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Brian Lyman


Brian Lyman has covered Alabama government since 2006. He has worked at the Montgomery Advertiser; the Press-Register and The Anniston Star, and reported on many issues, from the death penalty to climate change to Alabama history. Lyman has won awards from the Associated Press and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. He lives in Auburn with his wife Julie and their three children.

Ralph Chapoco

Senior Reporter

Ralph Chapoco is a senior reporter for the Alabama Reflector. Prior to that, he was the political watchdog reporter for Florida Today, covering local politicians and the impact their policies have on the community. Chapoco has more than eight years of experience as a journalist dating back to 2014. He began as an education reporter for a year and half for the Rio Grande Sun in New Mexico and the North Platte Telegraph in North Platte, Nebraska. Afterward, he spent more than three years at the Washington County Daily News as the local political journalist. He obtained a master's degree from the University of Missouri, focusing on data journalism and business reporting before working at the Arizona Republic for a year supporting the reporters on the homelessness and housing insecurity team with their data needs.

Alander Rocha


Alander Rocha is a journalist covering government, policy and healthcare in the state of Alabama. He previously worked for KFF Health News and the Red & Black, Georgia's student newspaper. He also hosted the Athens Frontline, a health podcast from the Red & Black. Rocha is a Tulane and Georgia alumnus and served in the Peace Corp in Ecuador before he caught the journalism bug. He lives in Montgomery with his partner, Chris, and their four dogs, Miss Lily, Cortez, Melvyn and Tater Tot.

Jemma Stephenson


Jemma Stephenson is the education reporter for the Alabama Reflector, and covers state government and schools. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and previously worked as the children and education reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She was a reporting fellow for the Education Writers Association in 2022.