As senior editor for local impact, Joy is steering the launch of The Trace’s local reporting initiative, managing reporters covering Chicago and Philadelphia. Before joining The Trace in February 2021, Joy worked as a reporter and editor at HuffPost, the Los Angeles Times, and the Seattle Times, where she was an editor and reporter for the philanthropically funded Education Lab. She helped develop and edit EpicenterNYC’s school newsletter, The Unmuted, as part of that community journalism initiative’s effort to connect neighbors in Queens during the pandemic. Joy earned a B.A. in English and political science from Barnard College, and was awarded a Spencer Fellowship at Columbia University. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Columbia Daily Spectator and the Board of Directors for the Education Writers Association.