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Cassie Owens, a Philadelphia native working as a freelancer with a background in urban reporting and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, has joined Billy Penn as our third full-time reporter/curator.
Cassie has covered urban policy, blight, historic preservation, public art, hip hop and more in the city for publications that include Next City, SPOKE, City Paper, Metro and more. In addition to her varied coverage of Philadelphia issues, Cassie worked for renowned music writer Sasha Frere-Jones during his time at The New Yorker. Cassie is a Fulbright Scholar, and studied at the Institute of International Education in Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese. Follow Cassie on Twitter here.
“I’ve been a reader of Billy Penn from the jump. To join a team that’s approaching journalism differently —connecting with readers in a unique way and chasing untold stories— makes me more excited than I can really say,” Cassie says. “This is a thrilling city to live in, and I’m deeply happy to report for a platform that isn’t timid about that.”
“I couldn’t be more excited that Cassie has agreed to join us,” said Chris Krewson, the editor of Billy Penn. “We’re very excited for what 2016 holds, and her voice, smarts and insights will be invaluable as our coverage expands into Philly’s neighborhoods.”
We’re very excited for Cassie to join Billy Penn‘s editorial team as we get started on our partnership with PolitiFact. Her first day is February 1st.