Cronkite Leadership

Christopher Callahan


Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School. He is responsible for leading a 75-member faculty and staff and 1,700 students. Prior to joining ASU, Callahan was associate dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of American Journalism Review. He is a member of the Hearst Awards steering committee. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a Washington correspondent for The Associated Press. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the author of "A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet.


Marianne Barrett

Senior Associate Dean and Louise Solheim Professor

Marianne Barrett is responsible for academic affairs at the Cronkite School and serves as the school’s graduate director. Her duties include curriculum implementation, enrollment management and admissions, and supervision of the school’s academic advising staff. Barrett joined the Cronkite School in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in Mass Media from Michigan State University and her M.P.S. in Media Administration from Syracuse University. Prior to her graduate studies, Barrett was director of program scheduling for ESPN in New York. Her teaching and research focuses on media management, economics and policy.


Kristin Gilger

Associate Dean

Kristin Gilger is associate dean in charge of professional programs for the Cronkite School. She directs the school’s 70-plus part-time faculty members, oversees the school’s growing professional programs and serves as a liaison to the news industry. Gilger was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007, directing student publications. Before coming to ASU, she held various editing positions at half a dozen newspapers around the country, including The Arizona Republic, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La.; and the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal.


Mark Lodato

Assistant Dean

As assistant dean, Mark Lodato supervises the Cronkite School’s broadcast and sports curriculum. His duties also include working with the leadership team on recruitment strategies, establishing new media partnerships and development. As associate general manager for innovation and design at Arizona PBS, Lodato works to establish new strategies for integration, engagement and collaboration between the Cronkite School and the leading PBS affiliate. He is the recipient of the 2014 ASU Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Curricular Innovation and a member of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy class of 2013. His journalism career includes more than 16 years as a television reporter in Washington, D.C., Arizona and Florida. Lodato holds a master’s in higher education administration from Arizona State University and bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri.


Liz Bernreuter

Senior Director of Development

Liz Bernreuter is responsible for securing significant philanthropic investments from individuals, foundations and corporate partners in support of the school’s priority programs and activities. Liz came to the Cronkite School from the ASU Foundation, where she served as associate director of corporate and foundation grants. She has also worked for a variety of arts and culture organizations including the Phoenix Symphony and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music/business from DePauw University and her master’s in nonprofit administration from NYU.


Mary Cook

Director of Student Success

Mary Cook is the director of Student Success at the Cronkite School. She manages course and classroom schedules and works on retention and recruitment programs. Cook joined the Cronkite School in 1987 as an academic adviser. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management and her master’s degree in higher and adult education from ASU.



Anita Luera

Director of the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism

Anita Luera is the director of the Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism, a consortium of national and local programs designed to support and train high school journalism teachers and students. Luera was the first woman news director at Phoenix television station, running the news department for Spanish-language Univision affiliate KTVW-Channel 33. She worked at KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, and KOOL-TV, now Fox 10. She is a former president of the Arizona Latino Media Association.


Ian MacSpadden

Director of Broadcast Engineering & Operations

Ian MacSpadden joined the Cronkite School/Arizona PBS technology staff in 2015, and has served as director of broadcast engineering and operations since his arrival. As director, MacSpadden is responsible for the team that oversees all aspects of the school’s technical operations, including planning, design, installation and maintenance of innovative broadcast and IT systems. Previously, he was the lead for the technology teams that built YouTube’s and Meredith Corp’s New York City production facilities. He has spent more than 25 years working for local, national and international news and broadcast organizations such as ABC News, NBC Universal and Reuters.

Sandy Mancilla Rannow

Director of Fiscal and Business Operations

Sandy Mancilla Rannow is the school’s chief budget officer. Her responsibilities include administering the budget and business operations; directing personnel matters such as payroll, recruitment, selection and new hire actions; and preparing strategic financial analyses and projections. Rannow started her business management career in 1990 with Arizona State University and has worked in the College of Design and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She joined the Cronkite School in January 2013.


B. William Silcock

Director of Cronkite Global Initiatives, Humphrey Program Curator

Bill Silcock is a two-time Fulbright Scholar with a 25-year career as a broadcast journalist and 20+ years of university teaching experience. He is active as a scholarly researcher and participates in frequent media seminars and conferences worldwide. Silcock has led the school’s European study abroad program. He has also conducted media training for international broadcast journalists through the U.S. State Department. He is uniquely positioned to direct the Cronkite School’s Global Initiatives and Humphrey Fellowship Program, one of only two journalism Humphrey programs in the world.


TJ Sokol

Director of Information Technology

TJ Sokol manages the Cronkite School Information Technology team, which handles the day-to-day technology needs of Cronkite faculty, staff and students. Prior to joining the Cronkite staff, he served as a technology support analyst at ASU Student Media from 1998-2005 and the ASU Biodesign Institute from 2005-2011. Sokol, a 1992 graduate of the Cronkite School, worked as a photojournalist in Vail, Colo., and Phoenix before beginning his career in information technology.


Mike Wong

Director of Career Services

The Cronkite School’s long-time TV/Radio news director, Wong is now the school’s first full-time director of career services. He is the school’s chief liaison between students and the profession. As news director, Wong was responsible for the award-winning student-produced newscast ASU NewsWatch. He has coordinated television reporting workshops for the Voice of America-hosting journalists from Bosnia, Macedonia and Slovakia and has trained journalists in Kosovo.


Joe Giordano

Communications Manager

Joe Giordano leads marketing and communications for the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS. He is charged with overseeing digital and print communications, which includes The Cronkite Journal and Arizona PBS Magazine, as well as websites and social media for the two organizations. Prior to joining the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS, Giordano served as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in Ohio. He also has worked at public relations and marketing agencies in Denver and Phoenix. He earned his master’s degree from Colorado State University and his bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio.


Beth Nakamura

Manager of Events

Beth Nakamura manages the Cronkite School and Arizona PBS events team, which is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Cronkite School's 80-plus annual events and Arizona PBS’ annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival. Prior to joining the Cronkite School in March 2015, Nakamura was the assistant director of special events for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering schools at Columbia University in New York. She graduated from Boston University in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in journalism.


Alexis Trujillo

Alexis Trujillo

Recruitment Coordinator
Alexis Trujillo leads student recruitment efforts for the Cronkite School. Trujillo, a Cronkite School graduate and Phoenix native, strives to provide a positive and personalized experience for prospective students and their families. As the head of recruitment, she works to develop and execute initiatives to better help students through the entire application process. Prior to joining the Cronkite Team, Trujillo worked for CBS Radio, the Phoenix Suns and the American Red Cross.