Conference and Mentoring Project 2019: Meet the CAMPers

Micci Abbott is a counseling and psychology graduate student at the University of South Dakota who founded Loud & Brown Media in 2016 after witnessing a severe lack of diversity in student media. Since its inception, Micci has dedicated her energy and education to building Loud & Brown Media as an ethnic news entertainment brand working specifically with rural minorities. Her dream is to continue creating media reflective of people from all walks of life and ultimately utilize that media to help others achieve their full potential. In the meantime, Micci is occupied with her studies, her family, and helping plan CAMP! Twitter: @michaelmadrine

Jo-Ann Huff Albers, a former Gannett newspaper editor and publisher (Sturgis Journal in Michigan and Public Opinion in Pennsylvania) and a current editorial consultant for The Cincinnati Herald, started work as head of the Western Kentucky University Department of Journalism in the fall of 1987 after 27 years in daily newspapering. She was the founding director of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting and secured designation as a Kentucky Program of Distinction that increased her program budget by $600,000 annually. A broadcasting graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she earned an M.Ed. in Communication Arts at Xavier University in Cincinnati and worked 20 years at The Cincinnati Enquirer in several capacities until 1981. Past national president of what is now the Association for Women in Communications, she represented AWC on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for 28 years. She was elected to a three-year term on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was a member of the National, Michigan and Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. Currently she reads on the radio for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, does copy editing for the Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati and edits the weekly bulletin of the Lockland Church of Christ.

Jhmira Alexander (President, Public Narrative) is as a connector of people and ideas. She brings a diversity of leadership experiences to her work. Prior to Public Narrative, Alexander served as the owner and principal of 29Eleven Consulting that engaged organizations including After School Matters, Loyola University’s Risk and Resiliency Lab and Blue 1647, providing training to youth and adults in safe social media practices, content management, and user engagement. Alexander has also been a project director, youth developer, community engagement specialist, and program designer for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School; Bright Star Community Outreach; Wilmington Job Corps; and DC /Northern Virginia Career Transition Services. Here, she coordinated teams of board members, faculty, staff, students and parents around multiple educational objectives while cultivating organizational cultures toward performance and engagement. Alexander’s drive to cultivate communities through media is unwavering: she speaks and lectures widely, and is a member of the National Association of Broadcast Journalists and Zeta Phi Beta. Alexander holds a B.S. in Communications from Bradley University and an M.P.A. from Strayer University. Twitter: @jhmiralatrice

Tanveer Ali produces visual journalism based on government data for USAFacts. He previously worked at the Chicago Sun-Times, DNAinfo Chicago and the Detroit News. Twitter: @tanveerali

Virginia Allen works at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC & writes for their news publication, The Daily Signal. She earned her bachelor’s degree in government from Regent University. Before moving to DC, Virginia lived in Africa for a year working with an NGO. Her writing reflects her value for the family unit & concern for the underprivileged.

Jody Beck is retired from daily journalism and is writing a book about her mother’s cousin, who was on the Bataan Death March. She is a volunteer tour guide at the Newseum and teacher of Newseum classes about fighting fake news on the internet and detecting propaganda – which will be offered after the building closes Dec. 31. Twitter: @jodybeckDC

Ellen Berkovitch is a journalism entrepreneur and a podcast and radio documentarian. She has held jobs including investigative newspaper reporter, magazine editor in chief and public radio news director. She lived 25 years in New Mexico and now lives in her hometown of New York. She was a member of #50WomenCanChangetheWorldinJournalism, the first cohort of a #TaketheLeadWomen training program held in 2019 at Ford Foundation. She now is working closely to shape a new journalism enterprise as she consults on a new podcast for Lantigua Williams & Co. and is producing two new shows of her own. Twitter: @adobeairstream

Dorine Bethea is a multiplatform editor at The Washington Post. She previously worked as a copy editor at ESSENCE and the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. Dorine is a former deputy bureau chief at the Orlando Sentinel, breaking news editor and editorial writer at LNP Media in Pennsylvania and staff writer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism-University of Missouri-Columbia, Rutgers University of New Jersey and the Urban Journalism Workshop in Washington, D.C. Her freelance work has been published in ESSENCE, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Central Penn Business Journal in Harrisburg, Pa. and The Positive Community magazine in Montclair, N.J. Her training in leadership and editing includes stints at Harvard University, the Wharton School Seminars for Business Journalists and the Poynter Institute. Dorine is a graduate of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Editing Program and Maynard Media Academy. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a recipient of its Ethel Payne Fellowship in Foreign Reporting. Twitter: @DorineBethea

