where to Follow: @UlfLaessing

Kimberley Brown

Where They’ve Worked: Al Jazeera, BBC, Reuters

Why We’re Thankful for Kimberley: Kimberley covered a story about farmers using fungi and plants to clean up oil spills, which we featured in Below The Fold’s 17th edition.

Where to Follow: @KimberleyJBrown

Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Financial Times, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Kimiko: Kimiko reported a story about a Brooklyn apartment that had become a cultural haven for Nepalese Seke-speakers. We loved this story so much, we included it in Below The Fold’s sixth edition.

Where to Follow: @kimidefreytas

Kirsten West Savali

Where They’ve Worked: Essence, Huffington Post, Vixen, The Root

Why We’re Thankful for Kirsten: For covering the #ShutItAllDown movement in Namibia, in which protesters demanded government action against rape, sexual abuse, femicide, and child marriage. We shared this story in our 63rd edition. (By coincidence, Kirsten was also spotlighted in our blog post about incredible female journalists.)

Where to Follow: @KWestSavali

Kris Maher

Where They’ve Worked: Global Finance, The Wall Street Journal, WBUR-FM

Why We’re Thankful for Kris: Kris covered a story about toxic chemicals called PFAS and how the Defense Department has been burning millions of gallons of waste that contain these chemicals near residential areas. How is this process safe? The short answer, it’s probably not, but it is still legal. For more details on this story (because there is a lot more), you can check out Below The Fold’s 17th edition.

Where to Follow: @Kris_Maher

Krishna Pokharel & Newley Purnell

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, Bloomberg, MarketWatch, The New Yorker, The Toronto Star, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Krishna and Newley: For their coverage about India’s government ordering social messaging apps to save all texts, photos, and videos related to a violent protest. Whatsapp, however, clashed with the Indian government because their messages are encrypted (and supposedly inaccessible by their own team). Below The Fold featured this story in its seventh edition.

Where to Follow: @pokharelkrishna@newley

Kyle Hopkins

Where They’ve Worked: Anchorage Daily News, Los Angeles Times, ProPublica

Why We’re Thankful for Kyle: Kyle covered a proposed bill that would stop sex offenders from being hired as police officers in Alaska. Despite the bill’s good intentions, it wasn’t perfect for several reasons, which were discussed in Below The Fold’s tenth edition.

Where to Follow: @kylehopkinsAK

Laura Sullivan

Where They’ve Worked: Frontline, NPR, Seattle Times

Why We’re Thankful for Laura: Laura reported about how the oil and gas industry had perpetuated the illusion that all plastic products were recyclable, when in actuality, most of them weren’t. We were surprised too, which is why we included this story in Below The Fold’s 52nd edition.

Where to Follow: @LauraSullivanNPR

Laura Thompson

Where They’ve Worked: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mother Jones, New York Daily News,

Why We’re Thankful for Laura: Laura reported about a police killing that didn’t make the top headlines: Tony McDade, a Black transgender person who was shot by Tallahassee police. This article was included in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Where to Follow: @laura_thomp

Laurel Wamsley

Where They’ve Worked: LAist, NPR, WBUR-FM

Why We’re Thankful for Laurel: For her reporting on a plot to kill Joe Biden, that ended with the perp arrested … but not for the attempted assassination. The story was so crazy, we included it in edition 64 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @laurelwamsley

Lee Fang

Where They’ve Worked: The Intercept, The Nation, Republic Report

Why We’re Thankful for Lee: Lee’s reporting revealed that the pesticide industry had invested in a massive PR-campaign to downplay its role in killing off bee populations. We featured Lee’s article in Below The Fold’s eighth edition, in an effort to protect these tiny but important members of our ecosystem.

Where to Follow: @lhfang

Lily Hay Newman

Where They’ve Worked: Gizmodo, Slate, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Lily: For her coverage of 

  • A ship’s anchor that happened to drop onto Yemen’s main internet cable and cause a week-long blackout (edition 7)
  • Hackers finding new ways to steal from ATMs (edition 45)

Where to Follow: @lilyhnewman

Linda Villarosa

Where They’ve Worked: Ebony, Huffington Post, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Linda: False beliefs about black individuals’ pain tolerance were used to excuse horrific medical experiments on their bodies … and those same myths influence how doctors treat patients today. Linda’s extensive reporting on this historic injustice reminds us that the U.S. has a long way to go when it comes to undoing the legacy of slavery. This story was shared in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Where to Follow: @lindavillarosa

Lindsay Whitehurst

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, Associated Press, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Lindsay: Apparently, it is cheaper for Utah workers to fly to Mexico for prescription refills. (Don’t worry, their employer is the one covering the tab.) We loved this story so much we included it in Below The Fold’s 12th edition.

