Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Alumni: Full List

Note: From 2007 – 2018, the program operated as the original Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. Since 2019 the program and its challenge-centric approach became the Media Transformation Challenge program, now operating at the Poynter Institute.

  • Kelsey Ryan, The Beacon
  • Candice Fortman, Outlier Media
  • Michael Morisy, MuckRock
  • Irene McKisson, Arizona Luminaria
  • Sabina Allen, ABC Network News
  • Kirit Radia, ABC News
  • Linda Shapley, Colorado Community Media
  • Linda Shaw, Solutions Journalism Network
  • Andrea Valdez, The Atlantic
  • Danyelle White, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Kenya Young, NPR
  • Brian De Los Santos, Southern California Public Radio
  • Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
  • Annie Shreffler, GBH
  • Jake Kreinberg, Associated Press
  • Jessica Navarro, Poynter Institute
  • Maria Reeve, Houston Chronicle
  • Rigel Lugo, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo
  • Allison Hoffman, CNN
  • Manav‌ Tanneeru‌, CNN
  • Joanna Webster, Reuters
  • Jerome Vaughn, WDET
  • Ronald Vample, Associated Press
  • Troy Thibodeaux, Associated Press
  • Anup Kaphle, Rest of World
  • Sam Farah, BBC
  • Katy Searle, BBC

MTC has been a game changer for me both professionally and personally. The cohort and the coaches became a like a second family. One of my favorite (tools) was From-To: It helped me with clarity as to the essential practices needed to ensure NAHJ’s palabra will be here for a long time.

— Alberto Mendoza, Executive Director, National Association of Hispanic Journalists (now managing director of John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford), 2020

  • Tom Williams, AP
  • Simon Peeks, BBC
  • Shelley Acoca, AP
  • Seniboye Tienabeso, ABC News
  • Rupa Jha, BBC
  • Becca Aaronson, News Product Alliance
  • Penda Howell, New York Amsterdam News
  • Pamela Johnston, WGBH
  • Naomi Underwood, AAJA
  • Margaret Coker, The Current
  • Madeleine Bair, El Timpano
  • Krishna Nair, CNN
  • Jahna Berry, Mother Jones
  • Felecia Henderson, Maynard Institute
  • Emiliana Garcia, Centro Latino Americano de Investigacion Periodistica
  • David Allan, CNN
  • Cynthia (CJ) Benjamin, Gannett
  • Catherine McKenzie, ABC News
  • Carolyn Robinson, Solutions Journalism Network
  • Alison McKenzie, The Ground Truth Project/Report for America

When I was thinking of applying, I worried about the size of the investment for a small enterprise like West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Now, I can give you 10 ways I have earned that investment back with substantial interest, not to mention the friendships and soul-supporting experience of being with people who have the same passion for telling stories.

— Scott Finn, Executive Director, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (now president and CEO of VPR and Vermont PBS), 2014

  • Amanda Barrett, Associated Press
  • Sean Cavanagh, Education Week
  • Neil Chase, CalMatters
  • Allan Donald, BBC
  • Kevin Grant, The Ground Truth Project/Report for America
  • John Hassell, Advance Local
  • Lizzy Hazeltine, North Carolina Local News Lab Fund
  • Cierra Hinton, Scalawag
  • Evelyn Hsu, Maynard Institute
  • Jim Iovino, West Virginia University
  • Chris Krewson, Local Independent Online News Publishers
  • Tristan Loper, News Revenue Hub
  • Alberto Mendoza, National Association of Hispanic Journalists
  • Katie Mercer, Glacier Media
  • Margarita Noriega, CalMatters
  • Martin Reynolds, Maynard Institute
  • Mila Sanina, PublicSource
  • Simone Swink, ABC News/GMA
  • Lindsay Thomas, WUNC
  • Lia Valero, Chicas Poderosas
  • Sarah Ward-Lilley, BBC News
  • Fara Warner, Solutions Journalism Network
  • Ricardo Zuniga, ESPN

I am the only Fellow to take part in the MTC experience twice (to pursue two different challenges), and each time, I grew personally and professionally. The tools I learned allowed me to apply rigor and an outcome-based thinking to the projects at hand. I continue to draw on them in my daily work, but they are only part of the story. Individual coaching made those tools come alive for me and the insights, friendship and support of my fellow alumni have been invaluable. I expect those relationships to last long into the future.

