Born in Miami and raised by Brooklynites in Southern California, Jennifer Mascia spent her childhood believing she was going to be the next Meryl Streep. At 17 she moved to New York City, where she majored in theater at Hunter College. Upon graduating she embarked on an illustrious career as a server in several overpriced Manhattan eateries before embracing her inner news junkie. She graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2007 and spent eight years at The New York Times, where she was a news assistant, researcher, fact-checker, and writer in Metro and Opinion. She is a founding staffer and senior news writer at The Trace, the nation’s only news outlet focused exclusively on gun violence, and a contributor to CNN’s Guns in America team.