Amelia Brust is a digital editor for Federal News Network, a radio station and website owned by Hubbard Broadcasting and dedicated to covering federal workforce and contractor news. She spends her days copyediting stories, making infographics and keeping the website updated, but sometimes she also pitches in with writing or cutting clips for the radio. She has previously worked at local newspapers in Texas and Virginia, and graduated from Temple University. “My first CAMP experience in 2017 was unforgettable and I can’t wait to learn from this year’s batch of speakers and other attendees. This is a talented and incredibly experienced group of women, whom I’m thrilled to meet, especially any other JAWdesses who work in digital media and data visualization.” Twitter: @abrustWFED

Dana Coester is executive editor for the collaborative media outlet 100 Days in Appalachia. Dana also serves as creative director for the West Virginia University Media Innovation Center. She is passionate about community media, women in technology, and privacy and equity in emerging technology. Dana’s current research and reporting includes the documentary film Muslim in Appalachia, and researching white nationalism recruitment of youth age 10-15 in the region. Coester earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Twitter: @poetabook

D’Vera Cohn is a senior writer/editor at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., who focuses mainly on demographics and immigration, including the U.S. census. The 2020 census will be the fourth she has written about, either as a Washington Post reporter (1990 and 2000) or a Pew researcher (2010 and 2020). This year, she organized and taught at four Poynter Institute workshops around the country to train journalists to cover the 2020 census and its results. Twitter: @allthingscensus

Jill Cornfield writes about personal finance for CNBC. She began her career in financial journalism at American Banker as a copy editor. After learning about community banking she moved on to the retirement industry, and then to personal finance. Twitter: @jill_cornfield

Amanda J. Crawford is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut where she teaches reporting, ethics and media law. A former reporter for Bloomberg News, The Arizona Republic and the Baltimore Sun, Crawford has been teaching for more than a decade and held previous faculty appointments at Western Kentucky University and Arizona State University. Crawford is writing her first book about the misinformation surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting and the ensuing fight it has spawned over free speech. Twitter: @amandajcrawford

Callie Crossley is the Host of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, which airs on WGBH, 89.7 FM Sundays from 6-7 p.m. Her award-winning radio essays air Mondays during WGBH’s Morning Edition. Crossley is a frequent commentator on local and national television and radio programs and has been extensively quoted in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post and Vanity Fair. She appears weekly on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage, and also hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events impacting communities of color. Crossley has won multiple top TV, radio and film awards, including an Oscar nomination for her producer work on the documentary series, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.” She has also earned top awards for her commentary. She was awarded two Harvard Fellowships, was honored as a distinguished alumna of Wellesley College in 2013, and in 2017 was named to Wellesley’s Board of Trustees. Crossley holds three Honorary Degrees from Wheaton College, Pine Manor College and Cambridge College. Twitter: @calliecrossley

Andrea Crowley-Hughes is Communications Manager for Journalism & Women Symposium. She has a background in New Jersey community journalism and a master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She has worked on web and social media promotion projects for non-profits, multimedia artists and youth media organizations. Her side hustle is helping DIYers as an art-tender and marketing and sales coordinator at Nailed It DIY Studio Somerville. Twitter: @and_reach

Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The Root and ESPN’s The Undefeated and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press, and was national correspondent for AOL’s Politics Daily. Her coverage specialty is the intersection of politics, culture and race, and she has covered the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Curtis is a Senior Leader with The OpEd Project, at Yale University, Cornell University, and the Ford Foundation and at the Aspen New Voices Fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellow, in social media, at Ohio State. Curtis was chosen to be included in The HistoryMakers, the single largest archival collection of its kind in the world designed to promote and celebrate the successes and to document movements, events and organizations that are important to the African American community and to American society; it is available digitally and permanently archived in the Library of Congress. Her honors include Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, awards from the National Headliners and the Society of Professional Journalists, three first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups. Curtis has contributed to several books, including an essay in “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox.” You can find her work at www.maryccurtis.com. Twitter: @mcurtisnc3

