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The Cronkite School established the Hearst Visiting Professional Program in 1992 with the help of a generous grant from the William R. Hearst Foundation. Since then, the Cronkite School has brought dozens of leading journalists — Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, top newspaper editors, digital media innovators and TV news anchors — to campus. While at the school, these established professionals speak to classes, meet with faculty, and deliver a major address in First Amendment Forum to students and faculty about their areas of expertise.
Hearst Visiting Professionals include:
Maria Hinojosa, president and founder, Futuro Media and anchor and EP, Latino USA
As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in New York City with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. As anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show “Latino USA,” distributed by NPR, and co-host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast “In the Thick,” Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.
Keith Woods, chief diversity officer, NPR
Keith Woods is chief diversity officer at NPR, where he has worked since 2010. He leads and supports NPR's efforts to bring greater diversity to its audience, content and staffing while creating a workplace where a diverse staff can grow and thrive. He is a resource across the organization for leadership and staff working on diversity efforts, as well as for public radio leaders from more than 260 member stations across the country. Woods also heads up the editorial training team, which helps strengthen and support the work of journalists by training them in leadership, storytelling, reporting, editing, diversity, audio production and digital strategy. He has trained the staffs of more than 30 public media stations from Canton, N.Y., to Juneau, Alaska.
Before joining NPR, Woods was dean of faculty of The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla. There, he led a dynamic faculty and taught for 15 years in seminars on race relations, diversity, ethics, reporting and personal essay writing. He is co-author of “The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity.” He is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard University and the Tulane University School of Social Work. He is a former sports writer, news reporter, city editor, editorial writer and columnist, working his way through those jobs in 16 years at the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Manny García, senior editor, ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative
Manny García is the senior editor for the ProPublica-Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative. García previously served in top leadership roles at the USA Today Network as standards editor and East Region executive editor. García is also the former editor of the Naples Daily News, editor and general manager of Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald and senior news editor of the Miami Herald. García has managed the work of hundreds of reporters, and he was a primary writer and anchor of the Herald’s coverage of the federal raid that removed 6-year-old Elián González from his relatives’ Miami home and returned him to his father in Cuba.
As a reporter and editor, García and his teams have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer, Goldsmith and IRE prizes, as well as a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Award-winning projects have exposed sex trafficking in the Caribbean, led to the convictions of numerous public officials, changed Florida law and helped free a man serving a life sentence in prison for murders and a rape he did not commit. He also received the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership.
García serves as a board member for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, News Leaders Association and the Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication. García served on the IRE board from 2006-2014, including one term as IRE president. He is a graduate of Florida International University and Miami Dade College. Born in Havana, he was raised in Miami.
Matt Barrie (’01), anchor, SportsCenter and studio host, ESPN College Football
Matt Barrie, who joined ESPN in March 2013, is a host of various editions of “SportsCenter,” frequently co-anchoring with Elle Duncan. In addition to anchoring from the studio, Barrie frequently hosts “SportsCenter on the Road” from various locations around the country. In 2019, Barrie’s ESPN duties were expanded as he was named studio host for college football Saturdays. He also calls some college football games on ESPN networks. In addition to his work on golf for “SportsCenter,” Barrie also is co-host of the ESPN golf podcast “Matty and the Caddie” with ESPN.com’s Michael Collins. During his career, Barrie has received 11 Emmy awards and three Edward R. Murrow journalism awards.
Prior to coming to ESPN, Barrie was an anchor/reporter at KXAS, NBC5 in Dallas (2008-2013) where he hosted weekend sportscasts, including “Sunday’s Out of Bounds.” He also anchored live coverage of the Cowboys, Rangers and Mavericks, and was recognized with the 2010 national and regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award, five Lonestar Emmy Awards, including Sports Reporter and Sportscast, and the “Salute to Excellence” NABJ Award.
Previously, Barrie was in Columbia, S.C. (2005-08) where he served as sports anchor/reporter for WLTX-TV, and co-hosted the “Matt and Tim Show” on 1400-AM “The Team,” the highest-rated radio show in the Columbia market. Barrie began his career at WJFW-TV in Wausau, Wisc. (2001-02), where he was the station’s primary Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers reporter. Barrie is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona., and graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in broadcast Journalism from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2020, he was inducted into the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Peter Alexander, co-anchor, "Weekend TODAY" and White House correspondent, NBC News
Emmy Award-winning journalist Peter Alexander is the co-anchor of “Weekend TODAY” and White House correspondent for NBC News. His reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News and MSNBC including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” TODAY, “Meet the Press,” “Dateline,” and NBCNews.com. Alexander joined “Weekend TODAY” as co-anchor in October 2018.
