UC REGENTS - Key Persons
Agya Aning taught English as a second language in China and Taiwan for seven years. He currently works as an academic coordinator for an English as a Second Language school in Irving, Texas, and hopes to pursue investigative journalism with a focus on severe mental illness. Aning is also interested in how such disorders overlap with the elderly, veteran, inmate/ex-con, and homeless populations.
Angela Filo leads the Yellow Chair Foundation, a family foundation established in 2000 that gives grants in education, civil liberties, public interest journalism, gender equity and the environment. As a photojournalist, Ms. Filo has created extensive projects examining how economic cycles transform the landscape. Her photographs of Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India, are in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and have been exhibited there and in other museums, galleries and public installations. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and on the Stanford Graduate School of Education advisory board. She is co-chair of the American Civil Liberties Union's national Centennial Campaign. Ms. Filo formerly taught journalism and photography at Eastside College Preparatory School, in East Palo Alto, Calif., and was a member of the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center, in Washington, D.C. She earned her undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford in 1993 and her master of journalism degree from UC Berkeley in 1999.
- Director of Operations - Investigative Reporting Program
Aysha Pettigrew graduated from Reed College with a BA in religion with an emphasis on American history. Her undergraduate thesis, "Forging New American-Muslim Identities after 9/11," examined how children and families form identities in the face of marginalization. At Reed, she worked as a reporter and editor at a biweekly campus news magazine. More recently, she worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in San Francisco, where she assisted clients with applications for asylum and researched religious persecution in South Asia. Her interests include storytelling in radio and podcasts, knitting, and her dog.
- Managing Editor
- Managing Editor - Investigative Reporting Program
Bernice Yeung is the managing editor of Berkeley Journalism's Investigative Reporting Program.
Previously, she was a reporter for ProPublica, where she was a member of reporting teams that uncovered flaws in the U.S. food safety system, examined the impact of COVID-19 on meatpacking workers, and chronicled the failures of the criminal justice system in handling sexual assault cases.
As a reporter with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, she collaborated with the IRP on two multi-platform projects, "Rape in the Fields" and "Rape on the Night Shift," which exposed the extent of on-the-job sexual violence against immigrant farmworkers and night-shift janitors.
- Director of Career Development
Bill Whitaker has covered major news stories domestically and across the globe for CBS
News over four decades. He is the 2018 winner of the RTDNA's highest honor, and the Paul
White Award for career achievement. He was named a 60 MINUTES correspondent in March 2014; the 2020-'21 season will be his seventh on the broadcast. Whitaker's investigation with the Washington Post into the origins of the opioid crisis has won more awards than any other 60 MINUTES work. The first report in the two-part series revealed how the DEA's efforts to curb the epidemic were hampered by a law pushed by drug industry lobbyists.
Whitaker graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. degree in
American history and from Boston University with a master's degree in African-American studies. Whitaker also holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1997.
- Director of Student Affairs
Brooke Henderson is a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in journalism and minoring in Chinese studies. In her work as a journalist, she is dedicated to telling the stories of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color, as a managing editor for Zion Magazine. She's also an avid activist, having led the initiative to introduce free menstrual products on UF's campus, as well as a campus community garden. When she's not in the field, she might be searching for children's books for her literacy nonprofit, "Pass that Book." Her name can be found in The Miami Herald, South Florida Times, The Gainesville Sun, and Miami.com.
- Sundance Institute in 2020 As the Director
Carrie Lozano joined the Sundance Institute in 2020 as the director of the Documentary Film Program, where she works to elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. Lozano is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, and former lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She joined the Institute from the International Documentary Association's Enterprise Documentary Fund, where she co-founded and oversaw the program, which supported dozens of filmmakers through robust partnerships with an emphasis on journalistic rigor, diversity, and inclusion.
Prior to the IDA, Lozano led the Bay Area Video Coalition's National MediaMaker Fellowship, and was an executive and senior producer at Al Jazeera America. Films that she has directed or produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and serves on several boards including the Graduate School of Journalism's and PBS Frontline's Advisory Boards and Kartemquin Films.
