About Filter

Filter launched in September 2018 and is based in New York City. Our mission is to advocate through journalism for rational and compassionate approaches to drug use, drug policy and human rights.

Filter is owned and operated by The Influence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can follow Filter on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our daily or weekly email newsletters here.


Editorial team

Will Godfrey – Editor-in-chief 






Will has worked as an editor and journalist in the human rights and drugs spaces since 2006. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Influence (2015-2017), an award-winning publication covering drug policy and related areas. He also founded and ran Substance.com (2014-2015), a harm reduction-oriented news site, and was previously editor-in-chief of the addiction-focused site The Fix (2013). He formerly co-founded and edited Voice of the Ville, an award-winning print publication for incarcerated people in London. 


Kastalia Medrano – Deputy Editor


Kastalia is a Manhattan-based journalist covering drugs, mental illness and public health. She’s previously written for a number of outlets including Newsweek, VICE, Vox and Gizmodo. She also works at VOCAL-NY testing low-income New Yorkers for hepatitis C, and is a syringe exchange volunteer at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. She would love to bring you naloxone.


Helen Redmond – Senior Editor


Helen has written about nicotine, mental health and drug policy for publications including Al Jazeera, AlterNet, Harper’s and The Influence. As an LCSW, she works with drug users in medical and community mental health settings. An expert on tobacco harm reduction, she provides training and consultation on mental health, nicotine use and THR, and in 2016 organized the first Tobacco Harm Reduction Conference in the U.S. Helen is also a documentary filmmaker, and produces original video for Filter.


Alex Norcia – Staff Writer


Alex previously worked as a reporter and copy editor at VICE. His writing about tobacco harm reduction, psychedelics and many other subjects has been published in The New York Times MagazineThe Columbia Journalism ReviewThe Nation and The Daily Beast, among other outlets.


Umme Hoque – Editorial Fellow


Umme is a journalist and editor based in New Mexico. She’s written about human rights, politics, education and climate, with an interest in the impact of social and public policies on disenfranchised communities. She also works as an organizer and advocate, working to build a future with education, housing and health care for all.



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Pitching guidelines and contact details

Please send all email correspondence to: Editor [at] filtermag.org.

We welcome pitches for feature-length articles around our subject areas, including investigative reports, op-eds, essays and interviews. Please send proposals (rather than drafts) and a sample of your previous work. Due to volume of pitches, we regret we cannot reply to them all; we will get back to you within a week if your idea is one we can use.

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