Audio online now: Reporting with Authority: Knowing the Research, Knowing the Vocab

Guns & America is a groundbreaking new reporting collaboration focused on a single issue: the role of guns in American life — and we were honored to have them presenting at the Better Gun Violence Reporting Summit.


Reporting on community gun violence is difficult. Guns & America, a public media reporting project covering the role of guns in American life, presents some of the empirical research they rely on to report deeper, more contextual stories.


Jeremy Bernfeld, Lead Editor, Guns & America; Director of Collaborative Reporting, WAMU, Washington DC

Before moving to D.C., Bernfeld was the editor of Harvest Public Media, a public media collaboration reporting from the Midwest on our food system. Prior to that, he worked at WBUR in Boston.

Alana Wise, Reporting Fellow, WAMU, Washington DC

Alana Wise joins Guns & America after three years at Reuters, where she covered the 2016 presidential election, airlines and security, and the food and restaurant sector. Wise is an Atlanta native and a 2015 graduate of Howard University with a degree in political science and journalism. Wise is the 2018-2020 Audion Reporting Fellow at WAMU 88.5 in

Lisa Dunn, Research Editor, Guns & America, Washington DC

Prior to joining the Guns & America team as research editor, Dunn was a long-time producer for the public radio show, The Diane Rehm Show.Over the years, she produced multiple shows on the topic of guns, including special programming in the wake of the Sandy Hook, Navy Yard and Orlando mass shootings. Dunn holds an M.B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; and a B.A., American Studies, George Washington University.