Stephen D. Solomon, Editor 

Stephen Solomon is founding editor of First Amendment Watch. He is Marjorie Deane Professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he teaches First Amendment law. His most recent book, Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), explored the birth of freedom of expression in America’s founding period. It was named First Amendment book of the year by the legal blog Concurring Opinions. Another of his books, Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle Over School Prayer, told the story of the controversial Supreme Court case that declared state-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in the public schools to be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. His work has won the Hillman Prize, the Gerald Loeb Award, and the John Hancock Award. He is founder and director of NYU’s M.A. program in Business and Economic Reporting. He is a graduate of Penn State University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Mary Ellen Egan, Managing Editor

Mary Ellen Egan is a veteran journalist and communications strategist. She has written extensively about business, the law, and social justice issues for a variety of national publications.  She began her career as an investigative reporter at City Pages, an alternative weekly in Minneapolis. She was the Chief of Reporters at Forbes, and was responsible for training, hiring, and supervising a staff of up to 34 reporters and interns. She was one of  the founders and Executive Managing Editor of ForbesWoman, a quarterly print publication and daily website for professional and executive women. She was the deputy editor of The American Lawyer , and the VP of Content and Editorial Strategy at Social Media Today. She helped develop and implement communications and social media strategies for the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University, and CenterLight Health System.  Mary Ellen has a B.A. in Speech/Communications from the University of Minnesota.

 Julie Lasson, Staff Writer

Julie Lasson graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2017 where she focused on investigative and media reporting. For her master’s project, she spent a summer following a schism in a small Jersey Shore town over public beach access. In March 2017, ProPublica published her investigation about rural hospitals turning away pregnant women despite federal law. She earned her BA at Stern College/Yeshiva University where she studied journalism and political science. Julie was recently a research assistant for a news-related study at the Columbia Business School, a former Stanton Fellow/speechwriter in the Office of the President at Yeshiva University, and an intern at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Tatiana Serafin, Consultant

Tatiana Serafin launched First Amendment Watch and served as its first Managing Editor. She continues as a consultant focused on content development while joining Marymount Manhattan College as a full-time faculty member growing their Journalism Department. She was a staff writer at Forbes and then co-editor of the magazine’s billionaire’s list, initiating coverage of billionaires in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She continues as a Forbes Contributor. She is currently working on two book-length projects, including a biography of the founder of New York’s first women’s college, Gorham Abbott, and translations of Ukrainian poetry. She won the 2014 Front Page Award for her coverage of the crisis in Ukraine and continues to write about the region’s billionaires. Tatiana has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, an MA in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University, as well as an MA in Central European and Russian Studies and BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. You can find more on www.tatianaserafin.com.


Research Assistants

Andy Putterman, NYU ’21

Andy Putterman plans to major in politics and minor in business studies.  He competes on NYU’s nationally ranked Mock Trial team and serves on the executive board of TorchPAC, an Israel advocacy group.  He also volunteers on a congressional campaign in Connecticut.  Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Andy plans to attend law school and pursue a career in public service. Putterman works on the FAW Map and content research.

Louise Choi, NYU ’21

Louise Choi is a freshman and plans to major in journalism and sociology with a minor in business of entertainment, media, and technology. She is a Staff Writer for the official school newspaper, the Washington Square News, and works at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study as a Student Technician. A member of the Phi Alpha Delta professional law co-fraternity, Louise plans to attend law school and pursue a career in media and entertainment law upon completing her undergraduate studies. Choi works on the FAW newsletter.

Joshua Reichek, NYU ’19

Joshua Reichek is a Politics major with minors in French and Hebrew & Judaic Studies. He is a founder and Vice President of the Sigma Alpha Mu Interest Group, an upcoming Jewish fraternity at NYU, and is on the executive board of TorchPAC, an Israel advocacy group. He has also had various internships with elected officials, non-profit organizations, and political campaigns. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Joshua plans to attend law school and pursue a career in either the law or public service. Joshua primarily works on the FAW map.