His reporting on the Trump administration is often cited by other outlets, including Alexander’s real-time fact-check of President Trump at his first press conference in office.
Alexander was assigned to cover the White House for NBC News in 2012. Prior to joining the NBC News White House team, Alexander led the network’s on-the-ground coverage of the 2012 Republican presidential race, reporting from the trail on GOP nominee Mitt Romney through Election Day. Alexander’s reporting earned him recognition as one of POLITICO’s “10 Breakout Reporters of 2012.”
Since arriving at NBC News in 2004, Alexander has covered numerous international stories —Iraq’s historic 2005 election, the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and the tsunami in Indonesia. He interviewed then-Cuban president Fidel Castro during Hurricane Ivan in 2005. Alexander has covered numerous breaking news events, including anchoring live coverage of the "Miracle on the Hudson" and the "Tragedy at Virginia Tech." In 2010, he reported on the international controversy surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Alexander has also served as an NBC Sports host and has covered the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and the 2016 Rio Olympics Games.
A recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, Alexander has also been recognized by the Associated Press, the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Alexander graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. At Northwestern, the Peter Alexander Medill Cherub Scholarship and Undergraduate Scholarship support bright and inquisitive international students with leadership qualities and an interest in journalism. Alexander lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, WJLA-TV anchor Alison Starling and their two daughters.
Jarrad Henderson (‘07), senior multimedia producer - investigations and enterprise video, USA Today
Jarrad Henderson is a two-time Emmy award winning senior video producer for USA Today’s Investigative and Enterprise video unit. Recognized for being a forward thinking, digital savvy, media and video production expert, Henderson helps others pursue their dreams of becoming visual storytellers through his roles as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, multimedia judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and as the chair of the National Association of Black Journalists - Visual Task Force.
Scott Pelley, correspondent, “60 Minutes”
Scott Pelley has been a correspondent with “60 Minutes” since 1999. From 2011 to 2017, Pelley also served as anchor and managing editor of “The CBS Evening News.” Pelley has covered the major stories of our times and interviewed the news makers who have changed our world, including the days following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pelley authored “Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times,” which details exchanges he had while covering events of national and global significance, including the 9/11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and presidential elections.
Christina Jewett, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Christina Jewett covers end-of-life and acute care. She spent seven years with The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she worked on a series that uncovered widespread graft in Medicaid-funded drug rehab centers, spurring the closure of scores of centers and 11 arrests. She and colleagues won a George Polk Award for medical reporting in 2011. At Kaiser Health News, she won a Barlett & Steele gold award in 2019 for stories about the FDA allowing medical device companies to file millions of device-injury reports out of the public realm.
William C. Rhoden, columnist and editor-at-large, The Undefeated
William C. Rhoden is a columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s news site about sports, race and culture. He is curator of the Rhoden Fellows and is the author of several books, including _40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Black Athlete_. Before joining The Undefeated, Rhoden wrote an award-winning sports column for the New York Times and appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Sports Reporters for nearly 30 years.
Aaron Walker, Chief Communications Officer, Rock Ventures
Aaron Walker is the Chief Communications Officer of Rock Ventures and the Rock Family of Companies. He oversees the strategic communications of more than 100 companies, including Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers, among many others. Prior to Rock Ventures, he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Crisis in Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. Aaron previously was Vice President of Media Relations at Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., a nationally recognized high-stakes communications firm, in Washington, D.C. He is an ASU graduate.
Dwayne Bray, journalist/senior coordinating producer, ESPN
Dwayne Bray manages the sports network’s television enterprise/investigative unit. At ESPN, Bray has been a part of winning two Peabody Awards, the duPont-Columbia University Award, multiple Murrow Awards, the IRE Award for Sports Investigations and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Journalism. Prior to joining ESPN in 2006, Bray was a journalist at the Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Dayton Daily News, and the Medina Gazette.
Christine Devine, anchor, FOX 11
Christine Devine is a veteran television news anchor in Los Angeles. She anchors the weeknight newscasts at 5 and 10 p.m. at KTTV FOX 11 News. Devine has won 16 Emmys including the prestigious Governors Award. In 2018 she received the Golden Mic Icon Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2012, Los Angeles Magazine named her one of the “50 Women Changing LA.” In addition to the evening newscasts, Devine also hosts the segment ‘Wednesday’s Child’ and a podcast called ‘Olympic and Bundy’. Devine is a proud Sun Devil graduate from Arizona State University. She was inducted into the Cronkite School’s Hall of Fame.
