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Andrew Becker

Andrew Becker

News Director

KUER/NPR Utah

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

WNYC

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

Editor

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 Patch.com, the hyperlocal news initiative introduced by AOL.

In 2012, she was part of the leadership team that launched WCPO Insider (WCPO.com), 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

NJTV News

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

Managing Editor

KPCC + LAist

Adriene Hill is the managing editor at KPCC and LAist. Prior to her current role, she was the senior editor at 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. Before that, she worked at WBEZ in Chicago; first as an intern, then as producer of the local show “Eight Forty-Eight.” She also served as a news desk editor and a 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

WFYI

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

NPR

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

Former Managing Editor

GPB

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 GPBNews.org..

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, Tampabay.com, 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

ideastream

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 (ideastream.org).

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 Marcotte

Michael Marcotte

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, http://www.mikemarcotte.com, a href="http://localnpr.org">http://localnpr.org

, and http://prndg.org.

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 helps 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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Cohort Two Fellows

Zuri Berry

Zuri Berry

Senior Managing Editor

WAMU 88.5

Zuri Berry is the senior managing editor at WAMU, Washington, D.C.’s National Public Radio station, where he oversees the daily newsroom operations. He previously worked at WFAE as its managing editor for news and digital. His past experience includes stints at the Boston Herald, WFXT (Boston), The Boston Globe, and The Union newspaper in Grass Valley, California.

Berry is originally from San Francisco and a graduate of California State University, Chico. He is currently studying for his master’s degree in business administration.

Prior to his roles in management, he penned an award-winning sports column for The Union and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Boston Globe for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in the breaking news category (2014).

He is also a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and previously served the organization through a number of leadership roles, including as president of the Sacramento chapter, vice president of the Boston chapter, and as the editor of the NABJ Journal. He was an inaugural member of Poynter and NABJ’s Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media.

Kyla Calvert Mason

Kyla Calvert Mason

Assistant News Director

Wisconsin Public Radio

Working at Wisconsin Public Radio offered Kyla an opportunity to return to the Midwest. She grew up in Chicago but spent about 15 years living in lots of other places — New York, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington, D.C. and Beaufort, South Carolina.

In her three years as Wisconsin Public Radio’s assistant news director, Kyla has focused on being a resource for the network’s reporters to help them strengthen their journalism and pursue ambitious projects. That has helped the department increase its feature and investigative story output and be more responsive to breaking news.

Before joining WPR, Kyla worked as a reporter/producer covering education and national news for "PBS NewsHour." Prior to that, she was the education reporter for KPBS in San Diego.

Kyla started her professional life in marketing but became very bored. So, she went back to school and received a master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in digital media from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She now lives in Milwaukee with her husband, 2-year-old son and anxious-but-sweet dog. She spends her free time reading, cooking and getting outside as much as possible.

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen

News Director

Connecticut Public Radio

Jeff Cohen started in newspapers in 2001 and joined Connecticut Public in 2010, where he has worked as a reporter and fill-in host. In 2017, he was named news director.

In addition to covering state and Hartford city politics, Jeff covered the December 2012 Newtown shootings and the stories that followed.

In 2012, Jeff was selected by NPR and Kaiser Health News for their joint “Health Care in The States” project. Much of his reporting has aired nationally on NPR.

As news director, Jeff began The Island Next Door — Puerto Rico and Connecticut After Hurricane Maria, which has won several awards, including one national and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Before working at Connecticut Public Radio, Jeff wrote for The Hartford Courant, where he won a National Headliner Award for a story about the ostracized widow of the state's first casualty in Iraq; wrote about his post-Hurricane Katrina home in New Orleans; and was part of a team that broke stories of alleged corruption at Hartford City Hall that led to the arrest of the city’s mayor.

Jeff lives with his wife and two trouble-making kids. He's written two children's books, and he likes to make bread and wine.

Katie Colaneri

Katie Colaneri

Assistant News Director

WHYY

Katie Colaneri is WHYY’s Assistant News Director. She first came to the station in 2013 as a reporter and covered a variety of beats from energy and the environment to local politics and income inequality.

Now as Assistant News Director, Katie helps plan and edit WHYY’s coverage, including daily news, features, and special projects. She also helped launch and now serves as editorial director of The Why, WHYY's daily news podcast.

Katie began her career in public media at WBGO in Newark. A native of New Jersey, Katie is a proud alumna of Wellesley College. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and beagle, Sadie.

Florangela Davila

Florangela Davila

News director

KNKX

Florangela Davila is the incoming news director at KNKX in Seattle/Tacoma. She previously served as managing editor at Crosscut, Cascade Public Media's online publication where she grew a team of reporters and video producers through a merger of two newsrooms. She directed coverage as well as staffing with a racial/equity lens. Her responsibilities included leading the arts and culture team, launching immigration coverage, hosting the daily "Crosscut Now" broadcast and chairing the organization's Race Equity team.