Nancy Day was a political columnist in Springfield, IL, such a long time ago that lawmakers actually followed the state constitution and approved a balanced budget by the end of each fiscal year. Later, she was an editor/reporter at metro dailies in Chicago and San Francisco and with AP in LA and SF. She was on the faculty of Boston University and later chair of the journalism department at Columbia College Chicago, where she co-founded a program for urban teens and worked with Jawdess Susy Schultz, among others, to mentor high school girls interested in theater criticism. After taking a buyout in Chicago and awarding herself a sabbatical based in Oakland, California, she’s moved “back East,” to the Boston area, to be closer to her grown daughter and son. Professionally, she’s back to being a freelancer. Tips on paying gigs welcome!

Emily DeRuy covers San Jose for the Mercury News and sit on the JAWS Board of Directors. Twitter: @Emily_DeRuy

Deborah Douglas is the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor at DePauw University, managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism and a senior leader with The OpEd Project, leading public voices fellowships and programs that include the University of Texas at Austin, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, Global Policy Solutions, the Aspen Institute’s New Voices in South Africa, Urgent Action Fund in South African and Kenya, and Youth Narrating Our World (YNOW). Twitter: @deadlinedd

Roxann Elliott is the Operations Director for the Journalism and Women Symposium. Twitter: @MsRoxannElliott

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of TrollBusters.com, a just-in-time rescue service for writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years of experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Ferrier joined Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in October 2018 as the dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She was named one of the top 20 journalism innovation educators for 2018. Ferrier is an award-winning columnist and author. Her most recent report, “Attacks and Harassment: The Impact on Female Journalists and their Reporting,” was released in October 2018 in partnership with the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is featured in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2016 edition of Attacks on the Press, where she wrote “Progression of Hate,” a chapter that tells her own story of hate mail attacks and the birth of TrollBusters.com as a solution to new forms of harassment. Ferrier has presented before the United Nations on World Press Freedom Day, as a keynote speaker at the Online News Association and as a panelist at the News Impact Summit hosted by the European Journalism Centre on the growing dangers for women journalists online. Twitter: @mediaghosts

Sandra Fish is a data journalist specializing in politics. She’s crunched numbers for The Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio, ESPN, and created a site to track political messages in 2018: http://ftm.copolitics.co/ Twitter: @fishnette

A Pulitzer-prize winning former Wall Street Journal correspondent, Mei Fong is currently Director of Strategic at DC-based nonprofit newsroom Center for Public Integrity and author of award-winning book ‘One Child’ on China’s family planning policy. Twitter: @meifongwriter

Constance Mitchell Ford is a journalism professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the Merrill faculty in 2016, Constance spent three decades covering economics, banking, investing and real estate at The Wall Street Journal in New York, most recently as the Global Real Estate and Property Bureau Chief. In that role, she managed a team of reporters who wrote about the business and investing aspects of residential and commercial real estate, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; mortgage-backed securities; the housing market and home builders; hotels, office and retail real estate.

J. Kyle Foster is a recovering newspaper, wire service reporter/editor; Trainer for Facebook for Journalists; freelancer; Kentucky-born. Twitter: @kylefoster2

Melita M. Garza, an associate professor at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Fort Worth, is a journalism historian who studies news as an agent of democracy, with a focus on how news constructs what it means to be American. She is the author of the award-winning They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). In They Came to Toil, Dr. Garza studies the way English- and Spanish-language news covered immigrants during the nation’s greatest period of economic devastation. Her scholarly work has also been published in Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Howard Journal of Communications. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 following an award-winning 20-plus year career in journalism, in which she worked for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News and the Los Angeles Times, among other organizations. She also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Harvard University. Dr. Garza teaches journalism history, business journalism, diversity and the media, and media literacy. Twitter: @melitagarza

Sarah Garrecht Gassen is the Opinion Editor and columnist at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson and directs the Star’s Apprentice and Internship program. She teaches journalism at the University of Arizona and regularly appears on public affairs radio and television.