Where to Follow: @iwhitehurst

Lisa Song & Tony Briscoe

Where They’ve Worked: Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, Inside Climate, ProPublica, Reuters

Why We’re Thankful for Lisa and Tony: Their reporting revealed that millions of homeowners may be unaware that they need flood insurance. Just in case this applied to our readers, we featured this story in Below The Fold’s 31st edition.

Where to Follow: @lisalsong@_TonyBriscoe

Liz Sly

Where They’ve Worked: The Independent, SFGate, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Liz: For covering a series of power outages in Lebanon, brought on by the country’s economic instability. Below The Fold featured this story in edition 37.

Where to Follow: @LizSly

Liza Lin

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Lily: For covering the $1.4 billion patent-infringement lawsuit over Siri’s technology. We shared this story in our 41st edition.

Where to Follow: @lizalinwsj

Lizzie Presser

Where They’ve Worked: The California Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, ProPublica

Why We’re Thankful for Lizzie: Lizzie’s reporting opened our eyes to a stark statistic. Black diabetes patients are three times more likely to lose a limb than others. Why? There are a few factors in play, such as unequal access to health care and racial biases. Below The Fold shared this story in its 27th edition.

Where to Follow: @lizziepresser

Lorraine King & Lucy Harvey

Where They’ve Worked: Daily Record, The Mirror, MSN, Sunday Mirror, The Scottish Sun

Why We’re Thankful for Lorraine and Lucy: Their reporting featured a heroic pack of dogs who are defending endangered rhinos from poachers in South Africa. Below The Fold was proud to feature these protective pups in its 25th edition.

Louise Gray

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian

Why We’re Thankful for Louise: For her reporting on a deadly fungus that’s destroying banana populations. In case a banana shortage was coming, we wanted our readers to be prepared with Below The Fold’s 30th edition.

Where to Follow: @loubgray

Lorenzo Tondo

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian, The New York Times, Time Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Lorenzo: When Italy’s residents struggled to make ends meet, Mafia bosses started supplying them with food and essential goods. However, Lorenzo pointed out, these gifts came with an implicit IOU. Below The Fold shared this story in its 20th edition.

Where to Follow: @lorenzo_tondo

Maddie Stone

Where They’ve Worked: Grist, National Geographic, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Maddie: Apparently solar panels only last 20-30 years … and the U.S. doesn’t have a plan to recycle them. We were surprised too, which is why we shared Maddie’s article in our 45th edition.

Where to Follow: @themadstone

Maggie Miller

Where They’ve Worked: The Baltimore Post, The Hill, Inside Cybersecurity

Why We’re Thankful for Maggie: For her coverage on a data breach that stole personal information from 9 million airline customers. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 25th edition.

Where to Follow: @magmill95

Manisha Krishnan

Where They’ve Worked: Calgary Herald, The Toronto Star, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Manisha: 2019 was the deadliest year on record for overdose deaths, which was a fact that we might not have heard of without Manisha’s reporting. Below The Fold featured these findings in its 37th edition.

Where to Follow: @ManishaKrishnan

Marcie Grabowski

Where They’ve Worked: ECO Magazine, Phys.org, Science Daily

Why We’re Thankful for Marcie: For highlighting a study that says 40% of beaches in O’ahu, Hawaii could be submerged by 2050. We felt strongly compelled to alert our readers to this concerning glimpse into our future in Below The Fold’s 54th edition.

Maria Aspan

Where They’ve Worked: Fortune, Inc., The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Maria: Maria wrote about 700+ cancer diagnoses that had been linked to breast implants, a story that we featured in Below The Fold edition 46.

Where to Follow: @mariaaspan

Mark Landler

Where They’ve Worked: Boston Globe, The Economic Times, The New York Times,

Why We’re Thankful for Mark: Mark covered the signing of the Abraham Accords, a new diplomatic agreement between Israel, Bahrain, and the U.A.E. Why was this a big deal? You can read more in Below The Fold edition 53.

