Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Editor, Third Rail Co-host and Co-Producer/Writer
A third-generation resident of Crown Heights, Mark Winston Griffith is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, a community organizing group based in Central Brooklyn. Over the last two decades, Mark has been the co-founder of the Central Brooklyn Federal Credit Union, co-director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Project (now the New Economy Project), and Executive Director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.
A practicing journalist and political commentator, Mark was an adjunct professor of urban reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism from 2010 to 2012. Mark is a frequent guest on WNYC radio and his articles and editorials have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, Mother Jones, the Daily News, and City Limits Magazine, among others. He was a columnist for Gotham Gazette and the Huffington Post, was a board member of City Limits Magazine, and is currently a board member of the television network and digital news source, Free Speech TV.
Mark attended Brown University and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and is a graduate of the CUNY School of Journalism’s Entrepreneurial Journalism program. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller, Open Society and Revson foundations. Contact Mark at email@example.com.
Veralyn Williams, Third Rail Co-Host and Co-Producer
Veralyn Williams is an award-winning Journalist who has been tackling questions on identity, social norms, and community since she picked up her first microphone 10 years ago. Veralyn is Managing Editor of Brooklyn Deep (BKD), a digital investigative news, analysis, and data website chronicling neighborhood change in Central Brooklyn. She also co-hosts and produces BKD’s Third Rail podcast, discussing social justice issues and hot topics monthly.
Before BKD, Veralyn spent 6 years freelancing, producing and reporting stories for WNYC, NPR, Bedsider.org, Ebony.com, WBAI, BronxNet Television, and on her personal blog, VeralynMedia.com. Veralyn is a Board Member and Co-Founder of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing cultural, educational and recreational programs for children of African descent to explore and celebrate their heritage. Through all of her endeavors, she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media. Contact Veralyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keisha Dutes, Third Rail co-producer
Keisha “TK” Dutes’ audio life is truly all encompassing. Along with being the engineer and co-producer of Third Rail- her experience spans 7 years on WBAI as an on-air personality and producer, to founding Bondfire Radio a live streaming web radio station where she curates and produces programs that air live and archive in podcast form. As an enterprising freelancer, TK produces audio stories and shows for private clients. Her one day intensive, The Podcasters Retreat is an intimate monthly class that makes podcasting easy and accessible to all. Learn more about TK at http://tastykeish.net.
Erica Rosen, Development Team Leader
In collaboration with the rest of the Brooklyn Deep team, Erica is responsible for growing the visibility of Brooklyn Deep and launching its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, coming to a Kickstarter near you in May 2017. She is the Director of Marketing at BioLite, a renewable energy startup dedicated to bringing safe, reliable energy access to those living off-grid around the world.
Max Freedman, Brooklyn Deep contributor
Max Freedman is a theater artist, teacher, and design strategist based in Bed-Stuy. His research on the collision of gentrification and public schools in Central Brooklyn has been featured in Brooklyn Deep and on BRIC TV. As a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society, he created and runs an outreach program to middle schools using theater to teach American history, from the Revolution to Urban Renewal. As a Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, he has collaborated with actors from (most recently) Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets and Housing Works to create original plays based on their experiences of injustice.
Walis Johnson, Voices of Crown Heights Coordinator
Walis is an experimental filmmaker, artist, walker/researcher and whose work documents the experience of the urban landscape through ethnographic film, oral history, and artist walking practice. She is interested in the intersection of documentary film and performance. Her latest work,The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project focused on the history of the 1938 Red line Map in Brooklyn and its impact on neighborhoods of Clinton Hill/Fort Greene, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, areas of cultural and historical importance in black Brooklyn. She is She holds an MFA from Hunter College, in Interactive Media and Advanced Documentary film and has taught at Parsons School of Design.
Rohan Narang, Brooklyn Deep Assistant Editor
Rohan Narang is from New Jersey and commuted to New York City often. He has interned for government agencies and non-profits in NYC, Boston and Abroad. International travel influenced his passion for community development. He has attained a B.S. degree in Sustainable Community Development from UMass Amherst. He is interested in environmental justice. He aims to be part of process that makes cities more sustainable through three interdisciplinary pillars of economy, environment and society. Rohan wants to learn about the campaigns and digital journalism platform that Brooklyn Movement Center develops in order to contribute to a great cause for communities.
Brooklyn Deep Alumni:
Jarrett Lyons, Brooklyn Deep Contributor
Jarrett is a Brooklyn native who comes to Brooklyn Deep as an urban and arts reporter from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Jarrett’s previous reporting on community-based art and politics can be found at City Limits and the New York City News Service. Jarrett holds an MA in Theater History and Criticism at Brooklyn College where his work investigated the intersections of queer performance/theory and politics. Jarrett has worked in various capacities at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, The Helix Queer Performance Network, and CultureHub. He lives in Gravesend. Contact Jarrett at email@example.com.
Monica Melton, Brooklyn Deep Reporter
Monica Melton is a multimedia reporter for The New York City News Service as well as Norwood News. She is a Master’s Candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and specializes in international reporting; with forthcoming work for Front Page Africa. Monica enjoys reporting on race, women’s issues and the arts.
She is alumni ofUniversity of Washington where she conducted a research project on Brazil’s media systems and its treatment of Afro-Brazilians. She currently resides in Crown Heights. Contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cole Rosengren, Brooklyn Deep Reporter
Cole is a reporter from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with a particular interest in garbage and environmental issues. He has written for City Limits, Gotham Gazette, The Hunts Point Express, Mott Haven Herald and The Riverdale Press. Recently, he had the honor of receiving the Dennis Duggan Memorial Award from the Society of the Silurians.
After growing up in South Portland, Maine, he graduated from Emerson College in Boston and has been in New York for the past six years. He currently lives in Clinton Hill with his wife and more books than he will ever have time to read. Since moving here, Cole has worked all over the city as a delivery biker, waiter, restaurant manager, website editor, furniture mover and sanitation captain, but enjoys being a reporter the most. Contact Cole at CRosengren@brooklyndeep.org.