Corporation for Public Broadcasting Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative

The Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative trains 100 journalists over a two-year period, bringing public media’s most promising editors, news directors, program producers and reporters to the Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Participants work in small cohorts and receive one week of intensive learning and discussions, followed by three months of one-on-one coaching and online sessions. The initiative is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private nonprofit corporation that supports the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide.

Applications reopen June 15, 2019.

Arizona State University

Fellows spend a week in Phoenix learning from the best at the Cronkite School and public media. Here were some of the April 2019 sessions.

The Role of Journalism in our Democracy
Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor, PBS Newshour

The Changing Media Ecosystem and what it Means to You
Eric Newton, innovation chief, Cronkite School

Change Isn’t A Curse Word: How to Lead Positive Transformation in (Bleeping) Difficult Times
Mi-Ai Parrish, Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership, Cronkite School

Creating a Clearly Defined, Value-Laden Purpose to Drive Your Organization Forward and Set Goals
Christopher Callahan, dean, Cronkite School

Leadership in Diversity: How You Can Make it Happen
Keith Woods, VP of newsroom training and diversity, NPR

Dealing With Ethics and Credibility Issues
Mark Memmott, standards and practices editor, NPR
Brian Westley, senior counsel, Standards and Practices, PBS
Morgan Holm, chief content officer, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Taking the Scenic Route: Turning Radio into Podcasts
Robert Smith, host of Planet Money

A View from the Trenches: How to Tackle the Culture Wars in Your Newsroom
Sacha Pfeiffer, NPR investigative reporter, formerly at WBUR and the Boston Globe

The Boston Priest Scandal Investigation: From Prize-Winning Work to Oscar-Winning Movie
Walter Robinson, Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Investigative Journalism, Cronkite School
Sacha Pfeiffer, investigative editor, NPR

Driving Innovation Without Running off the Road
Andrew Heyward, former CBS News president, now Senior Research Professor for TV News, Cronkite School

Making Collaboration Work: What it Takes to be Successful
Alisa Barba, national desk editor, NPR
Bruce Auster, senior director collaborative journalism, NPR

The program’s value

Fellows describe why this program is so critical to their future and the future of public media.

Public broadcasters already are considered one of the most trusted sources for news. Now, in an ever-changing media landscape, we have the opportunity to step forward and lead the way with news consumers, filling information gaps that are growing wider.

For years, my colleagues have referred to me as a secret manager. I identify issues that bosses miss and present ways to effectively solve them. I offer suggestions. I orchestrate behind the scenes. I even keep a document called "Notes to my future manager self." After years of honing my skills as a producer and reporter, and managing up and all around, I'm getting ready to move out of the shadows.

I want to be a leader and a mentor, but I want to have the training to back it up. I want to see more women and people of color with seats at the decision-making table in our newsrooms and I hope this program can help achieve that.

I want to learn how to better imagine and build the newsroom we’ll have 10 years from now. Public media newsrooms have a huge opportunity.

Where are we going in public media? What role should our newsrooms play in our communities? How can a newsroom grow from an alternative news source to one that takes on ambitious stories that truly impact people? What does that vision look like for the next 12 months? I want to find a space where I can talk through some of those questions and come out with a game plan that I can share with my staff.

I believe public media can help resolve a crisis in journalism by rebuilding journalism capacity and restoring trust with audiences. We are beginning to see that happen as local stations work together in under-served areas to improve the quality and range of our work. This training, as I see it, is an opportunity to learn from my colleagues, improve my performance as a team leader, and become part of a cohort that could well provide the innovation and energy to build the next model of public media journalism.

Cohort One Fellows

Andrew Becker

Andrew Becker

News Director


Andrew Becker joined KUER in 2018 as the host and producer of an upcoming investigative podcast before becoming news director. Before joining KUER, he spent more than a decade covering border, homeland and national security issues, most recently for The Center for Investigative Reporting + Reveal. He has focused on waste, fraud and abuse, with stories ranging from corruption and the expanded use of drones along the U.S.-Mexico border to the intersection of politics and policy related to immigration, terrorism and drug trafficking.

His reporting has appeared in news outlets such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and PBS/FRONTLINE, been cited in U.S. Supreme Court and District Court briefs and highlighted by John Oliver on “Last Week Tonight.” His work has been recognized by the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists and been nominated for a National Emmy, among others.