A longtime Seattle journalist, she spent 14 years at The Seattle Times in both the news and features departments, writing about race, immigration, culture and the environment. Her print journalism earned numerous local, regional and national awards including being a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

As a freelance radio producer, Florangela launched a weekly arts feature at KPLU and also served as an interim education reporter. For several years, she also helped manage the station's School of Jazz program. She previously directed an apprenticeship program for young female filmmakers at ReelGrrls.

She served on the communications faculty at the University of Washington for five years, teaching multimedia journalism, interviewing and diversity reporting. She's also worked as a communications leader for an environmental nonprofit, creating and editing an award-winning journal about the environment and the arts and executive producing a storytelling stage show called Ampersand Live.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in French and political science, she holds a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Gigi Douban

Gigi Douban

News Director

WBMH

Gigi Douban is news director at Public Radio WBHM 90.3. Prior to joining WBHM, Douban reported extensively for Marketplace and NPR. As an independent producer for public radio since 2006, her work has also been heard on “Studio 360” and “The World.” She’s also written for Bloomberg News, Runner’s World, and Women’s Health magazine.

She is committed to finding new and innovative ways to bring listeners quality reporting on digitally and on air.

Douban directs the editorial pursuits of the newsroom. She has lived in Birmingham, Alabama since 1997. She lives with her husband and son. Gigi enjoys cooking, weekend podcast binges, birding and that warm Alabama sun.

Linnea Edmeier

Linnea Edmeier

Former managing Editor for News and Information

Capital Public Radio

As the former managing editor for news and information, Linnea Edmeier oversaw and coordinated the creation of News and Information content, including Capital Public Radio News, Insight with Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN) The View From Here and digital outputs.

Previously she produced the afternoon live newscast for KGO Radio in San Francisco. An essential part of the fast-paced, award-winning newsroom, Linnea oversaw story coverage, coordinated reporters and managed breaking news.

Linnea’s expertise includes audio, documentary film and photography. You may have seen her work in independent films such as the PBS Ken Burns documentary, “Prohibition,” heard her voice covering NASA from Cape Canaveral, or seen her photos in various online news packages.

Her work has earned multiple industry accolades including Associated Press Mark Twain Awards and a National Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news. She is frequently consulted as an expert on California wildfires.

An alumna of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s documentary program, Linnea recently served as the School’s engagement lead overseeing alumni affairs, communications, industry outreach and online engagement.

In a former life, Linnea fought wildfires as a captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Rachel Estabrook

Rachel Estabrook

News Director

Colorado Public Radio

Rachel Estabrook is guiding Colorado Public Radio through a significant growth phase, including the launch of several new podcasts and more robust daily news coverage across platforms.

She hosted and co-reported the podcast "The Taxman" and previously worked on CPR's daily public affairs show. She's originally from New Hampshire and recently became a mother.

Michael Hibblen

Michael Hibblen

News Director

KUAR-FM (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

Michael Hibblen is a 30-year radio veteran, with the last 10 years serving as news director at KUAR in Little Rock, Arkansas. Before that he spent six years at WLRN in Miami, Florida where he was an anchor, reporter, and in his final two years, assistant news director. Through its partnership with The Miami Herald, he also frequently wrote for the newspaper.

Michael started in radio in 1988, spending his first five years as a DJ for music stations in central and northeast Arkansas. After a 1993 internship at the C-SPAN Cable Network in Washington, D.C., he transitioned to news, working for commercial radio stations KARN in Little Rock, WRVA in Richmond, Virginia and WIOD in Miami.

In 2000, Michael became a nationally-heard, Miami-based reporter for CBS Radio News, covering major stories in the region, including the anthrax attack at a tabloid publisher and the 2000 presidential election recount.

In 2009, he returned to his hometown of Little Rock to work for KUAR. He is a regular panelist and fill-in host for the public television program “Arkansas Week.” Michael also enjoys researching radio and railroad history and is the author of the book “Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas.”

Amy Jeffries

Amy Jeffries

Daily News Editor

WUNC

Amy is the incoming Daily News Editor at WUNC in Chapel Hill where she manages day-to-day coverage of everything from gerrymandering to rogue emus.

She was most recently the editorial hand behind the Kansas News Service’s daily coverage of health, education, and state politics and the award-winning podcast, My Fellow Kansans.

Ahead of the launch of the Kansas News Service, Amy led a team of reporters collaborating on coverage of the 2016 elections in Kansas.

A Connecticut Yankee with Midwestern roots, she majored in philosophy, of course, at Wesleyan University and got her master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.   

Before coming to Kansas, she headed the WRKF newsroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where politics is a favored sport along with LSU athletics. She still cheers for the Tigers, though, she has also become a fan of the Kansas City Royals.

She has covered art in suburbia, striking public sector workers in South Africa, and the aftermath of hurricanes along the Gulf Coast.

She started her career in journalism at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and has edited and reported for Patch.com, GlobalPost, and the Associated Press.

Jennifer Lang

Jennifer Lang

Senior Editor, Digital and Product

WFAE 90.7fm

Jennifer Lang has guided WFAE's growth in the digital space. As the station's first web producer in 2006, Jennifer was the only WFAE staffer working on the station's website for many years.

