The Colorado Media Project represents a broad coalition of Colorado citizens who are concerned about the future of local news and information in our state. We are students, journalists, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and community members of varied backgrounds, interests and geographies.


executive committee

JB Holston , Denver University’s “most unusual dean,” has led the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science since 2015, after two decades spent launching and running a wide range of technology and media enterprises. As President of Ziff Davis International, a leading global digital-media company, JB managed operations across more than 100 countries and launched Yahoo! Europe. Since selling his last technology start-up, JB has helped create a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit entities. His career has included senior posts with GE, NBC, and the Boston Consulting Group.  @jholston

JB Holston, Denver University’s “most unusual dean,” has led the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science since 2015, after two decades spent launching and running a wide range of technology and media enterprises. As President of Ziff Davis International, a leading global digital-media company, JB managed operations across more than 100 countries and launched Yahoo! Europe. Since selling his last technology start-up, JB has helped create a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit entities. His career has included senior posts with GE, NBC, and the Boston Consulting Group. @jholston

Tom Gougeon  has served as President of the Gates Family Foundation since August 2010. Previously, he was a Principal and Chief Development Officer for Continuum Partners, a developer of mixed-use urban real estate projects. Tom worked extensively on the Belmar redevelopment project in Lakewood, CO, and the Union Station transit hub in central Denver, among others. Tom is a member of the Colorado Forum, a board member for Gary Community Investments and the Piton Foundation, and has served as the Executive Director of the W.M.B. Berger Foundation, CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation, and Assistant to the Mayor of the City and County of Denver.

Tom Gougeon has served as President of the Gates Family Foundation since August 2010. Previously, he was a Principal and Chief Development Officer for Continuum Partners, a developer of mixed-use urban real estate projects. Tom worked extensively on the Belmar redevelopment project in Lakewood, CO, and the Union Station transit hub in central Denver, among others. Tom is a member of the Colorado Forum, a board member for Gary Community Investments and the Piton Foundation, and has served as the Executive Director of the W.M.B. Berger Foundation, CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation, and Assistant to the Mayor of the City and County of Denver.

Melissa Milios Davis  is a former print, online, and public radio journalist and now Vice President for Strategic Communications and Local News Program Officer at the Gates Family Foundation. Her decade in journalism included education beat coverage for the  Daily Breeze  newspaper in Los Angeles, breaking news coverage and online content production for the  Austin American-Statesman  and the  South Florida Sun-Sentinel , and stints as a production intern for the  Voice of America  in London and both L.A.-area NPR stations. She also has over a decade of experience in nonprofit and government communications, public policy, fundraising, and management.  @melissamiliosdavis

Melissa Milios Davis is a former print, online, and public radio journalist and now Vice President for Strategic Communications and Local News Program Officer at the Gates Family Foundation. Her decade in journalism included education beat coverage for the Daily Breeze newspaper in Los Angeles, breaking news coverage and online content production for the Austin American-Statesman and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and stints as a production intern for the Voice of America in London and both L.A.-area NPR stations. She also has over a decade of experience in nonprofit and government communications, public policy, fundraising, and management. @melissamiliosdavis

John Huggins  is an active angel/venture capital investor in technology and other startup companies. He also serves as a real estate development and financial advisor to businesses and non-profit organizations seeking public participation in community and economic development projects. He co-founded and was CFO of Johnson-Grace Company. John has long been involved in civic activities, including national, state and local political campaigns for candidates and issues. He has raised millions of dollars for a variety of civic causes and organizations.

John Huggins is an active angel/venture capital investor in technology and other startup companies. He also serves as a real estate development and financial advisor to businesses and non-profit organizations seeking public participation in community and economic development projects. He co-founded and was CFO of Johnson-Grace Company. John has long been involved in civic activities, including national, state and local political campaigns for candidates and issues. He has raised millions of dollars for a variety of civic causes and organizations.

