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Alumni Spotlight: Covering Immigration in the Trump Era

Two weeks ago President Trump tweeted, again, that ICE would conduct raids targeting undocumented immigrants over the weekend. Once again reporters fanned out and prepared to cover the far-reaching implications of such actions, but the raids did not materialize. Lomi Kriel,’11 M.A., is the immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle. She talks about what it’s like to be on the frontlines of one of the most demanding beats in journalism right now.

How I Got Published on the Front Page of the New York Times

“I had no idea the front page was even a possibility until a few days before publication,” says Aaron Leibowitz, ’18 M.S. Stabile. But on September 6, 2018, Leibowitz saw possibility become reality as his master’s project on social media firms that monitor students in hopes of preventing mass shootings was published on one of the most coveted places in journalism: the front page of the New York Times.

We interviewed him to learn how it happened and how the rigorous Stabile M.S. Investigative Specialization prepared him to report an in-depth investigation for the Times while finishing up graduate school.