Jennifer transitioned WFAE.org through two changes of content management systems, created the station's first social media presences, assisted with digital coverage of Charlotte news, from large events like the city hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the protests after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott to telling the story in pictures of a macaque monkey named Carter moving to a new home in San Antonio, Texas.

Recently, WFAE has grown its digital staff and offerings. Jennifer now works as part of a digital team who have enhanced WFAE.org, launched five podcasts (with more on the way), added more interactive tools and increased outreach.

Rachel Osier Lindley

Rachel Osier Lindley

Statewide Coordinating Editor

ERA North Texas/Texas News Hub

Rachel Osier Lindley is the statewide coordinating editor for the Texas Station Collaborative. In this role, she connects with newsrooms across Texas to plan and produce collaborative news coverage and projects, daily statewide newscasts, content for the public radio news magazine, Texas Standard, and national coverage for NPR and other outlets.

Previously, she worked as news director for WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to that, she held several jobs at Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio, where she played an essential role in building that fledgling station from the ground up.

Lindley has an MBA from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up outside of Chicago and has been a radio nerd since childhood.

Rachel and her husband, Chase, are the lucky parents of three sons and the caretakers of one unruly dog. In her copious amount of free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, doing crafts poorly, eating tacos and thinking about work.

Ammad Omar

Ammad Omar

Supervising Editor

NPR

Ammad Omar is a supervising editor for NPR’s National Desk. He helps set the daily news agenda, and manages a team of journalists, who cover parts of the Mid-Atlantic and various beats, including the debate around reproductive rights, and housing. Previously, he has served as an editor at multiple NPR news magazines, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered Weekends, and Tell Me More.

Prior to joining NPR, Ammad served in a variety of roles at NPR affiliate WBEZ in Chicago. His roles included managing the News Desk, and hosting duties, as well as working as a producer and occasionally as a reporter.

Ammad got his start in journalism while he was still in college, when he was hired as a television news anchor during a summer spent in Karachi, Pakistan. Though he had to leave that role to finish his degree at the University of Michigan, the experience cemented his love for journalism, and made clear his professional goals.

Ammad is excited to hone his journalism skills through the Editorial Leadership and Integrity Initiative.

Jennifer Pemberton

Jennifer Pemberton

Managing Editor

KTOO & Alaska’s Energy Desk

Jennifer Pemberton is the managing editor for the local newsroom at KTOO public media in Juneau, Alaska, supervising a team of nine reporters and editors. She’s also the managing editor for Alaska’s Energy Desk, a regional journalism collaboration with reporters focused on energy and the environment based at six partnering organizations across the state.

Before moving to Alaska, Jennifer worked at Utah Public Radio where she produced special reporting series on water in the west, women running for political office and community health problems related to air pollution. 

She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama and published many poems and essays before moving over to broadcast journalism. Her reporting has appeared on many public media member stations, in the “Midnight Oil” podcast and on national programs “Here & Now” and “All Things Considered.”

Erica Peterson

Erica Peterson

Director of News and Programming

Louisville Public Media

Erica Peterson is the director of news and programming for Louisville Public Media, which includes public radio station WFPL, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Ohio Valley ReSource.

 

Erica has been in Louisville since 2011, and spent the first six years as the station’s environment reporter focusing largely on issues stemming from the state’s reliance on coal. Since then, she’s transitioned to editing full time, and is currently responsible for daily and long-term news planning and station programming.

 

While at Louisville Public Media, Erica’s work has won numerous local, state and national awards. She was also part of a team that won a Peabody Award in 2018.

 

Before LPM, Erica was a general assignment reporter at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, based in Charleston, South Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Director, News & Public Affairs

Maine Public

Mark Simpson’s career has taken him to distant lands, sea turtle hatchings, python trackings and inside America’s first reusable space craft. Simpson is Maine Public’s director of news and public affairs and hails originally from the seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island.

His public media career includes assignments in Florida as a statehouse reporter for Florida Public Radio, working as the host and producer of the program Intersection on WMFE FM in Orlando, Florida, and eventually was appointed news director at WMFE.

Mark lived overseas in Luanda, Angola for about two years. Most recently Mark served as managing editor for news, at ideastream in Cleveland. He studied music and history at Florida State University.

Mark holds master's degrees in broadcast journalism from Emerson College and planning and civic urbanism from Rollins College. He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter.

Emily Siner

Emily Siner

News Director

Nashville Public Radio

Emily Siner is the news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics and has traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Emily began at the station in 2014 as an enterprise reporter. She soon launched the station's first podcast and has since helped the station develop a whole fleet of shows with live events. She later became the newsroom's news director. She has been named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting.

Emily is passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Sommerstein

David Sommerstein

News Director of Broadcasting and Content

North Country Public Radio

David Sommerstein is news director of news and local content for North Country Public Radio. For 20 years, he was a reporter and assistant news director at the station in northern New York State. Over his career, David has specialized in coverage of agriculture, immigration, border security, military and economic issues. His reporting has earned national awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and numerous state awards from the Associated Press. David also hosts a weekly Latin/funk/hip hop/global music show called the “Beat Authority.”

He lives in Pierrepont, New York with his wife and daughter.

