Jackleen focuses on program, strategic planning and fundraising for Underscore and was a strategic development consultant for InvestigateWest to increase the visibility and reach of investigative reporting. She was the founding Executive Director of The Metcalf Institute for Marine + Environmental Reporting and is a former journalist and freelancer — her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal and, more recently, Indian Country Today.
Katie Whitecar (pronounced whit-i-kerr) specializes in project management, designing and streamlining internal processes informed by data analytics. She has worked for environmental education nonprofits, healthcare administrators and energy efficiency programs. In 2018, Katie joined the Burgerville Strategic Initiatives team, researching regenerative agriculture to inform Burgerville’s eco-conscious supply chain decisions. She believes strongly in the nonprofit journalism model and is applying her skills and expertise to build the foundation for Underscore’s sustainability.
Jason Buch is an independent journalist based in Seattle and more recently, Texas. His work has focused on immigration, the environment and criminal justice. He was part of a team that reported on disproportionate search rates by the Washington State Patrol, which won a Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism award and prompted new legislation. Before moving back to Texas in 2020, Buch spent 10 years covering the U.S.-Mexico border for newspapers in Texas.
Brian Bull has been involved in journalism for 25 years and has filed for National Public Radio, the BBC, and other broadcast outlets. A proud citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull mentors up and coming journalists of color through NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project. When not covering news in the Pacific Northwest, he’s either spending time with his family or looking for hidden patches of huckleberries.
Brian Oaster (they/them) is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and a freelance reporter working in the Pacific Northwest. Their stories have appeared in papers like Street Roots, Portland's award winning non-profit weekly that focuses on social justice, and Indian Country Today, the nation's most widely read Native newspaper. Brian also occasionally does radio work for KBOO Community Radio Portland. They have a particular interest in Native issues where they intersect with environmental and racial justice, urban development, housing issues, and representation in the arts.
David G. Lewis, Ph.D, is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and an instructor in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. His contact information, essays, and posts about the history of indigenous people of Oregon can be found at ndnhistoryresearch.com
Dawn Stover is a freelance science and environmental writer based in White Salmon, Washington, and a contributing editor and columnist at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, she was a staff editor at Harper’s and Popular Science magazines, and an adjunct instructor in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University.
Heather is a scientist and freelance writer with a passion for the outdoors. A Seattle native, she is currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon's Multimedia Journalism Program while working in environmental conservation. Click here to view Heather's writing portfolio.
Kevin Abourezk serves as managing editor for Indianz.com, a Native American news website. He has spent 21 years as a professional journalist, including 18 years as a reporter and editor for the Lincoln Journal Star. He is an enrolled citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a married father of five children. He lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska. Indianz.com is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
Lucas Martin is a freelance journalist based near the Puget Sound. He is currently completing a manuscript on southeast Oregon and the Alvord Desert. With a background in geographic information systems and wilderness conservation, he writes from the intersection of cartography, ecology, and culture.
Lucy Sherriff is a freelance multimedia journalist based in California. She reports on conservation and environmental justice stories, and has been published in BBC, Al Jazeera, TIME, NBC, The Washington Post, and more. Prior to moving to the United States, Lucy was based in Colombia, and won a United Nations Correspondents Award for her reporting on indigenous tribes facing water shortages, and deforestation in rural areas post conflict.
Melorie Begay is a member of the Navajo Nation and a freelance reporter based in Eugene, OR. Though most of her experience is in public radio, as a multimedia journalist she enjoys exploring all mediums. She has bylines with KLCC Public Radio, KUNM Public Radio, and New Mexico In Depth. She has reported on a range of subjects including the environment, government, education, race & racism, and housing & homeless among other topics.
A probing, long-form journalist, Sergio left college in 2014 and landed in Hong Kong in the last 24 hours of the Umbrella Movement. He decided to buy a notebook and try being a journalist, thus launching his freelance career. For three years, Sergio traveled to more than 20 countries. His work during this time published with Latterly. He joined InvestigateWest in 2018 to report on concussions in high school sports. Él habla español.
Wil Phinney has been a reporter and editor for more than 40 years at newspapers in Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. He recently retired after 24 years as editor of the Confederated Umatilla Journal, the award-winning monthly newspaper on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon. He lives in Pendleton, Oregon, with Carrie, his wife; they have three daughters.
Erin is a Program Associate at Meyer Memorial Trust who advocates for journalism's role in supporting transformational, systems-level change that shifts power imbalances and creates and sustains equitable conditions.
Sharon is the principal of The Nielson Group, and has extensive experience in the financing and development of community-based projects.
Bryan is an award-winning journalist and author with 35 years of slinging true words for a living, most in daily newsrooms. His insights inform Underscore's public service mission.
Sarah has been the Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association since 2015 and has worked for the past 20 years in national Native nonprofits including the National Congress of American Indians.
Edward Hershey, who spent six decades in journalism, government, higher education and organized labor, has been a judge of the George Polk Awards for 44 years. His memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” was a finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award.
Stone Hudson is a Master's student in Social Work at Portland State University. He worked as a Field Representative for Congressman Earl Blumenauer, focused on operations management and community outreach. As a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, he is committed to mentoring youth and at-risk students.
James is Deputy Director of The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Director of the Oregon Native American Chamber in Portland, Oregon.
Cynthia is a Professor of Communications at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, specializing in Native Americans in the media, science and communications. She writes and lectures about how mass media frame conflicts that affect Indigenous communities—particularly conflicts where science, risk, health and the environment take center stage. Her new book, “Environmental Clashes on Native American Land,” is now available.
Jason is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism in Missoula, Montana, where he oversees the Montana Native News Honors Project. He is a former Native American Journalists Association Board Member.
Charles is the Intergovernmental Affairs Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in Portland, Oregon and serves as its congressional liaison.
A-dae Romero-Briones is the director of programs, Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative, at the First Nations Development Institute and Co-director of the California Tribal Fund. She is also Co-director of California Foodshed Funders and a steering committee member of Funders for Regenerative Agriculture (FORA). She also serves on the policy committee of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders.
Ryan Brewer focuses on creative and strategic communications solutions for print and digital media. With a background in advertising and publishing, he strives to build a portfolio of socially-minded organizations—be it as a production artist for Image Comics or letterpress supervisor for the Independent Publishing Resource Center. He lives in Portland where he enjoys birding, biking, and all things books.