About City Limits

Grieving mothers embrace, 1995.

City Limits uses investigative journalism
through the prism of New York City
to identify urban problems,
examine their causes, explore solutions,
and equip communities to take action.

Founded in 1976 in the midst of New York's fiscal crisis, City Limits exists to inform democracy and equip citizens to create a more just city. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by foundation support, ad sponsorship and donations from readers.

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Our Staff

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Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor and Publisher
Jarrett has been with City Limits since February 2007. He grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, and later received a diploma in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and a masters in economics from the New School. Before coming to City Limits in February 2007, he worked at WFUV-FM, the Hartford Advocate, CBSNews.com and the Village Voice. Jarrett won the 2007 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the 2007 PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Deadline Club's 2011 award for best coverage of issues affecting minority groups. More importantly, he boxed in the 2009 Golden Gloves, was the 2013-2014 "most improved player" on the Lansdowne Rugby Football Club, has been the bench coach on two straight Mosholu-Montefiore Little League championship teams and is the bass player/vocalist for Fort Indy, a rock band. He lives in the Norwood section of the Bronx with his wife and two sons.
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Fran Skennion Reilly, executive director
Fran Skennion Reilly is a native of the Bronx, where she spent her earliest years reading every book she could reach at the corner library and playing a mean game of hopscotch. She joined City Limits with deep experience building multi-platform media brands and running non-profits. Fran’s been an executive at Time Inc. and Scholastic, and was a key member of successful start-up teams including award-winning Parenting Magazine, VIBE Magazine, Martha Stewart Living Magazine and The New York Times UPFRONT magazine. She was also Consulting Publisher of MAKE: Magazine. Her favorite job remains her years at Mother Jones, and not only because they built a nursery so her baby son could be down the hall. She started her career at The Atlantic Monthly. She’s a long distance runner, published writer and best pal to her 13-year-old Bassett Hound, Belle.

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Frederick Joseph, Director of Marketing & Audience Development
Fred is a native of Yonkers, NY and a graduate of the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College, where he majored in Political Science and English Creative Writing. While attending Hunter, Fred was elected the Head of External Affairs and occupied that role for the duration of his undergraduate career. During his studies, Fred also began his career in marketing and advocacy, working as an SEO Content Specialist, and interning for former New York City Assembly Member, Jonathan Bing. He continued to work in marketing after completing his time at Hunter College and went on to work in various sectors of marketing landscape, such as law, manufacturing, and higher education. When Fred isn't acting as a marketing Jedi he can be found listening to music under a tree somewhere, picking things up and putting them down, fawning over comic book movies, and pursuing his MBA.
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Ashley is a native of Queens and was a 3.8 GPA graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where she majored in Criminal Justice & Criminology (Roll Terps!). While attending UMD, Ashley worked for the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General. She was awarded two OIG Instant Awards for Recognition and Achievement due to her contributions to the Evaluation & Inspections Division. Upon graduation, Ashley found her passion for working in non-profit organizations during her tenure at the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington administratively assisting individuals with developmental disabilities. Relocating back to New York to be closer to her family, Ashley has recently joined City Limits as a self-proclaimed “hyper-organized self-starting perfectionist." When she isn't a nervous wreck trying to get everything done, Ashley can be found dancing to soca music, trying out different restaurants as a foodie, and watching action-packed movies at the edge of her seat.

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Our Board

Mark Edmiston, chairman
Nomad Editions

Dan Rubin, treasurer
Senior VP/Chief Financial Officer, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Andrew Breslau
Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Downtown Alliance

Bob Herbert
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

David R. Jones
President, Community Service Society

Elizabeth Cooke Levy
Non-Profit Manager & Consultant

Mark E. Lieberman
Economist, Economics Analytics Research

Brent Phelps
Chief Operating Officer, AdPrime Media

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Our Awards

A photo from our May 2011 issue, which was recognized as the best investigative story by any local or regional magazine in the nation.

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A photo from our May 2011 issue, which was recognized as the best investigative story by any local or regional magazine in the nation.

2014 Ippie Award
Best Social Issues Story, 1st Place
The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at that CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

2013 Silurian Society Award
Best News Commentary
The Society of Silurians

2013 Ippie Award
Best Story on an Immigrant Community, 3rd Place
Best Story on a Social Issue, 3rd Place
The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at that CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

2012 Best Article
General Coverage, Small Newsroom, Single Topic Category
Education Writers of America

2012 Brooklyn College Student Journalism Award
In-Depth Reporting
Brooklyn College

2012 Ippie Award
Best In-Depth Investigation of Social Issues/Immigration, 3rd Place
Best Overall Design of a Print Publication, 3rd Place
The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at that CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

2012 Sigma Chi Delta Award
Best Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
Society of Professional Journalists

2011 PASS Award
Best Magazine Investigation
Best Online Investigation
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2011-12 John Jay Award
Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism (Single-Story Category)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Center on Media, Crime and Justice

2011 Deadline Award
Best Article with a Minority Focus
The Deadline Club

Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism
Honorable Mention
American Society of Journalists and Authors

2011 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism
Honorable Mention
The Journalism Center on Children & Families

2011 Excellence in News Writing Award
3rd Place
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists

2011 Izzy Award for Outstanding Journalism
The Park Center for Independent Media, Ithaca College

2011 Ippies
Best Investigative/In-Depth Story
Best Education Story
The New York Community Media Alliance

2nd Place, Best Investigative Story, Print/Small Market
National Education Writers Association

210 PASS Awards
Web
Magazine
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2011 Sigma Chi Delta Award
Best Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
The Society of Professional Journalists

2009 Special Citation
Education Writers Association

2009 Criminal Justice Journalism Awards
Honorable mention
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

2009 PASS Awards
Magazine
Web
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2009 Ippies Awards
Best Investigative Or In-Depth News Story, 2nd Place
Best Article on Labor Issues, 2nd Place
The New York Community Media Alliance

2008 Justice and Community Reporting Award
John Jay College

2008 PASS Award
Web
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2008 Ippie Award
Investigative or In-Depth Article, 2nd Place
Labor Issues, 1st Place
Labor Issues, 2nd Place
Feature, 3rd Place
Editorial, 3rd Place
New York Community Media Alliance

2007 Front Page Award
For Internet: Commentary
Newswomen's Club of New York

2007 PASS Award
Magazine
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2007 Ippies
Best Investigative or In-Depth Story, 1st Place
Best Investigative of In-Depth Story, 2nd Place
Best Editorial, 1st Place
New York Community Media Alliance

2007 James W. Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism
Hunter College

2007 PASS Award, web
National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2005 The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism
Hunter College

2003 Best News Story – Division C,
Ethnic and Community Press Awards

1994 Environmental Quality Award
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1992 Media Award
New York City Audobon Society

1990 Award for Best Investigative Report, Lisa Glazer and Doug Turetsky
National Association of Real Estate Editors