Eric Whitney

Eric Whitney

News Director

Montana Public Radio

Eric Whitney has been the news director at Montana Public Radio Since 2015. He started reporting for public radio in 1993 and worked at several stations in Colorado before taking a media fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2000. He was Colorado Public Radio's health reporter for five years, and has been a contributor to the NPR – Kaiser Health News reporting partnership since 2012.

He has spent several years freelancing full time, including a year in Cape Town, South Africa, and has reported from Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon and more than 20 U.S. states.

Eric launched Montana Public Radio's first podcast, “SubSurface,” in 2016, which won a silver award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and currently oversees Richest Hill, which the New Yorker called a “must listen” podcast in April. He helps edit History Colorado's podcast “Lost Highway.”

When not making radio, Eric enjoys cross country skiing and wandering around in the mountains.

Jesse Wright

Jesse Wright

News Director

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Jesse Wright was born in Swaziland and grew up in South Africa. During his high school years, he witnessed the end of Apartheid and South Africa's transition to democracy.

Jesse moved to West Virginia in 1996 to attend West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and met his wife who is a West Virginia native.

He came to West Virginia Public Broadcasting as its Morgantown reporter in January 2015 from The Dominion Post newspaper, where he served as copy desk chief and worked on almost every aspect of the newspaper's editorial production.

Jesse was hired as WVPB in news director in November 2015, a role in which he also serves as executive producer of Inside Appalachia. Jesse helped start several internal and external editorial collaborations and projects, including Appalachia Health News, the Ohio Valley ReSource and 100 Days in Appalachia.

He has developed a great passion for West Virginia and its unique culture and history.

Jesse lives in the Cheat Lake area of Morgantown with his wife and three sons.

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Jim Amoss

Jim Amoss

Former editor

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com

Jim Amoss was editor of The Times-Picayune, the New Orleans newspaper, and its website NOLA.com from 1990 until 2015. In 2016, Amoss served as editor at-large for Advance Local, which operates more than 30 U.S. newspapers and their websites.

A native of New Orleans, Amoss began his journalism career as a reporter for his hometown paper, then became its city editor and then metro editor. While he was editor, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes, the first in its 182-year history, for its coverage of the world’s fisheries and for its reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Amoss was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 1997 and by Editor and Publisher in 2006, when he also won the American Society of News Editors’ Award for Editorial Leadership. He has served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and the board of ASNE.

Amoss graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He spent a year on a fellowship at the Centre de Formation des Journalistes in Paris. Amoss speaks and writes German and French fluently.

Amoss is married to architect Nancy Monroe.

Fiona Conway

Fiona Conway

Principal

Initial F consulting

Fiona Conway is an award-winning producer and news executive with expertise in television, radio and digital journalism. Her journalism career includes both private and public broadcasting and spans major networks in the USA and Canada. She has produced groundbreaking network television programs and large special events coverage.  

As the Executive Director of News Programs for CBC News, Conway led the flagship television and radio news programs. Prior to CBC, she was a Senior Producer at ABC News in New York, working on “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

In her role as Executive Director for ABC’s affiliate news service, Conway worked with and developed future network reporters for ABC News.

Most recently, Conway was Executive Producer of PBS’ “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover.”

Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Journalism Consultant and Freelance Writer

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a journalism consultant, freelance writer and organizer of The Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media. She was previously Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member, and taught journalists how to make the most of social media, rethink workflows and foster creativity. Hawkins-Gaar created The Cohort newsletter, and is the co-founder of 40 Better Hours, a project designed to boost newsroom morale. She also built digitalwomenleaders.com, a site offering free mentoring sessions for women working in journalism.

Prior to Poynter, she was the managing editor of CNN iReport, the network’s global citizen journalism platform. Hawkins-Gaar is passionate about improving workplace culture through transparency and vulnerability, and is a firm believer that you can learn a lot by simply listening.

James Mallory

James Mallory

Communications Consultant

James Mallory is a freelance editor and writer who retired from a journalism career spanning more than three decades. He spent most of his time at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he rose from a business reporter to Senior Managing Editor/VP News.

During his career, Mallory served as teacher, coach and mentor to professional and student journalists across the country. He was known for his work as a newsroom leader, editor and reporter, and in promoting diversity in the newspaper industry. Mallory was recognized for his dedication to newsroom diversity in 2012 when he received the prestigious Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership.

Mallory also worked as an editor and/or reporter at newspapers in Michigan, including the Detroit News. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Journalism at Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Western Michigan University.

A regular writing contributor to Hilton Head Monthly magazine, Mallory also writes fiction and is shopping a detective novel based on his hometown. He is a member of the Island Writers’ Network and a co-editor of, and contributing writer to, the 2017 IWN anthology, “Ebb & Flow,” and the upcoming IWN 20th anniversary anthology, “Reflections.” Mallory is also an active volunteer in the Hilton Head community.

Kate O’Brian

Kate O’Brian

CEO

O’ Media Strategies

As the founder and CEO of O’ Media Strategies, Kate O’Brian consults with media companies on content development, strategy and management. Her client roster includes the Washington Post, Voice of America, The United Nations and individual clients. O’Brian has led projects ranging from reimagining and relaunching an international 24-hour linear and digital network, advising a weekly current affairs program, securing partnerships for social media startups, programming for local news television station groups, to coaching individuals seeking executive management guidance and talent advice.

