As the social media editor and content producer at City & State, Amanda curates content on a variety of social media platforms, provides the editorial team with trend insights and publishes all digital web content. Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College with a degree in sociology and a concentration in media. Previously, Amanda wrote for Mashable, VinePair and Business Insider – and prior to forging a career in journalism, conducted qualitative research at the strategy firm Ignite 360. Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, Amanda now lives in Queens with her partner and their cat.
As City & State’s tech and policy reporter, Annie writes stories for both web and print, and compiles a new weekday email newsletter, First Read Tech. She recently graduated with a master’s degree from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, with a concentration in magazine writing. In 2017, she completed her undergraduate degree in upstate New York at Colgate University, where she studied international relations and English. Her work has appeared in print, radio and online outlets across New York City and the greater Philadelphia area. A native Delawarean, Annie now lives in Alphabet City.
As an editorial research associate, Evan works with the events and editorial teams to shape the direction and content of City & State’s conferences by preparing potential topics, descriptions and speakers. Previously, Evan completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, during which he completed short-term placements at the New York City Housing Authority, Capalino+Company, Urban Dove, The New York Community Trust and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fordham University, studying international political economy, philosophy and ethics. Originally from Connecticut, Evan now lives in Long Island City, where he can be found reading about politics.
As special projects editor, Alice Popovici oversees the creation of City & State's popular lists that rank New York's most influential figures in addition to editing sponsored content. Alice got her start in journalism covering the police beat for a small newspaper in Arizona and has since written about health care, religion, criminal justice, bankruptcy, art and food. She was a Fulbright fellow in Moldova, where she worked on an oral history project about the Soviet era. Alice has a bachelor's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn.
Zach Williams is a reporter who covers state politics and the Legislature. He graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and has a B.A. in Chinese studies from U.C. Berkeley. His writing, videos, photography and VR have appeared in publications throughout the New York City area, West Africa and California. He lives in Brooklyn. @ZachReports
As staff reporter, Rebecca compiles the daily First Read newsletter and writes stories for both print and web. Rebecca graduated in 2017 from Fordham University, where she studied communications and psychology. She previously worked for the NPR affiliated public radio station WFUV where she won a student award from the Alliance of Women in Media and a professional award from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for the podcast she produced. Rebecca lives on Long Island, but can usually be found at a variety of movie theaters in the city.
Ben Adler is senior editor at City & State NY. He assigns and edits news, feature and opinion articles. Prior to joining City & State, Ben covered national and international politics and policy with specialties in the environment, cities, transportation, civil rights and housing. He was a reporter for Politico, The Nation, and Grist and an editor at Newsweek and Reuters. He also has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Columbia Journalism Review, Architectural Record, City Limits and Next City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American government and public policy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. A native Brooklynite, Ben is excited to focus full-time on covering New York.
Eric is the deputy editor of City & State. He is a primary editor on stories for City & State’s website and magazine. He previously served as City & State’s copy editor from December 2016 through December 2019, which included editing the First Read newsletter and event journals, and proofing the magazine. Eric earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washington & Jefferson College. Eric lives down the road from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but remains a timeworn Washington Redskins fan.
As a senior reporter, Jeff writes stories and develops other content for the magazine, with a particular focus on New York City. He often represents City & State in public, emceeing events, speaking on panels and appearing on TV and radio. Jeff previously worked at NY1 and at Bronx-based public radio station WFUV, where he won awards for collegiate newscasting from The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Jeff graduated in 2015 from Fordham University, where he studied political science, theology and Italian food. Born and raised in Phoenix, Jeff now lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
As managing editor at City & State, Ryan oversees the workflow of the editorial team and production of all City & State publications, including the First Read emails and City & State magazine. He has been with the company since April 2015. Prior to joining City & State, he worked at the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and The Journal News in Westchester, New York. He lives with his wife, Kathy, and their daughter, Eleanor, way at the end of the A in Inwood, Manhattan.
Research Director, Empire Center for Public Policy
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As founder and research director of the Empire Center for Public Policy, E.J. McMahon is a go-to expert on budget plans and policy proposals. His organization promotes greater transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in state government, which often puts him at odds with lawmakers and the governor. McMahon previously worked as a journalist in Albany, as an Assembly Republican staffer and a budget adviser for almost 30 years, giving him great insight into the goings-on in the Capitol.