 

project team

Nancy Watzman (Director,  @nwatzman , on Medium  @nwatzman ) is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher, strategist, and 20-year Denver resident who works on the cusp of technology and journalism. Her career spans work with the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Responsive Politics, and the Democracy Fund. Most recently, she worked as editor for the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, which spent the past year exploring how to improve trust in democracy and concluded that a key lever is strengthening local journalism nationwide. She is co-author of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (2004) and a contributor to The Buying of the Congress: by the Center for Public Integrity (1998).

Nancy Watzman (Director, @nwatzman, on Medium @nwatzman) is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher, strategist, and 20-year Denver resident who works on the cusp of technology and journalism. Her career spans work with the Internet Archive, the Sunlight Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Center for Responsive Politics, and the Democracy Fund. Most recently, she worked as editor for the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, which spent the past year exploring how to improve trust in democracy and concluded that a key lever is strengthening local journalism nationwide. She is co-author of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (2004) and a contributor to The Buying of the Congress: by the Center for Public Integrity (1998).

Alan Gottlieb (Local Networks Director,  @alangott ) is a writer, editor, communications consultant, and nonprofit entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in journalism, public policy and philanthropy. He is co-founder of Chalkbeat — a national education news nonprofit — and winner of a Heartland Regional Emmy Award for his part in producing “Standing in the Gap,” a four-part Rocky Mountain PBS documentary examining the history of segregation in Denver Public Schools. From 1988 to 1997, Gottlieb was a reporter with The Denver Post, where his coverage of DPS earned several regional journalism awards. From 1997 to 2007, Alan served as education program officer at Denver’s Piton Foundation.

Alan Gottlieb (Local Networks Director, @alangott) is a writer, editor, communications consultant, and nonprofit entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in journalism, public policy and philanthropy. He is co-founder of Chalkbeat — a national education news nonprofit — and winner of a Heartland Regional Emmy Award for his part in producing “Standing in the Gap,” a four-part Rocky Mountain PBS documentary examining the history of segregation in Denver Public Schools. From 1988 to 1997, Gottlieb was a reporter with The Denver Post, where his coverage of DPS earned several regional journalism awards. From 1997 to 2007, Alan served as education program officer at Denver’s Piton Foundation.

Andrew Elliman (Marketing Director,  @andrew_elliman , on Medium as  The Front Ranger ) brings experience as a Senior Account Executive at Weber Shandwick in New York, where he executed integrated B2B marketing strategies across print, broadcast, digital, and social media. He has served as Director of Marketing for Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network — Colorado, and an M.B.A. Intern for Spredfast, a leading provider of enterprise social media software. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and a B.A. in History from Middlebury College, where he was a film critic for the school paper.

Andrew Elliman (Marketing Director, @andrew_elliman, on Medium as The Front Ranger) brings experience as a Senior Account Executive at Weber Shandwick in New York, where he executed integrated B2B marketing strategies across print, broadcast, digital, and social media. He has served as Director of Marketing for Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network — Colorado, and an M.B.A. Intern for Spredfast, a leading provider of enterprise social media software. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and a B.A. in History from Middlebury College, where he was a film critic for the school paper.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION LIAISONS

Rebecca Arno ( @rarno ) is Director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. She previously served as the University of Denver’s Executive Director of Foundation Relations. Before coming to DU, Rebecca was Vice President of Communications and Operations at The Denver Foundation. She also served as the first vice president of communications for The Daniels Fund and the first communications officer for Peninsula Community Foundation, now part of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the United States.

Rebecca Arno (@rarno) is Director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. She previously served as the University of Denver’s Executive Director of Foundation Relations. Before coming to DU, Rebecca was Vice President of Communications and Operations at The Denver Foundation. She also served as the first vice president of communications for The Daniels Fund and the first communications officer for Peninsula Community Foundation, now part of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the United States.

Lynn Schofield Clark ( @LynnSchofClark ) is Professor, Chair and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver, and author (with Regina Marchi) of the award-winning book, Young People and the Future of News. Known for her work in advancing diverse youth voices through digital media in university-community partnerships, Clark’s efforts have been supported with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur foundation.

