The staff behind The Chronicle of Social Change is deeply knowledgeable about child welfare and juvenile justice, and we are always open to collaborating or consulting with other journalists looking to cover these issues. Contact us at email@example.com and we will be happy to share our expertise.
Daniel Heimpel, Publisher
Background: Heimpel is the founder of Fostering Media Connections (FMC), the parent organization of The Chronicle of Social Change. FMC harnesses the power of journalism and media to drive public and political will behind policy and practice that improve the well being of children experiencing foster care.
Heimpel has written and produced stories about foster care for the Los Angeles Daily News, Newsweek, the Seattle Times, the Huffington Post, Current TV and the San Jose Mercury News among many others. This coverage has garnered Heimpel journalism awards from the Children’s Advocacy Institute, The Los Angeles Press Club and the Child Welfare League of America among others.
Heimpel is a graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and the Annenberg Graduate for Journalism as the University of Southern California.
Outside the office:“I enjoy traveling, mountain climbing and other life-threatening endeavors!”
John Kelly, Editor-in-Chief
Background: Kelly previously served as the managing editor of Youth Today Newspaper, a role in which he developed news content for the website and recruited online columnists. Since 2008, John has served as the juvenile justice reporter for the newspaper, and developed its first regular online news column, The Weekly Notes. Kelly graduated in 2001 from the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Before joining Youth Today, he covered the music scene in Washington as a freelance reporter for Urb Magazine.
Outside the office: Part-time bartender, full-time sports fan, bike enthusiast.
Christie J. Renick, Managing Editor
Background: Christie Renick is a Los Angeles-based writer with a background in marketing and communications. She’s earned an MPA from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy with an emphasis on nonprofit management and child welfare policy. She has worked for the Children’s Law Center of California and Foster Youth in Action. Christie holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Idaho.
Outside the office: Christie is an avid adventurer who loves surfing, rock climbing, mountaineering and backpacking. Her creative writing has appeared in Mosaic, Northlight, and Poetry Motel.
Connect: Find Christie on Instagram and Twitter: @christiejrenick
Jeremy Loudenback, Child Trauma Editor
Background: Jeremy Loudenback is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. His previous experience includes blogging about California politics, working with public health researchers in South Los Angeles, and mentoring youth experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. He was a former Journalism for Social Change Summer Fellow in 2014.