- Finance Manager & Divisional Finance Leader
Chloe Reynolds is a Bay Area Native, calling West Oakland her home. She's an award-winning journalist, and her passion derives from the lack of representation of her community in media. Chloe is dedicated to fair reporting, a legacy she built as an editor at City on a Hill Press at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Chris Boskin is a highly respected veteran of magazine publishing, with a career that has included publishing and marketing positions with Worth Media, The New Yorker Magazine, Hearst Corporation, East West Network, and Knapp Communications. She is currently a consultant to several media and tech companies. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boskin holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and English and also studied at the Academia in Florence, Italy.
- Director, California Local News Fellowships
- Project Director of the California Local Journalism Fellowship Program at Berkeley Journalism
Christa Scharfenberg is the project director of the California Local Journalism Fellowship program at Berkeley Journalism.
Scharfenberg joined the School in October 2022 from the American Journalism Project, described as "the first-ever venture philanthropy dedicated to nonprofit local news." As senior vice president for portfolio success, she led coaching and support for a diverse portfolio of local news organizations and oversaw the organization's learning and evaluation work.
Prior to AJP, Scharfenberg spent more than 18 years at The Center for Investigative Reporting, serving as CEO from 2017-2021. She helped lead CIR's growth from a small nonprofit to a multi-platform newsroom reaching millions of people through extensive local, national and international media partnerships and the Reveal website, public radio show, podcast and documentaries. Under Scharfenberg, CIR also implemented innovative approaches to collaboration and community engagement.
While at CIR, Scharfenberg was part of the team that created and oversaw the statewide reporting initiative "California Watch" in 2009, which included partnerships with for-profit and community news organizations throughout the state. In addition, she was deeply involved in CIR's merger with the San Francisco-based nonprofit newsroom The Bay Citizen in 2012.
Scharfenberg is also an executive and senior producer of documentaries, including the Academy Award-nominated film "Heroin(e)," numerous FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film "Banished," which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. She is a member of the Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board and was a 2014 Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program fellow at Columbia University Journalism School.
She has participated in several collaborations over the years with Berkeley Journalism including with the Investigative Reporting Program, and served on the planning committee for the annual Reva & David Logan Symposium in Investigative Reporting.
- Local News Editor - Investigative Reporting Program
- Local News Editor at Berkeley Journalism 's Investigative Reporting Program
Christine Schiavo is local news editor at Berkeley Journalism's Investigative Reporting Program. She will be leading coverage of Berkeley Journalism's two community news sites, Richmond Confidential and Oakland North. She will work closely with journalism students to produce a broad range of stories about issues of vital importance to Richmond and Oakland and develop investigative projects.
Schiavo comes to the IRP from The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she was senior content editor for enterprise and investigations since 2007. In that role, she assigned and edited the stories of about 30 reporters. Three investigative projects she directed won the Pennsylvania News Media Association's G. Richard Dew public service award, including an investigation of a 2011 gas explosion that killed five people and destroyed half a city block.
Her long journalism career also includes seven years as a general assignment reporter at The Morning Call and six years as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, covering breaking news, crime, courts and investigations. She got her start at a daily newspaper as a reporter at The Sentinel in Fairmont, Minnesota.
Schiavo has also taught courses in news writing, reporting and editing as an adjunct instructor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the past two decades.
- Director, Web & Information Technology
Daniel Ellsberg is a writer, lecturer and activist, best known for his role in making public The Pentagon Papers, a secret government history of the U.S. war in Vietnam. A Harvard Ph.D. in economics and former Marine rifle company commander, he worked at the Pentagon, White House, State Department and Rand Corporation before he became disillusioned with the U.S. role in Vietnam. In 1971 he gave two newspapers copies of the history, which detailed miscalculation and deceit under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and spent the next two years fighting espionage charges, which were eventually dropped. Since then Dr. Ellsberg has written and spoken widely on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions, and the need for patriotic whistleblowing. He is the author of three books, and in 2006 was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," in Stockholm, "... for putting peace and truth first, at considerable personal risk, and dedicating his life to inspiring others to follow his example."