He has taught at the University of Utah, and won fellowships from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He sits on an advisory board for the National Center on Disability and Journalism, based at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He received a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley.

Sean Bowditch

Sean Bowditch

Executive Editor


Sean Bowditch has served as executive editor for WNYC News since 2014. In his role, he is responsible for the daily news report across all platforms and for building strategy around the newsroom's broad portfolio of enterprise work.

Prior to WNYC, he worked at Marketplace, WBUR, NPR and KLCC in Eugene, Oregon. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

When not engrossed in news coverage, he’s keeping a close eye on the Red Sox or fly fishing on some far-flung lake in his home state of Maine. Bowditch lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.

Tracy L. Brown

Tracy L. Brown

Managing Editor

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Media Group

Tracy Brown is the managing editor at WBEZ of Chicago Public Media. Brown joined the station in January 2019, and leads the newsroom of more than 40 editors, reporters and producers.

Prior to coming to WBEZ, she was deputy managing editor at her “hometown” paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she oversaw the newspaper’s daily digital operation, features, education, food & dining, and the daily and Sunday print editions.

Prior to that, she was the newspaper’s Page One editor, making decisions about the most important news of the day. She helped create The AJC’s award-winning Sunday narrative series, “Personal Journeys.”

For more than a decade, Brown worked at The Dallas Morning News in Texas as a deputy news editor overseeing the suburban news desks and deputy arts editor helping lead arts, culture and music. She has also worked as a journalist at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Brown is a member for the UGA’s alumni board for the Grady College of Journalism, where she is the chair of the mentoring committee. She is a personal mentor to more than a half-dozen students and young journalists.

Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron

Managing Editor

Indiana Public Broadcasting Collaboration

Scott Cameron was recently named Managing Editor of Indiana Public Broadcasting collaboration. He will be managing statewide team of journalist who are based in partner stations across Indiana.

Previously, Scott was the Executive Editor of IL Newsroom, a collaboration of public media newsrooms in Illinois focused on community-driven reporting around the topics of health, environment, education and politics. He guided editorial strategy across a statewide team of partners and journalists. In addition to helping launch IL Newsroom, Scott helped create The 21st, a collaborative statewide talk show focused on “the news, culture and stories that matter to Illinois.” Scott previously worked as Director of News and Public Affairs for Illinois Public Media. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he came late to public radio, working first in commercial news before joining NPR as editor of Talk of the Nation.

Aimee Crouch

Aimee Crouch

Senior Producer

South Carolina ETV

Aimee Crouch is South Carolina ETV’s (SCETV) Senior Producer for News and Public Affairs, where she produces two weekly statewide programs, “Palmetto Scene” and “This Week in South Carolina.” She is the lead producer on all live political events, including 10 television and radio debates this past year and a three hour election night event with locations across the state. She began her career with SCETV and has been with the organization for over 20 years.

A four-time Emmy Award nominee (Southeast Region), she was the recipient of the 2016 Award for “Remembering Charleston,” a special taped in the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston on the anniversary of the Charleston Massacre. She is also the recipient of a Telly Award, a Green Eyeshade Journalism Award, and is a graduate of The Dick Riley Institute at Furman University’s Diversity Leadership Initiative.

The best part of her job is traveling and seeing the beauty of the state and of course, the always entertaining political climate of South Carolina.

Vincent Duffy

Vincent Duffy

News Director

Michigan Radio

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio (NPR) since May 2007. In his years leading the newsroom, his team of 12 journalists has won scores of national journalism awards and produced the nationally acclaimed podcast “Believed.”

He is also a longtime board member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the nation’s largest organization representing electronic journalists. He has twice chaired the association.

Duffy graduated from Kent State University with degrees in political science and telecommunications and then toured the world as a radio journalist covering news in Australia, Switzerland and South Africa.

After returning to the U.S., he earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University while working as a reporter at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio.

Duffy has also been news director at WILL in Urbana, Illinois and WKSU in Kent, Ohio. He hosted the weekly television program “NewsNight Akron” on PBS 45 and 49 for seven years.

Vince is married with three daughters. He enjoys travel and martial arts. He has second degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate.

Holly Edgell

Holly Edgell


Sharing America/St. Louis Public Radio

Holly Edgell is the editor of Sharing America, a four-station collaborative coverage initiative on race, identity and culture. Based at St. Louis Public Radio, she leads a team of four reporters in St. Louis, Missouri; Hartford, Connecticut; Kansas City, Missouri and Portland, Oregon.