Early producer roles at ABC News in Washington, DC, New York, Rome and London included work on high-visibility programs such as “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” “This Week with David Brinkley,” and “Good Morning America.” Later roles demonstrated organizational versatility: General Manager for ABC News Radio, Vice President of NewsOne and ABSAT and overall SVP for News, where she led the transformation of the news division into an agile, multi-platform organization.

O’Brian joined the cable news and digital media organization Al Jazeera America as President just as the news channel made its high-stakes launch in 2013. She provided the organizational framework and journalistic independence to produce a steady drumbeat of extraordinary content in the form of documentaries, investigative reports and features. Al Jazeera America won the unwavering loyalty of its viewers and virtually every major journalism award during its nearly 1,000-day existence, a testament to an inventive approach for bringing important events and ideas to American minds.

O’Brian’s own personal and team awards include a Peabody, Emmy, two duPonts and the 2015 Robert G. McGruder Award for commitment to gender and ethnic diversity.

With her core passion for supporting and promoting women at all levels in media, O’Brian works with women individually and collectively to help them navigate the media industry. She serves on the advisory board of Press Forward, an independent initiative to change culture in newsrooms. O’Brian also sits on the boards of the Turkey Land Cove Foundation, which provides working residencies for women, and the Partnership for After School Education, a child-focused organization supporting quality afterschool programs in New York City.

A graduate of Smith College, O’Brian resides in New York City with her husband.

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace — Head Coach

Frank Russell Chair

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

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 the book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.”

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Ben Adler

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Public Radio

Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool — and not necessarily by choice. His introduction to politics, on the other hand, came as a freshman at Northwestern University, near Chicago. The infamous Cook County Democratic machine asked him to register to vote. He declined, saying he was already registered to vote back home in California. “That’s OK,” he was told. “You can register here too!”

Ben made his radio debut (and blatant early mistakes) at Northwestern University’s student radio station, WNUR. There, he spent much of his time broadcasting sports; an internship at Chicago Public Radio gradually helped bring him over from the “dark side.” He spent the summer of 2003 broadcasting Minor League Baseball in Great Falls, Montana, before turning full-time to public radio. After several years covering the Monterey Bay Area for NPR member station KAZU, he joined Capital Public Radio in August 2007.

Since then, Ben reported on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s historic election in 2008 and won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his continuing coverage of Sacramento’s homeless “tent city” along the American River.

After stints as a local reporter and All Things Considered host, Ben moved to CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau in February 2011, where his love of politics made him a natural fit. Now, as Capitol Bureau Chief, he oversees coverage of California politics and government, which is distributed to NPR stations across the state through Capital Public Radio’s Network (CPRN). He also hosted two podcasts during the 2018 campaign season: California’s Next Governor and Keys to the House.

Erika Aguilar

Erika Aguilar

Reporter/Anchor

KQED

Erika Aguilar is the senior editor of housing affordability at KQED News in San Francisco. She leads a small team of reporters and sets the editorial agenda for the housing desk.

Before this, Erika was an editor of KQED’s local news and storytelling podcast, The Bay, which she helped launch. While with the podcast, she won a Gracie award for an episode she produced and hosted about migrants from Guatemala coming to Northern California.

Erika spent nearly 10 years as a public radio beat reporter, first for KUT in Austin covering the environment and local government and then for KPCC in Los Angeles where she covered crime and public safety including time as the station’s Orange County bureau chief.

She has reported on some of Texas and California’s biggest breaking news events. Her first job in journalism was at KEYE-TV in Austin as an assignment editor and assistant news producer. She graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a dual degree in journalism and history. She is a first-generation college graduate in her family.

You can find Erika throughout the years at journalism conferences volunteering as an editor. She led the Online News Association’s conference audio and podcast team in 2018 and 2019, and launched the organization’s first podcast. Erika is also an editor and mentor with the Next Generation Radio training program for journalists of color.

Erika is a proud Tejana from San Antonio. She believes in compromise, optimism and Selena.

Carolyn Beeler

Carolyn Beeler

Environment Reporter

The World

Carolyn Beeler is the environment correspondent and editor at the daily public radio news show The World. She reports and edits stories about how individuals, communities and institutions across the globe are dealing with climate change.

She has reported from all seven continents and won national and regional awards for her breaking news and in-depth feature reporting.

Before joining The World, she helped pilot and develop a weekly health and science show, The Pulse at WHYY in Philadelphia, and reported from Berlin for a year as a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow.

She studied journalism at Northwestern University and got her start in radio as a Kroc fellow at NPR.

Grace Birnstengel

Grace Birnstengel

Editor/Next Avenue

Twin Cities PBS

Grace Birnstengel is a writer and editor at Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national publication for America’s rapidly-growing 50+ population, based out of Twin Cities PBS. She lives in Minneapolis and works in St. Paul.

