Santa Clara University

Executive Roundtable on Digital Journalism Ethics

Roundtable Member Bios

Joaquin Alvarado


Chief Strategy Officer
Center for Investigative Reporting

Before joining the Center for Investigative Reporting, Joaquin Alvarado served as senior vice president for digital innovation at American Public Media and founding senior vice president for diversity and innovation at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He is the founder of CoCo Studios, which promotes media collaboration and game development for fiber and mobile networks. Joaquin was the founding director of the Institute for Next Generation Internet, which launched in 2005 from San Francisco State University. In 2004, Joaquin began the National Public Lightpath, advocating high-speed, fiber-optic network as the next generation of the Internet. Alvarado holds a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He serves on the boards of TechSoup Global and DEI - the public broadcasting development association. He is the co-author of “Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.”

Krishna Bharat


Distinguished Research Scientist

Bharat is founder of Google News, working in the area of Web search and computational journalism. He joined Google in 1999 and helped start the research group. Google News won the 2003 Webby Award in the news category, and Dr. Bharat received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. In 2004 he founded Google’s R&D operations in India and served as the center’s first director until 2006. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.


David Boardman


Executive Editor and Senior Vice President
The Seattle Times

David Boardman is executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times. He has oversight and responsibility for the news department of Washington State’s largest newspaper and for its website, Under his leadership, The Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, presented for print and online coverage of the assassination of four police officers. In previous years, Boardman directed an investigation of abuses in the federal tribal-housing program, which won the 1997 Pulitzer for investigative reporting, and coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath, which won the 1990 Pulitzer for national reporting. He also directed ten other projects that were Pulitzer finalists. Boardman has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards, including the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting from Harvard University, the Worth Bingham Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award. He is secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. He is also a member of the Board of Advisers of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and a Poynter Ethics Fellow.


Bill Celis


Associate Director
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

An award-winning author and teacher, Celis has taught across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and was an early adopter of digital storytelling in his education and urban affairs classes. He and his students were among the first at the Annenberg School to embrace mobile reporting via cell phones and the iPad. For such efforts, Celis received the USC Provost’s Prize for Teaching with Technology. Celis is the author of Battle Rock: The Struggle Over A One-Room School in America’s Vanishing West (Public Affairs, New York, 2002). The book chronicles the influx of urban migration to the rural West and the resulting rise of the one-room school and was included on several year-end lists, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Magazine list. His forthcoming book explores the intersection between the Latino Civil Rights movement and the immigrant rights campaign, around the issue of access to public education. Celis's work on education and school reform policy over two decades has appeared in the American Prospect magazine, The Boston Sunday Globe, The New York Times Week in Review, Teacher magazine, Columbia University’s Teachers College Record and Voices in Urban Education, and a number of other general-interest publications. He is a former national correspondent for The New York Times and a former reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Celis is associate director at the school, where his duties include helping oversee technology and learning, international programs, admissions and student affairs.


Jerry Ceppos


LSU, Manship School of Mass Communication

Jerry Ceppos is recognized as one of the country’s leading news professionals and mass communication educators. As former vice president for news of Knight Ridder, Ceppos oversaw news and editorial content, set quality and ethical standards, identified and recruited top editors and diversified the newsrooms of the company's 32 daily newspapers. He previously held a number of top positions at Knight Ridder's San Jose Mercury News, including executive editor and senior vice president. Prior to coming to the Manship School, Ceppos led the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, helping the school to raise more than $12 million, revise its curriculum to reflect changes in the journalism industry, energize its Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media, increase faculty diversity and build ties with Nevada and California high-school journalists. For 20 years, Ceppos has served on the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He was president of the council for six years. He also served two terms as president of the California Society of Newspaper Editors and twice was a Pulitzer Prize juror. Ceppos won the Society of Professional Journalists' first Ethics in Journalism award (shared with two others) in 1997 for "superior ethical conduct" after publication of a flawed Mercury News series. He also won the Gerald M. Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award for Diversity for diversifying the staff and pages of the Mercury News.