David McCraw, deputy general counsel, The New York Times
David McCraw has spent the last 17 years at The New York Times where he serves as the top newsroom lawyer. In this role, he has worked as The Times’ principal legal advisor and oversaw national stories such as the Snowden disclosures and a range of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting. He is the author of “Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts,” and is one of the nation’s most active litigators of freedom-of-information lawsuits. He is a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School and adjunct professor at The New York University School of Law.
Kimberly S. Johnson, professional products editor, The Wall Street Journal
Kimberly S. Johnson has more than two decades of journalism experience in print, online, broadcast and radio. Currently, she is the professional products editor at The Wall Street Journal and oversees the organization’s specialized premium content. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, Johnson spent five years covering financial activity in sub-Saharan Africa for various publications and helped launch websites focused on Africa’s construction sector and Nigeria’s business environment. She previously was an adjunct professor at colleges in Boston and Denver.
Rodney Smolla, professor of law, Widener University Delaware Law School
Rodney Smolla, dean and professor of law at Widener University Delaware Law School, is an advocate for experiential learning, development of professional competencies and civic engagement. Previously, he was the 11th president of Furman University, dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, dean of the University of Richmond Law School and director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the William & Mary School of Law. Smolla is a nationally-known scholar on matters relating to constitutional law, civil rights, freedom of speech and mass media. He is the author of five published multi-volume legal treatises.
Penelope Muse Abernathy, UNC Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics
Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has more than 30 years of journalism experience as a reporter, editor and senior media executive. She is the author of two books: “Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability,” published in 2014, and “The Strategic Digital Media Entrepreneur,” published in 2018.
Bailey Mosier, MMC ‘09, on-air personality, Golf Channel
Bailey Mosier covers news, lifestyle and fashion for the Golf Channel, both as a co-host for “Morning Drive” daily news program and as a reporter at major golf tournaments. She also hosts Breakdown, an online forum on the Golf Channel’s website, and reports on golf-related fashion and social media coverage in video segments for “The Grill Room” online.
Mark Trahant, editor, Indian Country Today
Mark Trahant edits Indian Country Today, a digital publication that provides the public with news and information from indigenous nations. He also provides weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One. Trahant is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught journalism courses at he University of Idaho and the University of Colorado.
Sarah Spain, ESPN writer, radio host and TV personality
Sarah Spain is a Peabody Award-winning writer, radio host and ESPN TV personality. At ESPN, she also serves as a columnist for espnW, co-hosts the radio show “Spain and Fitz,” and has her own podcast, “That’s What She Said.” In 2016, Spain created the award-winning video “More than Mean” about harassment on social media.
Jessica Yu, Doodle team lead, Google
Jessica Yu is the Doodle team lead at Google, where she heads the company’s international team of illustrators and artists who design Google’s logos. Before joining Google, Yu managed a team of more than 100 visual storytellers as the global head of visuals at The Wall Street Journal.
Jenna Krajeski, freelance journalist and writer
Jenna Krajeski reports for The Fuller Project, a global team of journalists that investigates issues that impact women. She previously served as editor of the culture section of the English-language Egyptian newspaper, Al-Masry Al-Youm, and contributed coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution to that paper as well as The New Yorker and Slate.com. In 2016, she was a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan.
Brian Storm, founder and executive producer, MediaStorm
Brian Storm leads MediaStorm, a New York City-based film production and interactive design studio. He also served as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. He was the first director of multimedia at MSNBC, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site.
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico correspondent, The Dallas Morning News
Alfredo Corchado covers drug-related violence for The Dallas Morning News. His reporting has earned him a number of awards, including the Maria Moors Cabot award, presented by Columbia University, and Colby College’s Elijah Parrish Lovejoy prize. He is the author of two books: “Homelands” and “Midnight in Mexico.”
Kim L. Hunter, president and CEO, Lagrant Communications
Kim L. Hunter leads Lagrant Communications, a large integrated marketing communications agency. He has worked with a number of major corporate brands, including American Airlines, Walmart, Starbucks, Verizon and General Motors. Her has been named one of PRWeek’s Top 20 Most Influential Communicators and is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the Arthur W. Page Society.
Sarah Holt, producer, writer and director, Holt Productions
Sarah Holt is a filmmaker, science writer, producer and director whose work for PBS has focused on science, history and medicine. She is the creator of the NOVA l PBS documentary “Addiction” and has won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award three times for her documentaries “Cracking Your Genetic Code,” “How Memory Works” and “18 Ways to Make a Baby.”