She thinks journalism, specifically opinion journalism, is about helping. At its best it helps us know each other better and makes sure those with power know someone is paying attention to how their actions affect those without it. Journalism, practiced well, can prompt change for the good.

Sarah’s work on public education, Arizona’s foster care system and disability has won awards, and her knowledge of taxing districts and school financing minutiae is a hit at parties (or should be).

Gassen earned her master’s degree in journalism in 2010 from the UA with a focus on disability as a newsroom diversity issue. She’s worked with the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, advised high school instructors on opinion writing and blended journalism with youth development through work with a non-profit youth writing program.

She and her husband live south of Tucson with an assortment of wienerdogs, rescued guinea pigs, hamsters and pet mice and rats, and a desert tortoise named Dorothy.

Tanya Gazdik is a writer, editor, relationship cultivator and problem solver skilled in breaking news (former Associated Press reporter) as well as more analytical commentaries. Conference programmer and facilitator. Social media maven (verified Twitter user). Former animal welfare reporter at The (Toledo) Blade. Doctor of Law (JD) focused on Animal Law from Michigan State University College of Law. Animal welfare advocate and architecture enthusiast. Twitter: @TanyaGazdik

Roseanne Gerin has worked in journalism for 20 years, reporting on many different kinds of stories both in the United States and abroad. She is currently an editor at Radio Free Asia in Washington, where she writes about human rights, prolonged conflicts, the environment, politics, economic development, and man-made and natural disasters in six Asian countries that have limited or no access to independent media.

Kristin Grady Gilger is Senior Associate Dean and Reynolds Professor in Business Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She spent the first twenty years of her career as a reporter and editor at newspapers that include The Arizona Republic; the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon; and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Cronkite, she directs the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and the National Center on Disability and Journalism. She has done training in media management, leadership, ethics and writing around the country and the world. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism from the University of Nebraska. Twitter: @kristingilger

Barbara Glickstein, RN, MPH, MS. Is a public health nurse, health reporter and media strategist. She’s the founder of Barbara Glickstein Strategies, a training company in media, leadership and advocacy skills. She was co-investigator of the 2018 Woodhull Revisited Study: Nurses’ Representation in Health News Media Twenty Years Later and Journalists’ Experiences with Using Nurses as Sources in Health News Stories — reporting that 20 years later nurses remain invisible in health news reporting. She produces and hosts HealthCetera, a podcast that provides evidence-based health news, analysis and commentary. She’s the Media Strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions and worked on the documentaries The American Nurse and Defining Hope. Glickstein was selected to participate in Take the Lead, 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism 2019. She’s committed to changing the health narrative to reflect more diverse voices in health news. Twitter: @BGlickstein

E.J. Graff is managing editor of The Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, and a longtime journalist who has reported widely on social justice issues, especially gender and sexuality, in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Advocate, Foreign Policy, Mother Jones, The Nation, Out, and Vice. Learn more at ejgraff.com. Twitter: @ejgraff

Carol Guensburg is a multimedia journalist with the Voice of America, based in its Washington headquarters. She serves as bridge editor for the Africa Division, developing stories and bringing them to the broader agency for distribution. She has worked for various news organizations, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Scripps Howard News Service, and also ran a University of Maryland fellowships program for working journalists to strengthen their coverage of children and families, especially regarding policy. A Wisconsin native, she has been a JAWS member since at least 2000. She has been a board member and also alternately led and worked on its fellows/mentoring committees. Twitter: @CGuensburg

Diana Henriques is a former financial journalist for The New York Times, the author of five books (going on six!), and a lifelong writer. Her book “The Wizard of Lies” was adapted by HBO as a film in which Diana played herself opposite Robert De Niro, playing con man Bernie Madoff. Diana lives in Hoboken, NJ. Twitter: @dianabhenriques

Alex Hinojosa is a freelance journalist in El Paso, Texas. She has covered several events including the most recent mass shooting in El Paso for the Washington Post and the El Paso Herald Post. She is also currently the coordinator for the Mass Communication Department at El Paso Community College, and teaches as an adjunct professor at New Mexico State University. Twitter: @AlxHinojosa

Glenda Holste has been active in the JAWS organization and its predecessor informal network since 1986. She enjoyed a long career in newspaper journalism, then in advocacy communications. Glenda is a former JAWS president. She does pro bono editing for community service and historical interest organizations.

