Speaker Bios

Below please find a list of all our speakers. All completed bios to come.

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5: FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, FAKE NEWS, PERSECUTION, AND EXILE

Hannah Allam

Hannah Allam

Ms. Allam is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News, covering U.S. Muslim life. She previously spent a decade as a foreign correspondent at McClatchy, serving as Baghdad bureau chief during the Iraq War and Cairo bureau chief during the Arab Spring uprisings. She has also reported extensively on national security and race/demographics. Her reporting on Muslims adapting to the Trump era won national religion reporting prizes in 2018. Allam was part of McClatchy teams that won a Polk Award for Syria reporting and an Overseas Press Club award for exposing death squads in Iraq. Allam is on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and was a 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She lives in Washington.

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David Bodney

David Bodney

David Bodney is a partner in the Phoenix office of Ballard Spahr LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s national media and entertainment law practice group. For nearly 40 years, Mr. Bodney has defended journalists and news organizations in defamation, privacy and related cases involving the content of their communications. For decades, he has fought for the rights of reporters to obtain documents under state and federal freedom-of-information laws, attend and report on court proceedings and government meetings, and protect their unpublished information from being subpoenaed. He serves as adjunct faculty at the Sandra O’Connor College of Law and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where he teaches media law. Mr. Bodney has spoken on media law and press freedoms at conferences in Cambridge, UK, Moscow, Russia, and cities across the United States, and has written extensively on these topics, including a chapter on press freedoms in Extreme Speech and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2009) and a recent article on the safety and security of reporters.

Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper

Ms. Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. She also worked eight years as Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, before joining the Columbia Journalism School faculty in 2006. She has served as the school’s International Director since 2015.

Cooper was National Public Radio’s Moscow bureau chief during the tumultuous final five years of Soviet communism, and co-edited the book “Russia at the Barricades” about a failed 1991 coup attempt. She has also served as NPR’s Johannesburg bureau chief, and her coverage of South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994 helped NPR win a duPont-Columbia silver baton for excellence in broadcast journalism. In 1996, she was the Edward R. Murrow fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2003, she was the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism at State University of New York.

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Alex Gorbachev

Alex Gorbachev

Mr. Gorbachev is the chief deputy editor of the political department at the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta (The Independent Newspaper), based in Moscow. His reporting focuses on human rights violations, the Russian opposition movement, and relations between Russia and the West. He started his journalism career in 2009 after witnessing fraud during the Moscow City Parliament elections and has since focused his reporting on providing an alternative view to state-controlled media. Now Alex Gorbachev is a Fullbright Fellow at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and mass communications in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is learning American media best practices.

Kevin Kallaugher

Kevin KAL Kallaugher

Mr. Kallaugher is the editorial cartoonist for the Economist and is also the cartoonist at the Baltimore Sun; his work has been presented in over 100 publication worldwide. He cartoons using the pen name, KAL. He joined the Baltimore Sun as its editorial cartoonist in 1988. Over the course of his 17 years at the newspaper, he drew over 4000 cartoons for The Sun while continuing to draw two cartoons per week for The Economist. Kallaugher’s work for The Economist includes over 120 illustrated covers.

His portfolio can be seen here.

Awards:

  • Berryman award presented by the National Press Foundation, 2002 & 2018
  • Herblock Prize, 2015
  • Prize finalist for Pulitzer in Editorial Cartooning, 2015
  • Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe presented by Press Cartoon Europe, 2014
  • Thomas Nast Award presented by the Overseas Press Club of America, 1999, 2002, 2005,& 2014

Nikahang Kowsar

Nikahang Kowsar

Mr. Kowsar was a political cartoonist in Iran. In 2000, he was arrested and imprisoned for six days for a cartoon he released in criticism of one of the Iranian regime’s most powerful religious leaders. Michael Cavna, in the 2009 Washington Post article about Kowsar stated that Kowsar had one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. Cartoons that Kowsar has drawn led to death threats during the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Awards:

  • Crystal Pen (Iran’s National Press Award) 1999, 2000 and 2002.
  • International Award for Courage for Editorial Cartooning from Cartoonists Rights Network International – 2001
  • Second prizeNational Press Club’s Editorial Cartoon Contest –  Canada, 2001.