Where to Follow: @MarkLandler

Mark Olalde

Where They’ve Worked: Climate Point, The Desert Sun, USA Today

Why We’re Thankful for Mark: Mark reported an executive order that gives the U.S. permission to pursue mining expeditions on the moon and “other celestial bodies.” Can the U.S. claim dibs on business ventures in outer space? Technically yes, but the legality is a bit complicated. If you’re curious, you can read more in Below The Fold’s 20th edition.

Where to Follow: @MarkOlalde

Martha Bebinger

Where They’ve Worked: NPR, WBUR, WHYY

Why We’re Thankful for Martha: For her reporting on health conditions that have become more prevalent because of climate change and how doctors are addressing those changes. This story was featured in Below The Fold edition 60.

Where to Follow: @mbebinger

Mary Beth Sheridan

Where They’ve Worked: The Independent, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Mary Beth: Mary Beth’s reporting called attention to the 60,000+ people who have gone missing during Mexico’s decade-long drug war. We included this article in Below The Fold’s sixth edition.

Where to Follow: @marybsheridan

Matthew Barakat

Where They’ve Worked: The Associated Press, Channel 7, Fox News

Why We’re Thankful for Matthew: Matthew reported about a drug dealer who stood trial for attempting to bomb a pharmacy in Nebraska (aka his competition). We thought this story was too crazy to keep to ourselves, which is why it’s in Below The Fold’s 20th edition.

Where to Follow: @MattBarakat

Matt Burgess

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, The Guardian, Wired UK

Why We’re Thankful for Matt: For informing readers about a porn bot that had created thousands of fake nude images with real women’s faces, a story that was featured in our 64th edition.

Where to Follow: @mattburgess1

Matthew Cappucci

Where They’ve Worked: WAMU 88.5, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Matthew: Matthew’s article highlighted an unexpected culprit for a summer heatwave. No, it wasn’t climate change – it was “corn sweats.” Wait, what? We featured this surprising story in edition 36 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @MatthewCappucci

Matt Simon

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, Forbes, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Matt: For his coverage of a “deadly heat dome” that was predicted during the summer of 2020. We wanted our readers to be prepared for these scorching temperatures with Below The Fold’s 35th edition.

Where to Follow: @mrMattSimon

Max Horberry

Where They’ve Worked: Al Jazeera News, The Economist, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Max: Max reported about the 2020 wildfires that poisoned local drinking water, a story we featured in Below The Fold’s 59th edition.

Where to Follow: @MaxHorberry

Melissa Eddy

Where They’ve Worked: Folha de S. Paulo, The New York Times, O Globo,

Why We’re Thankful for Melissa: Melissa reported on rent freezes in Berlin, a move that the lawmakers hoped would slow down gentrification in the city. We thought this was an interesting story for Below The Fold’s tenth edition.

Where to Follow: @meddynyt

Melissa Jeltsen

Where They’ve Worked: AOL, HuffPost, Time Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Melissa: Melissa reported on a domestic violence organization that lost $25,000 in government funding after showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. This article was included in our 62nd edition.

Where to Follow: @quasimado

Melody Gutierrez

Where They’ve Worked: The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle

Why We’re Thankful for Melody: Melody reported on a new, unconventional burial practice – composting! In reading about this concept, we became excited by the potential cost-saving and ecological benefits. If you’re also curious, you can read more in Below The Fold’s 13th edition.

Where to Follow: @MelodyGutierrez

Michael Shear

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Michael: Michael reported about two officials at the Department of Homeland Security who were serving illegally.

Where to Follow: @shearm

Michelle Roberts

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Época, Real Clear Science

Why We’re Thankful for Michelle: Michelle has two articles featured in Below The Fold, covering

  • The story of the second patient in history to be cured of HIV, an exciting development for the medical field and other patients living with the disease (edition 15)
  • A blood test that can detect 50+ types of cancer (edition 18)

Where to Follow: @michroberts

Miguel Trancozo Trevino

Where They’ve Worked: BBC, Real Clear Science, Terra

Why We’re Thankful for Miguel: Miguel’s reporting has been featured twice in Below The Fold, for spotlighting

  • A Peruvian small business that had created fog-catching nets to collect freshwater in arid climates (edition 15)
  • A Mexican company that made biodegradable fuel out of prickly pears (edition 26)

We were impressed by these two environmentally friendly businesses, which is why their stories were included in Below The Fold.

