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Our people

At Kensington Voice, our team is scrappy – i.e., someone recently called us "the little community newspaper that could"–, but we have worked and will continue to work hard to make an impact.

When committing salaries to paid staff, our priorities include:

  • Creating opportunities for people with lived experience and residency in the North Philly neighborhoods we serve
  • Facilitating workforce development for individuals and groups historically denied publishing power and media industry inclusion
  • Providing leadership opportunities for people and groups historically excluded from formal, paid leadership roles

For members of our advisory board, each of whom receive a very small annual stipend for their service, we prioritize lived experience and residence over fundraising experience.


Newsroom Director

Jill Bauer-Reese / / 215-385-3392

Jill oversees the editorial strategy and sustainability for Kensington Voice’s publications, including the news website, podcasts, print newspaper, and special editorial projects.

She is responsible for the following:

  • Planning, monitoring, and evaluating editorial strategy and projects
  • Developing and managing newsroom resources
  • Documenting newsroom processes and outcomes
  • Fostering workforce development

Contact Jill at

Special Projects Reporter

Sammy Caiola / / ‪971-910-6050

Sammy works as a part-time special projects reporter where she uses a community-engaged, trauma-informed approach to cover police accountability in the neighborhood.

Contact Sammy via at, on her cell phone at 971-910-6050, or via WhatsApp at 631-335-4311.

Youth Voices Coordinator

Khysir Carter / / ‪215-385-3115

Khy oversees all on-site and off-site youth engagement activities, including direct service programming and journalism

He is responsible for the following:

  • Designing and facilitating the after-school and summer youth programs
  • Engaging in off-site youth outreach and recruitment
  • Editing and publishing youth-produced content online and in print
  • Highlighting positive youth efforts in the neighborhood
  • Managing youth partnerships
  • Publishing stories about youth in the neighborhood

Contact Khy at

Newspaper Designer

Zaraiah King /

Zaraiah is responsible for designing two versions of the newspaper each month, one in English and the other in Spanish.

She is responsible for the following:

  • Adhering to the publication’s style guides and templates
  • Communicating with the editor about the print budget and design process
  • Ensuring the designs are print-ready before submitting for approval

Contact Zaraiah at

Newsroom Interns

The newsroom interns are responsible for supporting various newsroom projects.

Administrative Staff

The administrative staff are provided as needed through our fiscal sponsorship agreement with the Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC).

Executive Director, FNC Philly

Michael Harbison /

Michael is responsible for the oversight of FNC’s 50+ city programs, including Kensington Voice.

He is responsible for the following:

  • Executing contracts
  • Fundraising support
  • Strategic planning

Contact Michael at

Chief Financial Officer, FNC Philly

Adam Wilder /

Adam Wilder is responsible for the fiscal and operational oversight of FNC’s 50+ city programs, including Kensington Voice.

He is responsible for the following:

  • Incoming and outgoing payments
  • Insurance certificates
  • Hiring/termination paperwork
  • Payroll and benefits

Contact Adam at

Advisory Board

Our advisory board has a group of eight members, who are residents in the following neighborhoods:

  • Fairhill
  • Harrowgate
  • Kensington
  • Norris Square
  • Port Richmond

They meet twice per year to discuss the annual strategy for the upcoming fiscal year, including the budget, plus progress. They also provide additional feedback in response to monthly email updates from staff.

Community Partners

Our partnerships vary in nature and depend on the project. Some are ongoing relationships (i.e., our newspaper distribution partners), and others are time-bound (i.e., collaborative grant-funded projects).

See below for some of our recent partners.

Newspaper Distribution Partners

Càphê Roasters (19134)

Commonwealth Campus (19124)

Community Center at Visitation (19125)

Congreso de Latinos Unidos (19133)

Esperanza Health Center (19134)

Friendly Pharmacy (19133)

Greater Goods Grocery (19134)

HACE CDC (19140)

HACE CDC’s Casa Indiana (19133)

Health Center Six (19123)

Kensington Community Food Co-op (19125)

Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School (19122)

Kensington Hospital (19122)

Kensington Library (19133)

The Lighthouse (19133)

Lillian Marrero Library (19133)

The Loom (19134)

Mastbaum High School (19134)

McPherson Square Library (19134)

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (19134)

Norris Square Community Alliance (19122)

Norris Square Neighborhood Project (19122)

Norris Square Senior Community Center (19122)

Prevention Point Philadelphia (19134)

The Simple Way (19134)

Taller Puertorriqueño (19133)

Visitation BVM School (19125)

West Kensington Ministry (19122)

Broke in Philly Media Partners (via Resolve Philly)


Billy Penn

Chalkbeat Philadelphia



Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Journal



Germantown Info Hub

Green Philly

Klein College of Media and Communication

Kouvenda Media

Love Now Media

Madre Tierra

Metro Philadelphia

Metro Chinese

Metro Viet

Metro Korean


Next City

The Philadelphia Citizen

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Gay News

Philadelphia Magazine

Philatinos Radio



WURD Radio


Every Voice, Every Vote Media Partners (via Lenfest)



Chalkbeat Philadelphia

Community Voice PHL

FunTimes Magazine

Green Philly

Grid Magazine

Love Now Media


New Mainstream Press

Nueva Esperanza – Impacto

Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists

Philadelphia Gay News


¡Presente! Media

Resolve Philly

Scribe Video Center Media

The Philadelphia Citizen

The Philadelphia Hall Monitor

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Tribune

Unified Partnerships, iHeartMedia

We Talk Weekly


WURD Radio

Every Voice, Every Vote Community Partners (via Lenfest)

Alliance for a Just Philadelphia

Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia

Athletic Club of Fairhill


Committee of Seventy

Congreso de Latinos Unidos


East Point Breeze NeighborsEasterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Friends of FDR Park

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Humanature – The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University

One PA Activists United

PA Youth Vote

Pennsylvania Prison Society

Philadelphia Parks Alliance

Project HOME

Southwest Community Development Corporation

The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition

Urban Affairs Coalition


Why Not Prosper

William Way LGBT Community Center

Woori Center


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