Daniel Burke, religion editor, CNN
Daniel Burke writes about religion for CNN, where he also edits the award-winning religion section, CNN Belief. Before joining CNN, he was a reporter and editor at Religion News Service. He has been honored multiple times by the American Academy of Religion for his in-depth reporting, winning the academy's top prize in 2018.
Laura Anderson, vice president of global marketing and communications and general manager of global communications, Intel Corporation
Cronkite alumna Laura Anderson is one of the country’s top global corporate communications executives. As vice president of global marketing and communications and general manager of global communications, she manages a global team of 150 professionals across 20 different countries for the Intel Corporation. She is a member of the Cronkite School’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Peter Hamby, head of news, Snap Inc.
Peter Hamby is a veteran political journalist and host of “Good Luck America,” Snapchat's original documentary series about American politics. He also is a contributor to Vanity Fair. He previously was a producer and national political reporter for CNN. He earned several Emmys for his reporting at CNN and is the recipient of a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for political coverage on Snapchat.
Susan Goldberg, editorial director, National Geographic Partners, and editor-in-chief, National Geographic Magazine
Susan Goldberg is the first female editor National Geographic in its 130-year history. She oversees all National Geographic content and publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She previously was executive editor at Bloomberg News, editor at the Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, and executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News.
Jon Decker, White House correspondent, Fox News Radio
Jon Decker has been a member of the White House press corps since 1995. Prior to joining Fox News, he served as White House correspondent for Reuters Television and SiriusXM Radio. He is a former host of PBS Television's "This Week in Business" and served as a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Margo Gillman, executive director, Enterprise Transformation & Internal Communications at City of Hope
Cronkite alumna Margo Gillman is a top executive at City of Hope cancer centers, with expertise in health communication, social marketing, public affairs and media relations. She previously served as senior vice president in the social marketing practice of Ogilvy Public Relations, where she designed and directed health care and behavior change campaigns.
Matt Barrie, anchor and studio host, ESPN
Matt Barrie is a SportsCenter anchor on ESPN and frequently hosts SportsCenter on-the-road programs around the U.S. He also co-hosts the golf podcast “Matty and The Caddie.” He previously was a reporter at KXAS, NBC5, in Dallas, where he hosted weekend sportscasts. He is the recipient of 2010 national and regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Paula Kerger, president and CEO, PBS
Paula A. Kerger has overseen numerous award-winning PBS productions, including “Downton Abbey” on PBS Masterpiece and Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam War documentary. Previously, he worked at Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 New York. He sits on the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
Raney Aronson-Rath, the executive producer of “FRONTLINE,” has been recognized for her work to expand the show’s reporting capacity. Under Aronson-Rath’s leadership, “FRONTLINE” has won every major award in broadcast journalism. She has developed and managed nearly 30 in-depth, cross-platform journalism partnerships with some of the nation’s premiere news outlets, including ProPublica, American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, CBC Television and Univision. Previously, Aronson-Rath worked at ABC News and The Wall Street Journal. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine and espnW, is a veteran multimedia journalist and executive for major media organizations. Overholt is responsible for developing comprehensive, multiplatform content strategies for espnW and for driving collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling in ESPN The Magazine, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Overholt is the first female editor-in-chief of a national, general-interest sports magazine. She is a graduate of Harvard University.
Tanzina Vega, host of WNYC’s “The Takeaway,” is a journalist and speaker on issues of race, media and inequality in the U.S. Vega has contributed to CNN, CNNMoney, WNYC Radio, Reuters television, Billboard magazine and The New York Times, where she won an Emmy award for outstanding new approaches in documentary media. As host of “The Takeaway,” she provides context and perspective on the day’s news. She is a graduate of the City University of New York.
Ramon Escobar, vice president of talent recruitment and development at CNN, oversees the recruitment and development of on-air talent at CNN. Based in New York, he also reports to CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker as the organization’s vice president of diversity and inclusion. A media veteran with 25 years of experience in news and entertainment in network television as well as digital/new media, Escobar has worked in both English- and Spanish-language media. He came to CNN from Telemundo, where he was the head of the news division.
Melissa Lyttle is an award-winning storyteller based in Los Angeles. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida and began her career in newspapers, where she worked for nearly 15 years. Now, Lyttle is an independent visual journalist whose primary focus has been on social issues, including poverty, immigration, and how people are affected by the criminal justice system. As a two-time International Women's Media Foundation fellow, Lyttle has worked on the U.S.-Mexico border in both Ciudad Juárez and Nogales, Sonora. In February 2017, she was appointed to serve a second term as president of the National Press Photographers Association.