— Amanda Barrett, Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press, 2020

  • Sally Lehrman, The Trust Project
  • Morwen Williams, BBC
  • Alex Watson, BBC
  • Mackenzie Warren, Gannett/USA Today Network
  • Tory Starr, WGBH
  • Jeff Sonderman, American Press Institute
  • David Smyrda, Google News
  • Fran Scarlett, Institute for Nonprofit News
  • Mark Sappenfield, Christian Science Monitor
  • JJ Yore, WAMU
  • Birgit Rieck, Knight-Wallace
  • Erika Owens, Opennews
  • Bill Nichols, Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity
  • Maeven McGovern, YR Media
  • Sam Lyon, ESPN
  • Sara Lomax-Reese, WURD Radio
  • Amy Kovac-Ashley, American Press Institute
  • Mitra Kalita, CNN
  • Anna Johnson, Associated Press
  • Lee Hill, WNYC
  • Nation Hahn, EducationNC
  • Noreen Gillespie, Associated Press
  • Ignacio Fidanza, La Politica Online
  • Jason Farkas, CNN
  • Katie Den Daas, ABC News
  • Travis Daub, PBS Newshour
  • Neal Carruth, NPR
  • Neil Brown, Poynter Institute
  • Ashley Alvarado, Southern California Public Radio
  • Phil Alongi, NJTV
  • Gavin Allen, BBC

We believe so strongly in the value of the program that we have continued to send group leaders from our organization year-after-year from all departments. And each time, they grow their personal skill set and contribute more fully to achieving our overall company goals of growth, innovation and increased market share. And each time, they tell us it has changed the way they work. It has been nothing short of revolutionary for us.

— Susan Daly, Editor at TheJournal.ie, 2013

  • Jennifer Brandel, Hearken
  • Jacqueline Cheng, Wirecutter
  • Matt DeRienzo, LION Publishers
  • Vicente Argudo Esteve, Prisa
  • Lisa Gibbs, Associated Press
  • Mark Hansen, Columbia Journalism School
  • Jaime Holguin, Associated Press
  • Therese Hurlbutt, ABC News
  • Milind Kamlakar Khandekar, ABP News Network
  • Marc Lacey, The New York Times
  • George Lansbury, Fusion TV
  • Ximena Leon de Campo, Grupo RPP
  • Sophie Lyon, TVNZ
  • Kristen Muller, Southern California Public Radio
  • Jonathan Munro, BBC
  • Manuel Delgado Nachtigall Grupo, RPP
  • Sitara Nieves, Marketplace
  • John Pullman, Reuters
  • Michael Reilly, MIT Technology Review
  • Heidi Robdrup, Danish Broadcasting Corporation
  • Mona Sarantakos, Facebook
  • Kevin Sullivan, Reveal, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Alan Whiston, BBC

Taking part in this program was challenging and inspiring in equal measure. It helped turn a back-of-a-napkin idea into a reality which is now generating many millions of dollars annually and gave me skills that I still use daily.

— Sue Brooks, former Director, Associated Press (now at Reuters), 2011

  • Jane Barrett, Reuters
  • Amanda Barrett, Associated Press
  • Steve Beatty, The Lens
  • LaSharah Bunting, The New York Times
  • Fiona Campbell, BBC
  • Deborah Clark, Marketplace
  • Max Da Silva, The New York Times
  • Frida Delgado, Nachtigall Gruppo RPP
  • Bill Elward, Bankrate.com
  • Sam Feist, CNN
  • Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting
  • Jim Giles, Timeline
  • Jabari Gray, Youth Radio
  • Aine Kerr, Facebook
  • Teri Lamitie, WBGH
  • Robin Pembrooke, BBC
  • Betsy Reed, The Intercept
  • Fernando Rodriguez-Vila, Fusion
  • Joy Russo, ESPN
  • Jag Sanger, AHG Pty, LTD
  • Dan Silver, ABC News
  • Rachel Smolkin, CNN Politics
  • Michelle Srbinovich, WDET Radio
  • Denise Vance, Associated Press

I applied to help save my business. My biggest customer was teetering on bankruptcy. I needed a strategy to survive. While my personal background was in journalism and general management, I didn’t have an MBA. MTC gave me the business skills necessary to develop strategy, manage change and measure results. The program helped me define my core business challenge and then, through classroom instruction and persistent focus, taught me the tools necessary to succeed.