Edgell comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to working as a television news producer in several cities, in 2010 she launched 12 St. Louis-area websites for, the hyperlocal news initiative introduced by AOL.

In 2012, she was part of the leadership team that launched WCPO Insider (, the first local television news initiative to introduce an a la carte subscription model for exclusive, in-depth content that audiences could not find elsewhere.

She later served as Director of Digital Media for KSHB-TV in Kansas City and WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to newsroom experience, Edgell taught journalism at the University of Missouri and Florida A&M University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. Edgell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in media management from Kent State University. Born in Belize, she loves travel, true crime and history podcasts and crossword puzzles.

Annie Feidt

Annie Feidt

Senior Editor

Alaska Public Media

Annie Feidt is a senior editor at Alaska Public Media where she helps lead Alaska’s Energy Desk, a CPB-funded collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KYUK in Bethel.

She began her career at Alaska Public Media as a reporter and producer for “Alaska News Nightly.” Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and on a cod boat in the Gulf of Alaska. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace.

Before coming to Alaska, Feidt produced the regional edition of “All Things Considered” at Minnesota Public Radio. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon.

Gideon Hayes Butler

Gideon Hayes Butler

Senior Producer


Gideon Hayes Butler has been the senior producer of NJTV News since 2013. In her role, she oversees the station’s daily newscast which includes supervising the editorial staff, correspondents and crew, as well as copyediting and line producing.

In addition to the newscast, Butler provides editorial oversight on NJTV’s two weekly public affairs shows and special programming. The network’s specials include everything from live, on-location community initiatives to Emmy award-winning political coverage.   

Butler began her career at ABC News’ “20/20.” She was part of the team that launched the original Court TV, the groundbreaking cable network dedicated to examining the judicial system. Spotlighted cases include the trials of O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and the impeachment hearing of President William Jefferson Clinton.

She has also served as a producer and writer for other outlets including CBS News. Originally from New York, Butler is a graduate of State University of New York at Geneseo.

Adriene Hill

Adriene Hill

Senior Editor

California Dream

Adriene Hill is senior editor of California Dream, a statewide media collaboration of CALmatters, KPBS, KPCC, KQED and Capital Public Radio. 

Hill was a reporter and fill-in host at Marketplace from 2010 to 2017, covering business and economy. Prior to joining Marketplace in 2010, she worked at WBEZ in Chicago, first as an intern, then as producer of the local show “Eight Forty-Eight,” then as news desk editor and reporter.

Hill is a graduate of Amherst College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. She has a master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University. A native of Celo, North Carolina, she currently resides in Los Angeles.

Dennis Kellogg

Dennis Kellogg

News Director

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

Dennis Kellogg serves as the news director for NET, the statewide public media network in Nebraska. He is in charge of all news content for the television, radio and digital platforms.

During his 32-year career in broadcast journalism, Kellogg has been honored with Thomas C. Sorensen Award for Distinguished Nebraska Journalism, as well as Edward R. Murrow Award, Eric Sevareid Award, PRNDI, Nebraska Associated Press Broadcast Association, Nebraska Broadcasters Association, and Syracuse Press Club awards for reporting and anchoring.

Kellogg worked as the news director for KHAS-TV in Hastings, Nebraska for 12 years before taking his current position with NET in 2010. He also worked as a television anchor and reporter in Syracuse, New York and North Platte, Nebraska. Kellogg has a master’s degree from Syracuse University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. He has served as president of the Nebraska Associated Press Broadcasters Association and currently serves as president-elect on the board of directors of the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and as Nebraska state coordinator for RTDNA.

Kellogg and his wife, Jennifer, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Michael Leland

Michael Leland

News Director

Iowa Public Radio

Michael Leland has been the news director of Iowa Public Radio since 2015. He leads a staff of 11 reporters and hosts located in five cities throughout the state.

Leland has also led newsrooms at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison and Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor.

Before moving into management, he was a reporter and newscaster for the Voice of America, NPR and several stations in the Midwest. He’s a Massachusetts native who has made the Heartland his home, but still calls a water fountain a “bubbler.”

Laura McCallum

Laura McCallum

Managing Editor

Daily News, MPR News

Laura McCallum is managing editor for daily news at Minnesota Public Radio News, where she just celebrated her 25th anniversary with the company.