Jenni Monet

Jenni Monet

Jenni Monet is an independent journalist covering Indigenous rights and injustice in the US and the world. Her reporting from the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock received top journalism honors for works produced for such publications as the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, and Indian Country Today.  Jenni’s career began 20 years ago reporting from the Four Corners region for CBS News. She is currently on an investigative fellowship at Marquette University and is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, a tribal nation in New Mexico.

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Awards:

  • 2017 Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism – Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred.

Nadine Hoffman

Nadine Hoffman

Ms. Hoffman is the International Women’s Media Foundation Deputy Director, and she can often be found wrangling journalists in under-reported places. After starting her career as a reporter in Boston, Nadine transitioned to non-profit work, focused on international human rights and education. She has been a part of the IWMF team since 2010. She is passionate about developing programs to support the IWMF’s global community of female journalists, traveling to far-flung places, and smashing the patriarchy.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Nadine holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and a Master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College.

Juanita Islas

Juanita Islas

Ms. Islas is the Program Manager for the IWMF’s Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante. She enjoys working with international and local journalists in the field, and is a diversity and inclusion advocate. Juanita joined the IWMF in November 2015. Raised between Tijuana and Southern California, Juanita holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish.

Valerie Plame

Valerie Plame

As a former covert CIA operations officer, Ms. Plame works to reduce the rapid increase and distribution of nuclear and weapons of mass destruction. She served at a senior level in the CIA, which involved managing top-secret covert programs, recruiting foreign assets, reporting to US policy-makers, along with many other tasks and responsibilities. Plame now sits on the boards of Global Data Security, Starling Trust, as well as nonprofit organizations Global Zero, the United Way of Santa Fe and Postpartum Support International. She has done a considerable amount of public speaking on cyber and national security, nuclear proliferation, and women in intelligence all based on her experience in her career. She has written for many top new sources and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX,  The Daily Show, and many more.

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Dana Priest

Dana Priest

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from the Washington Post, Ms. Priest is best known as a reporter, but she has also spent time teaching. During her time as a reporter she has written, among other things, about the Syrian conflict, and on Russian interference in the most recent elections in the Western World. She has worked for nearly 30 years for the Washington Post and became the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2014. Before becoming a full-time investigative reporter at the Post, Priest specialized in intelligence reporting and wrote many articles on the U.S. “War on terror” and was the newspaper’s Pentagon correspondent.

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In 2006 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting citing “her persistent, painstaking reports on secret “black site” prisons and other controversial features of the government’s counter-terrorism campaign.” The Washington Post won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, citing the work of reporters Priest and Anne Hull and photographer Michel du Cille “exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials.”

Courtney Radsch

Courtney Radsch

Dr. Radsch is the advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit focused on promoting press freedom and journalist safety around the world. CPJ has been working to defend to the rights of journalists to report news without fear of retaliation for over thirty years. Radsch is spokesperson on global press freedom issues for CPJ and leads CPJ’s strategy with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other institutions on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. She speaks and writes frequently about where media, technology and human rights meet, often drawing on her personal experience as a journalist with the New York Times, Al Arabiya in Dubai, and as a freelancer.

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Jason Rezaian

Jason Rezaian

Mr. Rezaian is currently the Global opinions writer for the Washington Post. He was a correspondent in Tehran from 2012 to 2016, where, accused of being a spy for the U.S., he was wrongfully imprisoned for 544 days. He was indicted on four charges, including espionage and “propaganda against the establishment.” In July of 2018 he did an interview for NPR and spoke about his time in Iran and how the Trump administration is mirroring the Iranian government by making threats of violence and also discrediting journalists.

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Karen Sughrue

Karen Sughrue

Ms. Sughrue is Senior Producer at Retro Report, a nonprofit news organization whose living library of digital documentaries provide historical context for today’s events. Retro Report stories are distributed through partners including The New York Times, New Yorker, STAT, NBC, Politico and PBS. Karen is an Emmy award-winning producer who worked at CBS 60 Minutes for 14 years. She also served as Executive Producer of CBS News Face the Nation and Bureau Chief for CBS News in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall. During a hiatus from journalism, Karen served as Vice President for Programs at the Council on Foreign Relations, a global affairs think tank. A Washington, D.C. native, Karen graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned an M.A. in Communications from American University.

Janet Steele

Janet Steele

Dr. Steele is the director of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and an Associate Professor of Journalism at the George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in History from John Hopkins. The focal point of her work is on how culture is conveyed through the mass media, with a particular emphasis on Islam and Indonesia. She has spent significant time in Southeast Asia lecturing on the role of the press in a democratic society.

