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Lottie Joiner Chosen as New Editor-in-Chief of Capital & Main

Former top editor of NAACP’s The Crisis to lead award-winning investigative publication.

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Veteran journalist Lottie Joiner has been named the new editor-in-chief of Capital & Main, a leading nonprofit investigative news publication that reports on inequality and climate change.

Joiner, who starts today, comes to Capital & Main from the NAACP’s The Crisis magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief. She has written for USA Today, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, Time.com, The Daily Beast, Ebony, Jet, Essence, NBCBLK, The Undefeated, TheGrio, The Root and many other outlets. Under her leadership, The Crisis — founded in 1910 by W.E.B. DuBois — has won several national awards and attracted top journalists as contributors while increasing its social media presence.

“We are thrilled that Lottie will be leading our editorial team and bringing her extensive experience to one of the only American news outlets whose mission is to report on systemic inequality,” said Danny Feingold, founder and publisher of Capital & Main. “At a time when the nation is grappling with the legacy and ongoing reality of unequal economic and racial conditions, Lottie will infuse our work with the passion and skills of a journalist who has dedicated her career to coverage of various forms of inequality.”

Joiner serves on the boards of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the American Society of Journalists and Authors and has a leadership role with the Journalism and Women Symposium, a leading advocate for women journalists. A graduate of Jackson State University, a historically Black college in Jackson, Mississippi, Joiner has master’s degrees in journalism from American University and The Ohio State University. She also has had fellowships or affiliations with many prestigious media organizations including the Pulitzer Center, USC’s Center for Health Journalism and the Poynter Institute. In 2019, she was named a Folio 100 Honoree, which recognizes the top innovators in publishing. Most recently Joiner was named a 2021 Maynard 200 Fellow at the Maynard Institute.

“I am so excited to join Capital & Main and their award-winning team of journalists,” said Joiner. “The issues at the core of their mission — inequality, housing, health care, immigrant rights, climate change — are some of the biggest challenges facing the country. I hope to build on the great work Capital & Main has done and expand the reach and impact of its invaluable reporting.”

Erin Aubry Kaplan, Capital & Main’s board chair and an op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Times and Politico, said, “Lottie is an exceptional journalist who understands that the media have a responsibility to address the country’s historic and systemic inequities. Capital & Main is fortunate to have someone of her caliber leading it during a time of great challenges and possibilities.”

Eric Ferrero, executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, said, “Lottie Joiner has worked for years to ensure that investigative journalists have the resources and support they need to produce high-quality reporting that has an impact. In particular, she’s a leader in strengthening diversity within the field of investigative journalism. Capital & Main plays a critical role in covering inequality, and we’re excited to see Lottie take this work to the next level as editor-in-chief.”

Founded in 2013, Capital & Main reports on economic, social and racial inequality as well as climate change in both California and across the country. During the 2020 election campaign, Capital & Main produced the largest American reporting project on economic inequality, “United States of Inequality,” with close to 100 original stories. Its articles have been co-published in dozens of outlets including USA Today, Newsweek, The Guardian, Fast Company, Time, The Atlantic and The American Prospect, among others. In the past five years, Capital & Main has won more than 60 awards for its work, including Best Online Journalist and Best News Website Exclusive to the Internet at the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. Capital & Main is a 501c3 news organization and is based in Los Angeles.


 
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