Mike Cherney

Where They’ve Worked: Fox News, The Toronto Star, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Mike: Mike wrote about Australia’s plan to force tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay local news publishers for their content. We included this story in Below The Fold’s 40th edition.

Where to Follow: @Mike_Cherney

Mneesha Gellman

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, Emerson College

Why We’re Thankful for Mneesha: For her article about deported asylum seekers who were murdered soon after being turned away from the U.S. border. This story was one of many that showed the failings of the U.S. immigration system, and we felt compelled to call attention to this injustice in Below The Fold’s 11th edition.

Where to Follow: @mneesha_gellman

Mujib Mashal & Najim Rahim

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, Associated Press, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, O Globo, Time Magazine,

Why We’re Thankful for Mujib and Najim: The duo covered the #WhereIsMyName movement in Afghanistan, a campaign to include mothers’ names on their children’s birth certificates. We wanted to honor this small victory for women’s rights in Below The Fold’s 51st edition.

Where to Follow: @MujMash@NajimRah

Muktita Suhartono

Where They’ve Worked: The Economic Times, The Independent, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Muktita: Muktita (and Hannah Beech, mentioned above) covered the rise of pro-democracy protests in Thailand, which we included in our 57th edition.

Where to Follow: @bonimygi

Nat Ives

Where They’ve Worked: Advertising Age, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Nat: For reporting on AT&T’s misleading “5G” ad campaign, which implied to consumers that the company actually had 5G speeds. So, what exactly is the difference between 5G and 4G? We break it down in Below The Fold’s 26th edition.

Where to Follow: @natives

Natalie Chang

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, The Harvard Crimson

Why We’re Thankful for Natalie: For reporting on a historic massacre of Black Americans that is not talked about in history books. Almost a century ago, white mobs burned down over 1,000 houses in Tulsa Oklahoma, a financially thriving Black community. We didn’t hear about this shameful event in U.S. History class, which is why we shared it in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Natasha Turak

Where They’ve Worked: CNBC, The Financial Times, Food And Drink Magazine

Why We’re Thankful for Natasha: For covering the approval of plans for the first nuclear power plant in the UAE – an application process that took 12 years. This story was shared in edition 12 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @NatashaTurak

Nelson Oliveira

Where They’ve Worked: The Correspondent, Latin American News Dispatch, New York Daily News

Why We’re Thankful for Nelson: For his heartwarming article about a kindergartener who brought his class to witness his adoption hearing. We shared this youngster’s big moment in Below The Fold’s second edition.

Where to Follow: @olivnelson

Nick Charles

Where They’ve Worked: NBC News, New York Daily News, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Nick: For reporting on how Black entrepreneurs have struggled to succeed in the legal weed industry, a story that we included in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Nick Visser

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian, HuffPost, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Nick: Nick reported on the passing of a Tennessee bill that made some acts of protest a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Below The Fold included this story in its 45th edition in case we had any Tennessee-activists on our e-list.

Where to Follow: @nvisser

Nick Turse

Where They’ve Worked: Columbia Journalism Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Intercept

Why We’re Thankful for Nick: The U.S. sent over $100 million in medical aid to countries in need, but they also may have been responsible for their suffering. Nick’s reporting called out the U.S. for

  • Launching a record number of airstrikes in Somalia (edition 22)
  • Conducting two intense military campaigns in Libya and Somalia, while also sending those same countries the least amount in medical aid compared to other countries (edition 26)

Where to Follow: @nickturse

Nicholas Casey

Where They’ve Worked: The Independent, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Nicholas: For calling out Florida’s restrictive voting laws for former felons, which make it almost impossible for them to exercise this constitutional right. We wanted to get more eyes on this story, which is why we posted it in Below The Fold’s 27th edition.

