Who We Are

Leaders from both the journalism and national service worlds have come together around this big vision. Report for America co-founders Charles Sennott and Steven Waldman are both nationally known, veteran journalists and social entrepreneurs dedicated to saving journalism.

Alina Panek

Corps Excellence Project Coordinator

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Director of Corps Excellence

Ashley Garrett

Social Media Coordinator

Ben Brody

Director of Photography

Charles Sennott

Co-Founder & GroundTruth CEO

Daniela Salgueiro

Program Assistant

James Martinez

Manager of Local Sustainability and Development

Jason Blakeney

Corps Excellence Regional Manager, Southwest

Jessica Mahone

Manager of Impact and Evaluation

Jo Herrera

Training Coordinator

Kevin Douglas Grant

VP Strategic Initiatives

Kim Kleman

National Director

Norman Parish

Director of Recruitment

Pam Fine

Corps Excellence Regional Manager, Midwest

Rachel Rohr

Director of Training and Service

Reed Fox

Director of Operations

Robert Naylor

Corps Excellence Regional Manager, Northeast

Sam Kille

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Sergio Bustos

Corps Excellence Regional Manager, South

Steven Waldman

Co-Founder & President

Teri Hayt

Corps Excellence Regional Manager, West

Todd Franko

Director of Local Sustainability and Development

Advisory Board

Geneva Overholser

Senior Fellow, Democracy Fund, Former Director of Journalism, USC Annenberg

Mizell Stewart

Senior Director, Gannett

Shirley Sagawa

CEO, Service Year Alliance, former Managing Dir., Corporation for National and Community Service

Jonathan Barzilay

COO, Public Broadcasting System​

Rich Lowry

Editor, National Review

Tracie Powell

Founder, AllDigitocracy

Cara Erickson

President, NewCoordinates Executive Search​

Ju-Don Marshall

Chief Content Officer, WFAE

Laura Castaneda

Professor, USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism​​

Wendy Kopp

Founder, Teach for America and Teach for All

Deirdre Hughes

Charles Koch Institute​

Mark Contreras

CEO, Connecticut Public Broadcasting

Kylie Atwood

Reporter, CBS News

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent, Fox News​

Phillip Martin

Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH​

Kerry Smith

Senior VP, ABC News

Bob Cohn

President, The Economist

Tracy Jarrett

Producer, VICE News

Liza Gross

Director of Practice Change, Solutions Journalism Network​

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Director of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative

Stephanie Sy

Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Bob Woodruff

Correspondent, ABC News Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation​

Cathy Hogan

Former Head of Standards, PBS

Christian Hendricks

President, Local Media Consortium

Tom Rosenstiel

President, American Press Institute

Jacqueline Thomas

Former Senior Editor, The Indianapolis Star; Former Editorial Page Editor, The Baltimore Sun

Jim Brady

CEO, Spirited Media

Graciela Mochkofsky

Executive Director, Center for Community Media, CUNY Newmark

Meredith Clark

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, Department of Media Studies

Bill Densmore

Founder, Clickshare

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency

Joaquín Alvarado

Executive Director of Project Accelerate, Seattle Times

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Zita Arocha

Director of Borderzine.com

Aman Batheja

Deputy Weekend Editor, Washington Bureau, New York Times

Mike Beaudet

Professor of the Practice, Northeastern University. Investigative Reporter, WCVB-TV

Christina Bellantoni

Director of Annenberg Media Center, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Zuri Berry

Senior Managing Editor for WAMU in Washington, D.C.

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Executive Director, Society of Professional Journalists

Clara Bingham

Journalist, Author and Documentary Film Producer

Jennifer Borage

Digital Content Specialist, Mercer University. Formerly Senior Editor, Telegraph in Macon, Georgia.

Gina Boubion

Director of the Office of Career Development, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Former instructor, NYU. Former assistant editor, San Jose Mercury News

Dr. Milbert O. Brown

Communication Faculty, Washington Adventist University

Rob Byers

Senior Local News Editor, Louisville Courier-Journal

Deborah Caldwell

Editor, The Foundry. Former Senior Editor at Time, Inc, Readers Digest, Beliefnet

Kelly Carr

Freelance Investigative Reporter, 2016 Boston Globe Spotlight Fellow, Director at Quinlan

Laura Castañeda

Professor of Professional Practice, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

Sarah Cohen

Knight Chair in Journalism, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Former IRE president. Former data editor at The New York Times, The Washington Post

Eve Conant

Correspondent, National Geographic​

Matthew Cooper

Contributing Editor, Washingtonian and Washington Monthly

Lisa Creamer

Digital News Editor, WBUR. Former 2018 NEFAC fellow. Former 2015 FASPE journalism fellow

Margarita Diaz

Associate Professor Journalism, Quinnipiac University

Anh Do

Metro Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Sharif Durhams

Senior Editor for News and Alerting, CNN Digital. President, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

Susan Feeney

Partner, GMMB. Former Senior Editor, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered

Sara Ganim

Hearst Journalism Fellow, University of Florida’s Brechner Center. Formerly Washington Correspondent, CNN

Juan Pablo Garnham

Urban Affairs Reporter, Texas Tribune. Former Senior Producer, In the Thick.

