Pamela Cytrynbaum named Chicago Innocence Project executive director

Longtime Chicago journalist Pamela Cytrynbaum will be in charge of Chicago Innocence Project’s daily operations, while founder David Protess continues as president and spokesman. He says of Cytrynbaum in his email announcing the appointment:

She covered criminal justice issues for the New Orleans Times-Picayune before becoming a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was also Mike Royko’s “legman.” After serving as my program assistant at the Medill Innocence Project, Pam became director of the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Read the full email after the jump.

From: David Protess
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:06:59 -0700
To:
Subject: Pamela Cytrynbaum named executive director of Chicago Innocence Project

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Pamela Cytrynbaum has accepted my offer to become executive director of the Chicago Innocence Project.

Pam is a longtime Chicago journalist, writer and teacher. She covered criminal justice issues for the New Orleans Times-Picayune before becoming a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was also Mike Royko’s “legman.” After serving as my program assistant at the Medill Innocence Project, Pam became director of the Justice Brandeis Innocence Project at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

A Medill grad — and one of my first Investigative Reporting students — Pam has been teaching reporting and multimedia storytelling at Medill for the past two years. In April, she received the 2012 Medill students’ Choice Award, an honor voted by students. She also regularly contributes to TeachingTolerance.org, the educational site for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and for NBC’s site, FamilyGoesStrong.com.

As executive director, Pam will be in charge of ChIP’s daily operations, including running our downtown offices, fundraising, reviewing cases and supervising students’ field reporting. I will continue as president of ChIP, serving as spokesperson, selecting cases, teaching the reporting seminar and writing for the Huffington Post.

Please join me in welcoming Pam to the Chicago Innocence Project.

Best,

David

David Protess
President
Chicago Innocence Project

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