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Panelist Profiles for Philanthropy in Local Accountability Journalism

Journalism the Nonprofit Way

Len Downie
Moderator
Leonard Downie Jr.
Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; Vice President-at-Large, The Washington Post
Leonard Downie Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, is vice president-at-large of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor from 1991 to 2008. During his 44 years in the Post newsroom, he also was an investigative reporter, editor on the local and national news staffs, London correspondent and, from 1984 to 1991, managing editor under then-executive editor Ben Bradlee. As deputy metro editor from 1972 to 1974, Downie helped supervise the Post’s Watergate coverage. He also oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of every national election from 1984 through 2008. During his 17 years as executive editor, the Post won 25 Pulitzer prizes.

Andrew Donohue
Andrew Donohue
Editor, voiceofsandiego.org
Andrew Donohue is the editor of voiceofsandiego.org. He has led the organization’s growth from a small, ragtag group of reporters in a cramped, dark and dirty office to an internationally recognized model. He has won national investigative reporting awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists and currently serves as vice president of the IRE board.

Joel Kramer
Joel Kramer
CEO and Editor, MinnPost
Joel Kramer is CEO and editor of MinnPost, which he founded with his wife, Laurie, in 2007. Kramer started his newspaper career at Newsday and then served as editor of the Buffalo Courier-Express. He was editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1983 to 1991 and publisher and president from 1992 to 1998.

James O’Shea
James O’Shea
Co-founder, CEO and Editor, Chicago News Cooperative
James O’Shea is co-founder, CEO and editor of the Chicago News Cooperative, a journalism venture that provides in-depth reporting on local and state issues.

He served as executive vice president and editor of the Los Angeles Times from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he was managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, deputy managing editor for news and supervised the Tribune news divisions.

He also served as the newspaper’s associate managing editor for foreign and national news.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith
CEO and Editor-in-Chief, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, which in its first year of operation won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television Digital News Association and a General Excellence Award from the Online News Association.

Prior to joining the Tribune, he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly magazine, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine’s president and editor-in-chief. Under his leadership, Texas Monthly was nominated for 16 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence.

Laura R. Walker
Laura R. Walker
President and CEO, New York Public Radio
Laura R. Walker is president and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC AM and FM, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and the four stations of New Jersey Public Radio as well as The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

Under her leadership, New York Public Radio’s achievements include the transformation of WNYC AM and FM from a city-owned agency into an independent nonprofit; the completion of a $62.9 million capital campaign to finance the organization’s move to new headquarters and fund new programming initiatives; the opening of The Greene Space, a street-level, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance venue; and the acquisition of WQXR from The New York Times Co. in October 2009.

Sharon Walsh
Sharon Walsh
Editor, PublicSource
Sharon Walsh is the editor of PublicSource, a nonprofit investigative news website based in Pittsburgh. She has been an investigative reporter and editor at The Washington Post, a business editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, a senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and the enterprise and investigative editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky.

Serving Communities by Supporting Nonprofit Accountability Journalism

Sandra Mims Rowe
Moderator
Sandra Mims Rowe
Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; former editor, The (Portland) Oregonian

Sandra Mims Rowe is the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics for the spring 2012 semester at the Cronkite School. The former editor of The Oregonian, she was honored with the National Leadership Award in 2010 by the American Society of News Editors and was named editor of the year in 2008 by Editor & Publisher magazine and in 2003 by the National Press Foundation.

A past president of the American Society of News Editors, Rowe was named chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists in May 2011. She chaired the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2002–2003 and was a board member from 1994 to 2003.

Sue Hale
Sue Hale
Media Consultant, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Sue Hale, former executive editor of The Oklahoman, serves as a media consultant for the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. She works with nonprofit investigative journalism startups across the country that are interested in receiving grants from the foundation.

Under Hale’s leadership, The Oklahoman launched its first website in 1996 and made the transition to a converged newsroom that includes online, social media, video and print.

Terry Mazany
Terry Mazany
President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust
Terry Mazany is president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s largest community foundations, with grant-making exceeding $100 million annually and benefitting more than 2,000 nonprofits in metropolitan Chicago. During the past year, Mazany served as interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools, a district of more than 400,000 students and more than 650 schools with a budget of $6 billion. He also is a member of the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Council on Foundations.

Mazany’s work in philanthropy is based on 15 years of experience in public education. He has worked in school districts that include Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland and San Francisco.

Grant Oliphant
Grant Oliphant
President and CEO, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Grant Oliphant is president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the U.S. He has led a major transformation in the organization’s engagement of key constituents, efficient stewardship of its assets and development of groundbreaking initiatives to enhance services for donors and maximize grant-making impact.