She started at MPR in the Collegeville bureau, anchoring newscasts for central Minnesota. She covered the Minnesota capitol for MPR News for eight years, reporting on former Govs. Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty, and led political coverage as MPR’s capitol bureau chief. She’s been an editor for the past 10 years and now manages daily news coverage.  

Before MPR, McCallum worked for three public radio stations in North Dakota, and also did television and print reporting. 

She is a North Dakota native who graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a broadcasting degree from the University of North Dakota. She is the recipient of numerous state, regional and national journalism awards.

Maureen McMurray

Maureen McMurray

Director of Innovative Content and Audience Development

New Hampshire Public Radio

Maureen McMurray is Director of Innovative Content at New Hampshire Public Radio. She oversees the station’s programming and podcast teams, leads NHPR’s on-demand strategy, and supervises new content development.

Previously, she was the executive producer of NHPR's Creative Production Unit, where she helped launch the station’s first slate of podcasts, including “Outside/In,” “10-Minute Writer’s Workshop” and “Civics 101.”

Sarah Neal-Estes

Sarah Neal-Estes

News Director


Sarah Neal-Estes is the news director for WFYI, Indianapolis’ Public Radio TV and news station. Before taking on her current role, she was the managing editor for Indiana's Regional Journalism Collaboration, IPB News.

She started her journalism career in at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

In between Alaska and Indiana newsrooms, she taught at Indiana University where she founded two audio courses and American Student Radio.

Arnie Seipel

Arnie Seipel

Supervising Political Editor


Arnie Seipel leads coverage of elections at NPR. In this role, he manages coverage of the 2020 election after organizing coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign and 2018 midterms for NPR. This role involves assigning and story editing on various platforms for the reporters covering candidates, as well as those exploring how demographics, culture and technology factor into politics.

He also worked as NPR’s congressional editor, managing the network’s coverage of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and passage of the GOP tax cuts. Seipel was previously an editor at NPR’s Morning Edition, working with hosts on original interviews and field reporting, as well as line editing the live broadcast.

As a producer for the team covering the 2012 presidential campaign, Seipel followed candidates in various primary states and covered conventions and debates in the field. He served in various other roles at NPR over the past decade in the newsroom and programming division.

Sara Shahriari

Sara Shahriari

Managing Editor


Sara Shahriari is managing editor for Georgia Public Broadcasting, where she leads an editorial team of reporters, hosts and producers for GPB Atlanta 88.5 FM, the statewide GPB Radio network, and

Shahriari formerly served as assistant news director at KBIA-FM in Columbia, Missouri, where she was also an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. While at KBIA, Shahriari hosted the weekly talk show Intersection, which won several national awards under her leadership.

Additionally, Shahriari previously worked as a freelance journalist based in Bolivia. While there, she contributed print, radio and multimedia stories to outlets including The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Bloomberg News. Shahriari holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Mary Shedden

Mary Shedden

News Director

WUSF Public Media

Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Florida where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on the state’s west coast.

A journalist for more than two decades, Shedden arrived at WUSF in 2013, where she worked first as a reporter and then as editor of the Health News Florida journalism collaborative. She became news director in 2015.

Her work has been recognized numerous times, including a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio and Television Digital News Association for Health News Florida. She has also been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters, and state and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Before joining WUSF, Shedden spent nearly 20 years at The Tampa Tribune,, Florida Today and the Gainesville Sun, where she covered everything from the investigation of a serial killer to retired pro athletes in chronic pain.

Annie Wu

Annie Wu

News Director


Annie Wu is the news director at ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio. She oversees a staff that produces content for radio (90.3 WCPN), television (WVIZ/PBS) and web (

Her career in public broadcasting began as an intern on the NPR science desk which led her to Washington, D.C.’s public radio station WAMU. There, she worked as an election producer, a general assignment reporter and acting news director.

She returned to NPR as a producer on “Weekend All Things Considered,” before moving to Cleveland. As an independent producer, her radio documentary, “The Orphan Train,” was the top licensed piece on PRX in 2004.

Her work has aired on NPR and APM’s “Marketplace.” She took a break from journalism to be a stay-at-home mom and returned to public radio in 2015 as ideastream’s associate editor. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.