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She has received two Fulbright teaching and research grants.

Ann Telnaes

Ann Telnaes

Ms. Telnaes is an editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post. In 2004, her work was displayed at The Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Her work has also been displayed in Paris, Jerusalem, and Lisbon. Prior to becoming an editorial cartoonist, Telnaes worked for Walt Disney Imagineering, and also served as an animator and designer for studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Taiwan. She is the past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (2017) and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society.

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Awards & Honors:

  • Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, 2001
  • National Cartoonists Society Reuben division award for Editorial Cartoons, 2016
  • National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award, 2006
  • The Maggie Award, Planned Parenthood, 2002

Arbana Xharra

Arbana Xharra

Ms. Xharra is best known for her investigative journalism of the rise of religious radicalism in Kosovo and Western Balkans. She first began her journalism career in 2001 working for Kosovo’s first independent news paper, Koha Ditore. She investigated organized crime and corruption just after the war. After leaving that paper, she became the Editor-in- Chief of the second largest paper in Kosovo, Zeri. She has received many threats not just to herself but to her family as well due to her work, especially her recent series on Islam in the Balkans.

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She was awarded The U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award in 2015. She is also three-time winner of the UNDP Prize for her articles on corruption in Kosovo in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Steven Youngblood

Steve Youngblood

Mr. Youngblood is the founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri USA, where he is a communications professor. He has organized and taught peace journalism seminars and workshops worldwide. Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar. He also was named U.S. State Department Senior Subject Specialist in Ethiopia in 2018. Youngblood is the author of the textbook, “Peace Journalism Principles and Practices.” He edits “The Peace Journalist” magazine. Youngblood has been recognized for his contributions to world peace by the U.S. State Department, Rotary International, and the UN Association of Kansas City.

Olga Yurkova

Olga Yurkova

Olga is a journalist and founder of StopFake, an organization launched in 2014 to combat false news reports coming out of Ukraine. StopFake is now an advanced fact-checking organization that covers media in 11 languages, with the mission of educating news consumers how to spot fake news on their own.

Watch Olga’s TED Talk, Inside the fight against Russia’s fake news empire.

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DAY 2: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6: FROM JOURNALISM IN MEXICO TO JOURNALISM AROUND THE GLOBE

Azam Ahmed – CANCELLED

Dudley Althaus

Dudley Althaus

Mr. Althaus worked as a staff newspaper correspondent based in Mexico City for three decades. As the longtime bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle, he extensively covered the criminal wars convulsing the country as well as conflicts and other issues in Latin America, Africa, Israel/Palestine and South Asia. Before moving to Texas in the spring, Althaus spent his last four years in Mexico reporting for The Wall Street Journal on gangland violence, politics, immigration, the automotive industry and the NAFTA talks. He currently reports on the border and Mexico issues for the newspapers in San Antonio and Houston.

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Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong

Mr. Armstrong is an investigative journalist and the executive director of the Information Trust, which facilitates freedom of expression in the US and abroad, improves the quality of public empiricism, increases accountability in government through access to information and reforming abuses of government secrecy. He is presently working on an examination of government data mining technology used by intelligence contractors investigating private citizens. Armstrong is the co-founder and a board member of Searchlight New Mexico, an investigative reporting non-profit serving New Mexico.

Don Bartletti

Don Bartletti

Mr. Bartletti retired from the Los Angeles Times in late 2015. He is a guest lecturer and teacher at universities, high schools and civic organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. His photographs have been exhibited in museums internationally and are published in books and scholarly studies. In 2003, his 6-part photo essay in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” was awarded a Pulitzer for Feature Photography. Bartletti was the first U.S. photojournalist to document the ongoing Central American diaspora of children clinging to freight trains and their dreams of crossing into the U.S.

His newly launched website: donbartlettiphotography.com.

Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown

Dr. Brown is the President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. and the Global Ties Foundation, the largest and oldest citizen diplomacy network in the United States. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Human Rights Initiative. Before joining Global Ties in 2018, Katherine was a Public Policy Manager at Facebook, Inc., where she was also in residence as a 2016–2017 Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) International Affairs Fellow. From 2013 to 2016, Katherine served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, an office authorized by Congress to appraise and strengthen U.S. engagement activities with foreign citizens. She previously served in the U.S. government as an assistant to the National Security Adviser at the White House; as a Communications Adviser at the U.S. embassy in Kabul; and as a Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Alfredo Corchado

Alfredo Corchado

Mr. Corchado is the Mexico City bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News. Corchado has also been the Mexican correspondent for the El Paso Herald and the Wall Street Journal, and has reported from Mexico during some of the country’s most tumultuous times for Mexico. He has reported on Mexican government corruption through cartel connections, along with distinct American implications – resulting in the cartels releasing an order to kill him.