Grace has a vested interest in covering aging issues from diverse perspectives and digging into how the intersections of identities affect how we grow older. She’s led editorial initiatives around health care, end-of-life choices and LGBTQ issues.

She joined Next Avenue in September 2017 after years as a music reporter. Her work has appeared in The Twin Cities Pioneer Press, City Pages (Minneapolis–St. Paul’s alt-weekly), The Riveter Magazine, Stereogum.com, 89.3 The Current, VICE’s Live Nation TV, Twin Cities Pride Magazine and more.

Grace holds a bachelor of arts in journalism and gender, women and sexuality studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Ariana Brocious

Ariana Brocious

Senior Reporter/Producer

Arizona Public Media

Ariana Brocious is producer of The Buzz (AZPM’s weekly public affairs radio show), and a senior radio reporter focused on the stories of the environment and water.

She spent several years in western Colorado working for High Country News magazine and leading the news department for KVNF Public Radio before moving to NET, Nebraska’s statewide NPR/PBS station.

While at NET she spent two years leading the reporting for a multimedia documentary project focused on a major Great Plains watershed and created an award-winning podcast.

In addition to her regular duties at AZPM, she’s been focused on community engagement and has designed and produced several live community conversations for The Buzz on issues like affordable housing and the future of Arizona’s last free-flowing river, as well as spearheading the creation of a digital citywide candidate election guide.

Zosette Guir

Zosette Guir

Managing Producer

Detroit Public Media

Zosette Guir is the managing producer at Detroit Public Television’s One Detroit.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, she worked on various production projects in the Metro Detroit area, including: Autoweek’s Vinsetta Garage, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Performs, Great Lakes Now: Connect, The Seven Generation River. She has also worked on nationally-distributed documentaries such as: When I’m 65 and Ride the Tiger, as well as pieces for Detroit Public Television’s weekly news and public affairs program, One Detroit, which focuses on journalism based on immersive community engagement.

She has worked on award-winning productions, honored with awards by the Society of Professional Journalists/Detroit and MAB - Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Tracie Hunte

Tracie Hunte

Reporter/Radio Lab

WYNC

Tracie Hunte is a reporter for Radiolab. She was born in Barbados and grew up in Miami.

Tracie earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida and her master’s in media studies at The New School in New York City. She also reported a piece for Studio 360’s “American Icons” series.

Before Radiolab, she worked in WNYC’s newsroom as a local producer for All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She also worked for ABC’s news magazines 20/20 and Primetime.

Anna Rose MacArthur

Anna Rose MacArthur

News Director

KYUK

Anna Rose MacArthur is the news director at KYUK. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome and then traveled south to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to the bush to join KYUK in 2015.

She leads an award-winning newsroom and has launched statewide public radio reporting collaborations. Her journalism has received regional and statewide awards for coverage on climate change, rural health, business, education and mushing.

Anna Rose’s favorite stories to tell that include a muskox, salmon or sled dog. Her work has appeared on NPR, 99 Percent Invisible, HowSound and Transom. She is a Transom Story Workshop alumni and a certified Zumba instructor.

Scottie Lee Meyers

Scottie Lee Meyers

Multi-media Producer

Milwaukee PBS

Scottie Lee Meyers is a millennial with a newspaper subscription. He’s an award-winning multimedia producer and journalist for Milwaukee PBS, where as of late, his focus has been on youth mental wellness and refugee resettlement services.

He has received national awards from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and most recently the Katherine Schneider Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.

Before Milwaukee PBS, he was a Wisconsin Public Radio producer. Over the years, Meyers served as the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s Public Policy Fellow at Marquette University and reported for several newspaper outlets, including Gannett Newspapers, the alternative weekly North Coast Journal and the Two Rivers Tribune. He’s also a proud AmeriCorps alumnus and thrilled to work from the political epicenter of the upcoming presidential race.

Priska Neely

Priska Neely

Producer/Reporter

Reveal

Priska Neely is a reporter and producer for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was a senior reporter for the NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles, covering early childhood education and development.

She reported and produced a series of groundbreaking stories on high death rates for black babies in L.A. and the U.S. She has received awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, National Association of Black Journalists and Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

Before KPCC, Priska worked as a producer for NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.” She studied broadcast journalism and linguistic anthropology at New York University and was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Ashley F.G. Norwood

Ashley F.G. Norwood

Producer/Reporter

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Ashley F.G. Norwood is a radio newscast reporter and executive television producer of the public affairs show @Issue at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson. She covers health, education, government, politics and how they intersect and impact the lives of people in Mississippi.

Ashley has a bachelor’s in English from Jackson State University and a master’s from the School of Journalism and New Media from the University of Mississippi. She has been recognized nationally for her documentary film “The Fly in the Buttermilk,” which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi. Ashley also won a 2018 Associated Press Award for her coverage of “Why Aren’t As Many Black Students Choosing HBCUs?”

She is a member of the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. Before joining the MPB news team, Ashley covered higher education at Mississippi Today. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communications Department at Jackson State University.