Ted Gest

Washington Bureau Chief, TheCrimeReport.org. President, Criminal Justice Journalists

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent, Fox News

Justine Gubar

Journalist and Author. Executive Director, Sports Emmys

Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Journalism Consultant. Organizer, Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Melinda Henneberger

Columnist & Editorial Board Member, The Kansas City Star

Robert Hernandez

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg

Rod Hicks

Journalist on Call, Society of Professional Journalists

Deirdre Hughes

Director of Media Portfolio, The Charles Koch Institute

Mitra Kalita

Vice President for Programming, CNN Digital

Sheila Kaplan

Public Health Reporter, New York Times

Thomas Kapsidelis

Former Metro Editor, The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Author, After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Kimberly Kleman

Former Editor-in-Chief, Consumer Reports

Steve Koff

Freelance Journalist. Former Washington Bureau Chief, The Plain Dealer/Cleaveland.com

Rebeca Leber

Climate, Energy & Environment reporter, Mother Jones

Mira Lowe

Assistant Dean and Director of Innovation News Center, University of Florida

Pete Madden

Investigative Editor, ABC News

Ju-Don Marshall

Chief Content Officer, WFAE in North Carolina. Former Managing Editor, WashingtonPost.com

Brendan McCarthy

Deputy Projects Editor, The Boston Globe

Dan McGowan

Emmy-Award Winning Reporter, WPRI-TV in Rhode Island

Michele McLellan

Local News Researcher & Data Analyst, Michele’s List, INN Index

Seema Mehta

Political Writer, Los Angeles Times. Former Knight-Wallace fellow, University of Michigan

Graciela Mochkofsky

Director, Spanish-Language Program, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Jenni Monet

Award-Winning Journalist on Indigenous Rights and Injustice, Tribal Citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna

Stacy Morford

Senior Editor, InsideClimate News

Timothy Morgan

Director, Journalism Certificate Program, Wheaton College

Erica Morrison

Race, Identity and Changing Demographics Reporter, Oregon Public Broadcasting. Former Producer, NPR & WBUR’s Here & Now

Simon Moya-Smith

Writer, NBC News & CNN

Judy Muller

Professor Emeritus, USC Annenberg School of Journalism

Frank Mungeam

Knight Professor of Practice in TV News Innovation, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Meredith Nierman

Director of Photography and Executive Digital Producer, WGBH

Sia Nyorkor

Region II Director, National Association of Black Journalists

Miguel Paz

Journalist & Professor, Nieman Berkman Fellow ’15, Harvard University

Lisa Pecot-Hébert

Director of Journalism, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

María Peña

Washington Correspondent, La Opinión/ Impremedia

Elise Pepple

General Manager, Marfa Public Radio

Tracie Powell

Founder, AllDigitocracy.org & Senior Fellow, Democracy Fund

Will Pry

Former Editor of the News Vertical, Dallas Morning News

Liza Ramrayka

Freelance Social Justice Journalist and Commissioning Editor

Fran Scarlett

Chief Knowledge Officer, Institute for Nonprofit News

Rachel Schallom

Deputy Editor for Digital, Fortune Magazine

Stacy Scholder

Emmy-award winning television news producer. Director of Annenberg TV News, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Linda Shockley

Managing Director, Dow Jones News Fund

Jack Shuler

Director, Center for Narrative Journalism at Denison University

Geraldine Sealey

Managing Editor, The Marshall Project

Corrine Segal

Senior Editor, Literary Hub. Former Senior Multimedia Web Editor, PBS NewsHour Weekend

Melanie Sill

Veteran News Leader and Journalism Consultant based in North Carolina

Peter Slevin

Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism

Alexandra Smith

Growth Director, WhereBy.Us

Erna Smith

Professor of Professional Practice, Annenberg School of Communication

Kerry Smith

Senior Vice President of Editorial Quality, ABC News

Todd South

Reporter, Military Times. 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Mizell Stewart III

Vice President / News Operations, Gannett & the USA Today Network

Lynn Stock

Deputy managing editor, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Stephanie Sy

Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Melissa Tamplin Harrison

Managing Director, The Media Project

Doris Truong

Director of Training and Diversity, Poynter

Nikki Usher

Associate Professor, The University of Illinois & George Washington University

Ann Vaughan

Former Investigative Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Gayle Williams

Former Reporter and Lifestyles Editor, The Journal News. Former Health Editor, Consumer Reports. Development Communications Manager, Weill Cornell Medicine

Doualy Xaykaothao

Newscaster, NPR

Molly Yanity

Associate Professor of Journalism, Quinnipiac University

Jeff Young

Managing Editor, Ohio Valley ReSource

Kristen Young

Co-Founder, InvestigateWest

Debra Adams Simmons

Editor for Culture, National Geographic; 2016 Neiman Fellow; Board Member, The Maynard Institute

Masuma Ahuja

Freelance journalist reporting on gender, migration and human rights

Marcia Allert

Director of Visual Journalism, The Dallas Morning News

Nancy Ancrum

Editorial Page Editor, The Miami Herald

Zamná Ávila

Intern Supervisor and Editor, Random Lengths News

Jessica Bakeman

Editor, Reporter and Producer, WLRN

Hugo Balta

Owner and Head of Content, Latino News Network

Jacqui Banaszynski

Journalist, Teacher and Story Coach

Cate Barron

President, PA Media Group

Jody Brannon

Director, Center for Journalism and Liberty

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Reporter, Indian Country Today

Nina Berman

Documentary Photographer

Helena Bottemiller Evich

Senior Food & Agriculture Reporter, Politico; Winner of the James Beard Award for Food and Health

Nellie Bowles

Reporter, The New York Times

Oralandar Brand-Williams

Senior Reporter, The Detroit News

Kristopher Brooks

Reporter, CBS MoneyWatch

Jake Bullinger

Editor, Bitterroot

Alfredo Carbajal

Managing Editor,
Al Día/The Dallas Morning News

Chabeli Carrazana

Women and The Economy Reporter, The 19th News

Jacqueline Charles

Caribbean Correspondent, The Miami Herald

Sarah Childress

Senior Reporter, Frontline

Jen Christensen

Writer/Producer, CNN

Sandra Clark

Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY

Melvin Claxton

Former investigative journalist; Pulitzer Prize winner

Ivette Davila Richards

Freelance multimedia journalist; Former Board Member, The National Association of Hispanic Journalists

John D’Anna

Senior Reporter, The Arizona Republic

Melissa Delaney

Former Editor-In-Chief, Austin Monthly; Editor, Computerworld; Reporter, The MetroWest Daily News in Massachusetts; Adjunct Professor; Freelance journalist

Zach Despart

Reporter, Houston Chronicle

Cheryl Devall

Wordslinger; Storyteller; Editor; Mentor

Gloria Dickie

Freelance science and environmental journalist; board member, Society of Environmental Journalists

Liam Dillon

Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Scott Dodd

Senior Staff Editor, The New York Times; Board Member, Society of Environmental Journalists

Pat Duggins

News Director, Alabama Public Radio; Author, Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program

Stephanie Ebbert

Local and State Politics Reporter, The Boston Globe

Matt Eich

Assistant Professor of Photojournalism, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University

Duaa Eldeib

Reporter, ProPublica

Mike Feinsilber

Former News Editor and Assistant Chief of Bureau for News, The Associated Press

Aaron Foley

Director, Black Media Initiative at Center for Community Media

Katherine Ellen Foley

Health and Science Reporter, Quartz

Mei Fong

Journalist; Director of Communications & Strategy, Center for Public Integrity; Pulitzer Prize winner

Felice Freyer

Senior Health Reporter, The Boston Globe; Board Member of Association of Health Care Journalists

Jeff Gauger

Content Advisor & Professional-In-Residence, Louisiana State University; North Louisiana Executive Editor, Shreveport Times/USA Today

Ashley Gilberston

Photojournalist, VII Agency

Trudi Gilfillian

Communications Director, New Jersey Business Action Center

John Gravois

Assistant Political Editor, The Dallas Morning News

Nadege Green

Reporter, WLGN Miami

Brittany Greeson

Freelance Documentary Photographer

Bryan Gruley

Journalist and Author; Pulitzer Prize winner; Nominated for the “first novel” Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America

Auditi Guha

Northeast Regional Reporter, Rewire.News

Errin Haines

Editor, The 19th

Gary Harki

Investigative reporter, The Virginian-Pilot

Melinda Henneberger

Columnist, Kansas City Star; Pulitzer Prize finalist

Rod Hicks

Journalist-on-Call, Society of Professional Journalists; former AP editor

Robert Jimison

The New York Times

Rachel Jones

Award-winning, international health reporter; Story editor, Global Press Journal

Jon Keegan

Investigative Data Journalist, The Markup

Asma Khalid

Correspondent, NPR

Sunni Khalid

Freelance Writer

Andrew Khouri

Housing Reporter, The Los Angeles Times

Paul Kiel

Business Reporter, ProPublica

Francine Knowles

Former Religion and Business Reporter, The Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Kozlowski

