Journalists Gabriela Tumani and Calvin Milliner speak to Bianca Austin, the aunt of Breonna Taylor, in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by News21)

About the project

Thirty-four top journalism students and recent graduates from 14 universities conducted a major depth project on police reform this summer as part of Carnegie-Knight News21, a multimedia reporting initiative headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

For “In Pursuit,” the team examined the status of police reform and accountability in America. The journalists looked not only at what’s changing and why, they also focused on exploring solutions-based approaches to police reform. They traveled to more than two dozen cities and communities in rural and urban America to report on the people pushing for reform, those fighting reform and those most affected by changes – or the lack thereof. The journalists interviewed more than 400 people – activists, researchers, law enforcement officials, policymakers, community leaders, protesters and others.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provides core support for News21.

News21 fellows are supported by their universities as well as several generous foundations, news organizations and individual donors, including Arnold Ventures/Action Now Initiative LLC, The Arizona Republic/, Hearst Foundations, Inasmuch Foundation, Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Myrta J. Pulliam.

Journalists Natalie Skowlund, Dana Searles and Diannie Chavez speak with Katie Wright at a memorial for her son Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Daunte Wright was shot by a Brooklyn Center police officer during a traffic stop on April 11, 2021. (Photo by Nina Howard/News21)

Corrections policy

News21 is committed to accuracy and welcomes feedback from sources and the public. Staff members and editors will promptly clarify content and correct factual errors.

Significant corrections and clarifications, if they exist, will be noted within packages. Minor errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar will be corrected without notice.

Use our content

News21 content is free, but media partners interested in publishing or airing it must agree to the terms of use and conditions set forth by the Cronkite School. To sign up for our distribution list and stay updated, contact Executive Editor Christina Leonard at

Find our full terms of use, text stories and links to videos, graphics and audio pieces – as well as downloadable photos – on our “download” page.

Cephus Johnson, aka Uncle Bobby, shows journalists Arrthy Thayaparan, Jessica Alvarado Gamez, and Diannie Chavez where his nephew Oscar Grant died at the Fruitvale BART Station. (Photo by Calvin Milliner/News21)

Contact us

For questions about “In Pursuit” or the News21 program, please contact us at

Financial supporters

Hearst Foundations

Arnold Ventures/Action Now Initiative LLC

The Arizona Republic/

Myrta J. Pulliam

Meet the Fellows


Executive Editor: Christina Leonard

Managing Editor: Venita Hawthorne James

Photo and multimedia editor: Emmanuel Lozano

Assistant multimedia editors: Kris Vera-Phillips and Erin O’Connor

Spanish-language editors: Julio Cisneros and Patricia Guadulupe

Web application developer: Adnan Alam

Copy editor: Martin Dolan

Spanish-language translator (digital): Jimena Vera

Data visualization developer: Hari Subramaniam

Administrative editor: Rebecca Blatt

Office manager: Amy Lopez

Business and finance: Sandy Mancilla, Nazeef Ebrahim, Shannon Mangino and Kimberly Moore

Diversity, equity and inclusion

News21 recognizes the need to improve transparency in journalism. We’re also committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in our newsroom – and in our coverage. As part of our efforts, we have tracked the sources we feature in our project to evaluate how well our coverage represents our community.

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