The mission of The Tyler Loop is to help Tylerites develop shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our diverse and growing city.
- We believe nonpartisan, fact-based reporting about Tyler’s past and present is essential for making informed decisions about its future
- We strive to reflect Tyler’s rich diversity in all its forms, including demographics, politics, and faith
- We aim to highlight what’s working in Tyler, and also to document challenges facing our city’s health and growth
- We believe democracy works best when citizens engage in well-informed, civil conversations about the local impacts of national policies
- We believe that independent, community-supported journalism is essential to the future of Tyler and cities like it across the nation
- We publish deeply reported, meticulously researched journalism on carefully selected issues facing Tyler and East Texas
- We reflect Tyler’s diversity in all aspects of our work
- We train paid interns and fellows, drawn from local schools
- We collaborate with journalists across the state and country
- We create opportunities for residents to engage in civil, fact-based conversations on city, state, and national policies and trends
- We will become a leader in a national network of local nonprofit newsrooms experimenting with community-driven sustainability models
Tasneem Raja is the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR’s Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She’s a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.
You can read more about Tasneem here.
Chris Groskopf is co-founder of The Tyler Loop and a member of its board of directors. He is a pioneer in the field of data-driven storytelling, having worked at The Chicago Tribune, NPR, and Quartz. In addition to his work as a journalist, Chris runs a software engineering team for Enigma, a New York City-based data technology startup.
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- Texas Monthly, the illustrious magazine of investigative deep dives, foodie profiles, and much more
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