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.

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

Managing Editor

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor whose career has spanned nearly three decades. Most recently, for National Public Radio, he helped manage the network’s flagship Morning Edition show. Previously, he led global teams of investigative reporters for the Center for Public Integrity, and edited the science, health and environment reporting teams at the Sacramento Bee. From 1997 to 2006, Ricardo was Latin America correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and Knight-Ridder Newspapers. He wrote extensively about crime, the bloody battle for supremacy among Mexico’s drug cartels, the serial murders of women on the border, and the rise to power of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Prior to his work abroad, Ricardo won national recognition for investigations into the savings and loan scandal, the deregulation of public utility companies, and profiteering in the unregulated business of international remittances.

Away from the newsroom, he co-authored of the biography “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement.”  Ricardo volunteers as a board member for 100 Reporters, and is also president of the board of directors for the Fund for Investigative Journalism, which provides research grants to independent investigative reporters around the world.

Jonathan Hutcheson

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.