Erin O’Toole Payne

Erin O’Toole Payne

Assistant News Director

KUNC

As host of KUNC’s Colorado Edition, Erin works closely with producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. And because life is best when it’s a balance of work and play, Erin loves finding stories that highlight culture, music, the outdoors and anything that makes Colorado such a great place to live.

One of the things she loves most about being in public radio is that it embodies and encourages many of the values she holds dear: integrity, creativity, civility and curiosity. At KUNC, Erin has been fortunate enough to work with, and learn from, a growing newsroom that’s filled with talented, passionate journalists.

Erin spent nearly nine years in commercial radio in Cincinnati, Ohio before moving to San Bernardino, California to serve as Morning Edition host and reporter for KVCR.

She was selected as a USC/Annenberg Health Journalism fellow in 2008, reporting primarily on the healthcare overhaul, domestic violence and health awareness media campaigns. She joined KUNC as Morning Edition host in 2009 and served as assistant news director from 2017 to 2019.

When she’s not at work, you can usually find her hiking with her two dogs, listening to and creating music, and reading.

Ben Philpott

Ben Philpott

Interim Managing Editor

KUT

Ben Philpott is the managing editor for KUT. Ben has covered state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since joining it when it launched in 2002.

He’s been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and has been named Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press club four times.

Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee.

Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ben graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Kathy Ritchie

Kathy Ritchie

Reporter

KJZZ

Kathy Ritchie has nearly 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and regional outlets, including ABC News, CHILD Magazine, Arizona Highways and KJZZ News. Since joining KJZZ News in 2014, she has covered a variety of stories, but her focus is on issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities. Kathy regularly contributes stories about those issues to NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now.

In 2017, Kathy oversaw the production of a ten-part series entitled, “Aging in the Valley.” This was a collaborative effort between news, web, and development teams. The result was a multi-faceted series that explored numerous aging issues, including housing, caregiving and ambiguous loss (which is when someone is physically present, but psychologically gone).

Some of Kathy’s aging-related content has been given a new lease on life after they were turned into podcasts for “Hear Arizona,” which aims to tell stories about the many issues affecting our community.

Before Kathy moved home to Arizona in 2009, she began writing about her mother’s journey with dementia in a blog called, “My Demented Mom.” She wrote an essay about that for the book, “The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure.”

Kathy got her start as an intern with the Brian Ross Unit at ABC News in New York City in 2000. After graduating from New York University with her master’s degree in 2001, she accepted her first job at ABC News. She went on to work at The O’Reilly Factor at FOX News. Ritchie earned her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1999.

Avery Schneider

Avery Schneider

Assistant News Director

WBFO

Avery Schneider has been the assistant news director at WBFO since November 2018. He began his broadcasting career at his college radio station, ventured into journalism as a staff writer at his school newspaper, and got into public radio as an intern at WBFO. Avery was part of the team that covered the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, which won the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and PRNDI First Place Award for Breaking News.

In 2010, Avery became a part-time reporter for WBFO. From 2011 to 2013, he served full-time with the Army National Guard in New York, across the U.S. and overseas. In 2014, Avery returned to WBFO as an on-air host, reporter, and administrative assistant. In February 2017, he was assigned as Lead Reporter for the WBFO Health & Wellness News Desk.

Avery is the recipient of multiple awards from the Associated Press, including First Place for Public Service for his story about a program creating an oasis of healthy options in the city of Buffalo’s food desert, and First Place for Best Feature for his story on an initiative to improve cardiovascular health in communities of color through their barbershops and beauty salons. He has also received multiple awards for Excellence in Broadcasting from the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Outside the newsroom, Avery continues to serve in the Army National Guard, now as a public affairs officer. He is a board member with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association — an organization dedicated to preserving Western New York’s broadcasting history and developing its future talent.

Avery is a 2010 graduate of the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in English, a journalism certificate, and minors in education and military science.

Chas Sisk

Chas Sisk

Senior Editor

WPLN

Chas Sisk joined WPLN in 2015 and became an editor in 2018. Previously, he covered state politics for Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean and he’s also reported on communities, politics and business for a variety of publications in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C.

Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University where he studied economics and journalism.

Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney

Director of New Content and Innovation

KUOW

Brendan Sweeney is the Director of New Content and Innovation at KUOW. Brendan oversees KUOW’s locally produced broadcast and podcasts, including the Record with Bill Radke, the Wild, Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace and Primed.

Before coming to Seattle, Brendan was Managing Producer at WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C. where he served as an “inside collaborator” for AIR’s Localore: Finding America project, helping develop and launch a neighborhood storytelling project called “Anacostia Unmapped.” He also launched Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast exploring the deterioration of the region’s mass transit system.

He previously served as the managing producer of the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Mareea Thomas

Mareea Thomas

Digital Content Manager

WNIN

Mareea Thomas joined WNIN in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in Spanish from the University of Evansville. Mareea is the FM programming & operations manager in addition to hosting middays and afternoons and co-producing WNIN’s bilingual podcast, ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?. ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? was selected for the initial PRX Project Catapult station cohort.

Under WNIN’s new strategic plan, Mareea is being promoted to create and manage a digital department. As the digital content manager, she will focus on increasing audience engagement, working with community partners to produce original content, and maximizing the monetization of digital platforms.

