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Dr. Christina Greer

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Christina Greer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion.

Prof. Greer's book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups. It was the recipient of the WEB du Bois Best Book Award in 2014 given by the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. She was also voted City & State's 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.  Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Roughly sixty African Americans have run for or been nominated for the executive office since 1872. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore. Prof. Greer received her B. A. from Tufts University and her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is a member of the board of Project Vote and on the Executive Council for the Safety Net Project-Urban Justice Center and an ardent supporter of FIERCE in NYC and Project South in Atlanta, GA. She is a frequent political commentator on several media outlets, primarily MSNBC and NY1, and is often quoted in media outlets such as the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and the AP. She also writes a weekly column for The Amsterdam News, the oldest black newspaper in the U.S. 

 

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Prior to joining Gotham Gazette as executive editor in 2014, Ben launched and ran Decide NYC, a comprehensive guide to the 2013 city elections, and worked in education for ten years, most of them as a high school history teacher. Ben grew up in Queens, earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a master's degree from Tufts University, and currently lives in Brooklyn.  

 


 Julie Walker

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Julie Walker is an award winning journalist who lives and works in New York. She has been a Freelance Correspondent for AP, CNN, NPR and various other media outlets working in radio, television and print. She has also been a co-host of ‘Newsweek on Air’. Julie reports on business news, breaking news and general assignment stories. She has also reported for United Nations radio. She began her career at ABC News in Paris as an intern. After moving back to New York she interned at WNYC TV and freelanced at MSNBC before landing a full time job at NY1 News where she covered everything from 9/11 to the crash of flight 587 to entertainment. She was also a producer of NY1's Fortune Business Report. Julie has a BA from Wellesley College as well as a Certificate in Television News Production from New York University. She has also attended journalism programs at Poynter and the Reynolds Center. 


Elinor Tatum 

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Elinor Tatum is the publisher and Editor in Chief of the New York Amsterdam News, the oldest and largest Black newspaper in the City of New York, and one of the oldest ethnic papers in the United States.  Ms. Tatum was appointed to Editor In Chief in 1997, becoming one of the youngest publishers in the history of the Black press. She began at the newspaper as a journalist, covering local and national issues affecting Harlem and the Black community. Under her watch, the Amsterdam News was modernized to include an online edition, a new layout, and refocused with content relevant to a wider African-American community in New York and across the nation. Ms. Tatum has positioned the newspaper as a critical part of the national political discourse concerning African-Americans. Ms. Tatum’s political insight is increasingly sought-after—she appears regularly on WNBC evening news, and on the international network ARISE, and has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, 20/20, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Fox 5, NY1 News and CUNY TV. She has also been a substitute host on WWRL Radio. In addition, she is a sought-out keynote speaker on topics of media, race, politics and culture.

José Martinez
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José Martinez is a bilingual journalist, a radio personality, and a TV presenter. He is a reporter for El Diario NY, covering news on politics, education and immigration from the NYC City Hall and the NYPD. He has been a reporter for the Spanish edition of WFMZ-TV 69 News in Reading, PA, correspondent in the United States of Ycodendaute Radio Tenerife, Spain, and an immigration analyst for BronxNet News. He is the former Editor in Chief of the online edition of Noticia Long Island, where he was also director and host of the talk show “Café With José.” José worked at El Tiempo and City TV in Colombia, where he was born. He graduated from the University of Cartagena and studied Broadcasting News at the Central University of Florida. 


 

Paul Schindler

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Paul Schindler is the Editor In Chief of Gay City News.


Diane Collier 

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Diane Collier is Chair of the Uptown Grand Central Board of Directors in East Harlem and is the former Manhattan Community Board 11 Chair.


Catherine McVay Hughes 

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Catherine McVay Hughes is formerly of Manhattan Community Board 1. 


Joyce Short

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 Joyce Short is formerly of the Roosevelt Island Residents' Association. 

 

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