Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Alexia Fernández Campbell, Taylor Johnston and Joe Yerardi

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Alexia Fernández Campbell writes about workers’ rights for the inequality, opportunity and poverty team. Before joining the Center for Public Integrity in 2019, Alexia reported on labor issues at Vox, where she used FOIA documents to show how the Trump Organization made minimal efforts to hire American workers before applying for foreign guest workers. She also analyzed death reports in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which questioned the accuracy of the official death toll. Her reporting contributed to research that led the government to revise its death count. Alexia previously worked as a reporter at The Atlantic, National Journal and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from The University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University. Alexia is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Taylor Johnston is a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity and is working with the data team to utilize and build upon her skills in journalism, data analysis and design. She recently graduated with two bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University, where she studied journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and interactive information design in the School of Visual Communication. Previously, she has interned with The Dallas Morning News, Newsday and Ohio Magazine. Joe Yerardi is a data reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, reporting on a broad range of topics. In this role, he combines traditional reporting techniques with data analysis, visualization and programming to tell investigative stories. His reporting has, among other honors, earned a Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation into the influence pharmaceutical companies wield over state Medicaid programs’ drug purchasing decisions. This is Joe’s second stint at the Center for Public Integrity, having interned on Public Integrity’s data team in 2012. Before rejoining Public Integrity, Joe covered a wide range of beats as the data reporter at inewsource in San Diego, California, and as the data editor at the San Antonio Express-News. Joe earned his undergraduate degrees in history and journalism at New York University and his master’s in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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