We’re delighted about this homecoming story: Aimee Ortiz is returning to the Express team in New York as a breaking news reporter.
A New Jersey native, Aimee majored in journalism at Boston University and spent four years at The Boston Globe, working on the home page and multimedia packages, and as a reporter.
She joined The Times in 2019 to fill a short-term reporting vacancy on Express. It was a spectacular run. “During my first year, I got to cover everything from hurricanes and earthquakes to crime, art and even the bizarre world of vampire slaying kits, she notes. “As the pandemic began in early 2020, I got a chance to work on Covid stories, including the pride and panic that the children of health care workers felt as their loved ones braved the front lines.”
After a year, Aimee was hired as a reporter on Investigations, working with the editors there to update and improve TipJar, the newsroom’s confidential tips system. She also assisted with some major investigations, including the story of a suicide-enabling website “Where the Despairing Log On,” obtaining and looking at records on how Republicans who objected to the 2020 election voted and writing about the new 988 national crisis hotline. But her most important role was sifting the torrent of confidential submissions looking for gold.
“The Investigations desk is deeply grateful for Aimee’s eagle-eyed and tireless stewardship of the tips line for the past three years,” Gabe Dance, deputy editor, Investigations, said. “Over that time, Aimee has vetted and shepherded thousands of tips to departments and reporters across every desk of the newsroom, exhibiting nuanced news judgment while serving as the first line of reporting.”
He added: “We now look forward to sending her tips!”
And we look forward to her enthusiasm for breaking news, her discerning eye for offbeat stories and wonderful collegiality. Welcome back, Aimee.
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