Debra Chasnoff


President and Senior Producer

Debra Chasnoff is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has fueled progressive social-change movements in many fields. She is president and senior producer at GroundSpark, a national non-profit documentary and activist education company in San Francisco. Her producing and directing credits include a group of films focused on youth: Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, about the gender and sexuality struggles teens face today; Let's Get Real about young teens' experiences with name-calling; That's a Family!, which looks at family diversity; It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School; and it’s ten-year follow-up, It’s STILL Elementary.

Her other film credits include the Oscar-winning Deadly Deception— General Electric, Nuclear Weapons & Our Environment; Homes & Hands— Community Land Trusts in Action, which is used extensively to inspire local communities to explore permanently affordable housing; Wired for What?, part of the PBS series Digital Divide about the push to computerize education; Choosing Children, which explored the once seemingly impossible idea that lesbians and gay men could become parents; and, One Wedding and a Revolution, which captures the frantic days leading up to the bold political decision of San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to start issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

 Chasnoff received the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation Fellowship for outstanding nonprofit leadership, the Pathfinder Award from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and the first-ever alumnae achievement award in documentary filmmaking from Wellesley College.


Adriano Farano



Adriano Farano is co-founder of Watchup, a startup that brings the power of video journalism to the post-PC era. This iPad app lets you build your daily newscast out of the world's most trusted news channels. Adriano is a mentor and a former entrepreneur-in-residence at StartX, the Stanford startup accelerator in Palo Alto, California. Prior to StartX, Adriano was a '11 Knight fellow at Stanford, where he researched new ways to augment the news experience on tablets. He previously served as vice president for business development at OWNI (News Augmented), an investigative and data journalism site twice awarded the best non-English news site award by the Online News Association. Prior to OWNI, Adriano co-founded and ran from 2001 to 2009, a pan-European online media outlet translated into six languages. Cafebabel has offices in 35 European cities. Adriano created his first (and last) newspaper at age nine when he learned about the fall of the Berlin Wall. He is also a lasagna design guru — he urges you to install and use Watchup to learn why.


Jon Funabiki


Executive Director
Renaissance Journalism Center

Jon Funabiki, whose career spans journalism, philanthropy and academia—is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. He developed and leads the Renaissance Journalism Center, which has launched projects to stimulate journalistic innovations that strengthen communities. Funabiki also serves as executive director of the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. Funabiki joined the university in 2006 after an 11-year career with the Ford Foundation, where he was deputy director of the Media, Arts & Culture Unit. Responsible for the foundation’s multimillion-dollar grant strategies on news media issues, he worked closely with journalists, filmmakers, other media professionals and leaders from research, education, nonprofit and business institutions. Prior to Ford, Funabiki was the founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, the nation’s first university-based center focused on news media coverage of ethnic minority communities and issues. Funabiki is a former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, where he specialized in U.S.-Asia political and economic affairs. Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, where he studied East Asian politics and economics; the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu, where he studied East and Southeast Asian economics; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied the cultural dimensions of U.S. history. He has been honored with a the Lifetime Achievement Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity; the Ethnic Media Champion Award from New America Media; a Special Recognition Award from the Asian American Journalists Association, and a variety of awards for reporting and writing.


Sue Gardner


Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

Sue Gardner has been described as the librarian to the world. In 2012 Forbes magazine named her the world's 70th most powerful woman, and in 2009 she was voted by Huffington Post readers as their media game-changer of the year. Sue is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the global non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the world's fifth-most-popular website. Before that she was a journalist for 17 years, mostly with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where in her last position she ran CBC.CA, Canada's most popular news site. Her work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everyone in the world has free and easy access to the information they want and need.


