CPB, Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism Announce 2020 Public Media Editorial Integrity and Leadership Fellows

October 10, 2019

(WASHINGTON, D.C. and PHOENIX) October 10, 2019  – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University are pleased to announce the second round of fellows selected to participate in the Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative (EILI). They join the fellows who were announced earlier this year, bringing the total to 100 participants.

The fellows will take part in an intensive program at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The curriculum focuses on editorial integrity, utilizing active learning strategies to reinforce public media’s commitment to balance and objectivity, accuracy, fairness and transparency, as well as its unique firewall of independence for journalists.

Participants will receive one-on-one coaching from industry leaders, who have included Jim Amoss, former editor of The Times-Picayune, Alisa Barba, a former editor on NPR’s National Desk, and Sandy Rowe, former editor of The Oregonian.

“The response from the first group of fellows to complete the training has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Kathy Merritt, Senior Vice President of Journalism and Radio at CPB. “The EILI has helped strengthen them as editorial leaders, with some graduates being elevated to new positions of responsibility. This is the kind of success we hoped for with this program.”

EILI is funded by a $1 million grant from CPB and managed by the Cronkite School. It is led by Julia Wallace, the Cronkite School’s Frank Russell Chair and the former editor-in-chief at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We are already seeing tremendous success from our EILI fellows,” Wallace said. “Since completing the program, fellows have gone on to take on higher leadership roles and have expressed more confidence in their abilities to implement real change in their newsrooms. The program is rigorous, but it is designed to help strengthen American public media journalism by helping participants develop the skills needed to face the challenges in today’s media industry.”

The 100 EILI fellows come from 42 states and Washington, D.C., work at public radio and television stations of all sizes, serving rural and urban communities. They include current editors of journalism collaborations, producers of local and national programs, station newsroom leaders, investigative journalists, and up-and-coming reporters who show great potential.

Editorial Integrity and Leadership Initiative fellows selected:

Eric Aasen, Managing Editor, KERA, Dallas, Texas
Ben Adler, Capitol Bureau Chief, Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, California
Sarah Ashworth, Director of News, Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, Vermont 
Cassandra Basler, Senior Editor, WSHU, Fairfield, Connecticut 
Andrew Batt, Senior Producer, Iowa Public Television, Johnson, Iowa 
Carolyn Beeler, Environment Correspondent and Editor, PRI’s The World
Jeremy Bernfeld, Director of Collaborative Reporting, WAMU, Washington, D.C. 
Michelle Billman, News Director, KUNR, Reno, Nevada
Grace Birnstengel, Editor, Next Avenue, Twin Cities PBS, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Carla Borras, Director of Digital Video, PBS Frontline, WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts
Monica Braine, Senior Producer, Native America Calling, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Susanna Capelouto, Senior Editor, WABE, Atlanta, Georgia
Tiffany Campbell, Digital Executive Editor, WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts 
Maria Carter, News Director, KCUR, Kansas City, Missouri     
Teresa Collier, Director of News and Public Affairs, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Sam Cohen, Chief Content Officer, Rocky Mountain Public Media, Denver, Colorado
Bill Dorman, Vice President and News Director, Hawaii Public Radio
Patrick Doyle, News Director, WESA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Patrick Duggins, News Director, Alabama Public Radio, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Rhonda Fanning, Senior Managing Producer, The Texas Standard, Austin, Texas  
Rebecca Feldhaus Adams, News Director, WHRO, Norfolk, Virginia
Phyllis Fletcher, Editor, APM Podcasts, Seattle, Washington 
Kimberley Freda, News Editor, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Oregon
Teresa Frontado, Digital Director, South Florida Public Media, Miami, Florida       
Gisele Grayson, Deputy Editor, Science Desk, National Public Radio 
Yoni Greenbaum, Chief Content Officer, PBS39/WLVT, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Cara Hetland, Director of Radio and News and Information, South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Kate Howard, Managing Editor, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville Public Media, Kentucky
Sam Hudzik, News Director, New England Public Media, Springfield, Massachusetts                          
Tracie Hunte, Reporter, Radiolab, WNYC, New York, New York
Laurie Johnson, Executive Producer for News, Houston Public Media, Texas
Catherine Komp, Senior Features Editor and Producer, VPM News, Richmond, Virginia
Anna Rose MacArthur, News Director, KYUK, Bethel, Alaska
Michelle Maternowski, Managing Editor, WUWM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Shula Neuman, Executive Editor, St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis, Missouri
Julio Ochoa, Health News Florida Editor, WUSF, Tampa Florida 
Larkin Page-Jacobs, Managing Editor, WESA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Will Pedigo, Executive Producer, Nashville Public Television, Tennessee 
Ben Philpott, Interim Managing Editor, KUT, Austin, Texas
Kathy Ritchie, Senior Field Correspondent, KJZZ, Phoenix, Arizona 
Chas Sisk, Senior Editor, WPLN, Nashville, Tennessee
Jay Smith, Supervising Producer, WTTW, Chicago, Illinois              
Mareea Thomas-Stevens, FM Programming & Operations Manager, WNIN, Evansville, Indiana
Vinnee Tong, Managing Editor, News, KQED, San Francisco, California     
Vanessa Vancour, Editor, Noticiero Móvil, Reno, Nevada
Jack Williams, Host, Reporter & Editor, NET Radio, Lincoln, Nebraska
Sáša Woodruff, News Director, Boise Public Radio, Boise, Idaho
Denise Young, Executive Editor of Collaborative Journalism, WXXI, Rochester, New York


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About the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
The Cronkite School at Arizona State University is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs. The school’s 2,000 students regularly lead the country in national journalism competitions. They are guided by faculty comprised of award-winning professional journalists and world-class media scholars. Cronkite’s full-immersion professional programs give students opportunities to practice what they’ve learned in real-world settings under the guidance of professionals.

Morgan Bircher, Cronkite School, 602-496-0579, mptanabe@asu.edu
Shana Teehan, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 202-879-9658, press@cpb.org

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