- Assistant Director of Student Services
David Corvo has worked at NBC News for more than 20 years as a producer and executive. In his current role as senior executive producer for Primetime News, he produces the newsmagazine Dateline NBC and other series and news specials. Mr. Corvo previously was an executive at CBS News and was executive producer of several programs, including CBS This Morning, which he created. He began his career in local broadcast news in Oakland and Los Angeles, and also produced the newsmagazine Front Page for the Fox TV network in Los Angeles. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and was Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Californian.
David Sekiranda, originally from Uganda, has had an interest in journalism since he was young, and received a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Kampala University and a diploma in journalism from the Uganda Institute of Business and Media Studies. During his career, he has been a producer, sports analyst and commentator, and a TV and radio broadcaster. Over the last decade, he has also trained a number of broadcasters in his home country before migrating to the U.S. In 2012, he served in the U.S. Army, and later earned an associate's degree in English from Santa Rosa Junior College.
- Designer and Director of Berkeley
- Director of Undergraduate Programs
David Thigpen is curriculum designer and director of Berkeley's undergraduate journalism program. He is a former Time Magazine reporter who reported for the magazine from New York and Chicago, writing about Wall Street, popular music, and Chicago politics. His work has also been published in Rolling Stone and the New York Times. In 2018 he served as acting editor of The Chicago Reporter. David is also a public policy researcher and board member affiliated with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California.
Dean Baquet leads a local investigative Times fellowship. He served as executive editor of The New York Times from May 2014 until June 2022. Mr. Baquet served in the highest ranked position in The Times's newsroom and oversaw The New York Times news report in all its various forms. Before becoming executive editor, he served as The Times' managing editor, Washington bureau chief, national editor, deputy metro editor, special projects editor and metro reporter. In between two lengthy stints with The Times, Mr. Baquet served for several years with The Los Angeles Times as editor and managing editor. Before joining The Times in 1990, he reported for The Chicago Tribune for nearly six years and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven. While at the Tribune, Mr. Baquet served as associate metro editor for investigations and chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988 for leading a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a Pulitzer finalist in investigative reporting in 1994. Mr. Baquet received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
- Retired Assistant Director and Director of Development at the University of California Press
Deborah Kirshman is retired Assistant Director and Director of Development at the University of California Press where she worked for 25 years. Deborah also served as art history editor, acquiring over 200 titles from authors in the U.S. and abroad. Upon retirement, Deborah formed a consulting firm specializing in fundraising, publications, and nonprofit program development and evaluation. She currently serves as Chair of the Helzel Family Foundation. Deborah holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in art history from the University of Michigan.
Edward Wong is a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington, D.C. In more than 22 years at the Times, he has been based in New York, Baghdad, Beijing and Washington. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran the Times' largest overseas operation.
He has spent 13 years abroad and filed dispatches from dozens of countries, including North Korea, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has written on the final trans-Atlantic flight of the Concorde, a walk through the Wakhan Corridor of the Afghan Pamirs and a cruise in North Korea.
Edward began reporting for the Times in 1999 and worked for four years on the metro, sports and business desks before going overseas. He covered the Iraq War from 2003 to 2007 and reported from China from 2008 to 2016.
He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and done fellowships at the Belfer Center of Harvard Kennedy School and at the Wilson Center in Washington. He has taught international reporting as a visiting professor at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He is on the advisory board of the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Edward has been interviewed on CBS News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, NPR, BBC, CBC and ARTE. He has given talks at universities and conferences on journalism, war and foreign policy. He has appeared in documentary films by Laura Poitras and Vanessa Hope and produced his own short film on China.