Lynn Schofield Clark (@LynnSchofClark) is Professor, Chair and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver, and author (with Regina Marchi) of the award-winning book, Young People and the Future of News. Known for her work in advancing diverse youth voices through digital media in university-community partnerships, Clark’s efforts have been supported with grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur foundation.

 
 

Local Advisory Committee

A diverse group of Colorado community leaders provides strategic guidance for the Colorado Media Project.

Chris Barge  (VP of Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundation Boulder County) helps the foundation enhance its impact on Boulder County's greatest needs through community-based initiatives. His current projects include spinning off a Latino parent engagement program into an independent nonprofit, as well as directing the foundation’s biennial TRENDS Report on the social and economic health of Boulder County. He joined in 2008 after a 10-year career in newspapers, including with the  Rocky Mountain News  and the  Boulder Daily Camera .

Chris Barge (VP of Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundation Boulder County) helps the foundation enhance its impact on Boulder County's greatest needs through community-based initiatives. His current projects include spinning off a Latino parent engagement program into an independent nonprofit, as well as directing the foundation’s biennial TRENDS Report on the social and economic health of Boulder County. He joined in 2008 after a 10-year career in newspapers, including with the Rocky Mountain News and the Boulder Daily Camera.

John Baron  is the co-founder of GBSM, a management strategy, public affairs and corporate communications consulting firm. Previously, John served as City Editor of the  Rocky Mountain News , where he supervised national award-winning coverage and established the State & Regional Desk. From 1976-78, he served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes in Washington, D.C. John began his career as a reporter at the  Steamboat Pilot  in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

John Baron is the co-founder of GBSM, a management strategy, public affairs and corporate communications consulting firm. Previously, John served as City Editor of the Rocky Mountain News, where he supervised national award-winning coverage and established the State & Regional Desk. From 1976-78, he served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes in Washington, D.C. John began his career as a reporter at the Steamboat Pilot in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Curtis L. Esquibel  (Associate Director, Latino Leadership Institute) leads recruitment, communications, and development for the University of Denver entity. Previously, Curtis led Denver’s first collective impact initiative on post-secondary success at the Denver Education Attainment Network. Prior to his career in education, he was a journalist in Colorado and Northern California. A native Coloradan, Curtis serves on the boards of College Track Colorado and the Youth Initiative of Adams County.

Curtis L. Esquibel (Associate Director, Latino Leadership Institute) leads recruitment, communications, and development for the University of Denver entity. Previously, Curtis led Denver’s first collective impact initiative on post-secondary success at the Denver Education Attainment Network. Prior to his career in education, he was a journalist in Colorado and Northern California. A native Coloradan, Curtis serves on the boards of College Track Colorado and the Youth Initiative of Adams County.

Mario Carrera  is former Chief Revenue Officer at Entravision, the largest affiliate of Univision. Under his tenure as Senior Vice President of Spanish Language Television and as Vice President and General Manager overseeing television, radio and interactive assets in Colorado, Entravision's Noticias Univision Colorado won 14 Emmy's, and KCEC-TV won the Best 2010 Public Service Award Campaign from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

Mario Carrera is former Chief Revenue Officer at Entravision, the largest affiliate of Univision. Under his tenure as Senior Vice President of Spanish Language Television and as Vice President and General Manager overseeing television, radio and interactive assets in Colorado, Entravision's Noticias Univision Colorado won 14 Emmy's, and KCEC-TV won the Best 2010 Public Service Award Campaign from the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

Nicole Glaros  is the Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars. She was a key catalyst in growing the organization from 2 people to a global powerhouse with 47 programs worldwide, events in over 500+ cities, and a market cap of over $7B with nearly $500M under management. With 15-years’ experience mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs, Nicole is an expert in growing global organizations, building startup ecosystems, working with early stage startups, venture capital, and more.

Nicole Glaros is the Chief Investment Strategy Officer at Techstars. She was a key catalyst in growing the organization from 2 people to a global powerhouse with 47 programs worldwide, events in over 500+ cities, and a market cap of over $7B with nearly $500M under management. With 15-years’ experience mentoring, supporting, and investing in entrepreneurs, Nicole is an expert in growing global organizations, building startup ecosystems, working with early stage startups, venture capital, and more.

