Jen Reel

Jen Reel worked at the Observer for seven years. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.


Direct Quote: An Inside View

Lauren Johnson knows all too well the stigma that's often associated with having a felony conviction. Johnson now advocates with Austin-based nonprofit Grassroots Leadership to help people with a criminal history and their families get access to food stamps. Read More


Direct Quote: Words on a Stage

Three-time slam poetry champion, Ebony Stewart, travels around the country using spoken word to confront issues on sexual health, gender and body-image issues. Read More


Direct Quote: True Colors

"These murals served a purpose. They were an educational tool ... they were informative historically, politically. They were about information that had been neglected and forgotten." Read More