Edward received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team from the Times' Baghdad Bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He has two awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. He was on the Times team that received an award for best documentary project from Pictures of the Year International for a series on global climate change migrants. He has a prize from the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Edward graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree with honors in English literature. He has joint master's degrees in journalism and international studies from U.C. Berkeley. He has studied Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Taiwan University and Middlebury College. He was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, Va.
Ellie Lightfoot is a writer and audio reporter. She finished her undergraduate degree at Columbia University and immediately went into freelance production, teaching herself how to create narrative radio stories. In 2016, her first feature-length story aired on The Heart podcast, following discrimination against Seattle's queer, trans and POC population. At Berkeley, she hopes to expand her portfolio, follow more LGBTQ+ stories, and break into the world of audio reporting.
- Administrative Assistant to the Dean 's Offic
Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., is the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is also a professor of political science, a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, a board member for the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000 to 2010, the last year as chairman. Dean Wilson's experience at the intersection of communication and public policy spans the private and public sectors. He founded the CPB's New Digital Media Committee and Public Awareness Initiative Committee. He is also a member of the Carnegie-Knight Commission on the Future of Journalism Education and The National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, and was deputy director of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission from 1994 to 1995. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dean Wilson received his A.B. from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from UC Berkeley.
Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known journalism educator and founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, which has grown to be one of the nation's most distinguished scholastic media programs, with 600-plus students, six teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000-sq. ft. Media Arts Center. Among her honors, Ms. Wojcicki was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow, a California Teacher of the Year, and recipient of the 2011 Charles O'Malley Award from Columbia Scholastic Press. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including TED (2015), G20 Summit, and Singularity University Summit. She co-authored "Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom," (2015) a guide to revolutionizing education for the digital age by giving students agency to empower their innovation skills. She is the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; Janet Wojcicki, pediatrics professor at UCSF Medical School, and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She received her master of journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Project Coordinator, California Local News Fellowship Program
- Reporter - Investigative Reporting Program
- Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group
Gary Knell has four decades of experience in leading some of the world's most iconic organizations at the intersection of media, education and social impact. He has served as President and CEO of National Geographic, NPR and Sesame Workshop where he led transformational changes for the purpose of achieving their important missions, inspiring global audiences through the power of storytelling.
Today, Gary serves as a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its Media and Social Impact practice.
He is a sought after board member and counselor to several nonprofit and for profit organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee, the US Global Leadership Coalition, the Economic Club of Washington and WAMU (public radio in DC).
Knell has a B.A. in political science from UCLA, where he was editorial director of the UCLA Daily Bruin and a stringer for the Associated Press. He has a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles.
(On leave) Jason Spingarn-Koff has more than 20 years of experience as a media executive, filmmaker and journalist creating award-winning content. As the former director of original documentary programming at Netflix, he oversaw a broad slate of global films and series, from the Emmy-winning Our Planet to three Oscar-winning documentary films (American Factory, Icarus, The White Helmets). Formerly the commissioning editor for Opinion video at The New York Times, he launched and oversaw the acclaimed Op-Docs initiative for short opinion documentaries by independent filmmakers, publishing more than 165 short films and winning two Emmys and a Peabody Award. He directed the feature-length documentary "Life 2.0," which premiered at Sundance and was acquired by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. His prior films and journalism have appeared on PBS, BBC, MSNBC, Time.com and Wired News. In 2020, he became a member of the documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He was a MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow and is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
JC Whittington is a multimedia editor at WUSA9-TV, in Washington, D.C., who is returning to school. She's from Bowie, Md., a place she says nurtured her interests in government, politics and journalism. In her tenure as a journalist, she has produced and covered stories all over the country, wrote and pitched for digital platforms, edited video, field-produced and shot video for shows that would eventually air nationally.
Jill Shah, originally from Mumbai, India, is a 2013 Northwestern University graduate. Since her graduation, she's been building data systems for a number of social impact organizations in Mumbai, and supported world-class, open-source software for health workers delivering care in hard-to-reach areas of New York, N.Y. In her career as a journalist, she hopes to continue work in the area of health equity but especially wants to tell the stories of marginalized communities, including immigrants, refugees, minorities and people living in poverty.
