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, 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. A little league coach and 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. Follow Jarrett on Twitter and Linkedin. Contact him via email. Read his work here.

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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 and published writer. Contact Fran via email.


Adina Berliant, Development Manager

Adina is a graduate of New York University, where she studied Politics and Russian & Slavic Studies. She’s lived in Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago, but is happiest calling New York City home. Before joining the team at City Limits, Adina worked with Run for America, a New York-based bipartisan consulting firm, and on the de Blasio reelection campaign. Follow Adina on LinkedIn. Contact her via email.


Sadef Ali Kully, staff writer
Kully joined City Limits in 2018 after a stint as a Digital News Associate at NBC. Before that, she covered Southeast Queens for Times-Ledger newspapers. From late 2009 to mid-2012, she was a reporter and blogger at Dawn.com in Karachi. She’s a graduate of York College and the Columbia University School of Journalism. Follow Sadef on Twitter. Contact her via email.


Jeanmarie Evelly, Youth Program Manager/Reporter

Jeanmarie Evelly is a veteran metro reporter, having served most recently as a reporter/producer at DNAinfo.com New York covering Astoria and Long Island City. She spent several years reporting for community newspapers in the Bronx, including the nonprofit Bronx News Network and the award-winning Norwood News. In earlier work for City Limits, she covered the criminal justice system, winning a Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for a story she wrote about chronic homelessness among ex-inmates in New York City. She holds a B.A. in English from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Astoria, Queens. Follow Jeanmarie on Twitter and Linkedin. Contact her via email. Read her work here.


Harry DiPrinzio, Social Media and Community Engagement Intern

Harry is an NYC native and a graduate of Bowdoin College where he studied comparative government and history.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the Bowdoin Orient, which was named the Best College Newspaper in New England under his tenure. At the Orient, he published an investigation into unlivable wages and mismanagement of support staff employees at Bowdoin and reported extensively on financial aid policies and wealth inequality.  Harry also loves to cook and is creating a small catering company. Follow Harry on Twitter. Contact him via email. Read his work here.

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Abigail Savitch-Lew, contributor

Abby is a born-and-raised Brooklynite with a passion for land use issues and long-form journalism. Prior to City Limits, she worked as a freelancer for several publications including YES! Magazine, Colorlines, The Nation, Dissent Magazine and Jacobin. She has appeared as a guest on BRIC TV, CUNY TV, and BronxNet and is a winner of an Ippies award from CUNY’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media. Abby also loves writing fiction and is currently working on a novel that blends her family’s immigration story with meditations on the deindustrialization and gentrification of Brooklyn. Follow Abby on Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact her via email. Read her work here.

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Our Board

Mark Edmiston, chairman
Managing Partner, Civil Management LLC

Andrew Breslau, vice chairman
Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Downtown Alliance

Dan Rubin, treasurer
Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Brent Phelps
Chief Operating Officer, AdPrime Media

Claire Silberman
Philanthropist and Activist

David R. Jones
President, Community Service Society

Erica Gonzalez
Deputy Director, Power4PuertoRico

Elizabeth Cooke Levy
Non-Profit Manager & Consultant

Jeff Maclin
Vice President for Governmental and Public Relations, Community Service Society

Mark Coatney
Vice President of Digital News, Forbes

Mark E. Lieberman
Director of Research, New York City & Vicinity Carpenters Labor-Management Corporation

 

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Our Associate Board

Adina Berliant, chair
Development Manager, City Limits

Aliya Brown
Senior Program Associate, Enterprise Community Partners

Colleen Osborne
Product Marketing Associate Mobile, TED Conferences

Jesse Isleman
Legislative Counsel, New York State Senate

Kristine Mikkelsen
Campaign Manager, Hinge

Melanie Breault
Communications Associate, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

Sam McAllister
Senior Content Manager, Vox Media

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez
Chief of Staff, Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services at NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Yoni Weiss
Designer, Jessica Weber Design

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Join Our Associate Board
City Limits offers a limited number of Associate Board positions for New York City residents under 30 years old who are interested in being ambassadors for independent, investigative, local journalism by raising funds, and by bringing expertise that supports and expands our mission. Applications are currently being accepted here.

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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.

2018 Ippies
–1st place, Best Story About a Community (Abigail Savitch-Lew for “13 Years After Blocking New Development, Staten Island Hopes to Welcome Just Enough of It”)
–3rd place, Best Photograph (Adi Talwar for “NoBackspace: Vision Zero Works When Victim-Blaming Stops and Accountability Starts”)
–3rd place, Best Social Issues Story (David Brand for “NYC’s Cultural Plan Spurs Disabled Artists in Fight for Roles and Respect”)

2018 New York Press Club Journalism Awards
Best Feature-Internet: “NYCHA Crime Witnesses Face Obstacles When They Seek Safety” by Ese Olumhense (produced in partnership with The Investigative Fund)
Best Political Coverage-Internet: “Election 2017” by editor Jarett Murphy, photographer Adi Talwar, then-staff writer Abigail Savitch-Lew and contributors Kizzy Cox, Jonathan Gomez and Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan.

2018 Silurian Medals
Science/Health: “Death Disparities” by Ruth Ford with Jananki Chadha and photographer Adi Talwar

2017 Ippies
Best Multimedia Package: First Place, “Cleaner Creeks and Bays, But How Will New Yorkers Access the Waters They Own?” by Adi Talwar and Guglielmo Mattioli

2017 Ippies
Best Social Issues Story: Second Place, “Do NYC’s Middle-Class Families Really Need Affordable Housing?” by Abigail Savitch-Lew

2016 Clarion Award
Online Journalism-Special Feature Section: On the Border of Justice

2016 National Headliner Awards (with WNYC)
2nd place, radio: The Cost of Our Water

2016 New York Press Club Award
Continuing coverage

2016 New York Press Club Award
Nellie Bly Cub Reporter Award: Ben Hattem

2016 Ippie Award
Best Social Issues Story: Linden Plaza’s Saga by Abigail Savitch Lew

2016 Ippie Award
Best Photograph: Adi Talwar

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

1989 First Prize, Lisa Glazer for “The Powers to Be”
Citizens Housing and Planning Council journalism award

1990 Special Housing Award, Lisa Glazer
Sidney Hillman Foundation