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Our Team

Chauncey Alcorn is Capital B Atlanta’s state and local politics reporter. He previously worked as a staff writer at CNN Business, the Daily Mail, and Mic. He has also written for theGrio, Fortune.com, Vice News, Salon, and the NY Daily News, among other major publications.

Christina Carrega is the national criminal justice reporter at Capital B. Christina has covered the criminal legal system for the New York Daily News, New York Post, ABC News, and CNN. Away from work, Christina volunteers at Princess Chambers Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting underprivileged youth, and regularly makes guest appearances at university-level journalism classes. She’s a first-generation-born American and was raised in Brooklyn, New York.

Neil Cornish is Capital B’s copy chief. He has been a copy editor, reporter, and page designer over his 30-year journalism career. Neil comes to Capital B from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was a copy editor and wires editor. Prior to that, he worked at the former St. Petersburg Times in Florida, the News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, and the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia.

Adjoa Danso is Capital B Atlanta’s community engagement editor. Danso previously served as digital content coordinator for CARE USA. Before joining CARE, Danso worked as associate editor at Creative Loafing Atlanta and co-produced the podcast About South. Danso’s words about food, culture, and more have appeared in Canopy Atlanta, Bon Appetit, and Teen Vogue, among others.

Gavin Godfrey is the Atlanta editor at Capital B. He is an award-winning editor and reporter from Atlanta, whose work and voice have appeared in CNN, NPR, Vice, Atlanta Magazine, and others. He served as the editor for Canopy Atlanta’s West End issue, which won the 2021 News Innovation Award from the Atlanta Press Club. He’s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Kenya Hunter is the health reporter at Capital B Atlanta. Formerly, she served as the education reporter at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, where her work was named best education writing in the state by the Virginia Press Association. Hunter is a Georgia native whose first job was at the Rome News-Tribune in Rome,Georgia. Her reporting has also appeared in MTV News. 

Adam Mahoney is Capital B’s national climate and environment reporter. Before joining Capital B, he covered environmental justice on Grist Magazine’s Investigations and Accountability team. His work has also appeared in places such as The Associated Press, Dissent Magazine, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian. He is from Wilmington, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Akoto Ofori-Atta is co-founder and chief audience officer of Capital B. She was previously managing editor at The Trace, where she was responsible for the award-winning newsroom’s partnerships, special projects, and editorial operations. She previously held positions as senior editor at Essence magazine and associate editor at The Root, and is a 2015 John S. Knight journalism fellow. 

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Simone Sebastian is editorial director at Capital B. She comes to Capital B from The Washington Post, where she was the America editor and co-led the award-winning “George Floyd’s America” project, as well as the Pulitzer Prize-finalist coverage of the 2019 mass shootings in El Paso,Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Sebastian was previously an editor for the Houston Chronicle, and her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Detroit Free Press.

Sydney Sims is Capital B Atlanta’s general assignment reporter. Sims, an Atlanta native, joins Capital B from the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia, where she was the breaking news reporter. She has bylines in the Macon Telegraph and WABE News. Sims is a graduate of Auburn University, where she wrote for the student newspaper, The Plainsman, and interned at Heritage Radio Network, The Auburn Villager, and Columbus and The Valley. 

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Jerry Smith is director of sponsorships at Capital B. He was formerly an account executive at Amazon Advertising, where he focused on scaling growth accounts. Jerry brings a variety of corporate experience from news and media publishers, such as SmartBrief, Politico, and Blavity, where he focused on business development and strategic partnerships, selling across entire brand portfolios, including newsletters, branded content, podcasts, and events.

Margo Snipe is Capital B’s national health reporter. Snipe was previously health equity reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, where she reported on racial bias in medicine and health burdens disproportionately affecting communities of color. She joined the Tampa Bay Times after graduating cum laude from Georgetown University, where she was captain of the volleyball team and wrote for the student paper, The Hoya. Snipe has interned at CNN, CBS News, and The Marshall Project.

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Kimberly Spencer is senior director of development at Capital B. She was formerly the senior director of development and donor relations at Chalkbeat, and the vice president of resource development for Public News Service. Spencer has worked with the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She sits on the board of YouthSeen, a Colorado organization that supports queer and transgender BIPOC youth.

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Houreidja Tall is the social media manager at Capital B. She joined Capital B after attending the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she majored in engagement journalism. A New York City native, she has written for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Slate, Refinery29, and Documented. 

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Gillian White is senior vice president of programming and revenue at Capital B. Gillian was formerly a managing editor at the Atlantic where she oversaw podcasts, editorial live events, special projects, and interactive storytelling. White has also worked as an editor and columnist at Kiplinger. She’s a member of The Philadelphia Inquirers board of directors.

Jewel Wicker is editor-at-large at Capital B Atlanta and a freelance entertainment reporter. In 2021, she won an AMBIE and Webby for her work as a co-host and writer on the podcast Gaining Ground: The New Georgia. She has worked as a staff reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Patriot News/PennLive.com in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Lauren Williams is chief executive officer and co-founder of Capital B. Before starting Capital B, she was senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Vox, where oversaw all editorial and business operations. She also held the positions of executive editor and managing editor there. Prior to Vox, she was an editor at Mother Jones and The Root. Her first journalism job was in local news at the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia.

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Michelle Williams is the audience director at Capital B. She was previously the editorial director of TexasMonthly.com, where she oversaw a team that won a 2021 City and Regional Magazine Association Award for Excellence Online. Prior to that, she was an editor and producer on CNN’s Newsource Digital team, and a business and technology editor at The Washington Post.