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Stephen Handelman, Director

Stephen Handelman was appointed Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College in May 2007. An internationally known author and investigative journalist whose award-winning work has intersected the worlds of journalism, higher education, international security, justice and human rights, he is an expert on post-Soviet crime and corruption, and a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Full Bio


Wren Longno, Deputy Director

Wren Longno, appointed CMCJ’s Deputy Director in August 2015, is a nonprofit manager with 10+ years of fundraising, communications and marketing experience. Full Bio


Rm PhotoRicardo Martinez, Center Coordinator

Ricardo Martinez was appointed Project Administrator for the Center on Media, Crime and Justice in 2011. Ricardo’s prior experience was as the program coordinator  for the College & Community Fellowship program. Full Bio.


Joe Domanick, Associate Director, Senior Fellow

Joe Domanick, an award-winning investigative journalist and author, is Associate Director of the CMCJ and West Coast Bureau Chief of The Crime Report. His latest book is Cruel Justice: Three Strikes and the Politics of Crime in America’s Golden State. ..Full Bio


Ted Gest, Team Advisor

Ted Gest, president of Criminal Justice Journalists, the nation’s only organization of working journalists covering criminal justice, is the Team Advisor and was a founding partner of the Center for Crime, Media and Justice since 2006...Full Bio