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Honors and Awards:

  • 2007 Maria Moors Cabot prize from the School of Journalism at Columbia University, which cited his “extraordinary bravery and enterprise.”
  • 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and in the same year won the Gold Nugget from the University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Due to Corchado’s work, the Dallas Morning News was a finalist for a prize awarded by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington.
  • For his coverage of drug trafficking and government corruption along the border, Corchado received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism, bestowed annually by Colby College in Waterville, Maine. In announcing the award, which was presented on September 26, 2010, Colby College reported that Corchado “is regarded as the most intrepid reporter on that beat, according to members of the Lovejoy Selection Committee.”
  • Corchado was also a Woodrow Wilson Scholar in June and July 2010, working on a project entitled “A Blood Curse: A Personal Account of Mexico’s Descent into Darkness,” which later became Midnight in Mexico.
  • In 2017, Corchado was named one of Americas Quarterly’s Top 5 “Border Ambassadors” for his work bringing Mexico and the United States together. He also was a visiting Fellow in the spring of 2017 at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago leading a seminar series, “Borderlands: The U.S., Mexico, and the Ties that Bind.”

Jika Gonzalez, bio to come!

Angela Kocherga

Angela Kocherga

Ms. Kocherga a staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal at the Las Cruces Bureau, formerly serving as a reporter and producer at WFAA-Dallas. She was the Mexico City Bureau Chief at Belo Broadcasting ,where she spent time reporting from Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala on child migration, human trafficking and immigration. Kocherga was also a Borderland Director at Cronkite News at Arizona PBS and a professor of Practice where she trained student journalists in the newsroom and in the field to cover border issues.

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Simon Romero

Simon Romero

Mr. Romero is a New Mexico native and a national correspondent for the New York Times. He covers immigration and other issues. He was the Times Bureau Chief for Brazil over 2011-2017. He covered the political unrest in Brazil, along with river pirates in the Amazon rainforest, guerrilla insurgency in Paraguay, and the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In 2003-2006 he was a national financial correspondent based in Houston. Early in his career he specialized in technology and wireless communication and economics.

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He has received the Ford Fellowship in business and journalism

Lauren Villagran

Lauren Villagran

Ms. Villagran has covered the financial and energy markets in New York, the drug war in Mexico and immigration and border security in New Mexico. Formerly the Albuquerque Journal’s border correspondent, she has also reported for the Associated Press, Dallas Morning News and Los Angeles Times, among other national media. She earned a fellowship from the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the City University of New York to report a 2017 series on cross-border water issues. Villagran is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is based in southern New Mexico for journalism nonprofit Searchlight New Mexico.  Contact her at lauren@searchlightnm.com.

 

Additional speakers today include Janet Steele, Arbana Xharra, and Olga Yurkova.

DAY 3: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7: THE STATE OF LOCAL JOURNALISM: CORPORATIZATION, CONSOLIDATION, AND CHANGE 

Tim Archuleta

Tim Archuleta

Mr. Archuleta is the editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the USA TODAY NETWORK regional editor for the Plains Region, which includes medium to small newsrooms in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and two other states. He has been an editor for more about 15 years. Archuleta has worked as a reporter or editor in New Mexico, Michigan, California and Texas. He is a Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board member and a contributing editor on The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences project, led by The Arizona Republic and involving more than 30 USA TODAY NETWORK journalists from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2018.

 

Susan Boe

Susan Boe

Ms. Boe spent her career as a journalist and a lawyer.  She most recently was executive director of Searchlight New Mexico, a statewide nonprofit investigative journalism organization headquartered in Santa Fe.  Prior to that position, she was executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, the state’s advocacy group for open government.  She was s partner in an international law firm headquartered  in Minneapolis and general counsel of a major real estate firm.  As a journalist Susan worked in newspapers in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas and has taught journalism law and journalism ethics at Drake University and the University of New Mexico. She retired earlier this year.