Todd Gitlin


Professor of Journalism & Sociology
Columbia University

Todd Gitlin attended New York City public schools, where he graduated as valedictorian of the Bronx High School of Science. He holds degrees in three different subjects: mathematics (B.A., Harvard), political science (M.A., Michigan), and sociology (Ph.D., Berkeley). Along the way, he became a political activist in the New Left of the 1960s, contributed to the so-called underground press, and began to write books. Gitlin's newest book is "Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street," forthcoming as an e-book in April 2012. Gitlin's two previous books are, "The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election" (with Liel Leibovitz, September 2010, Simon & Schuster); and a novel, "Undying, Counterpoint," (February 2011). Other works include 12 books, chiefly on media and recent America:" Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago" (co-author, 1970); "The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the Left" (1980); "Inside Prime Time" (1983); "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage" (1987); "The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars" (1995); "Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives" (2002); "Letters To a Young Activist" (2003); "The Intellectuals and the Flag" (2006); and most recently, "The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Of Identities and Ideals in the Uproar of American Politics" (John Wiley, September 2007). He has also written a book of poetry, "Busy Being Born" (1974), and two additional novels: "The Murder of Albert Einstein" (1992) and "Sacrifice" (1999), the latter of which won the Harold U. Ribalow Prize for novels on Jewish themes. His books have been translated into many languages.

Gitlin. chair of the Ph. D. program in communications at Columbia University, was for sixteen years a professor of sociology and director of the mass communications program at the University of California, Berkeley, and then for seven years a professor of culture, journalism and sociology at New York University. He contributes to many newspapers and magazines, lectures frequently in the United States and abroad, is a member of the editorial board of Dissent and a contributing writer to Mother Jones, and is online regularly at and He has been the Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin, a resident at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and at the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, Calif., and a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York.


Richard Gingras


Head of News Products
Google, Inc

For nearly thirty years, Richard Gingras has led highly-regarded efforts in the development of online services, software, and new media. These endeavors range from pioneering uses of satellite networking for television, the first applications of television signals for data distribution, both pre-Web and Web-based online services, and various platform technologies. Recently Gingras has focused his attention on the transformation of the news business. He has long guided the development of new products, new technologies, and new companies, often as an active board member and strategic advisor with early stage ventures. Until July 2011, Gingras was chief executive of Salon Media, publisher of He assembled its initial seed financing in 1995. Gingras also served, during 2007 and 2008, as a strategic advisor to the executive team at Google focusing on strategies relating to the evolution of news and television. Separately, Gingras has explored the intersection of public policy, online commerce and parody with the creation of the Total Information Awareness Gift Shop, a satirical poke at government efforts to secretly mine data from vast arrays of corporate and governmental databases. Proceeds go to the ACLU. In the non-profit arena, Gingras serves on the board of the World Computer Exchange. From early 1996 to mid 2000, Gingras led online service efforts at Excite@Home as senior vice president and general manager of the company's consumer-focused product division, Excite Studios. At Apple Computer in the early 1990s, Gingras led the development of the pre-Web online service eWorld. He was the founder and president of MediaWorks, an Apple-funded startup. His first endeavor in the digital world was a travel software title, City-to-City, published by Activision in 1986. Before that, Gingras assembled and managed a network of television stations in the top fifty U.S. markets to provide distribution for a news and advertising service on electronic displays in retail locations. In 1979, he was the creator of the first interactive online news magazine in partnership with CBS, NBC and PBS and delivered to test households using interactive TV set-top box technology. Gingras began his career in television, holding various positions with PBS, KCET/Los Angeles, and NBC.


Monica Guzmán


Journalist/Community Strategist
Seattle Times

Mónica Guzmán is a columnist for The Seattle Times and the Northwest tech news site GeekWire, and a community strategist for startups and media. She emcees Ignite Seattle, a grab-bag community-fueled speaker series, and dissects media tech trends on PBS MediaShift’s Mediatwits podcast. Guzmán is the recipient of the 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest award for Best Online Commentary. She’s been named one of the Top 100 Women in Seattle Tech, one of the Poynter Institute’s 35 social media influencers and one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Quill” magazine’s 20 journalists to follow on Twitter. Guzmán joined the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2012 and was selected as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community later that year. She serves as board secretary for the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in Seattle, sits on the board for the University of Washington Information School’s Masters in Science and Information Management program, and is an advisor to the globally oriented Seattle news site Seattle Globalist.