Jeff Young

Jeff Young

Managing Editor

Ohio Valley ReSource/Louisville Public Media

Jeff Young is the managing editor for the Ohio Valley ReSource, a journalism collaborative with seven public media partners in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

A West Virginia native, Young studied journalism and biology at Marshall University and the University of Charleston. He reported for West Virginia Public Broadcasting until 2003 when he became the Washington correspondent and fill-in host for the environmental news program “Living on Earth,” where he focused on climate change. In 2011-2012, Young was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where he studied energy policy.

From 2012 to 2016, Young managed communications for the Pew Charitable Trust’s oceans campaigns in New England — work which helped establish the first Marine National Monument along the U.S. Atlantic coast.

In 2016, Young worked with public radio stations to develop the ReSource, which employs a team of eight multimedia journalists to focus on the health, environment and economy of the Ohio River Valley.

In its first three years, the ReSource’s work has been recognized with awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, AP Broadcasters of Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, National Institute for Health Care Management and RTDNA.

Young lives in Louisville with his wife, Helen Payne, and their daughters, Hazel and Louisa.

Cohort One Coaches

Alisa Barba

Alisa Barba

Alisa Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer, editor and journalism trainer with 25 years of experience in both network and public broadcasting.

Currently, Barba is working as an editor on NPR’s National Desk, as well as editing numerous podcasts on the side. She has served as the executive editor at Inside Energy, a public media collaboration focusing on America’s energy issues. Additionally, Barba was a senior editor at Fronteras, a collaboration in the southwest covering border and immigration issues.

For 12 years she was the Western Bureau Chief for NPR News, working with young reporters as an editor, developing workshops and training sessions to improve investigative skills and journalism practices. She worked as a producer for ABC News in Beijing from 1989 to 2002, covering the Tiananmen Square uprising among dozens of other stories. As a reporter for the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in New York and Washington, D.C., she covered the Middle East, Asia and the defense industry.

She was the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including a Heartland Emmy for the documentary “Beyond Standing Rock” in 2017 and a Columbia-Dupont Award for her work as executive producer of a 2002 documentary entitled, "Culture of Hate: Who Are We?”. Before beginning her journalism career, she worked as a teacher at Beijing Normal University for two years.

Audrey Dorsey

Audrey Dorsey

Audrey Dorsey is an experienced executive coach and strategy consultant. For the past 18 years, she has worked with hundreds of high-profile leaders in Fortune 100 companies, large-scale family-owned enterprises, and boutique professional services firms.

Her work includes clients from hospitality, higher education, automotive, media, accounting, logistics, and the power industries – supporting professionals from a range of functional responsibility and organizational roles. She coaches leaders one-to-one and provides coaching support to participants of leadership development programs.

Her expertise lies in her keen ability to leverage both the science and art of performance improvement in support of client development and goals. She supports executives to achieve higher levels of self-awareness, and to more fully optimize their strengths, while neutralizing triggers/struggles. Her clients gain a deeper understanding of their natural work style, and how to deliver high quality results – while leading from their best, highest selves.

Through her coaching, it became clear that the most confident and sought-after leaders had habits, behaviors, and thinking patterns that were similar. She summarized these commonalities in “The VITAL Core of Successful Leaders: What These Leaders Know and Do.”

Prior to coaching, she spent 15 years in corporate marketing, learning the inner-workings of business and how to get stuff done. She began her career at The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago and was then recruited to Atlanta by The Coca-Cola Company where she currently lives.

She has an MBA from Columbia University, and an Industrial Engineering degree from The University of Michigan. Her certifications include The Birkman, The Leadership Circle, Hogan Assessments, Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, and other assessment tools.

Michael Marchotte

Michael Marchotte

Michael Marcotte is currently a Professor of Practice in Journalism at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he teaches advanced multimedia reporting courses, supervises the school’s professional internship program and runs the innovation/collaboration lab New Mexico News Port.

He is also a public media news consultant working with U.S.-based newsrooms. Marcotte is a 2011 Knight Fellow at Stanford University, a past president of Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI), the author of the Public Radio News Directors Guide (2008), and was top news manager at KPBS in San Diego (1995-2007) and KPLU in Seattle-Tacoma (1987-1995).

He has a master’s degree in telecommunications (1984) and a bachelor’s degree in journalism (1982), both from the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of LEAD San Diego (1996-1997). Marcotte has taught journalism courses at six universities (UGA, OSU, PLU, SDSU, UNR, UNM) and is a senior trainer for PRNDI.

His training work includes news management, ethics, organizational change and crisis coverage. He has consulted overseas for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (2008) and conducted a national "Census of Journalists" for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (2010).