Bernardo Ruiz is a documentary director and producer. His directorial feature debut, Reportero, (POV, 2013) about attacks on the press in Mexico, was nominated for a 2014 News and Documentary Emmy Award. It premiered at Full Frame (U.S.), IDFA (Europe) and Ambulante (Mexico). His second feature documentary, Kingdom of Shadows (POV, 2016) premiered at SXSW in the U.S. and IDFA in Europe. In fall 2015, Ruiz was a filmmaker in residence at the Investigative Reporting Program at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He serves on the advisory board of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Maycie Thornton is the director of Social Media at BuzzFeed in Los Angeles, where she leads a team of people who manage BuzzFeed’s video content publishing strategy across all platforms — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat. Before she started at BuzzFeed, Thornton lived in Arizona, where she was a web producer at a television show called “Right This Minute” after graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Mark Trahant, a journalist and a faculty member at the University of North Dakota as the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism, reports at TrahantReports.Com. He also does audio commentary for Native Voice One. Previously, he has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho and a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on the Indian Health Service, and the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Trahant has also worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News.
Sarah Cohen, editor of The New York Times’ computer-assisted reporting team, previously taught journalism at Duke University. Prior to Duke, Cohen spent a decade at The Washington Post, where she was part of a Pulitzer-winning team that exposed the failures of the District of Columbia’s child protective systems. Before that she taught reporters computer-assisted techniques and reported on economics and health care. She has even been an economist, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Mark Hass is a senior adviser to Teneo Digital and founding partner of Peconic First, a New York-based venture capital and advisory firm working with early-stage, technology-driven marketing and media companies. Previously, he was president and CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. Early in his career, Hass worked as a reporter and editor in Washington, Miami and Detroit. He was part of a team that created one of the nation’s first comprehensive newspaper websites in 1993.
Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News and current principal of Heyward Advisory LLC, is an expert on the changing media landscape. For the past decade, he has helped media companies develop innovative online ventures and profitable digital strategies, create new content and services, and transform their businesses to drive growth and revenue. Heyward was president of CBS News from 1996-2005 and was previously executive producer of The CBS Evening News. Over his career, Heyward has won 12 national Emmy Awards.
Kevin Merida is senior vice president at ESPN and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, a digital site that explores the intersection of sports, race and culture. He was previously managing editor at the Washington Post. A lifelong newspaperman and the co-author of a book about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Merida was at the Post in various roles for over 20 years. He began his career in journalism as a reporter and editor at The Dallas Morning News.
Rem Rieder is a media columnist for USA Today. Previously, he was editor and senior vice president of the American Journalism Review, where he wrote columns on media issues. In his career, Rieder has held editing positions at news organizations including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Milwaukee Journal. He has taught media industry reporting, journalism ethics, magazine editing and production, and advanced public affairs reporting at the University of Maryland.
Heather Vogell is a reporter at ProPublica, where her investigation into how schools discipline students with intellectual disabilities won the 2015 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability. Previously, she was a reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where her work on test cheating in the public school system resulted in the indictments of the superintendent and 34 others. A series she co-authored, “Cheating Our Children,” became a 2013 finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
Benoit Wirz is director of venture investments for the Knight Foundation. There, he manages the Knight Enterprise Fund, which invests directly in early-stage startups that improve access to information. He also advises Knight’s program staff and nonprofits in Knight’s portfolio on business issues. Wirz is a founder of U.S. Global, where he guided businesses from startup to profitability. He also served as vice president of strategic planning for U.S. Global Glass, and as vice president of business development for U.S. Global Synfuel.
Bill Dedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of the bestselling book “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.” He currently is a reporter for Newsday in New York. From 2006-2014, Dedman was an investigative reporter for NBC News. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1989 for a series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on racial discrimination by banks and other mortgage lenders.
Kate O'Brian is the president of Al Jazeera America, where she is responsible for the editorial strategy and operations across the network. Previously, O’Brian was senior vice president of newsgathering operations at ABC, where she led the network’s worldwide news bureaus and investigative units. She began her career as a television desk assistant in New York and joined the staff of “This Week with David Brinkley” in 1981. O’Brian has numerous awards, including an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award for her reporting.
Bill Putnam is a veteran photojournalist, whose work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Newsweek, among other publications. Putnam served as a combat photographer during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, capturing powerful images of humanity on both sides of the front lines. In Afghanistan, Putnam shot images in the country’s volatile Helmand Province. His work has concentrated on the mental, physical and political cost of war.
