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Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has hired seven new staff members as it expands into radio and podcasting, bolsters its coverage of privacy and surveillance, and broadens its engagement with the public.

Byard Duncan has joined the team as Reveal’s community manager. Previously, he led communications for Blue Bottle Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he spearheaded internal and external communications, managed social media, oversaw partnerships and led marketing efforts. Before that, Duncan worked as a contributing editor at AlterNet.org, where he reported on hydraulic fracturing and other environmental issues. He has been a regular contributor to GQ, San Francisco Magazine, SF Weekly and other outlets.

Deborah George is our new senior radio editor. For the past 18 years, George has been the editor of the “Radio Diaries” series on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She started at NPR as a producer in 1984, working on “Morning Edition” and weekend programming, and was an editor on the national, cultural and foreign desks. She was a senior editor of American RadioWorks, a documentary and investigative production unit at NPR and American Public Media. George has field produced and reported in the U.S. and overseas, covering stories ranging from the Los Angeles riots to the Rwandan genocide. Her work has been recognized by the George Foster Peabody Awards, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Casey Medal for excellence in children’s reporting, Edward R. Murrow Awards and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. She’s a six-time recipient of Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards.

Neena Satija is a radio reporter and producer for Reveal. She is based in The Texas Tribune newsroom in Austin, Texas. Previously, she was an environment reporter for The Texas Tribune and before that worked for Connecticut Public Radio. Her reporting on the vulnerability of the Connecticut shoreline won a national award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Satija grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and graduated from Yale University in 2011.

Ike Sriskandarajah joins the team as a radio producer. Sriskandarajah has worked at NPR stations in the smallest – Rhode Island – and largest – Alaska – states, and he has reported and produced for Public Radio International’s “Living on Earth” in Boston. While there, he led a national network of youth reporters covering environmental issues in communities of color. Sriskandarajah continued helping teens report for various outlets, including NPR News and National Geographic, as a producer at Youth Radio in Oakland, California. His own reporting has aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Marketplace,” Radiolab and Studio 360.

Laura Starecheski will join the Reveal on May 18 as a radio reporter and producer. She currently reports on health for NPR’s Science Desk. She previously was a staffer at NPR’s “State of the Re:Union” and freelanced for “The World,” “Latino USA” and elsewhere. Her 2006 Radiolab story “Goat on a Cow” won a Third Coast Silver Award for best documentary, and “The Hospital Always Wins” on “State of the Re:Union” won a 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award and a Third Coast Director’s Choice Award, among others. Starecheski was a 2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism and a 2014 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. Starecheski serves on the board of The Association of Independents in Radio.

Amy Walters joins the Reveal team as a radio reporter and producer. She began her career as a broadcast journalist in the Middle East. In 2000, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for NPR’s flagship shows “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” A Southern Californian native, Walters returned to the Golden State as a field producer for NPR in 2003. Her work was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, two George Foster Peabody Awards and two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. Throughout her career, Walters has continued to cover the world, including the U.S. war with Iraq in 2004, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya, and the U.S. war with Afghanistan. She also has reported from Ethiopia, Kenya and Iran. In 2014, Walters was based in Doha, Qatar, as a producer for Al Jazeera English before returning to the United States.

Ali Winston has joined the staff to cover surveillance, privacy and technology. Winston has reported on law enforcement, criminal justice, surveillance and privacy since 2006. Winston’s freelance reports have been featured by The Nation, Colorlines, KQED, the East Bay Express, New York Magazine and ProPublica. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism; he completed a master’s degree in international and area studies at Berkeley as well. His work has won numerous awards from groups including the National Association of Black Journalists, New York City Community Media Alliance, City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Association of Alternative Newsmedia and San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

Christa Scharfenberg

Christa Scharfenberg is senior advisor of The Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager and has been a leader in its growth from a small nonprofit news organization, producing a handful of stories a year, to a multiplatform newsroom that reaches millions of people monthly through public radio, podcasts, documentaries, social media and the web. She managed the launch and growth of Reveal, CIR's Peabody Award and duPont-Columbia University Award-winning national public radio show and podcast, produced with PRX. She has been an executive or senior producer of documentaries for CIR, including the Academy Award-nominated film “Heroin(e),” numerous FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film “Banished,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Scharfenberg is a member of the Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board and was a 2014 Punch Sulzberger Program fellow at Columbia University Journalism School. Prior to joining CIR, she was associate director of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. She is based in CIR’s Emeryville, California, office.

Meghann Farnsworth

Meghann Farnsworth is the managing director of distribution, operations and engagement for Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting. She manages teams dedicated to website production and management, technology, analytics, social media, distribution, newsletters, online and on-the-ground community building, arts collaborations, and youth engagement. She also helps develop and support media partnerships and collaborations for Reveal’s national public radio show and podcast. Previously, Farnsworth was the senior digital media manager at Home Front Communications in Washington, D.C., where she worked in digital media management, interactive development and outreach for nonprofit and government clients. She also served as the associate editor of Forums at PBS NewsHour, where she created interactive online forums that helped increase and engage the NewsHour's online audience. She was an inaugural member of the Online News Association-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and she has presented at conferences across the country, including SXSW, ONA, the Logan Symposium, the Reynolds Journalism Institute and others. She earned her master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. Farnsworth is based at Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.