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Cynthia Gordy Giwa

Director of Marketing

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Cynthia Gordy Giwa is ProPublica’s marketing director. She comes to ProPublica after serving as deputy communications director for Advancement Project, where she developed comprehensive media campaigns for the national civil rights organization and local partners. With an emphasis on using strategic communications as an effective tool for policy change, she managed public awareness efforts that helped move Virginia to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions, pushed Florida lawmakers to abandon legislation that would have restricted voting access for language minorities, and brought North Carolina’s multi-issue “Moral Mondays” movement to national attention.

Giwa previously worked in journalism for nearly a decade, as a White House correspondent and news editor for Essence magazine, as well as senior political correspondent for The Root. Recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists as the 2009 Emerging Journalist of the Year, her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Slate and NPR.

Behind the Headline: Tim Newman

Tim Newman was an advocate for his fellow civilian contractors injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping them get medical care. A ProPublica story drew national attention, and policy change, for their hidden plight.

Behind the Headline: Oscar Ramírez Castañeda

After learning he’d been kidnapped as a child, spared from a massacre carried out by the Guatemalan military, Oscar Ramírez Castañeda faced danger of persecution if deported to his home country. ProPublica’s story prompted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant political asylum to Ramírez and his wife.

Behind the Headline: Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti

After the death of Marcia DeOliveira-Longinetti’s son, a New Jersey state agency continued billing her for the student loans. ProPublica’s reporting on these aggressive collections spurred a state law requiring the agency to forgive debts of borrowers who die.

Behind the Headline: Allisa Song

Research scientist Allisa Song didn’t just get outraged when she read ProPublica’s story on medical waste. She organized a dream team of fellow scientists and engineers to invent a solution.

Behind the Headline: Demetrius Smith

Demetrius Smith was wrongfully convicted of murder, but still had a felony conviction because of an unusual plea deal. ProPublica’s story spurred a new hearing for Smith that cleared his criminal record.

Behind the Headline: María Eugenia Vela

María Eugenia Vela’s husband was killed when a drug cartel swept through their small town in Mexico. For years, she never got answers until a ProPublica story revealed what happened.

Behind the Headline: Noemi Martinez

Noemi Martinez felt angry and powerless when she was unfairly ticketed and fined for a pedestrian violation. ProPublica and Florida Times-Union reporters gave her hope — and their story led to her receiving pro bono legal representation.

Behind the Headline: Marie McCausland

Marie McCausland experienced painful symptoms days after giving birth, which she recognized from a ProPublica article on maternal mortality. “ProPublica’s reporting literally saved my life,” she said.

Behind the Headline: Christopher Copolillo

As a student journalist, Christopher Copolillo used Debt By Degrees, ProPublica’s tool for assessing the debt burden colleges put on low-income families, to hold his own university accountable.

Behind the Headline: Rebecca Glover

Reporter A.C. Thompson dug into an “unclassified” death after Hurricane Katrina. He found out the victim was shot by police and died in custody. The victim’s aunt, Rebecca Glover, is grateful for the attention the case received but worries about others who haven’t seen justice.

Behind the Headline: Bil Musgrave

Bil Musgrave, a retired coal miner with cancer, stood to lose his health insurance when a coal company went bankrupt and wanted to use money earmarked for workers’ benefits to cover legal fees and other bills. ProPublica reported the story, the company withdrew the plan and Musgrave kept his health insurance.

Behind the Headline: Kristen Davis

Kristen Davis wanted someone held accountable after she suffered adverse reactions to a drug used during surgery. She found the ProPublica Patient Safety Community on Facebook and values the support and information shared there.

Behind the Headline: Isaura Martinez

Isaura Martinez and hundreds of other temp workers shared their stories with ProPublica to shed light on a shadow system harming workers and burdening the economy. “Once the stories came out, it motivated me to continue denouncing these sorts of injustices,” she said.

Behind the Headline: Deborah Goldberg

ProPublica’s enterprising reporting on fracking gave an attorney the information she needed to address critical environmental issues. “To my mind, ProPublica’s series of articles was the most informative account we had of what was happening with fracking,” she said.

Two Governments That Remained Silent — and Three Women Who Refuse to Be Quiet

At a D.C. event, survivors of a Mexican drug cartel massacre, triggered by a botched DEA operation, tell their story.

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