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.

Steven Waldman

Co-Founder & President

Charles Sennott

Co-Founder & GroundTruth CEO

Kim Kleman

National Director

Kevin Douglas Grant

VP Strategic Initiatives

Alison Bethel McKenzie

Director of Corps Excellence

Todd Franko

Director of Local Sustainability and Development

Norman Parish

Director of Recruitment

Rachel Rohr

Director of Training and Service

David Reed Fox

Director of Operations

Sam Kille

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Ashley Garrett

Social Media Coordinator

Daniela Salgueiro

RFA Program Assistant

Maggie Messitt

Senior Adviser

Advisory Board

Geneva Overholser

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

Phillip Martin

Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH

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

Cara Erickson

President, NewCoordinates Executive Search

Tracie Powell

Founder, AllDigitocracy

Deirdre Hughes

Charles Koch Institute

Ju-Don Marshall

Chief Content Officer, WFAE

Wendy Kopp

Founder, Teach for America and Teach for All

Mark Contreras

CEO, Connecticut Public Broadcasting

Jennifer Griffin

National Security Correspondent, Fox News

Liza Gross

Director of Practice Change, Solutions Journalism Network

Kylie Atwood

Reporter, CBS News

Tracy Jarrett

Producer, VICE News

Cathy Hogan

Former head of standards, PBS

Kerry Smith

Senior VP, ABC News

Bob Woodruff

Correspondent, ABC News Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation

Bob Cohn

President, The Atlantic

Tom Rosenstiel

President, American Press Institute

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Director of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative

Mizell Stewart

Senior Director, Gannett

Jim Brady

CEO, Spirited Media

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency

Stephanie Sy

Special Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Bill Densmore

Founder, Clickshare

Charles McAllister

Analyst, Deloitte

Laura Castaneda

Professor, USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism

 

Jacqueline Thomas

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

 

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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

Photo editor, The Dallas Morning News

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

Reporter, Indian Country Today

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

Graham Lee Brewer

Contributing editor at High Country News; board member at the Native American Journalists Association; citizen of the Cherokee Nation

Jacqueline Charles

Caribbean correspondent, The Miami Herald

Sarah Childress

Senior reporter, Frontline

Melvin Claxton

Former investigative journalist; Pulitzer Prize winner

Ivette Davila Richards

Freelance, multimedia journalist; former board member for National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Gloria Dickie

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

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

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

Louisiana State Univ. content advisor & Professional-in-residence; North Louisiana Executive Editor, Shreveport Times/USA Today

Nadege Green

Reporter, WLGN Miami

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

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

Paul Kiel

Business reporter, ProPublica

Andrew Khouri

Housing reporter, The Los Angeles Times

Francine Knowles

Former religion and business reporter, Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Kozlowski

Higher education reporter, The Detroit News

Madhu Krishnamurthy

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

Rhonda LeValdo

Reporter; faculty member, Haskell Indian Nations University Media Communications

Pete Madden

Investigative reporter, ABC News

Bill Mitchell

Climate editor, National Catholic Reporter

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)

Denise-Marie Ordway

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

Rachel Piper

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

Bryan Pollard

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

Victor Manuel Ramos

Deputy editor, Long Island Desk, Newsday

Mark Rochester

Editor, Investigations, Detroit Free Press

Shari Rudavsky

Health/medicine reporter, The Indianapolis Star

Andrew Skerritt

Storytelling coach, long-time local news editor

Shirley Sneve

Director, Vision Maker Media

Cheryl Thompson

Investigative journalist, NPR; president, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE)

Mc Nelly Torres

Independent journalist and former investigative producer for NBC6 in Miami; founder, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

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

Rob Wildeboer

Senior editor of news, WBEZ (Chicago)

Dave Wilson

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

Alison Young

Investigative reporter, USA Today

Cindy Yurth

Assistant editor, Navajo Times

Julie Zauzmer

Reporter covering religion, faith and spirituality, The Washington Post