Jerrold “Jerry” Glick  (Managing Partner, Columbia Group LLLP) is a lifelong community leader with experience in a broad range of civic projects. He is a member of the Colorado Forum, and has previously served as Vice President of the Denver Union Station Project Authority, Chairman of the Rose Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership Management Committee, Chairman of Denver Civic Ventures, and Chairman of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.

Jerrold “Jerry” Glick (Managing Partner, Columbia Group LLLP) is a lifelong community leader with experience in a broad range of civic projects. He is a member of the Colorado Forum, and has previously served as Vice President of the Denver Union Station Project Authority, Chairman of the Rose Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership Management Committee, Chairman of Denver Civic Ventures, and Chairman of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.

Joanne Kelley  (CEO, Colorado Association of Funders) leads the organization in its efforts to provide education and advocacy for Colorado’s philanthropic sector. Previously, Joanne spent much of her career in journalism with news agencies, magazines and daily newspapers in Denver, Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago. She serves on the board of the Washington-based United Philanthropy Forum, a national network of philanthropy-serving organizations. She also is the Board Chair of Food and Environment Reporting Network, an investigative news organization.

Joanne Kelley (CEO, Colorado Association of Funders) leads the organization in its efforts to provide education and advocacy for Colorado’s philanthropic sector. Previously, Joanne spent much of her career in journalism with news agencies, magazines and daily newspapers in Denver, Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago. She serves on the board of the Washington-based United Philanthropy Forum, a national network of philanthropy-serving organizations. She also is the Board Chair of Food and Environment Reporting Network, an investigative news organization.

Gail Klapper  (Member/ President, Colorado Forum) is a fourth-generation Colorado native who has led the Colorado Forum, a diverse membership of business and civic leaders who work to achieve good public policy results for Colorado, since 1989. Her civic leadership experience spans from the White House to the Governor’s Cabinet, and she currently serves on the Boards of Gold, Inc. and Great-West Funds, Inc.

Gail Klapper (Member/ President, Colorado Forum) is a fourth-generation Colorado native who has led the Colorado Forum, a diverse membership of business and civic leaders who work to achieve good public policy results for Colorado, since 1989. Her civic leadership experience spans from the White House to the Governor’s Cabinet, and she currently serves on the Boards of Gold, Inc. and Great-West Funds, Inc.

Gregory Moore  is editor-in-chief of Deke Digital, a Wheat Ridge-based company that helps position business executives and entrepreneurs as experts through published content in national and trade publications. Previously, he spent 14 years as editor of the  Denver Post . During that time, the newspaper rose in prominence, winning four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. He is a member of the board of the Boettcher Foundation, the University of Denver, America Succeeds, the Emily Griffith Foundation and Polaris, the anti-human trafficking organization based in Washington, D.C.

Gregory Moore is editor-in-chief of Deke Digital, a Wheat Ridge-based company that helps position business executives and entrepreneurs as experts through published content in national and trade publications. Previously, he spent 14 years as editor of the Denver Post. During that time, the newspaper rose in prominence, winning four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. He is a member of the board of the Boettcher Foundation, the University of Denver, America Succeeds, the Emily Griffith Foundation and Polaris, the anti-human trafficking organization based in Washington, D.C.

John Temple  (Director, Investigative Reporting Program, University of California - Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) is an award-winning newspaper editor and journalism innovator. He has served as managing editor of the  Washington Post  and editor and general manager of Honolulu Civil Beat. Under his watch as editor, president and publisher of the  Rocky Mountain News  from 1998 until it ceased publication in 2009, the newspaper won four Pulitzer prizes.

John Temple (Director, Investigative Reporting Program, University of California - Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) is an award-winning newspaper editor and journalism innovator. He has served as managing editor of the Washington Post and editor and general manager of Honolulu Civil Beat. Under his watch as editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News from 1998 until it ceased publication in 2009, the newspaper won four Pulitzer prizes.

