Kristyn Wellesley

Editorial Director, MediaWise

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Kristyn Wellesley is the Editorial Director of the MediaWise project, which aims to teach teenagers media literacy skills and how to be critical media consumers in this age of misinformation.

Prior to joining Poynter in January 2020, Kristyn was an editor with the USA TODAY Network in various roles, including Regional Breaking News Editor for the USA TODAY Network-Southwest Florida, and Politics NOW Editor and Content Strategy Analyst for USA TODAY. She has led teams covering major breaking news events, including Hurricane Irma and the shootings at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and worked with the USA TODAY Washington, D.C. bureau on coverage of the recent impeachment hearings. She has previously been a digital editor with the Palm Beach Post and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and digital director for FOX19-WXIX in Cincinnati.

Kristyn holds a master’s degree in International Journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, and is a proud 2018 graduate of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media.