Rem Rieder is a media columnist for USA Today, where he writes on the role media plays in the lives of Americans. Previously, Rieder was editor and senior vice president of the American Journalism Review where he wrote columns on media issues. In his career, Rieder has held editing positions at news organizations, including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Milwaukee Journal. He has taught media industry reporting, journalism ethics, magazine editing and production, and advanced public affairs reporting at the University of Maryland.
Mike Riley is editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Higher Education, a leading publication on university and college news for faculty and administrators. As editor-in-chief, Riley oversees business and editorial operations of the publication. In addition, he manages The Chronicle of Philanthropy, as well as a number of specialized websites. Previously, he served as the editorial director for Bloomberg Government. Early in his career, Riley was a correspondent for Time magazine in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington and Atlanta. He also held editorial positions with Congressional Quarterly and The Roanoke Times.
Margaret Talev is the White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. In her role, she covers the White House and the role of foreign policy in presidential elections. Previously, she worked for McClatchy, whose newspapers include The Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Raleigh News & Observer. Her work has appeared in dozens of other outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and American Journalism Review. She is a board member of the White House Correspondents' Association and the Washington Press Club Foundation.
Glenda Umaña is a leading Spanish language journalist, who served for nearly 18 years as one of the top anchors at CNN en Español. At CNN, Umaña covered a variety of international news stories, including the death of Pope John Paul II and the capture of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Umaña has received numerous awards for her work in broadcast journalism, including "Best Television Reporting" from the Association of Central American Journalists. Prior to CNN en Español, Umaña was a correspondent for CBS TeleNoticias.
Fred Young was the longtime senior vice president of Hearst-Argyle Television, where he oversaw news operations in 26 markets throughout 22 states, as well as the Hearst-Argyle Washington, D.C., News Bureau, which services the company's television news departments. Young joined Hearst Broadcasting in October 1962, serving for 25 years at WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, as vice president and general manager, news director, and in other news management positions. During his years there, WTAE-TV received numerous local and national awards for quality programming and community service.
Steve Capus served as president of NBC News from 2005 to 2013. As president, he managed all NBC News properties, including “NBC Nightly News,” “TODAY,” “Meet the Press” and “Dateline.” During his tenure, he oversaw coverage of Hurricane Katrina, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and the election and re-election of Barack Obama. Capus started at NBC in 1993, serving as an executive producer on several top programs. He has received numerous awards, including four Emmy Awards and six Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Lou Ferrara is vice president and managing editor of The Associated Press. He played a key role in the news organization’s transition to content delivery through digital platforms. As vice president and managing editor, Ferrara manages coverage of sports, entertainment and business news as well as social media. Prior to working at the AP, he was at The New York Times, based out of Sarasota, Fla., where he covered police and courts before becoming general manager of the newspaper’s cable news station.
Mark Hass is president and chief executive officer of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. He leads Edelman’s U.S. operations and has extensive experience helping global brands, such as General Motors, Procter & Gamble and United Airlines, integrate compelling digital media strategies. Early in his career, Hass worked as a reporter and editor in Washington, Miami and Detroit. He was part of a team that created one of the nation’s first comprehensive newspaper websites in 1993.
Karl Ravech is an ESPN journalist and the primary host of “Baseball Tonight,” an Emmy Award-winning program devoted to Major League Baseball. He also is an anchor for ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and provides coverage for the College World Series. In addition to baseball, he has reported on golf and college basketball. Prior to joining ESPN in 1993, Ravech was a sports anchor for WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Penn.
Becky Anderson is one of CNN International's highest-profile anchors. She hosts the network's flagship news and current affairs program, “Connect the World,” which airs weekdays during prime time. She also has extensive business journalism experience including posts with the UK’s ITN, CNBC Europe and Bloomberg. Anderson received her master’s degree from the Cronkite School in 1992 and is the school’s 2012 Hall of Fame inductee.
Peter Byck is the director of “Carbon Nation,” a climate change solutions movie. Byck has over 20 years of experience as a director and editor. His first documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival, screened in scores of festivals and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. In addition, he has edited documentaries for Peter Jackson's last two films, "Lord of the Rings" and "King Kong" and has worked as an editor or director for documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney and MGM, for shows and movies that include "The West Wing," "The Matrix," "Scrubs," "ER" and many more.
A longtime investigative reporter for The Washington Post, Leon Dash is currently director of the University of Illinois' Center for Advanced Study. In 1995, with Post photographer Lucian Perkins, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. He also has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including a 1996 Emmy in Public Affairs: Hard Issues, the George Polk award from the Overseas Press Club and first prize for Best Book in the Harry Chapin Media Awards, among others.