Jane Isay is the author of “Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today.” Her earlier books include “Walking on Eggshells: Navigating the Delicate Relationship between Adult Children and their Parents,” “Mom Still Likes You Best: Overcoming the Past and Reconnecting with Your Siblings,” and “Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths that Change Our Lives. She spent over 40 years as an editor, publishing works by Robert J. Lifton‚ Melissa Fay Greene, Patricia O’ Connor, K.C. Cole‚, Antonio Damasio and Buzz Bissinger. An executive VP at Basic Books, Simon & Schuster, Addison Wesley, Putnam, and Harcourt, she has served on many nonprofit boards, including The New Press, Journalist and Women Symposium (JAWS), and several university presses. She serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Mount Sinai Medical School and Hospital System.

Katie Jickling has worked at six different Vermont news organizations. She was Vermont’s rookie reporter of the year in 2013-14 and graduated from Hamilton College in 2015. She currently works as a freelance journalist. Katie was a 2018 JAWS fellow.

Julia Kagan celebrated her fifth anniversary as personal finance editor at Investopedia this year and learned yet another content management system (Atlas). She is a former magazine editor and visiting journalism professor and glad to talk about making the transition to working online. She is also a JAWS past president. “Getting better at visuals, but still learning to build charts and tables. One day Datawrapper will be my friend….”

Jenn Kho is a JAWS board member and the director of strategic innovation for HuffPost, devoted to finding, creating and growing new revenue models, audience engagement models and tech to make journalism sustainable. She was previously the managing editor for HuffPost and the US managing editor for the Guardian. Twitter: @jennkho

Sheilah Kast hosts a daily interview show on public radio in Baltimore; interested in urban issues, history, science and more. Twitter: @News_Kast

Audrey Korte graduated from Wichita State University with a B.A. in Communication in 2019. She has a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at WSU. She teaches two sections of Public Speaking. She plans to graduate with an M.A. in Communication in 2021. Korte moved to Wichita from Newport, Rhode Island, two years ago and enrolled at WSU to finish her bachelor’s degree. She previously attended the University of Kansas and Columbia University, but a long illness prevented her from graduating — she battled chronic Lyme disease for 13 years. When her health began improving unexpectedly, she decided to finish school. Her goal was to gain as much hands-on journalism experience as possible before graduation. Korte was a summer news intern at KWCH Channel 12 in 2018. Her first news article was published on the KWCH website that June. When she graduated 11 months later, Korte had 95 published articles to her name, published in three Wichita newsrooms. She finished her KWCH internship and started reporting for The Sunflower, Wichita State’s independent student newspaper, in August. From January through May 2019, she worked in the News Lab at KMUW, Wichita’s NPR station, while continuing to report for The Sunflower. Korte gained valuable experience researching, interviewing, recording and writing the news during her internships and continues to do so with her work at The Sunflower. She’s happy to be back on her feet and doing what she loves. After she graduates from WSU in 2021, she wants to work for a newspaper or public radio station as an education, community or news reporter. Twitter: @akorteshares

Linda Kramer Jenning lives on Bainbridge Island, Wa. She writes for Yes!, PostAlley.org, USNews and other outlets. Her career includes teaching journalism at Georgetown University, Washington Editor for Glamour, Time Inc/People in DC, and Associated Press in San Francisco and Oregon. In Portland she also worked for KOIN-TV. Twitter: @LindaKramer

Annalyn Kurtz is senior editor at CNN Business and adjunct professor in NYU’s Business & Economic Reporting program. Twitter: @annalynkurtz

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist, speaker & author of The Good News About Bad Behavior, with bylines in Atlantic, Fortune, MoJo, NY Times, Parents, Slate & Washington Post. Fellowships include EWA, Ragdale, VCCA & Carey’s Logan Program. A Harvard physics grad, Katherine was a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg. Twitter: @KatherineLewis

Rachel Layne is a freelance journalist and Greater Boston JAWS Co-captain. Twitter: @Layniac