Oliphant frequently leads community conversations around critical issues, and he has taken a prominent role in building advocacy programs to support the work of local nonprofits and the families and individuals they serve.

Jim Pitofsky
Jim Pitofsky
Chief Strategy Officer, Arizona Community Foundation
Jim Pitofsky serves as the Arizona Community Foundation’s chief strategy officer, overseeing the $500 million foundation’s strategic planning and execution, public policy, education and strategic alliances as well as ACF’s Center for Business Philanthropy. Prior to that, he was ACF’s director of education, leading the foundation’s education grant-making and advising high
net-worth donors.

Previously, Pitofsky served as vice president and acting president of the Echoing Green Foundation, deputy director of the National Youth Leadership Council, director of the National Association of Partners in Education, executive director of Hands On Bay Area and president of the National and Community Service Coalition.

Julie Sandorf
Julie Sandorf
President, Charles H. Revson Foundation
Julie Sandorf has served as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining the foundation, she was the executive director of Nextbook, an organization she co-founded that is dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture and the arts.

From 1991 to 1999, Sandorf was president of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, an organization she founded to work in partnership with foundations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to find permanent solutions to chronic homelessness. Prior to that, she was a program director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she forged a public-private partnership to revitalize distressed New York City neighborhoods.

The Role of Universities in Local Accountability Journalism

Christopher Callahan
Christopher Callahan
Dean and University Vice Provost, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
Christopher Callahan is the founding dean of the Cronkite School. He is responsible for leading a 150-member faculty and staff and 1,300 students. Prior to joining ASU, Callahan was associate dean at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of American Journalism Review. Before entering journalism education, Callahan was a Washington correspondent for The Associated Press. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the author of “A Journalist’s Guide to the Internet.”

Len Downie
Leonard Downie Jr.
Weil Family Professor of Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University; Vice President-at-Large, The Washington Post
Leonard Downie Jr., the Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Cronkite School, is vice president-at-large of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor from 1991 to 2008. During his 44 years in the Post newsroom, he also was an investigative reporter, editor on the local and national news staffs, London correspondent and, from 1984 to 1991, managing editor under then-executive editor Ben Bradlee. As deputy metro editor from 1972 to 1974, Downie helped supervise the Post’s Watergate coverage. He also oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of every national election from 1984 through 2008. During his 17 years as executive editor, the Post won 25 Pulitzer prizes.

Keeping Local Accountability Journalism Alive

James T. Hamilton
Moderator
James T. Hamilton
Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy and Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University
James T. Hamilton is the Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy and a professor of political science and economics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy as well as the director of Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. For his accomplishments in teaching and research, Hamilton has won awards that include the Trinity College (Duke) Distinguished Teaching Award, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s David N. Kershaw Award and the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center.

His current work focuses on sustaining the accountability function of journalism and lowering the costs of discovering public affairs stories.

Kevin Davis
Kevin Davis
CEO and Executive Director, Investigative News Network
Kevin Davis is CEO and executive director of the Investigative News Network, a growing consortium of more than 50 nonprofit newsrooms that produce nonpartisan investigative and public interest journalism. He oversees INN’s efforts to increase revenue, improve operational efficiencies, syndicate content, provide support for technological innovations and encourage editorial collaborations.

Davis is a former digital publisher with more than 16 years of experience in strategic management and media growth at news organizations. He was most recently responsible for operations at media outlets that include Variety.com, Hollywood.com and TheWrap.com.

Laurie Kramer
Laurie Kramer
Chief Revenue Officer, MinnPost
Laurie Kramer is chief revenue officer of MinnPost, which she founded with her husband, Joel, in 2007. Kramer, who holds master’s degrees in education and public health, spent most of her career as a leader in nonprofit organizations.

Robert Rosenthal
Robert Rosenthal
Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting
Robert Rosenthal became executive director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in January 2008. Before joining CIR, he worked for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and, most recently, the San Francisco Chronicle. He also served as the executive editor of Investigative Reporters and Editors’ award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project.

Rosenthal’s work at CIR and with California Watch focuses on innovation around storytelling, new distribution models and sustainability as CIR tries to create a model for sustainability based on multiple revenue streams.

Buzz Woolley
Buzz Woolley
President, Girard Foundation
Buzz Woolley is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in fields ranging from high tech to real estate. In 2004, he founded voiceofsandiego.org, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative journalism organization. He serves as the group’s board chair, focusing on strategy, fundraising and business management.

In addition, Woolley is president of the Girard Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to K–12 education in San Diego County. He also is one of the founders of CONNECT, an organization working to advance industry and research collaboration in San Diego.