Mareea will lead the cultural shift necessary for WNIN to evolve beyond broadcast in order to continue serving the community’s need for a reliable source of local news and entertainment.

Sáša Woodruff

Sáša Woodruff

News Director

Boise Public Radio

With more than two decades in the broadcast news arena, Sáša has reported, produced and edited for major news outlets, including NPR, Public Radio International and American Public Media. She started her career in local TV stations in her hometown, Salt Lake City; there she produced daily news and TV documentaries.

She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism documentary film program with a thesis documentary on the pop culture of uranium. At NPR, she worked as the show editor for News and Notes and oversaw the west-coast production of Morning Edition with host, Renee Montagne. She has consulted and produced for various podcasts including launching two: The Slow Melt: A Podcast About Chocolate and the Bruce Lee Podcast.

Before coming to Boise State Public Radio, Sáša was a producer and editor for the Marketplace Morning Report.

Laura Yuen

Laura Yuen

New Audiences Editor

MPR

Laura Yuen is an editor of the Race, Class and Communities team at MPR News. She’s passionate about stories that expand the narrative of what it means to be a person of color in Minnesota.

As a reporter, Laura investigated racial inequities ranging from high school graduation rates to traffic stops. She’s won several national awards, the most recent of which honored the ethical decisions she faced while covering her company’s decision to sever ties with public radio personality Garrison Keillor.

Laura loves mentoring younger journalists and co-directs a high school radio camp for students from racially diverse backgrounds.

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Alisa Barba

Alisa Barba

Senior Editor

California Dream

Alisa Joyce Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer, editor and journalism trainer with over 25 years of experience in both network and public broadcasting. She is currently working as the Senior Editor of a public media collaboration called the California Dream.

From 2014 through 2018 she was Executive Editor at Inside Energy, a public media collaboration focusing on America’s energy issues. Prior to that, she was Senior Editor at Fronteras, a collaboration in the southwest covering border and immigration issues.

From 1999 through 2011, 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.

Barba also worked 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. Barba covered the Middle East, Asia and the defense industry.

Barba is 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, Barba worked as a teacher at Beijing Normal University for two years.

Emma Carew Grovum

Emma Carew Grovum

Newsroom Consultant & Product Strategist

Emma Carew Grovum is a multiplatform storyteller and product strategist working as a newsroom consultant. She works at the intersection of storytelling, technology, and audience to help newsrooms formalize and align their vision.

Emma was previously the product lead for The Beast’s bespoke content management system and oversaw newsletters and membership products. Prior to joining the technology team, Emma worked in every corner of newsrooms large and small as a researcher, reporter, social media editor, homepage manager, and assistant managing editor.

Emma has worked to shape storytelling workflow and audience engagement strategy for The New York Times Opinion section, Foreign Policy magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Emma was chosen for and completed both the Asian American Journalists Association’s Executive Leadership Program (2017) and Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media (2018). She has coached for Poynter, the Membership Puzzle Project, and the Chips Quinn Scholars program.

In addition to trying to save journalism with technology, she has also done significant work on media and newsroom diversity initiatives across the industry. Emma has trained journalists across the country on data journalism, social media reporting, diversity issues, project management and bridging the gap between newsrooms and technology.

She is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Online News Association, Tech Lady Mafia and Women in Product.

Audrey Dorsey

Audrey Dorsey

Executive Coach & Strategy Consultant

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.

Steve Hammel

Steve Hammel

Former Vice President & General Manager

Steve became vice president & general manager at WRAL-TV in November 2008, and at Fox 50 in December 2014. “Broadcasting & Cable” magazine named Steve “General Manager of the Year” in the large market category in 2015.

He retired from Capitol Broadcasting Company in July 2018. Steve came to CBC from Phoenix where he held the same position at the CBS affiliate. In 2013, Steve initiated the Capitol Broadcasting Company/UNC Journalism Diversity Fellowship Program.

While at KPHO, Steve also initiated and developed the Meredith-ASU Cronkite Journalism Minority Fellowship Program. He also started the first ever in Phoenix Hispanic Advisory Board.

Prior to Phoenix, Steve oversaw News Departments in Washington, DC; St. Louis; Rochester, New York; Dallas; Syracuse; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He also was a television and radio news reporter and newscast producer.

Steve has covered Three Mile Island (where, TMI, meant a nuclear accident, NOT Too Much Information!) and has flown on Air Force One—but gets the greatest joy in motivating leaders and ensuring that a good work culture and good morale leads to increased quality, creativity — and improved ratings!

Steve was formerly the president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters. He is on the Advisory Board of the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism. Steve’s other community involvement included: Chairman, Anti-Defamation League — Arizona Region; Executive Board, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Executive Board, Maricopa County Volunteer Center; Board, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Foundation.

Most recently, Steve came out of retirement to assist UNC-TV as the interim executive director and general manager. He concluded that stint at the end of January 2019.

Steve graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Steve and his wife, Renee, have two golden retrievers.

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace — Head Coach

Frank Russell Chair

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

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 the book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.”