Laureen Ong is president of the Travel Channel, responsible for brand strategy, development of programming and business opportunity development. Previously, Ong was COO for the Hong Kong-based global television network Star Group Limited, helped to launch SportsVision in Chicago and was founding president of the National Geographic Channel. As president, Ong oversaw National Geographic’s expansion into online, video-on-demand and other new media platforms and spearheaded the launch of the high-definition simulcast of the linear network, now available in more than 50 million homes.
Jennifer Sizemore is vice president/general manager and editor-in-chief of NBC News Digital. In that capacity, she oversees global editorial staffs and drives the business strategy for NBCNews.com (formerly msnbc.com) and TODAY.com, which reach 50 million monthly users. Sizemore also is executive producer for NBC News. She joined msnbc.com in June 2005 as deputy editor for news. She was previously deputy managing editor for news at the Houston Chronicle and assistant managing editor at both the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. She has been a judge for the Hearst Foundation College Journalism Championships and Best of Gannett and has been a featured speaker at the American Press Institute, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Online News Association, and the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention, among others.
Kim Barker recently finished her term as the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she studied, wrote and lectured on Pakistan and Afghanistan and U.S. policy. She was the South Asia bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009 and was based in New Delhi and Islamabad. She began covering the region after Sept. 11, 2001, and spent two years on a project called “Struggle for the Soul of Islam," a series about Islam that sent her to Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia.
Charles Lewis is a national investigative journalist; a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, best-selling author and founder or co-founder of several nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Under his leadership, the center published about 300 investigative reports from 1989 through 2004 and won more than 30 national journalism honors. Lewis was named “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I” by the Encyclopedia of Journalism. He has been a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.
Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Since joining the foundation in 2001 as journalism program director, he has developed some $300 million in grants to advance quality journalism, freedom of expression and media innovation worldwide. Before coming to the Knight Foundation, he was founding managing editor of the Newseum, an interactive journalism museum in Washington, D.C. Newton began his journalism career as a newspaper editor in Northern California. During his tenure as managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, the newspaper won 150 journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.
Steve Rubel is executive vice president of global strategy and insights for Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations firm. In this role, he studies the future of media and helps clients unify their communications strategies across traditional, emerging, owned and social channels. In addition, Rubel acts as a highly visible Edelman thought leader and writer on media, technology and digital culture. He has been named to several prestigious lists, including PR Week’s 40 Under 40 and Forbes.com’s Web Celeb 25.
Michel Du Cille
Michel Du Cille joined The Washington Post in 1988 as picture editor and has been assistant managing editor for photography since 2007. He has won three Pulitzer Prizes, including one Pulitzer Prize for Public Service that he shared with writers Anne Hull and Dana Priest for an investigative series that exposed the mistreatment of wounded Iraq war veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Kenny Irby is senior faculty for visual journalism and director of diversity programs for the Poynter Institute. He founded the photojournalism program at Poynter in 1995 and has been the organization’s visual journalism group leader for over a decade. Irby chaired the photography categories for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and is a founding member of the Best of Photojournalism Committee. Irby counts the National Press Photographers’ highest recognition, the Sprague Award, in 2007, among his many honors.
Marcia Parker is the West Coast editorial director for Patch.com, a hyperlocal journalism network owned by AOL. Previously, she was assistant dean at University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School. She managed the launch of California Watch, a reporting effort of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting, served as director of programming for a new AOL channel, and has consulted for Yahoo! and AllVoices.com.
Dan Schawbel is the managing partner of Millennial Branding LLC and the author of best-selling book, “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success.” He has more than 85,000 followers on Twitter and was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top 20 entrepreneurs to follow. He has spoken for universities including Harvard and MIT and for corporations including Time Warner and CitiGroup.
Hilary Schneider is EVP, Americas Region for Yahoo!, where she is responsible for advertising sales, partnerships and programming across Yahoo!'s North, Central and South American operations. Previously, she was CEO of Knight Ridder Digital, where she later co-managed the company’s newspaper and online business.
Paul Steiger is the editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica. He also is chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Previously he was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007. From 1998 to 2007, he served on the Pulitzer Prize board. He has won a number of honors for public service in journalism, including the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award.
Kathleen Bade, anchor for Fox 5 in San Diego and an alumna of the Cronkite School, has won multiple Emmy Awards in her 15-year career in broadcast news. Prior to Fox, she worked at the CBS affiliate in San Diego and the Fox and CBS affiliates in Phoenix.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Cronkite School alumna Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in the category of Explanatory Reporting for her five-part series on the growth and cost of wildfires. Cart has been a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and a reporter for United Press International.