Marcotte published numerous articles on issues in public media and shared his work on several websites including,, a href="">

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Marcy McGinnis

Marcy McGinnis

Marcy McGinnis uses her extensive experience as a corporate and academic leader to help others with their professional career paths and communication needs. She is a certified professional career coach, focusing on helping individuals navigate and manage their careers so they reach their full potential and overcome their communication challenges. She is a strong believer that empathy, integrity and self-awareness are the foundations and motivating and inspiring forces of successful leadership.

McGinnis also help professionals improve their presentation skills with individuals, groups or in front of large audiences. As a media professional, she trains clients on how to interact with television, radio, podcasts, print or digital outlets. She facilitates leadership, communication and media training workshops for individuals, groups and organizations.

Her career at CBS News spanned three decades and she rose from an entry-level secretary to senior vice president. In her senior leadership role at CBS News, she ran news coverage and newsgathering and was at the helm of the network’s coverage of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hurricane Katrina among others.

She also trained, coached and mentored news personnel from entry to senior levels. After CBS News, she became the founding associate dean of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. She taught hundreds of future TV, radio, print and digital journalists.

Additionally, she was instrumental in the creation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and remains part of the team that trains scientists in the U.S. and around the world.

Sandy Rowe

Sandy Rowe

Sandy Rowe is the retired editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. The Oregonian was awarded five Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership.

Rowe is the past chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Board of Visitors of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University and past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

During her career, she hired more than 400 professionals and was honored by the Livingston Awards in 2011 for her mentoring of young journalists. She was named “Editor of the Year” by the National Press Club Foundation in 2004 and by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2008.

From 2010-2011, she was a Shorenstein Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard. In 2012, she was the Gaylord Fellow at Arizona State University and taught ethics and leadership.

Rowe is a board member of Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Oregon Nature Conservancy, Willamette University and a commissioner on the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace — Head Coach

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism has designated Frank Russell Chair and Professor of Practice Julia Wallace to lead this initiative.

Julia Wallace is the Frank Russell Chair and leads various innovative efforts at Cronkite. She teaches entrepreneurship, ethics and gender in the media workplace. She also heads a training program for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting; the Mayo Clinic-Cronkite Medical Journalism Fellowship and oversees the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Desk at Cronkite News.

Before joining the Cronkite School, she was a top media executive and high-ranking editor at four major newspapers. She was the first woman editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and led a successful effort to converge TV, newspaper, radio and digital organizations at Cox Media Group Ohio. She also was managing editor of the Arizona Republic, the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today. She and Senior Associate Dean Kristin Grady Gilger have written a book on women leaders in the media: “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned About What It Takes to Lead.”

She was named the 2004 Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher Magazine. Her alma mater, Northwestern University, inducted her into the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and awarded her the Alumni Merit Award. While she was editor in Atlanta, the newspaper won two Pulitzer prizes. She is a national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She is co-author of upcoming book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.”

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Program Details

Location: ASU's Cronkite School in downtown Phoenix

Application Available: June, 15, 2019

Application Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019

Notification Date for Candidates: Sept. 15, 2019

Hotel and travel expenses are fully paid.

Program Dates

Leadership Group 1:
First session at Cronkite
April 28-May 3, 2019
Second session at Cronkite
Aug. 25-26, 2019
Leadership Group 2:
First session at Cronkite
Aug. 25-30, 2019
Second session at Cronkite
Jan. 12-13, 2020
Leadership Group 3:
First session at Cronkite
Jan. 12-17, 2020
Second session at Cronkite
April 26-27, 2020
Leadership Group 4:
First session at Cronkite
April 26-May 1, 2020
Second session at Cronkite
Aug. 16-17, 2020
Leadership Group 5:
First session at Cronkite
Aug. 16-21, 2020
Second session at Cronkite
Dec. 6-7, 2020

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative Overview

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative strengthens public media journalism by building the expertise of 100 editors managing complex editorial collaborations and growing newsrooms.

At the Cronkite School, the faculty and coaches will design a customized curriculum of onsite and virtual training, supported by ongoing mentoring and coaching. Topics will include editorial integrity, strategic frameworks and partnerships, multi-platform editing, data reporting, audience-first engagement as well as metrics. The program is led by Julia Wallace, the Cronkite School’s Frank Russell Chair in the business of journalism and former editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.