The Express desk is adding three new general assignment reporters to replace some of our breaking news veterans who recently joined other departments in the newsroom.
First up is Christine Chung, a reporter with nearly seven years’ experience in metro New York journalism, who is joining us from The City, the local news nonprofit, where she covered Queens (“undoubtedly the city’s best borough,” Christine declares).
She said her goal there was to cover the borough in all its breadth and diversity. “A theme of my work here: inequality across disenfranchised communities,” she writes. Before that she spent three years covering local government in Nassau County for Newsday. A lifelong East Coaster, she’s a graduate of Williams College and the Columbia University School of Journalism.
Second is Amanda Holpuch, a reporter at The Guardian U.S. for nearly 10 years, where she covered hard news, enterprise and quirky features for the website and British print edition. Her assignments have taken her to the U.S. southern border and to Puerto Rico for the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. “On one typical day,” she says, “I live-blogged the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, then wrote a fast feature on how the British were in a frenzy because they (incorrectly) thought The Times was instructing people to put sugar on a traditionally savory British side dish.” (It was Yorkshire pudding.) Since March her reporting has focused on the health and economic consequences of Covid-19.
Amanda and Christine will join the newsroom on Nov. 8.
The third new reporter is already here: Vimal Patel, a former reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education with nearly 12 years in journalism. Since the summer, Vimal has been working for Express on a temporary basis, helping to cover for a leave. He majored in journalism at Colorado State, had internships at The Denver Post and the Los Angeles Times, then worked a few years at The Bryan-College Station Eagle, a Texas daily, before joining The Chronicle, where he wrote for the last seven years about graduate education, social mobility and campus culture. He also ran the internship program there for three years.
Vimal has recently settled into the night shift, where he covered one of the more educational crime stories in recent memory: the seizure of fossils in a police raid that shed new light on a prehistoric pterosaur species
That’s a lot of reporting experience and firepower joining the team. Please give these three a warm welcome.
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