Economic Hardship Reporting Project Appoints David Wallis Managing Director

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David Wallis will work with executive editor Alissa Quart to direct EHRP operations and initiatives, and help the five-year-old organization continue to build sustained capacity.

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP), the nonprofit organization founded by Barbara Ehrenreich to fund journalism about inequality in America, announced the appointment of David Wallis as managing director. Wallis will work with executive editor Alissa Quart to direct EHRP operations and initiatives, and help the five-year-old organization continue to build sustained capacity.

EHRP works with top-flight media outlets to co-publish stories by independent journalists about poverty and economic struggle, topics often given short shrift by mainstream media.

“The Economic Hardship Reporting Project steps into the breach created by rapid media consolidation, enabling many independent journalists to do critical work,” Wallis said. “It’s an honor to contribute to what Barbara and Alissa are building.”

Previously Wallis served as opinion editor of Forward and deputy editor of The New York Observer. Wallis has contributed to The New Yorker, Slate, The Washington Post and The New York Times, edited two critically acclaimed books, Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print (Nation Books, 2004) and Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression (W.W. Norton, 2007). In 2000, he founded Featurewell.com, an online syndication services that pays the majority of proceeds to contributors. In 2007, he was a plaintiff, in Martinez-Alequin et al v. The City of New York et al, a historic First Amendment lawsuit, which forced New York City to reform its press credentialing process, which previously discriminated against online journalists.

“EHRP has already made a real difference in how inequality is reported in America,” said Quart. “David will now bring our organization to an even higher level.”

About The Economic Hardship Reporting Project

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. The stories EHRP commissions — from narrative features to photo essays and video — put a human face on financial instability. EHRP funds and places reportage and photojournalism with news sites and magazines including The New York Times, NBC News, Politico, The Verge, Vox, Vogue, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Arkansas Times and many others.

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