Administration

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    Neil Brown

    Neil Brown is the president of The Poynter Institute. He joined Poynter in September 2017, after serving as the editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times.

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    Kelly McBride

    Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is now its vice president.

Faculty

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    Katie Hawkins-Gaar

    Katie Hawkins-Gaar is Poynter's digital innovation faculty member. She runs the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and is one half of the duo behind 40 Better Hours, a project to improve the workweek.

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    Indira Lakshmanan

    Indira Lakshmanan is the Newmark chair in journalism ethics. She has covered campaigns, coups and revolutions, reporting from the U.S. and 80 countries for The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, the International New York Times, NPR, PBS, Politico Magazine and others.

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    Alexios Mantzarlis

    Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers around the world.

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    Al Tompkins

    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around the world.

Senior Leadership

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    Kelly McBride

    Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is now its vice president.

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    Tina Dyakon

    Tina Dyakon is Poynter's director of advertising and marketing. She works to inspire journalists and professional communicators to connect with Poynter to improve skills and enrich careers. 

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    Elisa Jackson

    Elisa Jackson is the Executive Director of the Poynter Foundation. Elisa accepted this role in December of 2014 and brings more than 15 years of fundraising, alumni relations and development experience to the Foundation.

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    Vidisha Priyanka

    Vidisha Priyanka is currently working with Poynter NewsU as the Interactive Learning Manager. She teaches multimedia, video and interactive storytelling, analytics and user engagement to professional journalists, onsite and online.

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    Wendy Wallace

    Wendy Wallace leads Poynter's marketing and development team as Director of Advancement. She works closely with foundations, corporations and individuals who support Poynter's teaching and other work.

Staff

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    Bobbi Alsina

    Bobbi Alsina is the assistant to the president at The Poynter Institute. She previously worked at the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. At Poynter she has served as the assistant to three presidents, three deans and program assistant for leadership, broadcast, writing and ethics.

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    Leah Bickley

    Leah Bickley is The Poynter Institute’s Partnerships & Events Manager. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day management of training partnership contracts and partner events.

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    Tom Cawthon

    Tom collaborates closely with the External Relations and Foundation teams to help advance our marketing and branding messages in print and online. He has extensive design experience across multiple platforms.

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    Andrew DeLong

    Andrew DeLong serves as the Teaching & Event Services Director at Poynter where he is responsible for the administrative and logistical support for internal and external seminars and special events.

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    Shanna DiNobile

    Shanna DiNobile is the Online Community Manager at the Poynter Institute. Shanna facilitates rich conversation by creating and cultivating a community of lifelong learners within Poynter’s audience of journalists, bloggers, communications professionals, and social media users.

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    Vanessa Goodrum

    Vanessa Goodrum is an Interactive Learning Producer for News University. She has more than 14 years of Web development experience, ranging from interface design to production to project planning and management.

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    Nico Guerrero

    Nico Guerrero has held various positions since she joined the Poynter staff in 2000. Currently, she is the Human Resources Manager. Nico has a B.A. in Human Resources Administration from St. Leo University and has her PHR certification.

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    Maria Jaimes

    Maria Jaimes serves as a teaching & event services coordinator at The Poynter Institute.

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    Sandy Johnakin

    Sandy Johnakin was retired, spending her time sailing with her husband and doing volunteer work when she came to work at Poynter as a part-time office assistant.

    That was 22 years ago.

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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.

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    Ashley McBride

    Ashley McBride is an interactive learning fellow with the News University team at Poynter, where she facilitates online learning for journalists, news organizations, educators and students.

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    Jessi Marie McCarthy

    Jessi Marie McCarthy maintains collaborative relationships with training partners and members as part of the teaching & event services team. She coordinates and supports the annual Azbee Awards of Excellence for ASBPE, as well as planning and execution for group events at Poynter.

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    Sara O'Brien

    Sara O'Brien specializes in shooting and editing video. Before joining the NewsU team at Poynter, she was the On-Air Marketing Manager for the American Sports Network. She also served as Creative Services Production Manager for WTTA Great 38 for 3 years.

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    Tong Phum

    Tong Phum serves as The Poynter Institute’s Facility Manager, overseeing its premier headquarters in St. Petersburg. Tong plays an instrumental role in supporting Poynter’s in-person teaching capacity and the Innovation Lab @ Poynter.

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    Nick Saffan

    Nick Saffan is an interactive learning fellow for News University. Nick rebuilt Florida’s oldest collegiate newspaper from the ground up into an award winning media organization where students would be on the cutting edge of broadcasting, drone reporting, and interactive media.

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    James Warren

    New York City native, graduate of Collegiate School, Amherst College and Roosevelt University. Married to Cornelia Grumman, dad of Blair and Eliot. National columnist, U.S. News & World Report. Former managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune.

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    Latishia Williams

    Latishia Williams has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 25 years in roles from Accounting Assistant to her current position as Staff Accountant.

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