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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    Cheryl Carpenter

    Cheryl Carpenter just finished her time as the T. Anthony Pollner distinguished professor at the University of Montana in Missoula teaching a seminar class and serving as a coach for the school's news staff.

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    Indira Lakshmanan

    Indira Lakshmanan, the Newmark chair in journalism ethics at Poynter and a Boston Globe columnist, has covered coups, campaigns and revolutions in 80 countries and the US for the Globe, Bloomberg, the International New York Times, NPR, PBS and Politico Magazine.

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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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    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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    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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    Masani Bailey

    Masani Bailey serves as the marketing coordinator at The Poynter Institute. She has a degree in communications and experience in social media marketing, digital marketing and broadcast communications. She came to Poynter in 2018 and is an alumnus of Poynter's High School Journalism Program.

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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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    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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    Mel Grau

    Mel Grau is the marketing communications writer at The Poynter Institute. With a degree in journalism and years of marketing experience in healthcare and tourism, she brings a combination of business savvy and creativity to her role at Poynter.

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    Allison Graves

    Allison Graves is a PolitiFact Florida staff writer based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before PolitiFact Florida, she held a year-long internship with PolitiFact National and reported for PolitiFact Missouri.

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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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    Angie Holan

    Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor of PolitiFact. She previously was deputy editor, and before that a reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007. She was a member of the PolitiFact team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election.

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    Vanya Iliev

    Vanya Iliev is an interactive learning producer at Poynter's News University. She brings her journalistic, video production, design and development skills to NewsU. 

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    Louis Jacobson

    Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow.

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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 23 years ago.

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    John Kruzel

    John Kruzel is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates.

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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 is the multimedia designer for The Poynter Institute. She specializes in video and graphic design. Before joining Poynter, she spent 12 years working in television as a producer and creative manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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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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    Dulce Ramos

    Dulce Ramos is a Mexican journalist and Program Manager for the International Fact-Checking Network, for The Poynter Institute. In 2014, when she was the Executive Editor of news site Animal Politico, she led the efforts for the first fact-checking project in Mexico called The Bloodhound.

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    Katie Sanders

    Katie Sanders is the deputy editor of PolitiFact. Previously, she fact-checked talking heads and opinion-shapers for PunditFact as well as the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott for PolitiFact Florida, reporting from the Tallahassee bureau of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald.

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    Aaron Sharockman

    Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact, the largest fact-checking organization in the United States. Aaron leads the growth and development of PolitiFact, manages its outreach and news partnerships, and oversees new initiatives and product development.

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    Amy Sherman

    Amy Sherman is a staff writer with PolitiFact based in South Florida. She was part of the team that launched PolitiFact Florida in 2010 and was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2016 election. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Miami Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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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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