Diana Jean Schemo
Executive Editor / Co-Founder
Diana Jean Schemo is an author and award-winning veteran national and foreign correspondent, with more than 25 years at The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. She has covered poverty and child abuse, religion and culture. The Times nominated her coverage of education for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
As bureau chief for The Times in Rio de Janeiro from 1995 to 1999, Schemo tracked the drug war in Colombia, and that country’s brutal conflict between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries. Her stories chronicled the rise of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, counterfeiting in Paraguay, indentured servitude in Brazil, and journeys to the heartland of Brazil, where she wrote of previously uncontacted native tribes.
Before joining The Times, Schemo became the first woman assigned overseas for The Baltimore Sun, heading the paper’s West European bureau in Paris and, upon the fall of the Berlin Wall, opening a second bureau in Berlin. She covered the trial of Klaus Barbie, the infamous “Butcher of Lyon,” nuclear arms negotiations, the Kurdish exodus from Iraq following the first Gulf War, and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. She has reported from more than 25 countries and regions, from Somalia to Israel, Iraq to the Amazon. She is a three time winner of The Times Publisher’s Awards, and other prizes.
Schemo’s work has appeared in Ms., Marie Claire, New York and the New York Times magazines. She is the author of the 2010 book Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academy (Wiley). The book tracks a year in the life of one squadron at a time of upheaval in the military’s youngest, if most controversial, service academy.
Douglas Gillison writes about the U.S. Justice Department, corporate corruption and accountability at government agencies. He is a former reporter at MainJustice, and served as executive editor of The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh, from 2009 to 2011. In his six years at the paper, Gillison covered the Khmer Rouge trials, mineral resources, environmental policy, human rights and national security. His investigative projects included the declassification of 1,300 pages of F.B.I. records from a 1997 political massacre. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Time, The Village Voice, GlobalPost and The New York Times, among other publications. Gillison received an undergraduate degree in French literature from Oberlin College.
Director of Cyber Security / Website Architect
Jonathan Hutcheson is responsible for site and source security, Whistleblower Alley and the overall day-to-day technical operations of our web-based publication. He has been working with digital security matters since 1998 and cut his teeth online with Mosaic, Gopher and Archie in the early 1990s when the web consisted of a few pages at NCSA, CERN and little else.
Hutcheson is a public interest lawyer and consultant based in Phoenix. He has spoken about digital security for journalists at the National Press Club and worked on the Justice Team with Pete Williams at NBC News’ Washington Bureau covering the United States Supreme Court, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. His work has appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, the TODAY Show and First Read at nbcnews.com. You can find him on Twitter @jhutch.
Hutcheson received his B.S. from Arizona State University, is a graduate of the joint JD/MA Journalism program at the University of Missouri and was a White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship recipient.
Roberta R. Armstrong
Communications and Development/West Coast
Roberta R. Armstrong works for 100Reporters on the West Coast, advancing the organization’s mission to foundations, corporate entities, and to individual philanthropists. She holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley, and has been a professor and administrator. She has a long history of working in communication, government relations, and advancement for major universities, most recently the State University of New York at Albany, and nonprofit organizations. Armstrong is currently focusing on health and environmental issues for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, particularly on the West Coast.
Advisor, Digital Marketing Strategy and User Experience
Founder of Kamkarta, Ritija Gupta specializes in corporate strategy and has worked with startup companies, education providers, hospitals, and large publishing outfits to create long-term strategic plans. She has spoken at conferences about developments in digital marketing strategy, especially with regard to the ethics of using personally identifiable information.
Gupta holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown, and BA from the University of Chicago. She is co-chair of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.