Judy Muller  is an Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Peabody Award-winning TV correspondent and regular NPR commentator who currently resides most of the year in Norwood, Colorado. She worked as a national correspondent for ABC News starting in 1990, and previously worked for CBS News. She taught at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism from 2003 until retiring in 2017 as Professor Emeritus. She is the author of two books:  Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns  (2011) and  Now This: Radio, Television—and the Real World  (2000).

Judy Muller is an Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Peabody Award-winning TV correspondent and regular NPR commentator who currently resides most of the year in Norwood, Colorado. She worked as a national correspondent for ABC News starting in 1990, and previously worked for CBS News. She taught at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism from 2003 until retiring in 2017 as Professor Emeritus. She is the author of two books: Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns (2011) and Now This: Radio, Television—and the Real World (2000).

Gary Steuer  (President and CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation) leverages the voice and legacy of the Foundation to sustain and strengthen the arts and nonprofit leadership in our community. Prior to joining BSF, Gary served as the Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia. He also served as Vice President and Executive Director for Americans for the Arts in New York.

Gary Steuer (President and CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation) leverages the voice and legacy of the Foundation to sustain and strengthen the arts and nonprofit leadership in our community. Prior to joining BSF, Gary served as the Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia. He also served as Vice President and Executive Director for Americans for the Arts in New York.


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Scott Stemberger  (Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group - Denver) has 20 years of experience in software, IT and telecom. Since joining BCG in 2004, he has worked predominantly in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice across a range of topics including growth strategy, operational improvement, M&A / corporate development, private equity due diligence, turnarounds, go-to-market, organizational design, transformation.

Scott Stemberger (Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group - Denver) has 20 years of experience in software, IT and telecom. Since joining BCG in 2004, he has worked predominantly in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice across a range of topics including growth strategy, operational improvement, M&A / corporate development, private equity due diligence, turnarounds, go-to-market, organizational design, transformation.

Supporters

Through funding, in-kind, and technical support, our partners are actively working with and within the community to execute on the goals of the Colorado Media Project. Drop us a line if you are interested in becoming a supporter.

Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program invests in people and organizations who are working to create a stronger public square that is trusted, connected and reflective of the full diversity of our nation. The program does this by rebuilding the infrastructure for local news, fostering community engagement and diverse, inclusive and equitable newsrooms, and expanding press freedom.

Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Democracy Fund’s Public Square Program invests in people and organizations who are working to create a stronger public square that is trusted, connected and reflective of the full diversity of our nation. The program does this by rebuilding the infrastructure for local news, fostering community engagement and diverse, inclusive and equitable newsrooms, and expanding press freedom.


Since 1946, the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation has been a community resource for advancing long-term quality of life in Colorado. The Foundation has supported public and independent media for decades, especially as vital issues such as public education, rural issues, and natural resources have faced declining media coverage from traditional outlets. The Colorado Media Project is the primary focus for the foundation’s Informed Communities and Local News portfolio of strategic grantmaking.

Since 1946, the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation has been a community resource for advancing long-term quality of life in Colorado. The Foundation has supported public and independent media for decades, especially as vital issues such as public education, rural issues, and natural resources have faced declining media coverage from traditional outlets. The Colorado Media Project is the primary focus for the foundation’s Informed Communities and Local News portfolio of strategic grantmaking.

Project X-ITE is Denver University’s cross-discipline innovation hub for technology and entrepreneurship. In addition to providing a nonprofit home for the Colorado Media Project, DU contributes multi-faceted in-kind faculty support coordinated by JB Holston and Lynn Schofield Clark, Chair of Media, Film and Journalism, as well as administrative and back-office support.

Project X-ITE is Denver University’s cross-discipline innovation hub for technology and entrepreneurship. In addition to providing a nonprofit home for the Colorado Media Project, DU contributes multi-faceted in-kind faculty support coordinated by JB Holston and Lynn Schofield Clark, Chair of Media, Film and Journalism, as well as administrative and back-office support.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. The foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but is also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year it gives more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because it believes these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. The foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but is also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year it gives more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because it believes these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community.