— Steve Jones, former VP & General Manager, ABC News Radio (now at Skyview Networks), 2010

  • Hugo Balta, ESPN
  • Samantha Barry, CNN
  • Paul Cheung, Associated Press
  • Subrata De, ABC News
  • Matt Ericson, The New York Times
  • Erin Grau, The New York Times
  • Zheng Huang, Viewfind, Inc.
  • Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones
  • Mike Melia, PBS Newshour
  • John Mooney, NJ Spotlight
  • Julie Moos, McClatchy
  • Katie Nelson, Huffington Post
  • Ellin O’Leary, Youth Radio
  • Ian Phillips, Associated Press
  • Sara Pratley, CNN
  • Marianne Raphael, NBC News
  • Dax Tejera, Fusion
  • Michelle Vince, Magnet Media
  • Mary Walter-Brown, Voice of San Diego
  • Vickie Walton-James, NPR
  • Irving Washington, Online News Association
  • Adrian Zurbriggen, Tamedia
  • Meredith Artley, CNN
  • Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones
  • Andrea Bleicher, Tamedia
  • Terence Burke, CNN
  • Shannon Connolly, Viacom
  • Sam Dolnick, The New York Times
  • Michael Freeman, The Orlando Sentinel and Forum Publishing Group
  • Heather Geisler ,MSNBC
  • Dana Haller, MSNBC
  • Lynda Hammes, Foreign Affairs
  • Alex Hardiman, The New York Times
  • Cathy Hogan, PBS
  • Jena Janovy, ESPN
  • Caro Kriel, Associated Press
  • Derl McCrudden, Associated Press
  • Camille McDuffie, Columbia Global Reports
  • Claudia Milne, Bloomberg TV
  • Scott Montgomery, NPR
  • Will Pry, The Dallas Morning News
  • Jon Sawyer, Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Charles Sennott, The Ground Truth
  • Kerry Smith, ABC News
  • Susan Smith Richardson, The Chicago Reporter
  • Simon Matthias Bärtschi, Sonntagszeitung
  • Andrew Braddel, Associated Press
  • Brenda Breslauer, New York Public Media
  • Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, The New York Times Company
  • Scott Finn West, Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • Andrew Hawken, Sky News
  • Kerri Hoffman, PRX
  • Gemma Hooley, NPR
  • David Kraft, ESPN
  • Susan Mercandetti, Salt Point Strategies
  • Marjorie Miller, Associated Press
  • Nicki Purcell, The Dallas Morning News
  • Adrian Russell, The42.ie
  • Christa Scharfenberg, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Michael Slackman, The New York Times
  • Christine Souders, Columbia Journalism School
  • Cheryl Sullivan, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Benjamin Wagner, Facebook
  • Peter Barthel, Welt Group
  • Rick Berke, The New York Times
  • Darren Burden, FairFax Media
  • Susan Daly, TheJournal.ie
  • Tamer Fakahany, Associated Press
  • Elizabeth Fishman, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Anya Grundmann, NPR
  • Tom Huang, The Dallas Morning News
  • Mark Katches, Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Stacy Kennedy, Bloomberg LIVE
  • Meredith Kokos, Boston Globe Media
  • Christopher Ladd, The New York Times
  • Lora LeSage, NBC Universal
  • Nunzio Michael Lupo, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Patricia Mays, ESPN
  • Bjarke Moller, Mondat Morning Denmark
  • Amelia Newcomb, The Christian Science Monitor
  • David Reiter, ABC News
  • Madeleine Rey-von Holzen, Tamedia
  • David Sikorjak, NBC Universal
  • Eric Ulken, The Seattle Times
  • Adrian Acosta, Journal Media Group
  • David Albright, ESPN Digital and Print Media
  • Leona Allen, The Dallas Morning News
  • Jeff Bergin, Hearst Newspapers
  • Glenn Burkins, Qcitymetro.com
  • Clayton Collins, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Brian Fallon, Distilled Media Group
  • Dan Grech, OfferCraft
  • Doris Hart, Gala Digital
  • Sara Just, ABC News
  • Baadur Koplatadze, The Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management
  • Santiago Lyon, Associated Press
  • Michael Manning, The Boston Globe
  • Ellen McDonnell, Ellen McDonnell Consulting
