Renee Feltz (left) and Stokely Baksh (right) graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2008. There, they were both fellows in the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and for their master’s project, they conducted an investigation into the profitable business of immigration detention. It was the first new media, investigative project at Columbia.
They are in the process of starting their next detention project.
New York City Correspondent
Renee Feltz is a multi-media investigative reporter based in New York City. She is the former news director for KPFT-FM in Houston, Texas, where her focus on under-represented voices led her to interview more than 25 men and women on Texas Death Row. She coordinated national coverage for the Pacifica radio network during Hurricane Katrina. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, where she was a fellow with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, with a focus on video and new media. She has also reported for the BBC, NPR, CBC, FSRN, Air America, Making Contact, Indymedia, The Indypendent, Columbia Journalism Review, The Texas Observer, NACLA: Report on the Americas, Mother Jones and the New York Times.
Washington DC Correspondent
Stokely Baksh is an investigative-multimedia journalist and graphic designer hailing from Washington D.C. At Columbia, Baksh focused on investigative reporting through multimedia as a Stabile Fellow and New Media major. Prior to graduate school, Baksh worked for the non-profit journalism organization Center for Public Integrity, newswire United Press International under the technology and business desks, and Indymedia. At age 20, she went to Guyana, not to be mistaken for Ghana, where she researched death squads. Also a graduate of American University, Baksh returns there Fall 2008 as a post-graduate fellow in the School of Communication’s new Investigative Reporting Workshop. She will continue looking at immigration detention and the private prison industry as part of a massive mapping project.