Membership Puzzle Project is a research project funded by the Knight Foundation, Luminate, and Democracy Fund, and collaboratively run by NYU and the Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent. It is delving into research on ways that journalism organizations are diversifying revenue with a particular focus on membership programs and optimizing news for trust.

Membership Puzzle Project is a research project funded by the Knight Foundation, Luminate, and Democracy Fund, and collaboratively run by NYU and the Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent. It is delving into research on ways that journalism organizations are diversifying revenue with a particular focus on membership programs and optimizing news for trust.

 

NATIONAL ADVISORS

Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy , a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina. A journalism professional with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive, she specializes in preserving quality journalism by helping news organizations succeed economically in the digital environment.

Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, is the Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina. A journalism professional with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive, she specializes in preserving quality journalism by helping news organizations succeed economically in the digital environment.

Jason Alcorn  is a strategic consultant who works with nonprofit news organizations and philanthropic foundations. He is the project manager for NewsMatch, an annual matching gifts and capacity building program for nonprofit newsrooms that in 2017 raised $4.8 million in partnership with Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Jason is also an award-winning journalist. He served as associate director of Seattle-based nonprofit news organization InvestigateWest from 2011 to 2016.

Jason Alcorn is a strategic consultant who works with nonprofit news organizations and philanthropic foundations. He is the project manager for NewsMatch, an annual matching gifts and capacity building program for nonprofit newsrooms that in 2017 raised $4.8 million in partnership with Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Jason is also an award-winning journalist. He served as associate director of Seattle-based nonprofit news organization InvestigateWest from 2011 to 2016.

Sue Cross  is executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 200 public service news media across the U.S. that are strengthening the sources of news for thousands of diverse communities. Cross is a former senior vice president for the global news agency Associated Press. She brings more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, digital media business executive and nonprofit consultant. She is based in LA.

Sue Cross is executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 200 public service news media across the U.S. that are strengthening the sources of news for thousands of diverse communities. Cross is a former senior vice president for the global news agency Associated Press. She brings more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, digital media business executive and nonprofit consultant. She is based in LA.

Molly de Aguiar  is managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, a philanthropic fund with a vision for local journalism that serves as a force for building trust, empathy and solutions in communities around the world. Previously she served as Program Director for Informed Communities at the New Jersey-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which she helped establish as a nationally known innovator in funding local journalism.

Molly de Aguiar is managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, a philanthropic fund with a vision for local journalism that serves as a force for building trust, empathy and solutions in communities around the world. Previously she served as Program Director for Informed Communities at the New Jersey-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, which she helped establish as a nationally known innovator in funding local journalism.

 
Teresa Gorman  is the Local News Associate in the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund. Teresa has spent her career working at the intersection of public media, local news, and digital media. At AIR (the Association of Independents in Radio), Teresa was the Supervising Producer for  Localore: Finding America , an independent public media production of 15 independent producer-led teams. Prior to AIR, Teresa was a digital news specialist with NPR’s training team.

Teresa Gorman is the Local News Associate in the Public Square Program at the Democracy Fund. Teresa has spent her career working at the intersection of public media, local news, and digital media. At AIR (the Association of Independents in Radio), Teresa was the Supervising Producer for Localore: Finding America, an independent public media production of 15 independent producer-led teams. Prior to AIR, Teresa was a digital news specialist with NPR’s training team.

LaMonte Guillory  is Chief Communications Officer and leader of the LOR Foundation. In this role, he drives the organization's external presence within rural communities and among policymakers, the press, funders, NGO’s and national associations. He ensures LOR represents the voices of the people that make up the vibrant, growing, and culturally significant rural towns in the west. He also oversees and manages internal staff, benchmarking and all grant activities.

