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Louis Jacobson

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times. He has served as deputy editor of Roll Call and as founding editor of its legislative wire service, CongressNow. Earlier, he spent more than a decade covering politics, policy and lobbying for National Journal magazine. Since 2002, he has handicapped political races, including state legislatures, governors, congressional seats, state attorneys general and the electoral college, currently for Governing. He is senior author of The Almanac of American Politics 2016 and The Almanac of American Politics 2018 and also contributed to the 2000 and 2004 editions. In 2004, Jacobson originated the “Out There” column on politics in the states, which ran in Roll Call and later in Stateline.org and which won five annual awards from Capitolbeat, the association of state capitol reporters and editors. He received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, and in 2017, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers gave him a Best in Business award for his economics coverage.

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Vanya Tsvetkova

Vanya Tsvetkova is an interactive learning producer at Poynter’s News University where she works on creating online training geared toward journalists and anyone interested in learning more about the craft and values of journalism.

Vanya is also an adjunct at The University of Tampa and a TV production freelancer for national sporting events. Previously, Vanya was a freelance digital media developer and marketing coordinator at Poynter.

Vanya earned her bachelor’s in broadcast production from the University of South Florida. She holds a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from USF-St. Petersburg, where she was a graduate research assistant. Currently, Vanya is working on a doctorate at USF in curriculum and instruction with a specializaton in instructional technology.

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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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 a senior product specialist, previously 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 its 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. He holds a certification in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University.

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.

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.

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.