Clara Germani is the Monitor’s writing and reporting coach and a project director.
She has worked as a correspondent in Monitor bureaus in San Francisco, Washington, and South America. She also served as Moscow bureau chief for The Baltimore Sun during the 1990s. And she was managing editor of The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news partner at WGBH radio. She was a police-beat reporter for The Orange County Register and covered the federal and county courts for City News Service in Los Angeles; and she has contributed to The St. Louis American.
At The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, she directed a project that exposed possible juror racism in a murder conviction, leading to the defendant's release in December 2017 and new trial in 2018. She guided a major investigation on prenatal genetic testing that won two national medical reporting awards.
While at the Monitor, Germani was awarded the honorable mention in the 2009 Dart Society Mimi Award, the only national award for editors. She oversaw the award-winning Little Bill Clinton series – a year-long multimedia narrative about a Congolese refugee in Atlanta.
She grew up in a small Sonoran Desert town in California, and has a BA from the University of Southern California and an MA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Highlights of her Monitor stories