Lorie Hearn


Executive Director & Editor
Investigative Newsource

Lorie Hearn is executive director of inewsource, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization based at San Diego State University. Her reporting team is “embedded” in the newsroom of KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego. Prior to founding inewsource in the fall of 2009, Hearn was the senior editor for Metro and Watchdog Journalism at The San Diego Union-Tribune. She supervised the U-T Metro staff at a critical time in San Diego County history. Her reporters and editors joined the newspaper’s Washington bureau on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stories that exposed Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. They also completed more than a dozen investigations on San Diego’s near-bankruptcy in a year. Hearn was a Nieman Foundation fellow at Harvard University in 1994-95. Inewsource focuses on data-driven projects that are distributed through print, television, radio and online collaborators. Hearn is Journalist in Residence at San Diego State University, where she co-teaches a course in investigative journalism.


Burt Herman


Co-Founder of Storify
Founder of Hacks/Hackers

Burt Herman is co-founder of Storify, a platform for creating stories from social media, and founder of Hacks/Hackers, a worldwide organization bringing together journalists and technologists. Storify was named one of the top 50 Web sites for 2011 by Time Magazine, and also won the grand prize in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, among other accolades. Burt previously worked as a journalist at the Associated Press. In his dozen years there, he served as Korea bureau chief, founded a bureau covering the five countries of former Soviet Central Asia and reported on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other assignments worldwide. Burt was a 2008-9 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science and master’s degree in Russian and Eastern European studies.

Anna Holmes



Anna Holmes is an editor and writer in NYC and the founder of the very popular website Her work has appeared in such publications as Salon, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, New and Glamour. She was the 2012 recipient of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism Mirror Award for Commentary in Traditional Media for her essays and op-eds in the NY Times and Washington Post. Just a few weeks ago, her Twitter account was named one of the top 140 feeds by Time Magazine. Her second book, “The Book of Jezebel,” is forthcoming by Grand Central Publishing.


Henry Holtzman


Chief Knowledge Officer
MIT Media Lab

Henry Holtzman is the chief knowledge officer of the MIT Media Lab, where he also co-directs the digital life research consortium and runs the information ecology research group. His group's work has been featured in numerous news outlets, including CNN, Wired magazine, USA Today, and Engadget. His research accomplishments include contributing to the MPEG digital video standard and co-inventing the Internet of Things. He was founder, chief executive, and chief technology officer of Presto Technologies, a Media Lab spin-off that introduced the Internet of Things to the consumer market. Holtzman has been granted multiple patents for his inventions and consults for leading technology corporations.


Bruce Koon


News Director
KQED Public Radio in San Francisco

Bruce Koon oversees a 30-person newsroom that produces for the San Francisco Bay Area news service KQED News; the California Report, a statewide program that is heard on 24 public broadcasting stations in California; and, the station’s web site. KQED is the top listened-to public radio station in the nation and its web site one of the most visited public media sites. Koon also oversees Climate Watch, a multi-medium initiative, and Networked Journalism, a local news partnership initiative made possible by a J-Lab grant. Before joining KQED in 2007, Koon was executive news editor of Knight Ridder Digital. His online editing and production team contributed to the effort that earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the Biloxi Sun Herald coverage of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Previously, as managing editor of the San Jose Mercury News' web site (Mercury Center), he created such pioneering and award-winning web features as Good Morning Silicon Valley and Koon is on the advisory board of the Knight Digital Media Center, a partnership of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC- Berkeley and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He is also on the advisory board of the J-Lab New Voices program at American University and is a board member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association of Northern California. Koon was a founding board member of the Online News Association and a past president. He has served as a board member of The Daily Californian, the independent student newspaper at UC-Berkeley, and as president of the San Francisco chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. He has taught journalism at San Francisco State University and led student online news programs for the Asian American Journalists Association and UNITY 2004. Koon was an editor at the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune and a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and National Observer.


