staff

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.

Cheryl Carpenter

Cheryl Carpenter is a leadership faculty member at The Poynter Institute. In 2017 and 2018, she coached eight newspapers through their performance management challenges in Poynter’s Table Stakes program.

In 2017, Carpenter was the T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor at the University of Montana in Missoula. Before that, she was the bureau chief of McClatchy’s Washington, D.C. newsroom working with about 30 reporters and editors to produce a national report for the company’s 30 news organizations. She was part of the global team that produced the Panama Papers, which won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Before joining the D.C. bureau, Carpenter was the managing editor of The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, where she helped lead three investigative projects that were Pulitzer finalists. She studied leadership at the Kennedy School of Government while a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

Carpenter earned a master’s degree in organizational development and a coaching certificate. She has taught journalists in South Africa for more than 20 years.

Vanessa Goodrum

Vanessa Goodrum is Poynter’s technical project manager. She was previously an interactive learning producer for Poynter’s News University. She has more than 14 years of Web development experience, ranging from interface design to production to project planning and management. Vanessa has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art &Design, and a Master’s of Education with a focus on Educational Technology from the University of Florida.

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

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. His teaching focuses on writing, reporting, storytelling, ethics, critical thinking, photojournalism, social media and online journalism.

Tompkins has taught television news producers, reporters, photojournalists and managers in his workshops in 49 states, Canada, Egypt, Ecuador, Denmark, Cayman, Iceland and South Africa. He has taught and coached print newsrooms in the U.S. and abroad how to build interactive news websites, how to use video more effectively online and how to manage ethical issues that arise online.

Al is an FAA licensed drone pilot and has organized and led drone journalism workshops around America that produced more than 325 graduates. He co-authored the drone ethics guide.

Tompkins is the author of the book “Aim For The Heart: Write, Shoot, Report, Produce for TV and Online,” which is being used by more than 125 universities as their main broadcast writing, reporting and ethics textbook.

He co-authored four editions of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation’s “Newsroom Ethics” workbook. In 1998, Tompkins joined Poynter’s faculty from his job as news director at WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn. For 24 years, he worked as a photojournalist, reporter, producer, anchor, assistant news director, special projects/investigations director, documentary producer and news director.
Awards: During his two and a half decades as a journalist, and nearly two decades as a teacher at Poynter, Tompkins has been awarded many of journalism’s highest honors.

Tompkins won the National Emmy, the Peabody Award (group award), the Japan Prize, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for Court Reporting, seven National Headliner Awards, two Iris Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. Tompkins was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and in 2008 was awarded The Governor’s Award, the highest honor given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has also been honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Radio and Television News Foundation for contributions to journalism and journalism education.
Al is a juror for the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards and served as a final juror on the duPont-Columbia Awards, and the Investigative Reporter and Editor awards.

Al earned a Master’s Degree in Digital Journalism and Design from the University of South Florida and a B.A. degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University.

Consulting and Teaching in Newsrooms:

Among the hundreds of clients for whom Tompkins taught and/or consulted are:

Harvard University Nieman Foundation, ABC Owned and Operated Stations, Telemundo Television Stations; Meredith Television Stations; Scripps Howard Television, NBC owned and operation stations Promotions Directors; Stations; Hearst Argyle Television Stations; Gannett Television Stations; Griffin Communications; NBC Owned and Operated Stations; New York Times Television Stations; Cox Television; Cox Cable, Cox Washington DC Bureau, RUV TV (Iceland), Belo Television Stations; Freedom Newspapers of Florida, Freedom Newspapers of North Carolina, The Raleigh News & Observer, Shurz Broadcast stations, Radio and Television News Directors Association; RTNDA Canada; Radio and Television News Directors Foundation; The Ford Foundation; Hampton University, Kings University, Marymount University, Scranton University, University of Kentucky, University of South Florida, Belmont University, Western Kentucky University, Middle Tennessee State University, The Sacramento Bee; The Scholastic Journalism Association; Global TV Calgary; Global TV Edmonton Ca, CBC Toronto, CBC Calgary, CBC Regina, CTV Toronto, Canada AM; Alabama Broadcasters Association; Arkansas Broadcasters Association; Oklahoma Broadcasters Association; Hawaii Association of Broadcasters; Texas Association of Broadcasters; Ohio AP Broadcasters Association; Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association; Illinois Broadcasters Association; Washington State Broadcasters Association; Georgia Broadcasters Association; Tennessee Broadcasters Association; Louisiana Broadcasters Association; New York State Broadcasters Association; West Virginia Broadcasters Association; Missouri Broadcasters Association; Virginia Broadcasters Association; North Carolina Broadcasters Association; South Carolina Association of Broadcasters; Wisconsin Broadcasters Association; Iowa Broadcasters Association; Oregon Broadcasters, North Carolina Press Association, Alaska Broadcasters Association, Montana SPJ, New Mexico Broadcasters Association; Illinois Press Association, North Carolina Press Association; Hoosier Press Association National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — NATAS (Pennsylvania); PBS-Nightly Business Report, NATAS(Washington DC); NATAS (Miami); WMC-TV; WSB-TV;KXAS-TV; KHOU-TV; WNEM-TV; KPHO-TV; WEWS-TV; WPTV-TV; WESH-TV; WKMG-TV; WTVW-TV; WPBF-TV; WHO-TV; KWTV-TV; WZZM-TV; WNEP-TV; WTKR-TV; KTHV-TV; KCTV-TV; WGAL; WTVF; WSBT; Bay News 9; News 8 Austin; RNews, WTSP; KTHV; KVUE; WHO-TV, RUV-TV Iceland, WNBC, KCBS, WCBS, WMAQ, WBBM, WFOR, WBZ and WTVT.