Deportation Nation is the third multimedia investigative project by the duo Renée Feltz and Stokely Baksh. They first collaborated on The Business of Detention while students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The project won the Melvin Mencher Award for Superior Reporting and the James A. Wechsler Award for National Reporting. It was also a 2009 Webby and SxSW Interactive award finalist. Mother Jones featured one of its videos, and its print portion was updated for a NACLA Report on the Americas cover story.
The team collaborated again in 2008 on “Meet Juan Crow,” an online investigation that exposed the disenfranchisement of immigrant voters in Arizona before the 2008 election. The report was part of a Carnegie-Knight Foundation News21 fellowship, and its video was updated for The New Republic.
Renée Feltz is a multimedia investigative journalist and 2010 Soros Justice Fellow. Most recently she was a multimedia producer for PBS WIDE ANGLE during its 2009 season and its upcoming series, Women, War & Peace. In January 2010 her Nation Institute-funded cover story for The Texas Observer exposed how the state still executes mentally retarded prisoners, and included a video report broadcast on Democracy Now. She has also reported on a Pulitzer-nominated series for The New York Times, and for MotherJones.com and The American Prospect. She co-produced BusinessofDetention.com about the outsourcing of immigrant detention, which was a 2009 Webby finalist. As news director for KPFT in Houston, Texas, she interviewed more than 25 men and women on Texas Death Row and helped coordinate national coverage of Hurricane Katrina for Pacifica radio. She has taught reporting, radio and multimedia skills at Seton Hall University and People’s Production House. She graduated with honors in 2008 from the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she has since served as a multimedia advisor.
Stokely Baksh is a multimedia-investigative journalist, graphic designer and a 2010 Soros Justice Fellow based in the Washington D.C. area. She has worked as a freelance video reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and for the technology and business desks at United Press International. She is wrapping up a post-graduate fellowship at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she reported on lax record keeping by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Before that she co-produced BusinessofDetention.com about the outsourcing of immigrant detention, which was nominated for a 2009 Webby. At age 20, Baksh went to Guyana, not to be mistaken for Ghana, where she researched death squads. Her work has also appeared in Mother Jones, Indymedia, and The New Republic. She is a graduate of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Asif Baksh is a web and database developer who hails from New York City. He currently works for a non-profit by day and freelances as a web designer by night. He manages his personal website, www.axiomacity.com, that is a vehicle for his client portal, freelance web design, and his tech and political blog. Baksh graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Computer Science from Pace University. His other interests include emerging trends in web 2.0 data driven applications, photography, and design elements that include taking a simple but cutting-edge approach to web development. This is his second project with Feltz and Baksh.