MuckRock Staff

Cofounder Michael Morisy is MuckRock’s chief executive. He was previously an editor at the Boston Globe, where he launched the paper's technology vertical BetaBoston. He is currently a 2018-19 nonresidential fellow at Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. He was a 2014-15 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a 2012-13 Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow at Harvard University. He graduated in 2007 from Cornell University with a degree in English. He can be reached at

Cofounder Mitchell Kotler is the site's lead developer and site architect. He is a veteran of multiple technology companies and startups, including AMD, Achronix, and eProvenance. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2007, and earned a Masters Degree from Cornell in 2008. You can contact him at / PGP Key.

Executive Editor JPat Brown is a graduate of Bowdoin College, the former Editor-in-Chief of the alt-weekly DigBoston, the author of a really stupid book about owls, and at one point ran a computer lab in a church basement. He has written extensively on CIA and FBI history, has been quoted saying some really harsh things about said history, and is working on compiling the largest public archive of photos of Presidents with cake ever assembled. Please ask him about J. Edgar Hoover’s favorite sandwich. Hit him up at or @resentfultweet.

Projects Editor / Senior Reporter Beryl C.D. Lipton is motivated by the inefficiencies that hinder a progressive democracy. She studied the History and Literature of America at Harvard College and likes to play with patterns and narrative constructions. Any and all may be in touch about any and all at / PGP Key

Office Manager / Local Reporter Caitlin Russell has worked as a reporter for a number of news outlets in eastern Massachusetts since graduating from Suffolk University in 2011. Her time as a local reporter taught her that there are nearly as many interpretations of the word "public" as there are records clerks. She now scans documents that are sent to MuckRock through snail mail, by those of you who insist on using snail mail, into MuckRock's database. Contact her at

Sam Whitmore Media Survey FOIA Fellow Jessie Gomez reports on public records trends and strategies at the local level as well as expanding MuckRock's database of appeals and exemption data. Contact her at

MuckRock Board Members

Michael Morisy serves as President and Treasurer of the MuckRock Foundation. Mitchell Kotler serves as Vice President and Secretary. In addition, the following individuals are members of MuckRock's board.

Board member Nabiha Syed is vice president and associate general counsel for BuzzFeed, tackling critical press freedom issues ranging from public records and libel to privacy and journalism in a digital age. Prior to BuzzFeed, she was an associate at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She is also a cofounder of the Media Freedom and Information Access legal clinic at Yale Law School and currently serves as the vice chair on the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center. Last week, she was also named the inaugural winner of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press’ Rising Star Award winner..

Board member Cori Zarek is currently senior tech policy fellow at the Mozilla Foundation, where she has overseen the launch of a new fellowship program to push policy forward on a variety of critical technology issues. Previously, she was the Freedom of Information Director at the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press; an attorney with the National Archives’ Office of Government and Information Services; President of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House, among many other positions where she has worked at the crossroads of policy, practice, technology, and transparency. In recognition of her contributions to the FOIA community, in 2017 she was inducted into the U.S. Freedom of Information Hall of Fame.

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