Where to Follow: @caseysjournal

Nicole Narea

Where They’ve Worked: Houston Chronicle, RealClearPolitics, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Nicole: For her reporting on the Trump administration’s attempts to

  • Create a discriminatory “wealth test” for immigrants applying to enter the U.S. (edition 13)
  • End counting for the 2020 census a month early (edition 56)

Where to Follow: @nicolenaera

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

Where They’ve Worked: Belt Magazine, Crain’s Detroit Business, HuffPost

Why We’re Thankful for Nina: Nina reported on an 11-year battle over wind turbines and bird conservation in Lake Erie, a story included in Below The Fold’s 24th edition.

Where to Follow: @ninaignaczak

Nithin Coca

Where They’ve Worked: Coda Story, Foreign Policy, Quartz

Why We’re Thankful for Nithin: For covering the surveillance of Malay Muslims in Thailand. Discrimination against Malay Muslims isn’t new, but the tech being used to target them is. We wanted to bring more attention to this story in Below The Fold’s 33rd edition.

Where to Follow: @excinit

Oona Goodin-Smith

Where They’ve Worked: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Flint Journal, USA Today

Why We’re Thankful for Oona: Oona covered the story of an injured Uber passenger who might have signed away her right to a jury trial. We shared this article in Below The Fold’s ninth edition because we wanted our rideshare-using readers to be aware of this possibility.

Where to Follow: @oonagoodinsmith

Oscar Holland

Where They’ve Worked: Blueprint Magazine, CNN, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Oscar: The U.S. has a fraught history with immortalizing colonizers and slaveowners as stone statues. Oscar reported about a Russian billionaire who was interested in buying two of them. What was the appeal? Read more in Below The Fold edition 32.

Where to Follow: @oscarholland

Patricia Callahan & Sebastian Rotella

Where They’ve Worked: Chicago Tribune, Frontline, Los Angeles Times, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Patricia and Sebastian: Their investigative reporting revealed that the U.S. government had overpaid hundreds of millions of dollars for ventilators. This story was featured in Below The Fold’s 50th edition.

Where to Follow: @SheInvestigates

Paula Newton

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KDKA-TV, KSL-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Paula: For reporting on a cyberattack that hit the Canadian government. How did the hackers infiltrate government defenses? We covered this story in edition 44 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @paulanewtonCNN

Paulo Victor Ribeiro, Sam Biddle, Tatiana Dias

Where They’ve Worked: Estadão, Galileu, Gawker, The Intercept, Valleywag

Why We’re Thankful for Them: The Chinese app TikTok has been criticized for censoring posts in the past, but this time, the reasons are superficial. Paulo, Sam, and Tatiana’s reporting revealed that TikTok moderators were told to suppress posts by users who were deemed too unattractive for the platform. We were a little angry about this story too, which is why we featured it in Below The Fold’s 17th edition.

Where to Follow: @manifesterio@samfbiddle@tatikmd

Rebecca Heilweil

Where They’ve Worked: Fortune, Vox, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Rebecca: Rebecca’s tech reporting has been featured twice in Below The Fold, for articles about

  • A faulty background-checking software that linked job applicants to crimes they didn’t commit (edition 25)
  • Facebook Messenger’s new AI tool, which can spot scammers in your DMs without actually reading them (edition 26)

By the way: Protection from scammers without compromising our online privacy? Sign us up.

Where to Follow: @rebheilweil

Rebecca Nathanson

Where They’ve Worked: The Intercept, The New Yorker, The Rolling Stone

Why We’re Thankful for Rebecca: For her coverage of the ongoing lead crisis in Newark, New Jersey, which was featured in Below The Fold’s 17th edition.

Where to Follow: @beckynathanson

Richard Luscombe

Where They’ve Worked: The Guardian

Why We’re Thankful for Richard: Richard covered the signing of three progressive laws in Virginia, which signified a more Democratic turn for the historically Republican state. This story can be found in Below The Fold’s 20th edition.

Where to Follow: @richlusc

Rob Picheta

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KCNC-TV, WBZ-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Rob: Rob’s reporting called attention to the statistic that, in the U.S., black newborns were three times more likely to die than white newborns when looked after by a white doctor. This story was shared Below The Fold’s 47th edition.

Where to Follow: @robpicheta

Rosie Perper

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, The Jerusalem Post, Vice

Why We’re Thankful for Rosie: Rosie’s reported on the sudden death of a big player in the cryptocurrency world … and how some investors think he might still be alive. We shared this wild story in Below The Fold’s third edition.

