Meet the September 2022 cohort of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media

This group of 29 leaders will convene at Poynter in St. Petersburg, Florida, the week of Sept. 18.

September 1, 2022

Last updated Sept. 22, 2022.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2022) — The Poynter Institute, renowned for longstanding excellence in training newsroom leaders, is delighted to announce the second of three classes selected for its eighth annual Leadership Academy for Women in Media. This newest cohort of 29 leaders comes from news organizations all over the United States, as well as Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Pakistan and the Philippines.

“Our latest group of news leaders was assembled with an eye to their tenure in journalism. Averaging 15 years in the newsroom, they are among the most seasoned cohorts to join us at Poynter,” said Doris Truong, Poynter director of teaching and diversity strategies. “Because of their time in the industry, we expect they will be eager to share their unique perspectives and to learn from and lift up one another. It’s always exciting to have such an international cohort, too, because we recognize that challenges and solutions are shared.” 

The Leadership Academy for Women in Media is one of Poynter’s most competitive programs. It is designed for women and nonbinary journalists who directly manage people. In 2023, the program will focus on participants within their first five years of formal leadership experience. During the weeklong academy, participants grow their self-awareness, harness their leadership potential, learn how to foster belonging, empathy and inspiration on their teams, and guide their organizations through crisis and opportunity. 

“My favorite part was feeling like I was actively problem solving while I was there,” said Sarah Menendez, head of operations at City Cast and a graduate from Poynter’s most recent academy in May. “It just felt so active. It didn’t feel like I was waiting to go back to my work to do the work. I was there doing the work.”

Participants also become part of a tight-knit, supportive community of leaders dedicated to helping each other succeed.“Poynter was the first time I was in a group of people from other news organizations in such a safe space where we could speak freely, and we could know that there was a circle of trust in the room,” said Corinne Chin, director of news talent at The Associated Press and 2018 alum. “To have the support network and have this personal board of directors was so valuable.”

RELATED TRAINING: Apply for the 2023 Leadership Academy for Women in Media by Sept. 9, 2022.

September academy line-up

The September academy will kick off with a keynote address from Stephanie Mehta, CEO and chief content officer of Mansueto Ventures, the parent of Inc. and Fast Company. During a fireside chat with Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride, Mehta will talk about the importance of using positional power to lift up others.

Those selected for this cohort will also participate in an intensive workshop about trauma-informed leadership with program director Samantha Ragland. Other training sessions during the week include the ever-popular work-life chemistry talk and a values listening exercise with Poynter faculty Kristen Hare, and retaining diverse talent and getting smarter about conflict with Truong.

Program alumni return to the academy as guest faculty, strengthening the connective tissue between the different cohorts and demonstrating the impact of the programming. Erin Peterson, director of innovation for TEGNA and graduate of the 2019 spring academy, will lead a workshop about how to create a culture of innovation with idea incubation. Sushil Cheema, executive coach and graduate of the 2019 fall academy, will share her in-demand training on change management in the workplace. 

Alumni also contribute to the program’s excellence as coaches. Tampa Bay Times columnist Stephanie Hayes and PolitiFact managing editor Katie Sanders will help participants process feedback from their boss, peers and direct reports, as well as navigate any other career challenges. Additional coaches include retired Tampa Bay Times senior deputy editor Maria Carrillo, Clearlink president of consumer brands Sharon Prill and Tampa Bay Times communications director Sherri Day.  

Meet the September 2022 cohort

Those chosen for Poynter’s 2022 Leadership Academy for Women in Media passed through multiple rounds of review with an emphasis to ensure diversity across race, ethnicity, geography, age, platform/medium, organization size and expertise to further enrich the participant experience. The academy takes place three times each year, and participants for all three academies are selected at the same time. 

