C. Zawadi Morris
FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER
C. Zawadi Morris is an award-winning journalist and a Chicago native who moved to Brooklyn in 1997. Ms. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (and a minor in Spanish) from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
She has worked as the bilingual communications director for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-12), a senior account executive for Shandwick Public Affairs and Cohn & Wolf Public Relations, and a news editor at AOL’s Bed-Stuy Patch. In December 2013, under The Original Media Group, Zawadi launched The Brooklyn Reader, an online news source covering the neighborhoods of Central Brooklyn.
In her free time, Zawadi loves baking, hiking, dancing, hanging out on the beach and getting as far away from the Internet as possible. She also likes to design and sew and in 2004 was named one of Brooklyn’s Top-20 Designers by NRG Magazine.
Jessy Edwards is an award-winning news and feature reporter whose work can be seen in such publications as NBC New York, Rolling Stone, the BBC, CNBC and more.
Based in Brooklyn, Jessy has been part of some of the city’s biggest conversations around inequality, housing and racial justice. Her work has received a NY Associated Press award, a NY Emmy Award and an award from the NY State Broadcasters Association.
Jessy is also passionate about the craft of writing. She is a 2020 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship winner. She loves capturing the beauty of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Nigel Roberts is a New York City-based journalist. His work has appeared in print, online and broadcast media. Nigel’s political reporting has included coverage of the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, Georgia General Assembly and several local governments.
The Georgia Press Association awarded him three first-place prizes for his reporting. Nigel was a ghostwriter and speechwriter for now-retired U.S. Representative Ed Towns and other elected officials. When he’s not writing, Nigel is probably watching a football (soccer) match, cheering on his favorite Premier League and Ligue 1 teams, or struggling to master French. He’s a U.S. Air Force veteran and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two dogs.
Miranda Levingston is a freelance reporter covering the change-makers in her borough. Her previous work includes writing about arts, culture, education and community organizing for VICE News, Bushwick Daily, UP Magazine and Washington Square News. She also spent a year as a first-grade teacher.
Miranda’s family came to Brooklyn three generations ago. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and loves poetry, the Fort Greene farmers market and playing the flute.
Christopher Edwards is a native Brooklynite and current student at Baruch College, majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing. He graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in 2021 with an Associates degree in Writing & Literature. At BMCC, he was the recipient of the Fall 2021 NBCU Academy Scholarship for Journalism students, and served as the President of the school’s Writers’ Guild Club.
He hopes to write a book one day. He currently lives in East Flatbush.
Milette Millington was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
As someone who has been battling cerebral palsy for most of her life, she is a big advocate of and champion for the disabled and covers the disability beat for BK Reader. She hopes to inspire other people, women and women of color with disabilities to continue to pursue their dreams.
She’s also an avid reader who loves mythology books. My favorite mythology author is Rick Riordan. Other hobbies of mine include playing word and puzzle games..
Will Fritz is a freelance writer for BK Reader. Raised in Temecula and Sacramento, California, he graduated from San Diego State University, where he wrote and edited for the campus newspaper, The Daily Aztec. He previously wrote about politics, education, crime and courts in Southern California, and his work has appeared in Voice of San Diego and the San Diego Union-Tribune. When he’s not working, or even sometimes when he is, he can be found doomscrolling through Twitter (you can follow him at @fritzed_you) or complaining about New York City’s weather. He currently lives in Bay Ridge.
Kimberlean Donis is a native Brooklynite and current student at Williams College majoring in Political Science, Art History and Africana Studies. She has previously served as arts editor on her campus newspaper, The Williams Record, and she has been freelancing for BK Reader since 2019. She is now shifting her focus towards the arts sector as her previous work now includes curatorial and acquisitions work at The Whitney Museum, The Williams College Museum in Harlem and The Studio Museum in Harlem.
She has recently returned back from studying abroad at London City University and has plans to return to Europe to obtain her masters degree in Art History. In the future she hopes to open a community based gallery in New York.