Where to Follow: @RosiePerper

Sam Bloch

Where They’ve Worked: The Counter, L.A. Weekly, The New York Times,

Why We’re Thankful for Sam: For covering

  • A bill that would give over one million undocumented immigrants a path to legal status (edition 3)
  • A new law that makes corporations responsible for employee liability suits (edition 55)

Where to Follow: @samkbloch

Sandee LaMotte

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, KPIX-TV, WJZ-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Sandee: For covering new research that showed that women who used marijuana during their pregnancy were 1.5 times more likely to have a child with autism. Below The Fold shared these findings in its 42nd edition.

Where to Follow: @LaMotteSandee

Sara Burrows

Where They’ve Worked: Return To Now

Why We’re Thankful for Sara: Sara shared a delightful story about Minnesota homeowners turning their front lawns into bee-friendly habitats. At Below The Fold, we love stories about nurturing wildlife, which is why we included this article in our 12th edition.

Where to Follow: @ReturnToNow

Sara Castellanos

Where They’ve Worked: Boston Business Journal, The Boston Economy, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Sara: Sara covered a story about how Blockchain technology could be used to streamline hospital operations – especially as coronavirus cases spike. Below The Fold included this story in its 22nd edition.

Where to Follow: @SCastellWSJ

Sara Morrison

Where They’ve Worked: Jezebel, Nieman Reports, ProPublica, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Sara: For her story about states finally embracing coronavirus-tracking technology, which we featured in edition 59 of Below The Fold.

Where to Follow: @SaraMorrison

Sara Sneath

Where They’ve Worked: The Advocate, ProPublica, The Times-Picayune

Why We’re Thankful for Sara: For her reporting about how Louisiana oil companies have been given free reign to dominate and contaminate coastal wetlands. Below The Fold featured Sara’s in-depth reporting in its 12th edition.

Where to Follow: @SaraSneath

Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Where They’ve Worked: National Geographic, The New York Times, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Sarah: For her reporting about how researchers at the Scripps Institution found creative ways to collect and study microfibers in our environment. Apparently, these tiny fibers are everywhere: in our oceans, tapwater, even the air we breathe. Below The Fold shared this story in its 19th edition.

Where to Follow: @SarahE_Richards

Scott Thistle

Where They’ve Worked: Central Maine, Press Herald, Sun Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Scott: Scott covered an unforeseen consequence of cutbacks for the USPS – thousands of baby chicks dying due to delays in shipments. Below The Fold shared this morbid and shocking story in its 46th edition.

Where to Follow: @thisdog

Shannon Liao

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, The Verge, WBZ-TV

Why We’re Thankful for Shannon: For her reporting on Trump’s lesser-known ban on the Chinese messaging app WeChat, a story we featured in Below The Fold’s 42nd edition.

Where to Follow: @Shannon_Liao

Shirin Ghaffary

Where They’ve Worked: KQED, RealClearPolitics, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Shirin: Shirin reported on Facebook’s new plans for promoting news literacy on their platform – especially when it comes to coronavirus misinformation. We included this story in our 21st edition.

Where to Follow: @shiringhaffary

Shola Lawal

Where They’ve Worked: Boston Globe, Coda Story, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Shola: For covering two stories featured in Below The Fold,

  • Bright street lights interfering with fireflies’ mating rituals (edition 10)
  • The harsh discrimination that African individuals experienced while living in China (edition 22)

Where to Follow: @Shollytupe

Spencer Soper

Where They’ve Worked: Bloomberg, The Morning Call, The Press Democrat

Why We’re Thankful for Spencer: For his reporting on how some Amazon drivers had rigged the system in order to get more orders. How? By literally hanging their phones from trees. Read more in our 49th edition.

Where to Follow: @spencersoper

Stephanie Wykstra

Where They’ve Worked: The Atlantic, Undark Magazine, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Stephanie: For her coverage of an automated computer program that falsely accused and charged 40,000 people for fraud. We featured this story in Below The Fold’s 28th edition.

Where to Follow: @Swykstr

Steven Overly

Where They’ve Worked: CBS, Politico, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Steven: Steven reported a story about Zoom terminating meetings hosted by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong – which the company actually apologized for. We included this story in our 29th edition.