Mira Lowe is assistant dean for student experiences and director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications. The INC is a multimedia newsroom of student journalists and professionals that serves North Central Florida via multiple distribution channels, including PBS, NPR, ESPN and WUFT.org. As assistant dean, she is the team leader for all administrators who oversee the college’s venues for professional immersion, championing hands-on learning and inspiring innovation, experimentation and relevance across the breadth of student experiences. Prior to joining UF, Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the planning, execution and programming of daily features content and special projects across a global portfolio. In her other past lives, she was editor-in-chief of JET magazine, the first woman to helm the African-American newsweekly, and assistant managing editor of Ebony magazine at Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago. She also was an associate editor and recruiter at Newsday in New York. Twitter: @miralowe

Kari Mar runs a newsroom within Accenture/Avanade that produces marketing materials, social media posts, videos, podcast, news articles and white papers on solutions built with Microsoft technologies for Fortune 100 companies. Twitter: @karitmar

Xiomara Martinez-White got her start in journalism writing about music at her alma mater Smith College. As a student at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, she worked at several major media entities, including Marie Claire, People, and The International Herald Tribune. Before joining LendingTree, she spent three years copy editing for Bustle Digital Group and fact-checked the second season of the Revisionist History podcast.

As the editor of the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), Taylor Mulcahey commissions and edits content about journalism, media and more. “I am most interested in topics about gender, diversity and inclusion, and am hoping this year’s CAMP will help spark new ideas, and bring more freelancers!” Twitter: @t_mulc

Carla Murphy is a social justice journalist and editorial consultant. Twitter: @carlamurphy

Martine Powers is the host of the Washington Post’s flagship daily podcast, Post Reports. She’s also been a reporter at the Boston Globe and Politico, and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Trinidad & Tobago. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop for audio journalism. Twitter: @martinepowers

Ashley Ray is an antiracist educator in the Chicago area. Ashley has been on a journey of committed antiracism for nearly two decades, prompted by the belief that she needed to learn and change in order to be the best parent for her biracial children. She could not find many people in her day-to-day life who knew anything about antiracism, so she turned to the internet and became an early adopter of social media as a tool for peer-to-peer education. Ashley spent many years working in graduate education, where she focused on identifying and eradicating racism in the “helping professions”. She has also been organizing since before she knew what organizing was – in her workplace, in the Chicago community and online. Ashley currently works with struggling students in a public high school and enjoys working with private clients as an anti-racism consultant, teacher and dialogue coach. 

Susanna Ray has been a reporter for two decades, covering politics, government, the military, business and aviation for just about every type of news organization. She currently freelances and writes features for the Microsoft Stories online magazine, and she’s the regional captain for JAWS in Seattle. Twitter: @SusannaRay

Atlanta native, veteran and award-winning broadcast journalist Angela Y. Robinson is currently the Director of Operations for the National Association of Black Journalists. Prior to this position, Angela served as Hostand Executive Producer for nearly 20 years, of the award-winning news and public affairs talk show, IN CONTACT. The first of its kind, IN CONTACT presented by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, aired on Atlanta’s PBS station and AIB Network in Atlanta. IN CONTACT holds the distinction of being Atlanta’s only news and public affairs talk show with topics and discussions from an African-American perspective. Angela was honored to be selected to serve on the National Planning Committee working on Media Outreach and program Planning for the inaugural, A Paradigm Shift; The impact of HIV/AIDS on African American Women and Families National Conference. The Frist Annual Conference was held in Atlanta in 2017. Angela is the winner of multiple Southern Regional Emmy Awards for her work as a news anchor, talk show host, performer, news writer, specialty reporter, feature reporter and sports reporter, Biography Community Heroes Award recipient from Biography and A&E Television Network, and honored as Journalist of the Year by The Rainbow Push Coalition in 2005. A graduate of Syracuse University, Angela was awarded the Chancellor’s Citation from Syracuse University for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism. She established the Angela Y. Robinson Endowed Student Scholarship Fund and is a member of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications Advisory Board at Syracuse University. In 2014, Angela was awarded The George Arents award from Syracuse University. The Arents is the University’s highest honor awarded to alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields.

