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Delaney joins SJN from Prudential Financial's Office of Corporate Social Responsibility where she held coordination and support roles in the Spirit of Community Awards program and the Prudential Foundation. She graduated with a degree in English and American Literature from New York University's College of Arts and Sciences.
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Sara is a journalist, author and educator. She teaches journalism at the University of Southern California, serves on the program committee for the JSK Journalism Fellowship, where she was a fellow, and supports the Online News Association Women's Leadership Accelerator as a mentor and advisor. Her journalism experience includes digital leader and newsroom manager, grounded in years of reporting and writing at a wide range of news outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Mother Jones, the LA Weekly and NBC. She is the author of a forthcoming memoir about growing up in Bronzeville on Chicago's South Side.
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Catherine Cheney is the West Coast correspondent for Devex, the media platform for the global development community. Previously, she helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported for POLITICO and World Politics Review, with freelance work supported by institutions like the International Center for Journalists appearing in publications including The Washington Post. Catherine graduated from Yale University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and distinction as a Yale Journalism Scholar. Through her work with Devex, her support of a Newseum program for young journalists, and her involvement with SJN, she hopes to help shape the future of the field.
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Jefferson comes to SJN from the Bowery Residents’ Committee, a large non-profit in the Human Services sector where he was responsible for General Ledger Maintenance in relation to Government grants. He graduated from CUNY Queens College with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. Hobbies include watching a good baseball game, or catching a good movie at the cinema.
Michael Davis has held an array of top leadership and creative positions at digital news sites, magazines, newspapers and broadcasting outlets. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University during the 1986-87 academic year. Later he wrote the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller “Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street” and is a co-executive producer of the feature-length documentary film adapted from the book. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he later taught as an adjunct professor. He describes himself as a storyteller who helps others become better storytellers.
Graduating from 3A School of Business and Development, Nina was first involved professionally in humanitarian work as a trainer and manager in France and abroad. Her research in the field questioning engagement and altruism conducted her to work as an editor, writing articles. From 2011 to 2015, she worked in Russia as the web chief editor of a French newspaper. She’s now based in France and works as a freelancer on several projects, including trainings on solutions journalism and Media decoding. She’s also a part of the editorial team of the Positive Economy Forum, the movie production company Calt Production and the web magazine We Explore. She’s still writing for slow journalism titles, and gives writing workshops for young people. She is also supporting the famous French explorer and scientist Jean Malaurie in his projects with Inuits in Russia.
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Liza Gross is a media expert specializing in the transition of traditional media outlets to a multimedia model and in the development and execution of innovative communications strategies for nonprofit organizations. Gross has worked for over three decades as a journalist and media executive of nonprofits and news organizations. She was Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, a group devoted to supporting female journalists working in conflict zones, and Managing Editor of The Miami Herald.
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Samantha McCann comes to SJN after working in environmental and fiscal policy research at Seattle University and holding editorial positions at several publications. She has published in The Journal of International Affairs, Scholastic, The Guardian, PRI, & others, and authored the text of an award-winning photography book, Columbia University in Pictures. She has researched and published on sentencing and drug policy, racial bias in crime reporting, and the impact of a criminal record on earnings upon reentry. She holds a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in political science from Seattle University.
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Julia Hotz comes to SJN from the University of Cambridge, where she received her Masters in Sociology and founded LokPal -- a local community workshop initiative to increase offline social activity. While teaching literature and history as a Fulbright Fellow in Greece, she published essays and chapters on Epicurean wellbeing, the future of work, and loneliness. She's also freelanced for YES! Magazine, HuffPost UK, Times Union, and others, and has worked as a junior reporter for IPS News.
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Katherine Noble-Goodman is a writer, educator and social entrepreneur. She has reported on philanthropy, education, religion, and the environment; taught environmental studies and green business; and collaborated with nonprofits on clean cook stove and biochar projects. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is the founder of a social-benefit enterprise that brings evidence-based, “no-sweat” yoga and meditation to the workplace. She earned her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and master’s degrees at Duke University and the University of Redlands.
