February 7, 2023

Poynter is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to serve on its National Advisory Board (NAB), the group of thought leaders that helps Poynter fulfill its mission to strengthen journalism in service to democracy. As Poynter brings together diverse perspectives to tackle society’s complex problems, the NAB serves as a sounding board, learning lab and wellspring of inspiration. 

We welcome to the NAB:

  • Eric Deggans, TV Critic, NPR
  • Katrice Hardy, Executive Editor, The Dallas Morning News
  • Mark Katches, Editor, Tampa Bay Times
  • Anita Kumar, Standards Editor, Politico
  • Will Schick, Editor-in-Chief, Street Sense Media

“These journalism leaders are not only widely respected and accomplished, but they are among the brightest media thinkers practicing today,” said Poynter president Neil Brown. “Our national advisory board is a vital ally in ensuring that our teaching programs, events and coverage of the news industry are as relevant and smart as possible. We’re grateful for their participation, insights and their belief in Poynter.”

The new board members bring a breadth of expertise as media executives, digital journalists and award-winning reporters. During their three-year terms, they will help guide Poynter’s strategic direction across all areas, including diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives; ethics and leadership training topics; and community engagement opportunities. 

The National Advisory Board, along with Poynter’s Board of Trustees, will convene in St. Petersburg, Florida, Feb. 16-17 for an annual conference. The advisory board will spend time with the Poynter leadership and staff and offer recommendations on programs and policies to guide the Institute in the coming year to two years.  

Mike Wilson, deputy sports editor of The New York Times in charge of enterprise and investigative reporting, is the current NAB Chair. Other board members include:

  • Ashley Alvarado, Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC + LAist)
  • Dr. Battinto L. Batts Jr., Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University 
  • Glenn Burkins, Founder and Publisher of Qcitymetro
  • Andy Pergam, media and technology leader; former Director of Governance at Meta
  • Christine Portela, Director of News Operations for Univision’s Local Media division
  • Ronnie Ramos, Editor-in-Chief of Better Government Association
  • Emily Ramshaw, Co-Founder and CEO of The 19th*
  • Monica R. Richardson, Executive Editor of the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, and Regional Florida Editor for McClatchy Newspapers
  • Christa Scharfenberg, Project Director of the California Local News Fellowship
  • Frank Sesno, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs
  • Kameel Stanley, Executive Producer for Stitcher 
  • Lori Waldon, President and General Manager of KOAT TV, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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…
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