Chris Janaro, a Navy veteran and graduate from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, will join the nonprofit newsroom in January as a reporter covering zoning, land use and development.

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City Limits on Wednesday announced an addition to its reporting staff: Chris Janaro will join the nonprofit newsroom in January through the Newmark Veterans in Journalism Fellowship Program, where he’ll cover land use and zoning.

The program is a partnership between Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ), the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. It places fellows in host newsrooms for nine months as they begin their careers in journalism.

Janaro is a recent graduate from CUNY’s Craig Newmark School of Journalism, where his assigned metro beat was Queens’ Community District 14 in the Rockaways. His freelance work has delved into national housing market issues, including those related to the VA Home Loan Program. He also reported on the midterm elections for The Queens Daily Eagle.

For City Limits, Janaro will report on land use, zoning and development. A Navy vet himself, he will also work on stories exploring how housing and homelessness policies impact New York’s veteran communities.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be reporting for City Limits in 2024 and have been in an afterglow since I found out,” said Janaro. “Knowing the issues I’ll be covering and the caliber of City Limits’ reporting, I can only say that I’m incredibly motivated to do well and am looking forward to the mentorship that comes with the experience.”

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Founded in 1976, City Limits provides in-depth, investigative coverage of city policy with a focus on housing, homelessness, land use, climate resiliency and more. In addition to award-winning reporting, City Limits operates CLARIFY, a paid journalism training program for New York City high school students.