Aaron Cantu

Aaron Cantu

Mr. Cantu reports on health care, cannabis, education, cops, and social justice for the Santa Fe Reporter. He’s also written for places like The Nation, The Intercept, Al Jazeera, Vice News and other publications, and contributed to the book Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket, 2016). Last year his reporting for SFR won an award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia in investigative reporting.

Phill Casaus, bio to come!

Conroy Chino

Conroy Chino

Mr. Chino was raised at Acoma Pueblo, speaks Keres, and served as an appointed tribal leader for three years. He is a former television reporter and news anchor in Albuquerque and Los Angeles and over 30 years has produced a number of investigative stories and award-winning documentaries including Looking Toward Home, a film on urban Indian life in American cities; Surviving Columbus, a historic look at the first contact between Europeans and the Pueblo People of New Mexico; Ancient Pathways, a well-received documentary on Pueblo leadership; and Canes of Power, a historic piece, which documents how the Lincoln canes came to be presented to the 19 NM Pueblo Governors. Awards include an Emmy, George Foster Peabody Award, New Mexico Associated Press Awards, and a national Investigative & Editors (IRE) Award.

Karen Coates. Presenting Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos [documentary].

Karen Coates

Ms. Coates is an independent journalist covering human rights, environment, health, and food in developing societies. She is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. She is a contributing editor for Archaeology and a former correspondent for Gourmet. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, NPR, UN Dispatch, The American Scholar, and many more. Her book, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (co-authored with Jerry Redfern), was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award. Karen and Jerry are producing a documentary film based on the book, to be released in 2019.

More: karencoates.com * redcoatesstudios.com * eternalharvestfilm.com

Rob Dean

Rob Dean

Mr. Dean is executive director of Searchlight New Mexico, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization in Santa Fe. He was editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican from 1992 to 2013. Before that he was metro editor at The New Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., where he also taught journalism at Pacific Lutheran University. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has honored him for lifetime achievement. The Ukraine Media Partnership, a program encouraging an independent press in the old Soviet Bloc, named him a fellow in 2006, assigning him to a newspaper in southeastern Ukraine. Dean edited the book Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future.

 

Antonia Gonzales

Antonia Gonzales

Ms. Gonzales, anchor and producer of National Native News, is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up in Arizona and New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico and minored in Native American Studies. Antonia is also a contributor to New Mexico in Focus on New Mexico PBS. She is a recipient of the 2016 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for her reporting on the Gold King Mine waste spill and the 2015 Native Public Media Excellence Award. Antonia was a 2017 fellow through the Center for Health Journalism, USC Annenberg. Antonia lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two sons.

Brienne Green

Brienne Green

Ms. Green is the editor and sports editor of the Artesia Daily Press in Artesia, N.M. She began her journalism career with the Daily Press in 2001 as a general-assignment reporter before being named sports editor in 2002 and editor in 2011. She has won multiple New Mexico Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards for sports, feature and column writing, including first place in sportswriting in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

Julie Ann Grimm

Julie Ann Grimm

Ms. Grimm has served as editor of the Santa Fe Reporter since mid-2013 and also became its associate publisher, then publisher, in 2016. A 2001 graduate of the journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she covered city hall and regional government at The Santa Fe New Mexican for 10 years and also spent several years at the Associated Press New Mexico bureau. She was a founding board member of the Rio Grande chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and has served as its president and coordinator for the regional conference in Santa Fe. She helped launch New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism (nmjournalism.org) in 2017 and serves as its director.

Sarah Gustavus

Sarah Gustavus

Ms. Gustavus is the Mountain West regional manager for the Solutions Journalism Network. Prior to joining SJN, she worked in public radio and television. Most recently, she produced the weekly, statewide program New Mexico In Focus for New Mexico PBS. She was also previously the executive producer for national programs at Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, a Native American-owned media company, where she oversaw three national programs that focused on Native American and Alaska Native communities.

Mary Hudetz, bio to come!

Trip Jennings

Trip Jennings

Mr. Jennings is an award-winning journalist. He started his career at his hometown newspaper, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. Since then he’s worked around the country, mostly at newspapers, reporting on everything from the resignation and incarceration of Connecticut’s governor to gang warfare in California and federal corruption investigations in New Mexico. Since 2005, Trip has lived in New Mexico, covering politics and state government for the Albuquerque Journal, The New Mexico Independent and the Santa Fe New Mexican. He holds a Master’s of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. In 2012, he co-founded New Mexico In Depth, a nonprofit digital-first media outlet.

