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Josie Hollingsworth

Josie Hollingsworth is PolitiFact’s audience engagement editor. Previously, she worked in audience engagement, expanding social platforms and website production at The Seattle Times and the Tampa Bay Times. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Spanish literature and interactive multimedia journalism.

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Angie Holan

Angie Drobnic Holan is the editor-in-chief of PolitiFact. She previously was an editor, deputy editor and reporter for PolitiFact, helping launch the site in 2007. She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2008 election. She has previously worked at newspapers in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and New Mexico.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s of library science from the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree is from the Plan II liberal arts program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Louisiana and attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

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Kristen Hare

Kristen Hare covers the transformation of local news for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award nomination. Hare, a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, spent 5 years as the Sunday features writer and an assistant editor at the Saint Joseph (Missouri) News-Press, and five years as a staff writer covering race, immigration, the census and aging at the St. Louis Beacon. She also spent two years with the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. Hare and her family live outside Tampa.

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Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab Fellow, and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the University of Georgia graduate can be found cycling to your local brewery.

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Katy Byron

Katy Byron is a third-generation journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in social media, TV, print and digital news. She joined The Poynter Institute as the Editor & MediaWise Program Manager in October 2018. The groundbreaking MediaWise project aims to teach teenagers media literacy and how to know the difference between reliable and unreliable information on social media and throughout the Internet.

Katy is passionate about news and the development of storytelling styles and techniques using innovative technology. Prior to Poynter, Katy was the first Managing Editor for News at Snapchat, overseeing coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as all other domestic and international news on the platform. Under her leadership, Snapchat expanded its Our Stories news coverage beyond politics to include breaking news and international news, for audiences worldwide in more than seven languages. She spearheaded the app’s first news coverage of war zones through user-generated content with stories in 2016 about the invasion of Mosul, Iraq. Katy led the growth of viewership for Our Stories news to tens of millions of users worldwide and doubled the number of news stories on the platform. Katy also field produced the pilot episode of Snapchat’s first original show — Good Luck America, hosted by Peter Hamby — which won an Edward R. Murrow in its debut season. She also produced an interview with then-Vice President Joe Biden in the West Wing for the show.

Before her foray into mobile-first news, she worked at CNN for nearly 10 years covering breaking news, international news, politics and business news in New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. Katy won a George Peabody Award in 2011 for CNN’s Arab Spring coverage and another for CNN’s 2008 U.S. presidential election coverage. When she was just a cub assignment editor, Katy interviewed billionaire investor Warren Buffett on-camera for all CNN platforms. Later, she was the network’s lead producer for economics and business news during the 2012 election and helped develop the use of  the CNN “Magic Wall,” or touchscreen monitor, for business and economics news segments, including the monthly jobs report. She also did extensive reporting on the fiscal cliff and debt crisis in Europe.

In 2012, Katy moved to CNBC and produced for anchor and New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin on the network’s flagship morning show Squawk Box. While at CNBC, Katy produced interviews with countless Fortune 500 CEOs and lawmakers including former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and former U.S. treasury secretaries Jack Lew, Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers.

Katy lives in Hoboken, N.J., with her husband, Patrick Poats, and their son, Teddy.

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen is the director of college programming. She spent most of her professional career working in local media and higher education before coming to Poynter to serve as managing editor of Poynter.org.

Barbara spent 12 years as a writer and editor at the Tulsa World, where she covered cops, courts and features, then became a features editor and helped direct an award-winning section aimed at local teenagers.

She took that interest in students to her alma mater, Oklahoma State University, and worked as the adviser to the school paper, The O’Colly, and as an adjunct professor in journalism. In her nearly 10 years at OSU, Barbara helped the school reimagine its college media department from one that produced a single daily newspaper to eight separate digital, print and consulting properties.

She is married and has three children.

Doris Truong

As director of training and diversity at Poynter, Doris Truong is responsible for overseeing in-person training — at the institute and in newsrooms — as well as online courses. She also is responsible for a diversity portfolio that includes helping newsrooms better cover their communities and providing the resources to recruit, retain and develop diverse journalists.

From 2013 to 2018, Doris was a homepage editor at The Washington Post. She drove the direction of washingtonpost.com on weekends, directed breaking-news coverage and used analytics to respond to real-time trends. Doris worked on all platforms at The Post over the course of nearly 15 years and is versed in journalism distributed on tablets, by push alerts and through email newsletters. She contributed to Pulitzer-winning projects including the Jack Abramoff investigative package and coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. Before The Post, she was a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News.

She is a former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and past vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. Under Doris’s leadership, AAJA updated the “Handbook for Covering Asian America” in 2012. She was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award from Wayne State University and received the American Copy Editors Society’s Robinson Prize in 2013. She is a member of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She is an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund and the Maynard Media Institute, and is a past board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Away from the office, she is likely to be collecting passport stamps or trying a new cooking technique at home. Find her at @doristruong on Twitter and Instagram.

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 its senior vice president. She is also the Craig Newmark Journalism Ethics Chair of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter. Before joining Poynter, she was a daily newspaper reporter in the Northwest for 15 years. Kelly served as ESPN’s ombudsman in 2012 and 2013. She has been a featured speaker at SXSW, the Online News Association annual conference and the Aspen Festival of Ideas. Her side hustle is the Everyday Ethics podcast.

The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently seek her advice for internal decisions and quote her expertise in their stories. She is the co-editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel, of The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century, which features essays by 14 thought leaders and practitioners, as well as a new code of ethics for journalists and people who care about journalism.

She is a leading expert on covering sexual assault, suicide and mental health issues, plagiarism, and the connection between an ethical press and a strong democracy.

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.

He was named editor of the Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) in May 2010, and in that capacity oversaw the journalism published in the Times, on its website tampabay.com, and in related products including a daily tabloid called tbt*.

During Brown’s tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including six Pulitzer Prizes in the last eight years. He also launched PolitiFact.com, the fact-checking website that has been replicated nationally and inspired similar efforts worldwide.

Brown first joined Times Publishing in 1988, serving as managing editor in Washington, DC at Congressional Quarterly, a former Times affiliate company. He came to the Times in 1993 as world editor in charge of national and international news and then as managing editor and executive editor. He was named to the Times Publishing Company’s board in 1997 as a director and was made a vice president in 2001.

A native of Chicago, Brown is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism. He began his newspaper career as a reporter and editor at The Miami Herald, covering government and politics in Miami and working in bureaus in Key West, Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.

In 2015, Brown was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. He previously served four years as a Pulitzer Prize nominating juror in journalism. He is past president of the Florida Society of News Editors and served six years on the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Iowa School of Journalism.

Brown lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, journalist and author Gelareh Asayesh. They have two children.