Candice Fortman (Knight Fellow)

Executive Director, Outlier Media

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Candice Fortman has worked in commercial and non-profit media, where she has led marketing and engagement strategy. She is a skilled manager with fifteen years of experience in team leadership. Candice currently serves as the Executive Director of Outlier Media in Detroit. She ensures that the organization makes consistent and timely progress in achieving its mission and target journalistic impact. Before joining Outlier, Candice was the Marketing and Engagement Manager at WDET 101.9 Detroit’s NPR station. Fortman is a 2021 alumna of the JSK fellowship at Stanford, where she studied how the business model of journalism leaves some communities behind. Aside from her duties at Outlier, Candice is also the host of News Guest, a podcast that explores newsroom sustainability. Fortman also sits on the board of Cityside, which manages Berkleyside and The Oaklandside. She is also an advisory board member for OpenNews, which connects developers, designers, journalists and editors to collaborate on open technologies and processes within journalism. Candice is a lifelong Detroiter with a deep commitment to the city and its people. She has served on several local boards, including The Village of Bethany Manor, a subsidized senior living community, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots Steering Committee.