Higher education reporter, The Detroit News

Eun Kyung Kim

Policy Editor for Immigration & Demographics, CQ Roll Call/FiscalNote

Madhu Krishnamurthy

Senior staff writer and education writer, Daily Herald (suburban Chicago)

Kailyn Lamb

Freelance Writer/Editor

Emily Le Coz

Managing Editor of Regional Investigations, USA Today/Gannett

Anita Lee

Staff Writer, Sun Herald

Graham Lee Brewer

Contributing Editor, High Country News; Board Member, The Native American Journalists Association; Citizen of the Cherokee Nation

Rhonda LeValdo

Reporter; faculty member, Haskell Indian Nations University Media Communications

Susan Levine

Editor, Post Talent Network, The Washington Post

Melissa Lyttle

Independent Photojournalist

Pete Madden

Investigative reporter, ABC News

John Mancini

Director of Editorial Projects, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Gustavo Martínez Contreras

Metro Reporter, Asbury Park Press

Tom McLaughlin

Reporter, Northwest Florida Daily News

Bill Mitchell

Climate editor, National Catholic Reporter

Natalie Y. Moore

Reporter, WBEZ

Summer Moore

Senior Project and Communications Manager, Gannett/USA Today

Greg Moore

Editor-in-chief and partner, Deke Digital; former editor, The Denver Post

Curtis Morgan

Hurricane, environment, courts and crime editor, The Miami Herald; Pulitzer Prize winner (2001, breaking news reporting)

Pat Nabong

Visual Journalist, Chicago Sun-Times

Elissa Nadworthy

Education Reporter, NPR

Denise-Marie Ordway

Managing Editor of Journalist’s Resource at the Harvard Kennedy School

Katie Orlinsky

Photographer, National Geographic

Mary Kelli Palka

Editor, Florida Times-Union

Maria Peña

Washington Correspondent, Telemundo digital platform

Brian Perdue

Editor, Community Impact Newspaper

Rachel Piper

Digital news editor, The Salt Lake City Tribune; Pulitzer Prize winner (2017, local reporting)

David Plazas

Opinion and Engagement Director, USA TODAY Network Tennessee/The Tennessean

Carolyn Purcell

Senior Executive Producer, Sweet P Media and Adjunct Professor

Bryan Pollard

2020 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow; former president of Native American Journalists Association

Victor Manuel Ramos

Deputy editor, Long Island Desk, Newsday

Megha Rajagopalan

International Correspondent, BuzzFeed News

Jackie Renzetti

Journalist, Bring Me The News and Freelance Journalist

Monica Rhor

Editorial Writer/Columnist, Houston Chronicle

Nina Robinson

Photographer, Nina Robinson Photography

Flo Rogers 

Former CEO & Program Director KNPR Las Vegas

Steve Rothaus

Journalist specializing in LGBTQ coverage, Miami Herald – retired

Mark Russ

Executive Editor, The Commercial Appeal

Michele Salcedo

Newsdesk Editor, Axios

Sanchez, Maria

Maria Sanchez

Syndicated columnist/Tribune, Independent Journalist

Tim Schmitt

Golf coordinator, USA Today Network

Matt Sedensky

Global Enterprise Writer, Associated Press

Fran Silverman

Freelance Journalist, The Immigrant Story

Darlene Superville

White House Reporter, Associated Press

Cheryl Thompson

Investigative Correspondent, NPR

Mc Nelly Torres

Independent journalist; Former Investigative Producer, NBC6 in Miami; Founder, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Tim Trainor

Editor, Klamath Falls Herald and News

Eileen Truax

Freelance journalist covering migration and politics

Abbie Van Sickle

Criminal Justice Reporter, The Marshall Project

Mercedes Vigon

Associate Director, International Media Center & Associate Professor in School of Communication and Journalism, Florida International University

Vickie Walton James

Senior National Editor, NPR

Mark Wert

Investigations and Enterprise Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer

Rob Wildeboer

Senior editor of news, WBEZ (Chicago)

Dave Wilson

Senior editor, state and municipal government & education, Miami Herald

Johnny Woodhouse

Retired journalist and Freelance Writer specializing in Healthcare

Alison Young

Investigative reporter, USA Today

Cindy Yurth

Assistant Editor, Navajo Times

Julie Zauzmer

Reporter covering religion, faith and spirituality, The Washington Post