- Journalist and Public Media Consultant
Jo Anne Wallace is a journalist and public media consultant who currently works with NPR, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and several local public radio stations. In 2018, she retired from KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, having served as vice president and general manager for almost 30 years. At KQED, Wallace spearheaded development of one of the most-listened-to public radio news and information stations in the nation. While there, she was elected to three terms as a member of the NPR Board of Directors, for which she served as vice chair during two of these terms.
In the 1980s at NPR in Washington, D.C., Wallace was director of planning in the network's News Division. At the network, she worked on the development of Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday, and she acquired Car Talk and Fresh Air for national distribution. Prior to NPR, she was station program manager of WGBH-FM in Boston, general manager of KPFA-FM in Berkeley, and station manager of WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a Stanford graduate.
- Editor in Chief and CEO of New
- Editor in Chief and CEO of NewCo Platform
Editor in chief and CEO of NewCo Platform, Mr. Battelle is also chair of Sovrn Holdings Inc.; a director of Acxiom Inc., a NYSE-listed company, and a director at Chute Inc. Best known for his work creating media properties, Mr. Battelle founded Federated Media Publishing in 2005 and served as CEO and chair until the company was acquired in 2014. In addition, he was co-founder, executive producer and program chair of the Web 2.0 Summit, author of the international bestseller "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture," founder and CEO of Standard Media International--publisher of The Industry Standard--and a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master of journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley
Jonathan Logan is a member of the advisory board of the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. He is the Founder and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports investigative journalism, documentary film, arts & culture and democracy. The Foundation's impactful investigative journalism grantees include the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ProPublica, FRONTLINE, the Marshall Project and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. The Foundation proudly supports and has helped catalyze the Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting at Temple University, the Black Press Archives digitization project at Howard University and the Logan Nonfiction Program, which empowers multimedia creators of long-form nonfiction. The Foundation has also launched innovative media centers at both the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. A long-time resident of Berkeley, California, Jon is also on the boards of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Kathy oversees the Foundation's Journalism and Media program, which supports the foremost institutions of public service journalism, documentary storytelling, and participatory civic media. During her tenure, MacArthur has contributed to numerous impactful and award-winning investigative reports and documentary films. She also led the Journalism and Media program work to center racial equity and dramatically increase the number of grants awarded to organizations led by and serving communities of color. In the Fall of 2014, Kathy took a sabbatical from the Foundation to be a Visiting Fellow at MIT's Open Documentary Lab, where she explored the intersection of interactive documentaries and digital journalism and laid the groundwork for new collaborations between interactive media makers and major news organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bank of America Foundation. Kathy is a member of the Peabody Award Board of Jurors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Harris Council at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and the Advisory Board of UC Berkeley School of Journalism. In 2021, President Biden nominated Kathy to serve on the Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a Board member of Media Impact Funders and the Center for Asian American Media, and Board Chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. In 2007, Kathy was named a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, which recognizes Chicago's civic leaders. Kathy earned her bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and her master's in public policy degree from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.
- Executive Assistant to the Dean
- Digital Strategist, Former Journalist
Mark S. Luckie is a digital strategist, former journalist, and author of "The Digital Journalist's Handbook," "DO U." and the novel "Valley Girls." Mark currently serves as the director of digital strategy of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He has led media partnerships for some of the influential social platforms in the world, including Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit. Mark has also led digital initiatives for the Washington Post, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Los Angeles Times, and Entertainment Weekly. Mark is a GLAAD Media Award nominee, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a part of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for Local Reporting. He was named by The Root as one of the most influential African-Americans of 2013 and 2014. Mark is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and the University of California, Berkeley where he received his master's degree in journalism.
