Today was a big day for Jorteh Senah from the Class of 2012. First, he graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism at commencement ceremonies this morning. And a story he broke in his Urban Investigative Reporting class that first ran in The Riverdale Press was picked up by The New York Post, 4 New York, and other media around the state.
Senah reported how powerful state senator Jeffrey Klein, who represents districts in the Bronx and Westchester County, raised $150,000 in campaign gifts from convicted felons and organized crime members. When The Riverdale Press (edited by CUNY J-School ’07 grad Kate Pastor) pushed Klein to respond, the senator agreed to give $27,500 of the funds to charities aimed at helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Urban Investigative class is taught by veteran investigative reporter Tom Robbins, who has worked for the Village Voice and New York Daily News, among other publications.