Staff and Contributors

Tristram Korten is the editor of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. 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 JonesDetails Magazine, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, the Nature Conservancy MagazineMiller-McCuneMaclean’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.

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. Follow her on Twitter: @AshleyLopezFL.

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.

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 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. Follow him on Twitter: @grantmeaccess.

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 PenderHis 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. Follow him on Twitter: @penvengeance.


Trevor Aaronson, co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, is now part of Al Jazeera Media Network’s investigative unit. 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. Follow him on Twitter: @trevoraaronson.

Mc Nelly Torres is co-founder and contributing editor 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, a project of the Education Writers Association. She has won several national and regional awards for her work. Follow her on Twitter: @WatchdogDiva.

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