- Comms / Web / Social Media Editor / Assignment Editor
- Building Coordinator / Finance
- Founder of the Filmmaker Fund
Minette Nelson is the founder of the Filmmaker Fund. For 15 years Ms. Nelson honed her production skills creating commercials for national and multinational clients. The results of that work were profiled in Advertising Age and New York Magazine. She then turned her expertise to the nonprofit sector both as a marketing consultant and producer, and has served on the boards of several organizations. In 2012, shortly after forming a documentary film fund with philanthropist David Eckles, she approached director Marc Silver with the story that eventually became "3 ½ Minutes." It was chosen to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Mouhanad Al Nashar Al Rifay is an award-winning Syrian-American documentary filmmaker, humanitarian and human rights activist. He's a 2014 University of Maryland graduate with degrees in Psychology and International Development and Conflict Management. He has led USAID-funded programs at leading international development organizations in Washington, D.C.; co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to the education of Syrian children; and directed a documentary short that exposed the suffering of Syrian refugees forced into child labor. Al Rifay also produced a weekly Arabic-language political program that interviewed U.S. policymakers and wrote articles about human rights violations for Western media years before the uprising. Al Rifay was a political asylee and received U.S. citizenship in 2015.
Myles Poydras hails from New Orleans, La., and will graduate this spring from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in magazine writing. His true passion lies in essay writing, where he explores past histories to examine modern cultures, and how that examination intertwines with personal history and experiences, as well as pop culture and the arts.
- Instructional Designer, Berkeley Advanced Media Institut
- Vice President of News at Google
Richard Gingras is vice president of news at Google, where he guides Google's strategies relating to the media ecosystem and oversees many of its news- and media-related products. Mr. Gingras is a key instigator of the recently-announced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project, an effort to make Web content instantaneous and in doing so, preserve the vitality, utility, and openness of the Worldwide Web. He also is co-founder of the Trust Project, a global effort within the journalism community to ensure that high-quality journalism is recognized for the credibility it deserves. Mr. Gingras has been involved in digital media since 1980--or as he once put it, "since the days of steam-powered modems." He helped found Salon.com, where he once worked with Pulitzer-winner Glenn Greenwald, and has worked at Apple, the @Home Network, and the Excite portal, among other digital ventures. He serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists, and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. He is a graduate of Boston College.
Richard Logan is dedicated to making a difference through innovative approaches in both the nonprofit and commercial worlds. In addition to his 25 years as a founding executive with a UK-based Mac software company, Mr. Logan has been a hands-on funder/participant in projects across a wide range of disciplines worldwide. His efforts range from language and archival preservation to bettering outcomes for the underserved, to advancing independent media of all kinds--radio, film, print and more. Mr. Logan brings healthy skepticism and sharp business acumen to his philanthropic efforts. As president of The Reva and David Logan Foundation he works to increase the efficacy of the Foundation's many grant recipients, evaluating grantee enterprises to discover new synergies, and leveraging the pursuits of seemingly disparate partners. Based in Chicago, The Reva and David Logan Foundation is a substantial program contributor to the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, as well as investing heavily in investigative journalism in the US and Europe--sponsoring training, scholarship, community, production, and promotion of original investigative work. The Foundation also supports major projects in social justice and the arts and outstanding scholarship in multiple fields, both in urban Chicago and around the world.
- Production Operations Manager
- Bob Bishop Is the Former Editor and Publisher of Gold Mining Stock Report, a Financial
Bob Bishop is the former editor and publisher of Gold Mining Stock Report, a financial newsletter focused on early stage natural resource companies. Published from 1983 to 2007, Gold Mining Stock Report was best known for its early advocacy of what became the Canadian diamond industry, and for a boots-on-the-ground approach that took its editor to more than 50 countries. A longtime supporter of U.C. Berkeley's Journalism School, for many years Bob funded Mark Felt Scholarships at the Investigative Reporting Program, in addition to supporting the J-School's narrative writing and photography programs. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.
