Diana Jean Schemo

Executive Editor / Co-Founder

Diana Jean Schemo is the co-founder of 100Reporters and founder and co-director of Double Exposure, the United States’ only film festival and combined symposium dedicated to cinematic investigative storytelling. She 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.

Linda Jue


Linda Jue is founding director and editor of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, which mentors journalists in public interest and investigative journalism. Linda has been at the forefront of nonprofit and independent journalism for the past 18 years, working on journalism and media projects to strengthen these specific sectors. She was a founding staff member and associate director of the Independent Press Association (IPA), a counterpart to the Magazine Publishers of America. With its cutting-edge business and editorial programs, the IPA redefined the role and importance of independent media for several of the country’s largest foundations, convincing them to support this sector for the first time.

Prior to her work at IPA, Linda directed San Francisco State University’s Community Press Consortium, the first professional training program in the country for journalists working in the community and ethnic press. She was also a member of the founding collaborative of New America Media.

Linda is a former associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting and a former editor at San Francisco Focus magazine. She also worked as the Northern California correspondent for C-SPAN. Her work has appeared in San Francisco Focus , Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Toronto Globe and Mail, GEO,  MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, PBS’ Frontline and other outlets.

Linda was a founding member and senior advisor of the Oakland-based Chauncey Bailey Investigative Reporting Project. She is a mentor for grantees of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Stella Dawson


Stella Dawson is an Editor-at-Large at 100Reporters, where she had earlier served as Managing Editor. Prior to this, Stella was a Global Editor at Reuters news agency, where she worked for 28 years covering international economics and finance. She has won awards for her reporting on the European Central Bank when she was based in Frankfurt and for local reporting in Virginia, where her exposure of corruption in real estate dealings led to the criminal conviction of a top county politician. At Thomson Reuters Foundation, she built a network of reporters around the world to cover local governance and corruption issues, uncovering stories that led to legislative change and court action. She is frequently invited to speak and moderate at conferences for the World Bank, IMF, OECD, Open Government Partnership as well as radio and television including the BBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and public radio.

Syma Solovitch

Contributing Writer

Syma Solovitch is a freelance writer in California, and the co-author, with Bruce Haynes, of Down the Up Staircase: Three Generations of a Harlem Family (Columbia University, 2017).


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.