Michael Marcotte

Michael Marcotte

Mr. Marcotte is Professor of Practice in Journalism at the University of New Mexico. He teaches advanced reporting, supervises an internship program and manages New Mexico News Port, an online student service. Marcotte is a 2011 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, past president of Public Radio News Directors Inc, and author of the Public Radio News Directors Guide. An award-winning journalist, Marcotte’s career includes years as news manager at KPBS in San Diego (1995-2007) and KPLU in Seattle-Tacoma (1987-1995). He earned undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees at University of Georgia. Marcotte is president of MVM Consulting, focused on public service journalism.

Staci Matlock

Staci Matlock

Ms. Matlock is editor of The Taos News. She worked for 17 years as a reporter, editor and digital producer for the Santa Fe New Mexican, a sibling publication of The Taos News. Before that, she launched a Spanish/English rag called The Sonoran Journal in Tucson, Arizona and was editor of an outdoor sports publication, Tailwinds. She was born in Texas and raised in the Navajo Nation.

Victor Oleynik

Victor Oleynik

Mr. Oleynik graduated from British College of Banking and Finance. In the past few years he has worked as an editor for international news for the newspaper Metro International, based in Moscow, Russia. He also runs a number of political, cultural and educational blogs on social networks. One of them, called Westerly, aims to familiarize young Russians with the policies and traditions of Western countries, including the United States. He is a member of the People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS) and the largest human rights movement in Russia called Open Russia. In May of this year, after major rallies all over Russia, he and his team launched a project database  called Beware Of Them to reveal and make public lists of Russian individuals responsible for dehumanizing and tyrannizing dissidents. He currently lives in the United States because of an investigation on his work initiated by a representative of the Russian parliament.

Jerry Redfern. Presenting Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos [documentary].

Jerry Redfern

Mr. Redfern is an independent visual journalist whose work has documented environmental, human rights and food issues – primarily in Southeast Asia – for more than 20 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, New Mexico Magazine, Archaeology, The Christian Science Monitor, and many, many other publications. He produced a data-visualization of all bombing missions conducted during the Vietnam War, which is now part of the permanent collection of the National Archives. His book, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (co-authored with Karen Coates), was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award. And he is working with Karen to produce a film based on Eternal Harvest, set for a 2019 release.

More: jerryredfern.cometernalharvestfilm.com * lightrocket.com/jerryredfern

Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson

Ms. Robinson started her journalism career in New Mexico in 1975 and worked as reporter or editor at ten newspapers and two television stations. She now freelances and since 2005 has operated a small syndicate, New Mexico News Services LLC, which provides opinion columns for New Mexico newspapers. Her work has earned awards from nine communications organizations. In 2014 she received the overall excellence award from New Mexico Press Women. Her book, I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches, received the Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez Award in 2014 from the Historical Society of New Mexico, as well as a 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and a first place in history from the National Federation of Press Women. She is a former president of New Mexico Press Women and currently a board member.

Robert Trapp

Robert Trapp

Mr. Trapp is the editor and publisher of the Rio Grande Sun, the highest paid weekly newspaper in New Mexico. His parents started the newspaper in 1956 with another couple hell-bent on reporting news without corporate interference. Trapp served in the 1990s and again in the 2000s on the New Mexico Press Association’s board of directors, the second time leaving after being president. He serves on several local community boards, University of New Mexico Publications Board and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Board. He is a New Mexico Hall of Fame inductee, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Dixon Award winner, and Tom and Pat Gish family newspaper award winner. Trapp has won many writing awards with Inland Press Association and National Newspaper Association, is a four-time winner of the  International Society of Weekly Newspaper’s “Golden Dozen” award (editorial writing) and has many New Mexico and Texas press associations state writing awards. He’s met few politicians he can tolerate and believes as his father: we should all be learning to speak Chinese. He lives in Española with his longtime partner Belinda.

D’Val Westphal

D’Val Westphal

Ms. Westphal is the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Page Editor; she’s been with the state’s largest newspaper since 1989 and on the Editorial Board since 2005, where she helps determine the topics the paper will weigh in on and crafts editorials. She started in journalism as a copy runner for the El Paso Times, walking to the bus station to pick up film from reporters back when many newspapers had reporters stationed around the state and photographers used film. She then worked at the Las Cruces Sun-News as a copy editor, and at the Journal she has supervised the courts and cops reporters as well as the wire services that provide the bulk of the Journal’s national and international news.