AAJA Hires Reporting Team for Criminal Justice Project in New Mexico

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has hired three journalists to work on the CJ Project, a special reporting series in partnership with the National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) that will train journalists in strong investigative skills and increased knowledge of criminal and juvenile justice issues. Amy Linn, Mary Hudetz and Sarah Macaraeg will work together to produce innovative multimedia content on criminal and juvenile justice issues affecting communities of color in New Mexico. The team will be based at the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Department of Communication & Journalism.

CJ Project Editor – Amy Linn

Linn is an award-winning writer previously based in Missoula, Montana. In 2015, she received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to write about teenagers who grew up on death row. The resulting stories appear in The New York Times, Salon, and other publications. Linn has focused on criminal justice and social justice issues throughout her career. Her expertise in police brutality began at The Miami Herald and The San Francisco Examiner, where her investigative reporting helped uncover decades of white-on-black police shootings and beatings in impoverished communities. She has been a top-level editor at Outside Magazine, Wired and an array of online outlets. She also holds experience as a case investigator for the Montana Innocent Project, working to clear the wrongfully convicted. Linn has lived in Chicago, New York, New Mexico, and San Francisco and went to high school in Palo Alto, California. Learn more about her at www.amylinn.com.

CJ Project Senior Reporter – Mary Hudetz

mary_hudetzHudetz is an Associated Press reporter based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has covered law enforcement, criminal justice and federal Indian Country policy for the past year. She moved to Albuquerque from Phoenix, where she was the editor of Native Peoples Magazine, a national publication focused on indigenous art, health, culture and political topics. In 2009, Hudetz joined the AP’s West regional editing desk, where she filed national breaking news and daily reports from 13 Western states. She has also worked closely with reporters and editors in the West to advance coverage of Native American issues, including cultural shifts and gaps in the justice system. Hudetz is a member of the Crow Tribe in Montana and a graduate of Fordham University. Follow her on Twitter at @marymhudetz.


CJ Project Reporter – Sarah Macaraeg

sarah-macaraeg-c-sehar-sufiMacaraeg is an award-winning investigative journalist, previously based in Chicago. Her investigations on the Chicago Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office have been featured on the Chicago Reader, The Guardian, VICE, Yes Magazine and cited by Al Jazeera, ColorLines, DemocracyNow!, Fusion and The Marshall Project. Macaraeg is a recent fellow of Investigative Reporters and Editors and International Center for Journalists, for whom she led an investigation on multinational gold mining and human rights across the southern Philippines, one of her family’s countries of origin. Macaraeg recently won a Sidney Award for her cover story in the Chicago Reader that focused on a little-known law sending people to prison for killings committed by the police. Follow her on Twitter at @seramak.


This project is partially funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. AAJA is also proud to partner with the Associated Press and the University of New Mexico on this project. To find out more about the Criminal Justice Reporting Project, visit http://oldsite.aaja.org/criminal-justice/ or contact AAJA Executive Director Kathy Chow at kathyc@oldsite.aaja.org.