- Co - Founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting
Ron Nixon leads global investigations at The Associated Press. Nixon, in his role at the AP, has overseen investigations that have won major journalism awards: News and Documentary Emmy, IRE, Worth Bingham, Selden Ring and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He also led an investigation that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In 2021, Nixon received the News Leader of the Year award from the News Leaders Association.
Nixon is also co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization increasing the ranks, retention and profile of reporters and editors of color. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw combat in the 1990 Persian Gulf War and was part of the Marine Corps security forces battalion, the security and counterterrorism unit. He attended Alabama State University, majoring in music.
- Financial Analyst, Berkeley Advanced Media Institut
- Executive Director of Taube Philanthropies
Shana is Executive Director of Taube Philanthropies and a scholar-in-residence at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies, in Berkeley. Her award-winning book, Solidarity's Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, 2005) was published in Polish in 2014 as Sekret Solidarnosci (W.A.B. Publishers). She has a Master's degree in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Other books include Gender Politics and Everyday Life in Central and Eastern Europe, co-edited with Jill Massino (Palgrave USA 2009) and chapters in Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women Writers edited by Wendy Martin (Beacon Press 1996), and the Routledge Handbook of Women in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2020).
Simone Coxe is engaged with quality, fact-based reporting, journalism sustainability and innovation. She is the co-founder and director at CalMatters, director at Internews, and served on the KQED board for over a decade. Her business background is in high-technology public relations. She is an alumna of Sarah Lawrence College and UC Berkeley.
Skyler Glover calls himself an "NABJ baby," after having participated in the 2018 National Association of Black Journalists Student Projects in Detroit. He's soon to graduate from Rutgers University with a double major in Urban Studies and Theater Arts-Filmmaking. Skyler's journalism experience also includes internships with NBC Bay Area and NBC10 Philadelphia, and the Shingetsu New Agency in Tokyo, Japan.
Stephen M. Silberstein served as the first president of Innovative Interfaces Inc., the world's leading supplier of computer software for the automation of college and city libraries. Innovative's software is used by libraries in almost every state of the U.S. and in 40 other countries. Mr. Silberstein sold his interest in the company in 2001 and now devotes his time to philanthropic and civic matters. Before founding Innovative, Mr. Silberstein worked in the administration of the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught in the Computer Science Department. He is a life member of the American Library Association and serves on the boards of Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, The University of California Berkeley Foundation, and the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. Mr. Silberstein is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in economics and a master's degree in library science. He also earned a master's degree in econometrics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
- Assistant Dean for Advancement
Tamara Keith is a White House correspondent for National Public Radio and co-host of the NPRPolitics Podcast. On Mondays she joins the PBS NewsHour for its weekly Politics Monday segment. Ms. Keith previously covered Congress and business for NPR and before that worked at member stations KQED, KPCC and WOSU. She got her start in journalism while in high school as an essayist for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, thanks to an effective letter-writing campaign, and after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, became the youngest person to graduate from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
- Executive Director of Academic Innovation & Director, Berkeley Advanced Media Institut
- President at Skywalker Holdings
Wishom Young serves as president at Skywalker Holdings. Prior to Skywalker, she spent more than 20 years at Harpo Productions, where she held various production, programming, development and executive roles for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. As executive producer of "Super Soul Sunday," she won a GLAAD award for an interview with Janet Mock. Andrea serves on the boards of Pinterest, Nextdoor and Tory Burch, LLC along with several nonprofits. She grew up in San Francisco and lives in Chicago. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley.
Zainab Khan is a multimedia journalist and an audience strategy editor at The New York Times. She previously worked at AJ+ as a social content editor. Her work at AJ+ focuses on YouTube strategy and publishing. She is founder of Mozzified, Muslim Pop Culture and Mozzified Studios. Ms. Kahn has written for several American-Muslim publications including The Islamic Monthly, Patheos AltMuslim, and AltMuslimah. She received her BA in history and Middle Eastern Studies from Wesleyan and her master of journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where her concentration was New Media.