Mc Nelly Torres is co-founder and associate director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. She is also a board member for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Society of News Editors. Previously, Torres was a reporter for five daily newspapers, including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the San Antonio Express-News and the Morning News in South Carolina. In addition, Torres was the stimulus team leader for EdMoney.org, a project of the Education Writers Association. She has won several national and regional awards for her work.
Trevor Aaronson is co-founder and associate director of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2010-2011 fellow at the University of California-Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program. Previously, Aaronson was an investigative reporter and editor for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and a staff writer for Village Voice Media‘s newspapers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for his work, including the Molly Prize, the international Data Journalism Award and the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award. He is the author of The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.
Ashley Lopez is a reporter/blogger for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. She is also a reporter for WGCU, Southwest Florida’s NPR affiliate. Previously, Lopez was a reporter for WLRN-Miami Herald News and The Florida Independent, a nonprofit news blog that covered Florida politics and public policy. A native Miamian, Lopez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree. She also interned for Talking Points Memo and an NPR affiliate in North Carolina.
John Dolen is a contributing editor. He served in a variety of editorial management roles in 27 years at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. During this period, ending in 2008, Dolen edited projects, special sections, front-page reports and was responsible for seeking and developing columnists, critics and specialty editors. He earned a B.A. in English at the University of Maryland and worked for several smaller publications before coming to the Sun-Sentinel in 1980. He lives in Davie and is working on multiple book projects in addition to freelance editing and writing.
Tristram Korten is a contributing editor. He is a Miami-based journalist who writes about armed conflict, environmental issues, and human rights concerns domestically and throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. His work has appeared in Salon, Mother Jones, Details Magazine, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, the Nature Conservancy Magazine, Miller-McCune, Maclean’s newsweekly (Canada), Courier International (France) and Maxim (Brazil), among many others. He was a columnist for the weekly Miami New Times, where he won numerous state, regional, and national awards for everything from features to investigative work.
Grant Smith is a contributing data reporter. He specializes in data reporting, analysis and GIS mapping, and his work can currently be found regularly in The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. He has also worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett News Service. He teaches a web development course at the University of Memphis and blogs about beer at FuzzyBrew.com. He received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where he worked for the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting and as an assistant city editor for the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper.
Steve Miller is a contributing reporter. Miller, an author and investigative reporter, has spent a 19-year journalism career covering crime, corruption and calamity. He has been a reporter for the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times and served as a correspondent for People magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Miller is the author of three true crime books, including the Edgar-nominated Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender. His next book, Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Five Decades of Rock ‘n Roll in America’s Loudest City, is published by Da Capo in June.
Erica Hernandez is the social media community manager. A journalism student at the University of Florida and a native Miamian, Hernandez was a newsroom intern at the Miami Herald her senior year at Coral Gables Senior High. The bilingual Hernandez has contributed to The Huffington Post and is currently a beat reporter for ESPN Radio Gainesville/Ocala. She is also a writer for The Independent Florida Alligator, the largest student-run publication in the nation. A student member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Hernandez was selected to participate in the IRE 2012 Campus Coverage Project.