Amy B. Resnick is editor of Pensions & Investments. A veteran financial journalist, Ms. Resnick most recently was Americas editor of IFR magazine, which focuses on capital formation. Before that, she was editor in chief of The Bond Buyer. Ms. Resnick was a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and history from Tufts University.

Bonnie Rollins is a retired broadcast journalist.

Manmeet Sahni is a New York City-based journalist and photographer. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, she has reported on a wide range of topics from New Delhi, Syracuse, Portland, and Quito, among other cities. She is focused on covering social justice issues such as migration, gender equality and development. Manmeet has nearly five years of hands-on experience working in fast-paced news environments, including an international newsroom, along with several non-profit organizations. Twitter: @sahni_manmeet

Rachel Sams is editor-in-chief of Albuquerque Business First, where she manages newsroom strategy and has the privilege of helping amazing journalists do their best work online every day and in print once a week. She joined ABF in 2009 as associate editor. Previously, she was a reporter at the Baltimore Business Journal and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. While at the BBJ, her reporting on the disciplinary records of Maryland stockbrokers received a first-place investigative reporting award from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. She fell in love with journalism as an intern at her hometown paper, the Greenwood Commonwealth of Greenwood, Mississippi. She previously was Vice President of membership development for the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter. Twitter: @rachel_sams; @ABQBizEditor

Susy Schultz very recently became executive director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. She has been a journalist and educator for more than 25 years working and running for-profit newsrooms and nonprofit organizations as well as being a part of academia. This new chapter will be an extension of her work in news literacy, audience engagement and helping to make broadcast history relevant to today’s world. Schultz has been president and vice president of JAWS. She is the founding president of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago chapter and a member of IRE, SPJ and NABJ-Chicago. Twitter: @Susys

Liz Seegert is an independent health journalist covering aging, boomers, social determinants and policy. She is also the editor for the aging section for the Association of Health Care Journalists. Twitter: @lseegert

Barbara Selvin joined JAWS in 2012 and attended CAMP that year in Albuquerque and the following year in Essex Junction, Vermont. She has been a frequent participant in the listserv and an occasional attendee at JAWS NYC events. She was a newspaper reporter from 1978 to 1993 and began teaching journalism at the university level in 1999. She is now an associate professor at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, where she was involved in the planning of the school and was a founding faculty member at its opening in 2006. She is also the director of internships and career support and actively engages in nurturing students and alumni. During her newspaper career, she pioneered part-time schedules for newsroom employees at Newsday/New York Newsday. Twitter: @bselvin

Gina Setser is a retired multi-media journalist and former JAWS president.

Andrea Shalal covers global trade issues for Reuters in Washington, DC. She has been with Reuters since 1988, based in Frankfurt, Bonn, Washington, DC, and Berlin. She has covered a wide range of economic, political, environmental and security issues, including the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. She helped found a diversity task force at Reuters in 1997 and continues to work on improving the company’s coverage, staffing and policies on this issue. In addition, she has taught college and graduate-level courses on race and diversity and media ethics, and lectures occasionally on Arab-American literature. She just returned to the DC area after three years abroad and is enjoying trying out all the new rooftop bars and restaurants, as well as exploring outdoor activities around the area. Twitter: @andrea_shalal

Marie Shanahan is teaching and researching digital journalism at the University of Connecticut. She is a former online news editor with 20 years experience tracking trends in digital discourse and online commenting, local news engagement and the future of journalism. Twitter: @mariekshan

Stell Simonton is an independent journalist in Atlanta who writes frequently about poverty, inequality and innovative work with youth. She contributes to Youth Today, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity, Scalawag and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among other publications. She is a former digital editor/producer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Twitter: @Stellajc

Peggy Simpson worked as a reporter for 50 years. JAWS was a major supporter and a catalyst for networking to open more doors for women, a source of lifetime friends and new friends every CAMP. Twitter: 

Sheila Solomon has been called an expert in newsroom diversity and has had a lengthy career as a reporter and editor for a variety of news outlets. As a senior consultant to the Democracy Fund, a position she has held since September 2016, she’s examined Chicago’s journalism ecosystem in an effort to foster a more collaborative and sustainable media environment. She’s also strategic alliance liaison and manager of recruitment and internships at Rivet Radio, a Chicago-based audio creation and distribution company. For the last six years, she’s been a judge for the National Headliner Awards and is a lifetime member of JAWS, NABJ, NAHJ and NAJA. After turning down numerous invitations in the past, her first CAMP was in New Mexico in 2012. Sheila has been a mentor and was nominated and elected as board secretary, serving under Linda Kramer Jenning and Sandra Fish. She serves on numerous local journalism-related boards and committees of national organizations related to journalism, including JAWS’ advisory committee.