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Carolyn is a video journalist, media development program director and educator. She began her career with CNN’s medical news unit in Atlanta before relocating to Asia and the Middle East, first as a senior news producer in Hong Kong, and then in East Timor, where she ran the local TV station for the United Nations. She was the Internews Program Director in post-revolution Libya, overseeing journalism training projects in Tripoli and Benghazi. She has received a Jefferson Fellowship, a Freedom Forum Fellowship and four Knight International Journalism Fellowships, and has trained journalists in almost two dozen countries around the world.
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Alice Quinn come to SJN from a community-based energy efficiency non-profit and has a background in film production. She organized national grassroots screenings of the Emmy-winning / Oscar-Nominated documentary film GASLAND, and went on to assist the producer and director on the production of GASLAND II. From there, Alice has worked on social issue documentaries and fiction projects alike and is passionate about story-telling, social justice, sustainability, and environmental conservation. She holds a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Mikhael Simmonds is a freelance multimedia journalist who specializes in international reporting. He is also the co-founder of Harlem Focus, a multimedia blog/media lab used as a learning tool at the City College of New York, where he taught reporting classes. Over the years, Simmonds has worked with a number of news and non-for-profit organizations including Democracy Now!, GritTV, Seeds of Africa, the YMCA International, and the UN Department of Public Information and NGO Relations. He has also worked closely with the New York Amsterdam News, a 106-year-old Harlem-based African American Newspaper.
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Susan Smith Richardson has nearly three decades of experience as a reporter, editor and opinion writer. Her work has focused on inequality, with an emphasis on blending narrative and data-driven journalism. She has worked for nonprofit and news organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Tribune, and most recently was the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter, which investigates race, poverty and income inequality. In 2002, she received a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and holds a M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and B.S. in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kerrin spent her early adult years splitting her time between school and the performing arts: dancing professionally both in Madison Square Garden as a NY Knicks City Dancer and as an ensemble member on Broadway, while also completing her bachelor’s degree in gender studies and English language arts at CUNY Hunter College. Since transitioning to a full-time career in social change, Kerrin has also worked with LBL Foundation for Children, researching policy analysis for international NGOs. She is a wife and mother of twin girls, and also studying to complete a M.S. degree in Urban Sustainability at CUNY City College. She is a recipient of the Dorothy Epstein Leadership Award, and a member SAG/AFTRA and the Actor’s Equity Association.
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Lita Tirak leads SJN's Story Fellowship program, oversees the Story Tracker database, and the curation of stories. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. While at the College, she taught university-level seminars in visual culture, served as Research Assistant for Swem Library, and was the Assistant Director of the Global Film Festival. Previously, she worked at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, where she performed research roles in the Departments of Photograph Conservation, Education, and Development. Lita is a researcher, writer, curator, and creative problem-solver, interested in sharing the bright ideas found in SJN’s stories.
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Leah Todd is a journalist living in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She came to SJN from the Seattle Times, where she covered K-12 education. From 2015 to 2018, Leah led SJN's work in the Intermountain West, including launching and overseeing collaborative journalism projects between dozens of news organizations in Montana and New Mexico. She has investigated and written about turmoil in Washington state's new charter school sector; efforts to improve disproportionately high absentee rates among Native American students in Wyoming; Colorado's attempts to divert mental health patients from overcrowded Emergency Rooms; and how residents of small towns across the West find and use local news. Leah moved to New Hampshire in fall 2018 to build SJN newsroom partnerships in New England, where she lives in the woods with her rescued blue heeler and a flock of wild turkeys.
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Elizabeth comes to SJN with a dual background in social science research, as well as print and digital media. She has previously worked at Yale University Press, the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Ashoka, and documentary film company Momentofilm. She holds an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University.
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Lisa Urlbauer holds a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the University of Bremen, Germany. She is currently obtaining a joint Master's degree from Aarhus University and the University of Amsterdam in Politics and Media Studies. She previously worked for a local newspaper. Lisa supports SJN in its community building and European outreach, particularly in Germany.
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Robrenisha is spearheading the development of our SolutionsU student community and student resources. She is informing our strategy around how we engage with college students, including piloting a student ambassadors program. Robrenisha is a rising senior at Barnard College studying Political Economics and Women & Leadership Studies.
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