LaMonte Guillory is Chief Communications Officer and leader of the LOR Foundation. In this role, he drives the organization's external presence within rural communities and among policymakers, the press, funders, NGO’s and national associations. He ensures LOR represents the voices of the people that make up the vibrant, growing, and culturally significant rural towns in the west. He also oversees and manages internal staff, benchmarking and all grant activities.

Kathy Kiely  the Lee Hills Chair for Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she is teaching and working to advance the cause of free speech nationally and internationally. She has worked as a reporter and editor for numerous regional and national news organizations, covering Congress and national politics and has advocated on First Amendment issues as a Free Press Fellow for the National Press Club.

Kathy Kiely the Lee Hills Chair for Free Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism, where she is teaching and working to advance the cause of free speech nationally and internationally. She has worked as a reporter and editor for numerous regional and national news organizations, covering Congress and national politics and has advocated on First Amendment issues as a Free Press Fellow for the National Press Club.

Stefanie Murray  is the Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She previously worked in Michigan and Tennessee as a reporter, editor, digital media manager and news executive. Before joining Montclair State, she worked for Gannett Co. as vice president and executive editor of  The Tennessean  in Nashville, and was with the Detroit Free Press before that. Her professional passions are collaborative journalism, local journalism, community engagement, and audience analysis.

Stefanie Murray is the Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She previously worked in Michigan and Tennessee as a reporter, editor, digital media manager and news executive. Before joining Montclair State, she worked for Gannett Co. as vice president and executive editor of The Tennessean in Nashville, and was with the Detroit Free Press before that. Her professional passions are collaborative journalism, local journalism, community engagement, and audience analysis.

 
Erika Owens  is a journalist and organizer based in Philadelphia. As Director of OpenNews, Erika convenes people and projects in journalism and open source technology. Erika and the OpenNews team seek ways to build enduring connections by creating inclusive, caring spaces for the journalism-tech community. Previously, Erika was web editor at the  Philadelphia Public School Notebook . She loves nonprofit journalism, people watching, and laughing heartily.

Erika Owens is a journalist and organizer based in Philadelphia. As Director of OpenNews, Erika convenes people and projects in journalism and open source technology. Erika and the OpenNews team seek ways to build enduring connections by creating inclusive, caring spaces for the journalism-tech community. Previously, Erika was web editor at the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. She loves nonprofit journalism, people watching, and laughing heartily.


Mike Rispoli  directs Free Press’ News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. He also teaches journalism as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. Before joining Free Press, Mike reported for Gannett New Jersey and The Star-Ledger, and worked for the human-rights organizations Privacy International and Access. Mike also served as the technical editor on the 2015 book You: For Sale, a look at protecting user data and privacy online.

Mike Rispoli directs Free Press’ News Voices project, which connects local communities and the newsrooms that serve them via public engagement, advocacy campaigns and collaborative projects. He also teaches journalism as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. Before joining Free Press, Mike reported for Gannett New Jersey and The Star-Ledger, and worked for the human-rights organizations Privacy International and Access. Mike also served as the technical editor on the 2015 book You: For Sale, a look at protecting user data and privacy online.

Dan Schultz  is a technologist who helps people make things for the public good. He has earned degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon, and became professionally involved in the civic media space through the Knight News Challenge as well as an Open News fellowship at Mozilla and the  Boston Globe , as consulting director of technology at Civic Hall, and as a senior engineer at the Internet Archive. Dan has helped dozens of startups design and build out their products as a partner at the Silicon Valley Software Group. In addition to his work as a consulting engineer with civic and media efforts, Dan is creating open source media analysis projects as Overmind of Bad Idea Factory.

Dan Schultz is a technologist who helps people make things for the public good. He has earned degrees from MIT and Carnegie Mellon, and became professionally involved in the civic media space through the Knight News Challenge as well as an Open News fellowship at Mozilla and the Boston Globe, as consulting director of technology at Civic Hall, and as a senior engineer at the Internet Archive. Dan has helped dozens of startups design and build out their products as a partner at the Silicon Valley Software Group. In addition to his work as a consulting engineer with civic and media efforts, Dan is creating open source media analysis projects as Overmind of Bad Idea Factory.