Adina Solomon is a freelance journalist in Atlanta. She covers a wide range of subjects, with specialties in city planning, business and death. Adina’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Next City. She was named a 2018 Rising Star by the News Media Alliance. Twitter: @adinars

Miranda Spivack is an independent journalist who has written for New York Times and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an expert on open government and transparency issues, and formerly a reporter and editor at The Washington Post. Twitter: @mirandareporter

Marina Trahan Martinez investigated, reported and analyzed print, digital, and KXAS-TV content for The Dallas Morning News Watchdog desk, appearing on-air weekly. She served local newspapers, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Latinx community initiatives and scholarship committees. She is a New York Times and ABC News freelancer working on a Dallas Black Lives Matter rally and shooting book. Trahan Martinez is a Journalism And Women Symposium board member. Twitter: @HisGirlHildy

Helen Ubinas is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Twitter: @NotesFromHel

Melinda Voss left the the Des Moines Register as a senior staff writer at left 1997, after 26 years at the paper. She co-founded the Association of Health Care Journalists while earning a master’s degree in public health at the University of Minnesota and served as the organization’s first executive director for about six years. Voss then served as public relations director of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. She has won awards in journalism, public relations and public health. In 2018, she published “From Mango Cuba to Prickly Pear America: An American’s Journey to Castro’s Cuba and Back.” Currently, she serves as editor of the Journal of the Conference for Global Transformation and is at work on creating clear, authentic, empowering communication to evoke a world of love, dignity and fulfillment for every living being. With six grandchildren, their parents and a global network of friends, she is enlivened every day to make the world a better place. Twitter: @msvoss

Sharon Walsh is a former editor and reporter for the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Lexington Herald-Leader and PublicSource.org. She is currently retired.

Fara Warner is a JAWS board member. Twitter: @farawarner

Michele Weldon is an author, journalist, emerita faculty at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, senior leader at The OpEd Project and editorial director of Take The Lead, a women’s leadership initiative. She writes commentary on gender, media, pop culture and gender violence, and is finishing her sixth book, “Act Like You’re Having A Good Time,” an essay collection. Twitter: @micheleweldon

Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist with a focus on sustainable fashion. Twitter: @aldenwicker

Jeanette Woods is Story & Talent Curator for AIR (Association of Independents in Radio). Jeanette finds out innovative stories and under-heard voices to bolster media’s reflection and representation of diverse people and topics. She has worked as a story editor, producer, and reporter in public media, documentary film and digital news, created The Remix podcast and co-produced the Cosby Unraveled podcast. Jeanette is an advocate for equality in racial and gender representation in media. She is a volunteer mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio training project and a member of Take The Lead‚Äôs 50 Women Can Change the World program in journalism. Twitter: @jea_woods

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is a longtime journalist, journalism innovator and educator and author. She currently leads the Poynter College Media Project, which trains student journalists to create ambitious, community-focused initiatives, and has co-founded two storytelling-based non-profits. She serves on JAWS’ Diversity and CAMP committees. Twitter: @elissayancey

Michelle Zacarias is a full-time staff writer at People’s World. A graduate of the Univ. of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Michelle has mindfully reported on issues dealing with social justice and equality for over half a decade. As a journalist, she has reported live on several important socio-political events in the last several years; including Standing Rock, and the Jason Van Dyke trial. In 2017 Michelle was awarded 1st place as ILCA Labor Media Award winner for her coverage of grassroots immigrant movements and political actions. Michelle is one of four co-founders of the Trans Liberation Collective in Chicago and serves on the Board of Brave Space Alliance. Additionally, she has contributed her writing to a variety of publications, including Teen VogueThe Tribe, and Latina Magazine. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys drinking pricey wines and watching old school zombie flicks.