Meet the Team

Co-Founder and Editor

Co-author of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014). Bylines: The Atlantic, The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, and The Nation. Adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. @alysonrmartin

Co-Founder and Editor

Co-author of A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition (The New Press, 2014). Research lead of Platforms and Publishers project at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. @nushinrashidian

Senior Editor

Adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and editor of The Big Roundtable, a platform for narrative nonfiction. He is the former longtime editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. @michaelhoyt


Covers policy and politics at the local and national level as an independent journalist based in Chicago. He has worked for the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and City Bureau, among other publications. @Jeremy_Borden


LA native, graduated from Columbia Journalism School after working in education for several years. Her work has also appeared in La Opinión, the Columbia Journalism Review, and La Prensa Gráfica. @Julia_P_Barajas


2015 recipient of The New School’s Riggio Honors Writing & Democracy Fellowship. Reported on national politics for The Huffington Post. Graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2018. @IsaacForn


Software Engineer with a Bachelors of Technology degree from NYCCT. Full-Stack Web Developer for Cannabis Wire. WordPress custom Theme and Plugin Developer. @MagdaSicknick

Cannabis Wire Interns
Laura Olivieri Robles
Health and Science Intern

Multimedia reporter covering stories at the intersection of science, health and the cannabis industry. Some of her work has been featured in New Scientist, PRI and Science. As a Puerto Rican native, she can also report en Español.

Ben Jay
Data Intern

NYC-based journalist, photographer and web developer, studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Work has appeared in City & State New York, Deadspin, NYT, WNYC, Gothamist, Edible, the Village Voice, among others.

Cannabis Wire is working with freelance correspondents across the globe, and partnering with both local and large newsrooms. If you’re interested in working with our team, get in touch: