Journalist and Retired Federal Investigator create unique News source In Montgomery, AL
A reporter and retired Office of Inspector General (OIG) criminal investigator teamed up this week to offer a one-of-a-kind multimedia news outlet in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sara MacNeil, a reporter who has worked in newsrooms in New Mexico, Louisiana and Alabama, and Felix A. Montelara, a retired OIG federal agent, met through a missing persons case. Montelara was translating for the family of a missing 17-year-old girl and MacNeil was reporting on the case. The two followed the case from the beginning, narrowing down two suspects, who the Montgomery Police Department later identified independently and charged with the murder.
Montelara has an extensive background in law enforcement going back to when he was a covert operative for the Puerto Rico Police Department in the 1980s. He has worked at the local, state, and federal level of law enforcement. During retirement he specializes in podcast and video production, creating Audio Dice Network and its international academy awards for Latino podcasting: the Latin Podcast Awards (https://
MacNeil has covered everything from murder trials to elections to landmark legislation, producing accountability journalism with an impact. She said she's excited to utilize new resources for investigative reporting and wants to focus on local news.
"We're going to keep it small but scrappy," MacNeil said.
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