We are pleased to welcome two innovative journalists to the gun violence beat.

Ava Sasani started this week as the inaugural staffer for our Gun Violence Data Hub, and Alma Beauvais joined The Trace last month as our first-ever editorial assistant.

Alma Beauvais and Ava Sasani

Beauvais has interned for The Nation and The Miami Herald, and has written for The Haitian Times, and The West Georgian. Since graduating from Columbia Journalism School in May 2022, she’s also held a part-time desk assistant position at WCBS Newsradio 880. Beauvais  brings an incisive and collaborative spirit to her work, and is deeply motivated by The Trace’s mission.

Sasani worked part-time at The Boston Globe during her senior year of college and, as an intern at The Wall Street Journal, she contributed to an investigative series exposing corruption in the federal court system. During a fellowship at The New York Times, she created and helped manage an abortion law tracker and wrote about the shooting victim Tyre Nichols. More recently she’s been freelancing for The Guardian.

Sasani has already begun to conduct research for The Trace’s new Gun Violence Data Hub, assembling a database of potential newsrooms we’d like to collaborate with, and helping identify and organize datasets as we build the data hub and its staff. (If you’d like to learn more about the Data Hub, please sign up here.)

“Both Beauvais and Sasani have that perfect combination of excellent news judgment and scrappiness,” said Samantha Storey, The Trace’s managing editor. “I am so grateful we get to work with them.” 

Beauvais and Sasani will both work out of The Trace’s Brooklyn office.