Shantal Riley

Former Tow Journalism Fellow, FRONTLINE/Newmark Journalism School Fellowship

Shantal was the 2020 Tow Journalism Fellow for the FRONTLINE/Newmark Journalism School Fellowship. She previously worked as a reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Mid Hudson Times in Newburgh, New York. Her stories on economic development and homelessness in Newburgh won awards from the New York Press Association; and her investigation into the city’s zombie-foreclosure crisis was recognized by the National Newspaper Association.
Her work has been featured by City Limits, NOVA Next and Vice. Riley, who is from Montréal, Canada, holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College, where she focused on journalism and digital media; and a master’s degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.

Last Responders — Coroners, Funeral Workers and Others — Say They Faced Risks as COVID Spread
Although the CDC maintains the risk of contracting COVID-19 from a dead body is low, there is no U.S. government agency tracking infection rates among last responders: medical examiners, coroners, embalmers, funeral directors and other trained mortuary workers. Workers told FRONTLINE they believe they’re highly exposed.
June 17, 2021
Cremation Is on the Rise in Black and Latino Communities During COVID-19, Funeral Professionals Say
Burials, a cherished cultural tradition among Black and Latino communities, have declined during COVID-19. Instead, more families of color are choosing cremation, citing economic hardship in a prolonged pandemic.
March 23, 2021
Filmmaker Jezza Neumann on “Growing Up Poor in America”
Filmmaker Jezza Neumann documents the lives of the working poor in his new film "Growing Up Poor in America," all while in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
September 8, 2020
Appeals Court: Amazon Was “Pivotal” in the Sale of Exploding Battery
A California appeals court said this month that Amazon can be held liable for defective products sold on its marketplace. The company has vowed to appeal the decision.
August 25, 2020
Blood Plasma Provides Possible Therapy for Covid-19 Patients
Convalescent plasma has shown enough promise against COVID-19 that hundreds of hospitals around the country have put it to use.
April 28, 2020
Who’s Responsible for Defective Products Sold on Amazon?
A Pennsylvania appeals court may soon decide.
March 11, 2020