  • Torrey Oberfest, Hachette Book Group
  • Sharon Otterman, MSNBC
  • Chris Peña, NBC News
  • Jim Roberts, The New York Times
  • Jean-Paul Schwindt, Tamedia
  • Blake Sell, Associated Press
  • Michael Shapiro, Columbia Journalism School
  • Amy Singer, American Lawyer
  • Achilles Tsaltas, The New York Times
  • Molly Bingham, ORBmedia
  • Karen Bordeleau, The Providence Journal
  • Neill Borowski, The Press of Atlantic City
  • Sue Brooks, Associated Press
  • Andrew DeVigal, The New York Times
  • Peter Doucette, The Boston Globe
  • Brian Hamman, The New York Times
  • Rita Hibbard, Investigate West
  • Marc Lemcke, The New York International Media
  • Sandy MacIntyre, Associated Press
  • Mark Medici, Cox Media
  • Benjamin Monnie, The New York Times
  • David Scott, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Robin Sproul, ABC News
  • Patrick Stiegman, ESPN
  • Peter Waelty, Newsnetz
  • Abi Wright, Columbia Journalism School
  • Diego Zorrilla, ESPN
  • Johannes Vitus Boege, Axel Springer
  • Marco Boselli, 20 Minutes
  • Jim Baltzelle, Associated Press
  • Sally Buzbee, Associated Press
  • Carlos Cabán, ESPN
  • Brian Carovillano, Associated Press
  • Thomas Cavallaro, The New York Times
  • Megan Cunningham, Magnet Media
  • David Keith Dahl, The Boston Globe and Freelance Contributor for BBC
  • Soraya Gage, NBC News
  • Kerrie Gillis, The New York Times
  • Timothy Griggs, The New York Times
  • Susan Hackney, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Nicole Hollway, St. Louis Beacon
  • Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Steve Jones, ABC News Radio
  • Robert Kempf, The Boston Globe
  • Lisa Kresl, The Dallas Morning News
  • Lauren McCullough, The Dallas Morning News
  • Susan Neisloss, Big Bite, Productions
  • Jennifer Preston, The New York Times
  • Lynda Sachs, The New York Times
  • Ernest Sotomayor, Columbia Journalism School
  • Linda Austin, Reynolds Center for Business Journalism
  • Paul Caluori, Associated Press
  • John Cantarella, Time
  • Alfredo Carbajal, Al Dia
  • John DeAugustine, Hearst
  • Jane Eisner, The Forward
  • David Kellogg, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Jason Kissell, The Boston Globe
  • Andrew Morse, ABC News
  • Jean Nadeau, Brunswick News, Inc.
  • Shazna Nessa, Associated Press
  • Sarah Nordgren, Associated Press
  • Raymond Pearce, New York Times
  • Shawna Leigh Richer, The News Brunswick Telegraph Journal
  • Brian Scanlon, Associated Press
  • Fiona Spruill, New York Times
  • Peter Vandermeersch, De Standaard-Het Nieuswblad
  • Jonathan Wells, The Christian Science Monitor
  • Kenn Altine, Southern Oregon Humane Society
  • John Daniszewski, Associated Press
  • Jane Folpe, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Michael Giarrusso, Associated Press
  • Dennis Giza, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Rosemary Goudreau, Tampa Tribune
  • Gene Haddock, Jr., The Houston Chronicle
  • Cheryl Hampton, National Public Radio
  • Fran Hauser, People
  • Mike Hoyt, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Nels Jensen, Press-Enterprise
  • Joseph Kolb, Gallop Herald
  • Eliot Pierce, New York Times
  • Jason Samuels, ABC News
  • James Schachter, New York Times
  • Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press
  • Sandy Breland, Raycom Media
  • John Yemma, Boston Globe
  • Aaron Barlow, Epluribus Media
  • Randolph Brandt, Racine Journal Times
  • Louis Ferrera, Associated Press
  • Thomas Heslin, The Providence Journal
  • Robert Larson, New York Times
  • Chopeta Lyons, Epluribus Media
  • Daniele Manca, Corriere della Sera
  • Jeffrey Price, Sports Illustrated
  • Sergio Salinas, San Antonio Express
  • Caleb Solomon, Boston Globe
  • Marcus Wilford, ABC News
  • Stephen Weis, The Houston Chronicle