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
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.
John Kelly, Editor-in-Chief
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.
Kim Hansel, Managing Editor
Kim Phagen Hansel is the longtime editor of Fostering Families Today and Adoption Today magazines and is now managing editor for Fostering Media Connections. She joined the team when FMC acquired the magazines from Dick and Annie Fischer in 2016. Kim is based in Wyoming.
Email: editor at adoptinfo dot net
Christie J. Renick, Southwest Editor
Background: Christie Renick is a Tucson-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.
Connect: Find Christie on Instagram and Twitter: @christiejrenick or by email at crenick@fosteringmediaconnections dot org
Jeremy Loudenback,West Coast Senior Editor
Background: Jeremy Loudenback is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and theUniversity 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.
Northeast Editor, Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald worked previously as a senior editor for Pacific Standard, where he managed the research department and edited and wrote in print and online, including writing the accompanying text for a National Magazine Award-winning photo essay. His reporting for that publication, as well as the New Republic and Outside Magazine, has also been cited in the New York Times, Politico, Salon, Reason, Longreads, and others. Prior to entering journalism, he conducted policy research for urban planning and development projects as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and worked as a youth mentor and after-school tutor in distressed communities in Pittsburgh.
Email: mfitzgerald at chronicleofsocialchange dot org
General Assignment Reporter, Sara Tiano
Sara has a background in nonprofit communications with a BA in journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California, where she was executive editor of the university’s multimedia newsroom. She has previously covered child welfare and juvenile justice issues as a freelance reporter; her work has been published in Witness LA, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, and Youth Today. Connect with Sara on Twitter at @sara_tiano or via email: stiano at chronicleofsocialchange dot org.