  • Rebekah Allen
    Politics Editor, The Texas Tribune
    Rebekah Allen is the politics editor of The Texas Tribune, where she has worked since November 2019. She first joined the Tribune as news editor,...
    Read More
  • Najia Ashar
    President, Global Neighborhood For Media Innovation
    Najia Ashar is a broadcast journalist and media development professional with more than 20 years of experience in Pakistan’s mainstream media. She is the founder...
    Read More
  • Kattia Bermúdez
    Digital Editor, La Nación
    Kattia Bermúdez started her journalism journey in radio, grew up in print media and developed in digital in a self-taught way. She has been a...
    Read More
  • Lindsay Boyle
    Senior Editor, Digital Subscriber Experience, Hearst Connecticut Media Group
    With a focus on subscription growth and strong journalism, Lindsay Boyle oversees Hearst Connecticut Media's paywalled stories, social media strategy, premium newsletters and mobile app,...
    Read More
  • Karen Gaudette Brewer
    Assigning Editor, NerdWallet
    Karen Gaudette Brewer has 20 years of experience working in newsrooms and leading editorial teams, most recently as an assigning editor on the Loans team...
    Read More
  • Havovi Cooper
    Supervising Producer, News and Documentary, Insider Inc.
    Havovi Cooper is a supervising producer at Insider in New York. Her team recently won two New York Emmys for coverage of the Black Lives...
    Read More
  • Kelly Flink
    Vice President, Creative Services, Rocky Mountain Public Media
    Kelly Flink is the vice president of creative services for Rocky Mountain Public Media, in Denver, Colorado. She was previously a video editor, graphic designer,...
    Read More
  • Skye Gould
    Design Director, Insider Inc.
    Skye Gould is the design director for Insider. She manages a team of designers, developers, illustrators and photographers to create all of the story art,...
    Read More
  • Elizabeth Hamilton
    Executive Editor, Connecticut Mirror
    Elizabeth Hamilton is the executive editor of the Connecticut Mirror, a statewide, nonprofit news organization covering public policy and politics. Prior to joining the Mirror...
    Read More
  • Ida Harris
    Managing Editor, MadameNoire
    Ida Harris has been the managing editor of MadameNoire, where she curates and oversees day-to-day editorial operations, since 2021. She writes all things at the...
    Read More
  • Erica Jorgensen
    Executive Producer of Special Projects & Streaming, NBC 10 Boston
    Erica Jorgensen is a multiple Edward R. Murrow Award recipient and eight-time Emmy award-winning investigative producer. She is currently the executive producer of special projects...
    Read More
  • Molly Kelleher
    News Director, WBTV
    Molly Kelleher is the news director at WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was promoted in 2022 after two years as assistant news director and...
    Read More
  • Keila Ocasio
    Managing Editor, Hearst Connecticut Media Group
    Keila Torres Ocasio is managing editor of the Connecticut Post, one of Hearst Connecticut Media Group's eight dailies. Ocasio began her career as a reporter...
    Read More
  • Tanya Pai
    Style and Standards Editor, Vox
    Tanya Pai is the style and standards editor, leading the team responsible for copy editing, fact-checking, conducting sensitivity reads and setting publishing standards. She...
    Read More
  • Jacqueline Palochko
    Deputy News and Investigations, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Jacqueline Palochko serves as the deputy news and investigations editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At the Post-Gazette, she oversees the newspaper’s education team. Previously, she...
    Read More
  • Chloe Pantazi-Wolber
    Deputy Editor, Insider Inc.
    Chloe Pantazi-Wolber is a deputy editor at Insider, overseeing the site’s lifestyle coverage. She started her career at the company’s London office, where she built...
    Read More
  • Dorea Reeser
    Executive Editor, Audience Engagement, Chemical & Engineering News
    Dorea Reeser is an audience engagement leader with nearly a decade of experience developing and leading engagement strategies for science news outlets and science communication...
    Read More
  • Jen Rehill
    News Director, WLVR and PBS 39
    Jen Rehill is the news director at WLVR public radio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She joined WLVR at its inception in 2019, building the newsroom from...
    Read More
  • Catherine Roberts
    Senior Business Editor, The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
    Catherine Roberts, after attending University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, worked as a metro reporter in Illinois before moving to Rochester, New York, and making the...
    Read More
  • Allison Ross
    Government and Politics Editor, Tampa Bay Times
    Allison Ross is the government and politics editor at the Tampa Bay Times. She has worked at the Times since 2019, first as a reporter...
    Read More
  • Diana Samuels
    Mental Health Project Editor, The Seattle Times
    Diana Samuels is an editor at The Seattle Times overseeing the news organization's new Mental Health Project, a grant-funded team dedicated to covering mental and...
    Read More
  • Bernice Marie Sibucao
    Head of Digital Video and Audio Lab, GMA Network
    Bernice Sibucao heads the digital video and audio lab of GMA Network, the Philippines' largest news organization. Her pioneering team has positioned GMA’s news and...
    Read More
  • Lauren Silverman
    Deputy Head of Society & Culture, Gimlet Media/Spotify
    Lauren Silverman is a supervising producer at Gimlet Media with a decade of experience working in audio production. After eight years of working in public...
    Read More
  • Cristina Tardáguila Ferreira
    Senior Program Director, International Center for Journalists
    Cristina Tardáguila is a senior program director at the International Center for Journalists and the founder of Agência Lupa, the largest fact-checking organization in her...
    Read More
  • Gabriela Terenzi
    Audience Editor, InfoMoney
    Gabriela Terenzi is a journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been working as an audience editor at the financial news outlet InfoMoney for...
    Read More
  • Andrea Tudhope
    Executive Producer, Nashville Public Radio
    Andrea Tudhope is the executive producer and director of the WPLN News daily show, This Is Nashville. She hired the founding team, and then successfully...
    Read More
  • Pamela Turntine
    Editor-in-Chief, Berkeleyside
    Pamela Turntine is editor-in-chief at Berkeleyside in Berkeley, California, where she manages a staff of seven including a managing editor for the online publication. Before...
    Read More
  • Aubree Eliza Weaver
    Senior Editor, Premium, Politico
    Aubree Eliza Weaver is a senior editor at Politico in Washington, D.C., focusing extensively on the publication's premium policy analysis coverage. Prior to moving into...
    Read More
  • Danielle Webb
    Deputy Visuals Editor, Data and Digital Storytelling, The Globe and Mail
    Danielle Webb is the deputy visuals editor for data and digital storytelling at The Globe and Mail, a national newspaper based in Toronto, Canada. She...
    Read More

Thanks to the sponsors of the 2022 Leadership Academy for Women in Media:

Support high-integrity, independent journalism that serves democracy. Make a gift to Poynter today. The Poynter Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, and your gift helps us make good journalism better.
Mel Grau is the director of program management at The Poynter Institute. Mel was formerly the senior product specialist, focusing on Poynter's training experiences and…
Mel Grau

More News

Back to News