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Nico Guerrero, SHRM-CP, PHR

Nico Guerrero has held various positions since she joined the Poynter staff in 2000. Currently, she is the Director of Human Resources. Nico has a B.A. in Human Resources Administration from St. Leo University and holds a SHRM-CP and PHR certification. When Nico is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and fearless terrier.

Jon Greenberg

Jon Greenberg is a staff writer with PolitiFact. He was part of the PolitiFact team during the 2012 presidential election and was one of the fact-checkers who launched PunditFact in 2013. Prior to that, he was executive editor at New Hampshire Public Radio and a Washington reporter for National Public Radio. He has twice won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting.

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Mel Grau

Mel Grau is the marketing communications writer at The Poynter Institute where she writes about the people and programs that make Poynter a global leader in journalism. She also edits The Cohort, Poynter’s biweekly newsletter for women kicking ass in digital media, and teaches at Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media. A graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Grau spent five years in marketing, writing and product development before coming to Poynter. She loves to hike, practice handstands in yoga and teach her nieces and nephews about feminism.

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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Alanna Dvorak

Alanna Dvorak is an interactive learning producer with the NewsU team, where she helps produce interactive learning materials.

Prior to joining Poynter, Dvorak worked as a local reporter for the Loudoun Times-Mirror, located just outside of Washington, D.C. in Northern Virginia, where she covered public safety, health and sports. From there, she delved into the non-profit realm, to include an internship in monitoring and evaluation at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C.

Dvorak holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina (go Tar Heels) and a master’s degree in international development studies with a concentration in democracy development from the George Washington University. Her master’s research focused on media development in Nicaragua and it’s contribution to democratization.

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. His passion for journalism first brought him to the Institute as a participant in the High School Journalism Program and then again as a member of the Poynter Fellowship for College Journalists.

Prior to joining Poynter in 2012 as a program coordinator, DeLong worked for the Tampa Bay Times as both a writer and editorial assistant. He also freelanced for several local magazines and community publications. He is a native Floridian and enjoys volunteering in his community. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida where he majored in mass communications and minored in leadership studies.

Kimberly Daorerk

Kimberly Daorerk serves as a teaching & event services coordinator at The Poynter Institute. She is responsible for building administration and customer support for NewsU.  She also coordinates Poynter’s Write Field program. Kim came to Poynter in the spring of 2018 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she worked in hospitality management. Kim attended the University of Florida (go Gators!), earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and multimedia journalism, with an emphasis on sociology. In her spare time, she likes to cook and blog about the local food scene.

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.

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. She also was the assistant to the executive vice president at the Times. Bobbi received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of South Florida. She is married to Raúl, an artist, and they have two daughters and two grandsons.

Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen is the managing editor of Poynter.org. She spent two decades in local media in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in education at her alma mater, Oklahoma State University.

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 an adjunct professor teaching courses in multi-media reporting and public affairs writing. 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 properties. It is now a modern media company and Barbara advised students not only on news coverage and the practice of journalism, but also directed operations related to social media, advertising sales and marketing.

While realizing these ambitions for OSU, the paper, advised by Barbara, now counts four consecutive Top 10 finishes in the Hearst collegiate journalism competition.

Barbara is married to Billy Berkenbile, a professional drummer and music teacher.

Her daughter, Vivian Allen, is enrolled at the University of Oklahoma. She has two stepsons, Cal and Sam, who live in Portland and Dallas, respectively.

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. Wendy came to Poynter as the high school program director at Poynter in 2004, organizing workshops for high school students and teaching at high school journalism conventions across the country. She helped launch Poynter’s revitalized journalism entrepreneurship program in 2010 and in 2015-16 was project manager for reimagining News University (www.NewsU.org), Poynter’s e-learning division. She was editor of her high school and college newspapers and had summer internships at The Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal and St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times). She came to the Times directly from Indiana University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and decision sciences, and an MBA in marketing. At the Times, she covered general assignment, police, schools and business, then worked in circulation marketing, finance and as internal services director (similar to marketing director), leading the creative services, research and events team.

Tina Dyakon

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

Before joining The Poynter Institute in 2014, Tina managed a full-service digital advertising agency, led the employment and education franchises for the nation’s fifth largest newspaper and created a start-up sales and B2B marketing arm for Florida’s award-winning destination marketing organization, Visit Florida.

Tina earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys being a mom.

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.

Prior to joining Poynter in 2016, Leah worked for Duke Energy as the community affairs manager for Florida. In that role she managed relationships with professional and collegiate sports teams, universities, and nonprofit organizations.

Leah is a Florida native, 2008 graduate of the Leadership St. Pete program, and chaired the 2016 Leadership St. Pete program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

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.

Rick Edmonds

Rick Edmonds is Poynter’s media business analyst, co-author of 10 State of the News Media reports, former Tampa Bay Times and Philadelphia Inquirer editor.