Justin Madden is currently a desk editor with the Associated Press. Before accepting a position with AP, Justin was a crime reporter at Cleveland.com. Justin was a digital content producer at News 5 WEWS, an ABC affiliate in before joining the online publication. Prior to joining the television station, Justin was a Reuters Fellow. He covered general news in 14 states for several months after spending time covering agriculture commodities. He joined the Reuters Ag and commodities team in November 2015, making the transition from covering crime in Lexington, Ky., as the digital breaking news reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. While at the Herald-Leader, Justin won a Kentucky Press Association Award for coverage of a hotel explosion in 2014 and anchored a team of reporter’s that won a McClatchy President’s Award for our aggressive coverage of the NCAA Championship celebrations that showed fans burning couches, fighting and dodging rubber bullets shot by police.
Justin also worked with WKYT-TV, the newspaper’s reporting partner, on stories focused on suicide, heroin and babies born with drug addictions. He has interned at BET and on the CBS television show “Criminal Minds.” Justin graduated from Grambling State University, where he was editor for The Gramblinite newspaper and also served as vice president and president of Grambling’s NABJ chapter. Justin was raised in south-central Los Angeles .