Vanessa Fox, entrepreneur, SEO expert and creator of Google’s Webmaster Central, has been called a “cyberspace visionary” by Seattle Business Monthly and named one of Seattle’s 2008 top 25 innovators and entrepreneurs.
Mei-Ling Hopgood is a freelance journalist based in South America. She has written for National Geographic Traveler, The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe. An article she wrote about her reunion with her Chinese birth family won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association and formed the basis of her memoir, “Lucky Girl.”
As editor of The Oregonian, Sandy Rowe led the paper to five Pulitzer Prizes before her retirement in 2010. She won the 2003 Benjamin Bradlee Editor of the Year Award and has served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, chair of the Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Board and chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
David Sasaki is the director of Rising Voices, a project of Global Voices Online. As such, he curates an international network of blogs and other citizen media.
Jim VandeHei is the co-founder of Politico and the first representative of a primarily online news organization to be elected to serve on the Pulitzer Prize board. Previously, he covered Capitol Hill for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Renee C. Byer
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renee C. Byer is a senior photojournalist with The Sacramento Bee. Her photos have been published in Newsweek Asia, Paris Match, Marie Claire, El Mundo, Days Japan, Rangefinder, Business Week, People and others.
Award-winning reporter and Cronkite alumnus Babak Dehghanpisheh was named the Baghdad bureau chief for Newsweek in late 2006 and has covered Iraq since. Dehghanpisheh was embedded early in the conflict and was one of the few journalists to gain access to Abu Ghraib.
Longtime digital media leader Mark Hinojosa is the director of new media for The Detroit News and has also served as associate managing editor for new media for the Chicago Tribune.
Susan Page, Washington bureau chief, for USA Today, and her husband, Carl Leubsdorf, Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, have covered and directed news coverage of numerous presidential campaigns over the past three decades.
Mara Schiavocampo was the first digital journalist on network television, appearing as the digital correspondent for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Her multimedia reports also appear on MSNBC and the Today Show. Prior to this role, she contributed to ABC News, NPR and Ebony magazine, among others.
Houston Chronicle immigration/border reporter Susan Carroll covered immigration issues in Arizona for the Tucson Citizen and The Arizona Republic prior to joining the Chronicle. She has received two Reporter of the Year awards from the Arizona Press Club and was a Border Justice Fellow at the Annenberg Institute for Justice Journalism from 2003 to 2004.
Jason Manning has held positions including politics editor for washingtonpost.com and local-national editor for PBS’ Online NewsHour. Manning has also worked at usnews.com, where he produced the US News college rankings on the Web and assisted in the magazine’s 9/11 coverage. Following his visit as a Hearst Professional, Manning was hired by ASU to direct Student Media.
Julia Wallace, the first female editor of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, was previously managing editor of The Arizona Republic and has worked at USA Today, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal.
Jennie Buckner retired as editor of The Charlotte Observer in 2004. Since then, she has been a visiting professor at Davidson College, where she has taught classes in journalism ethics and critical issues in mass media. During her 11 years at the Observer, the paper won numerous state and national awards, including being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
Christine Devine is an award-winning weekday anchor for KTTV-TV in Los Angeles. Her work has won eight Emmy awards. The Cronkite alumna was inducted into the Cronkite Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. The following year she received an ASU Founder’s Day achievement award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the ASU Alumni Association.
Ricardo Sandoval, assistant metro editor at The Sacramento Bee, has spent most of his professional life reporting on immigration issues. In 1997, while reporting for the San Jose Mercury News, he and two coworkers wrote an investigative article that won awards from the Overseas Press Club and the Inter American Press Association for reporting from Latin America. Later, while reporting for The Dallas Morning News, Sandoval and his wife, Susan Ferriss, co-authored the book “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers’ Movement.”
Keith Woods, a former editor at The New Orleans Times-Picayune, is the dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and one of the nation’s leaders in journalism diversity issues.
Karen Kasmauski is an award-winning National Geographic photographer who has won top honors in the annual Pictures of the Year competition as well as special recognition in the Magazine Photographer of the Year category. Her book “Impact: From the Frontlines of Global Health” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Dr. Maria Simbra, a health science reporter for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, also is a practicing physician. She reports on health care issues that affect Pittsburgh-area viewers and maintains a private practice as a board-certified neurologist.
Mark Trahant of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is one of the nation’s leading Native American journalists. He is the first Native American to serve as the top editor of a major metropolitan newspaper (Salt Lake Tribune) and was CEO of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.