Where to Follow: @StevenOverly

Suzanne Vranica

Where They’ve Worked: Market Watch, The Toronto Star, The Wall Street Journal

Why We’re Thankful for Suzanne: For her article covering rollbacks in TV advertising, something that would likely disrupt the financial state of the entertainment business. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 24th edition.

Where to Follow: @VranicaWSJ

Theodore Schleifer

Where They’ve Worked: CNN, Houston Chronicle, Vox

Why We’re Thankful for Theodore: For his reporting on an increased property tax proposition in California, which happens to be supported by one of the state’s richest residents: Mark Zuckerberg. Wait – big business supporting higher tax rates? How does that happen? You can read up on the story in Below The Fold’s 60th edition.

Where to Follow: @teddyschleifer

Theresa Crimmins

Where They’ve Worked: The Conversation, University of Arizona

Why We’re Thankful for Theresa: Spring weather is arriving earlier each year and Theresa explains why we should be concerned. We shared her reporting in Below The Fold’s 18th edition.

Where to Follow: @TheresaCrimmins

Tim Hepher

Where They’ve Worked: Business Insider, Reuters, Sydney Morning Herald

Why We’re Thankful for Tim: For covering Airbus’s intent to build a hydrogen-powered plane by 2035, a story we featured in Below The Fold’s 58th edition.

Where to Follow: @timhepher

Tom Karst

Where They’ve Worked: The Packer

Why We’re Thankful for Tom: Tom covered a story about the USDA relaxing qualifications for certifying produce as organic, which is a label that true organic farmers take very seriously. Why is it a big deal? Below The Fold breaks it down in its 15th edition.

Tom Philpott

Where They’ve Worked: Grist, Mother Jones, The New York Times

Why We’re Thankful for Tom: For his reporting on the banning of a controversial herbicide, dicamba. It’s pretty rare to see a court rule against an EPA-approved product, which is why Below The Fold included this story in edition 28.

Where to Follow: @tomphilpott

Tom Simonite

Where They’ve Worked: Ars Technica, New Scientist, Wired

Why We’re Thankful for Tom: Tom covered a more professional application for “deepfake” technology – creating training videos during the coronavirus pandemic. Curious about the other “safe for work” uses for this technology? We discussed the subject in more detail in Below The Fold’s 36th edition.

Where to Follow: @tsimonite

Tony Rhodin

Where They’ve Worked: The Expressive-Times, Lehigh Valley Live

Why We’re Thankful for Tony: Tony reported on an incident in which a man shot a store clerk after being told to wear a mask. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 40th edition.

Where to Follow: @TonyRhodin

Tony Romm

Where They’ve Worked: Politico, Vox, The Washington Post

Why We’re Thankful for Tony: Tony covered a bipartisan bill that would regulate contact-tracing coronavirus tools and protect users’ privacy. For more details on the bill’s proposal and whether or not it’ll actually protect users’ data, check out Below The Fold’s 28th edition.

Where to Follow: @TonyRomm

Vladimir Isachenkov

Where They’ve Worked: ABC News, The Associated Press, Business Insider

Why We’re Thankful for Vladimir: It seemed that Vladimir Putin (not the journalist) wanted to rewrite Russia’s constitution in order to extend his rule after his presidency. Would this be possible? Vladimir (the journalist) gave more context in Below The Fold’s eighth edition.

Where to Follow: @visachenkov

Will Wade

Where They’ve Worked: American Banker, Bloomberg, Union Leader

Why We’re Thankful for Will: Six U.S. power plants extended work shifts to 12-hours a day, which Will noted as involving several safety risks. We shared this story in Below The Fold’s 21st edition.

Where to Follow: @willwwade

Yessenia Funes

Where They’ve Worked: Atmos, Business Insider, Gizmodo

Why We’re Thankful for Yessenia: Yessenia covered a story about plants absorbing tiny plastics … which means we are too. This article was featured in Below The Fold edition 30.

Where to Follow: @yessfun

Zoe Kleinman

Where They’ve Worked: BBC

Why We’re Thankful for Zoe: Zoe reported a story about a small 3D-printing company that produced 100 respirator valves for COVID-19 patients in Italy. This story was one of the few that gave us hope during the pandemic, which is why we featured it in Below The Fold’s 16th edition.

Where to Follow: @zsk

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