Renee Feltz is an award-winning journalist who regularly covers criminal justice and immigration for The Guardian, and as a correspondent for Democracy Now!, where she was a senior producer. Previously, she co-produced DeportationNation.org as a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow, and BusinessofDetention.com. She was a member of the The New York Times investigative unit behind a Pulitzer Prize-nominated series about the 2008 financial meltdown, and a multimedia producer for PBS Wide Angle, and their series Women, War and Peace. From 2002-2006, she honed her skills muckraking on deadline as news director for Pacifica radio station KPFT-FM in Houston, Texas, where she interviewed more than 20 men and women on death row, covered Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, and trained and managed hundreds of community reporters. Renee graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2008 with a focus on investigative reporting. She is also an adjunct lecturer in Broadcast Writing at CUNY-Brooklyn College, and has designed and taught curriculums in investigative techniques, radio and multimedia production, and journalism fundamentals.
Agunda Okeyo is a writer, producer, filmmaker and activist born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. She has called New York City home for more than 20 years and proudly considers herself a Pan-African New Yorker. Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about race, gender, politics, culture, film, and comedy. She is published with Salon, The Daily Beast, Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog, For Harriet, Urban Cusp, Okay Africa, NBC and Women’s Media Center (WMC) founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, among others. A panoramic awareness has shaped her professional experience with organizations such as Duara Foundation, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, Re:Gender and Cultural Survival. She is lauded for her ongoing production at Caroline’s on Broadway called Sisters of Comedy. It is the only all black women showcase at any of the top comedy clubs in NYC. She has also produced comedy shows at Ginny’s Supper Club and Gotham Comedy Club. In February 2016, Okeyo produced a benefit show to support an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution to better assure gender equality. The star studded event was hosted by Jane Fonda and featured Gloria Steinem, Sarah Jones, Judah Friedlander, Wyatt Cenac and Sasheer Zamata. Okeyo has been featured as a rising producer and activist in Time Out New York, The New Yorker, Essence, The Root, Black Enterprise, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, NBC and The New York Times. In 2016 She was named a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow with Women’s Media Center.
Stephanie Russell-Kraft is a freelance reporter focused on the intersections of religion, culture, gender and the law, with bylines at The Atlantic, New York Magazine, The Hill, Rewire, Vice, AlterNet, Refinery 29, Fusion, Jezebel, and Religion Dispatches, among others. She became a full-time journalist after earning a master’s in cultural anthropology from Humboldt University in Berlin, cutting her teeth as a legal reporter for Law360. She’s also a French and German translator for various news sites, including The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @srussellkraft.
Chevon Drew is a digital communications strategist and web TV correspondent who has advised the world’s largest brands on social content strategy. A veteran of the NYC tech startup community, she is a vocal advocate for diversity, and provides digital consulting to small businesses and solo entrepreneurs. Chevon manages the career of visual artist Michael “TTK” Harris, and speaks publicly about women, diversity, and authenticity. Tweet her @Chevon, or hire her for a project via chevonmedia.com