Dori J. Maynard


Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

Dori Maynard leads the oldest organization dedicated to helping the nation's news media accurately and fairly portray all segments of our society. In its 33-year history, the institute has trained thousands of journalists of color, including the national editor of the Washington Post, the editor of the Oakland Tribune and the only Latina to edit a major metropolitan newspaper. Before being named president in 2001, Maynard directed the institute's history project, which led the way in preserving and protecting the contributions of those courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. She also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists more accurately cover their communities. She is the co-author of Letters to My Children, a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by her late father, Bob Maynard, with her own introductory essays. Prior to joining the institute in 1994, Maynard spent a decade working as a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass. and the Detroit Free Press. In 1993 she became the first daughter to follow her father to Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. In 2001, The Society of Professional Journalists named her a Fellow of the Society, in 2003, she was named one of the 10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area and in 2008 she received the Asian American Journalists Association’s Leadership in Diversity Award.


Jighar Mehta


Director of Operations

Jigar is a digital entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker and journalist. Prior to joining Matter, he co-founded Groupstream, a collaborative storytelling platform. It is a startup that grew out of the acclaimed web native documentary project, 18 Days in Egypt. Mehta was a 2010 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Before Stanford, Mehta was a reporter and video journalist for The New York Times. Mehta has a Masters in Journalism and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


Wendy Miller


California Magazine

California Magazine Wendy Miller has covered a great deal of ground – at least back and forth across the newsrooms of California -- during a 30-year career in journalism. She started in 1983 as a copy editor at the San Diego Union (now Union-Tribune), before going to the Oakland Tribune as a Features Editor in 1985. Five years later the Los Angeles Times recruited her to help design and launch a new features section. After four years doing features editing and writing, she transferred to the metro desk as an assistant editor. While at the L.A. Times, she on the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. In 2000, she was recruited by the San Francisco Chronicle, where she served as Assistant Metro Editor, then Metro editor and finally Sunday Editor. Since 2008, she has been Editor at California magazine, which is published by the non-profit Cal Alumni Association. The magazine is the only editorially independent general-interest magazine in the University of California system. It has won several CASE Awards and one of its stories is among The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012 collection.


Bryan Monroe



Bryan Monroe is editor of the Politics section for CNN Digital. In this role, Monroe leads the editorial planning and content strategy for all online and mobile political coverage and is charged with coordinating across platforms. Monroe is based in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Before joining CNN in January 2011, Monroe was a visiting professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is a former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Monroe also served as vice president and editorial director at Ebony and Jet magazines, where he led the coverage of the 2008 presidential elections and conducted the first interview with then President-elect Barack Obama following his November victory. He also secured and conducted the last major interview with pop star Michael Jackson before his death. As assistant vice president of news at Knight Ridder, he helped lead the team at the Biloxi Sun Herald that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Monroe earned his bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism at the University of Washington in Seattle and received a Nieman fellowship from Harvard University.

Anthony Moor


Director of Editorial Operations

Anthony Moor helps conceive and direct editorial strategy and operations for Yahoo! global media network. Previously, Moor led the company's local news efforts as managing editor. In November 2011, his team launched a comprehensive Yahoo local news and information experience (in beta) for the United States. Moor served as deputy managing editor/interactive at The Dallas Morning News. In 2008 the site was honored with RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow Award as best non-broadcast website. Moor was editor of, a 2007 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation winner and 2006 Online News Association general excellence finalist. Prior to that he was new media editor at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, where he devised the paper’s convergence strategy and won a 2003 OJA for creative use of the medium. Moor developed an interest in interactive media at San Francisco’s KRON-TV during the dot-com boom while covering ventures with names such as RealAudio, Hotwired, Quokka and PointCast. The lure of the Internet startup eventually enticed him to join a broadband business news pioneer called On24 as a financial correspondent. In his early career, Moor was an investigative reporter in Buffalo and state capitol bureau chief in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent two years in Tokyo working at the ABC News and CNN bureaus. Moor has served on the board of the Online News Association where he directed the Online Journalism Awards and was a director of ASNE, the American Society of News Editors. He holds a degree in astrophysics and American civilization from Williams College. And he's been on Oprah -- although not for any professional reason, he explains.


Claudia Nuñez


Spanish Web Editor
Human Rights Watch

Claudia Núñez is a multimedia journalist with over 14 years experience in the media industry. Núñez specialized in immigration and U.S.-Mexican border issues while working for La Opinion, the largest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States, National Geographic, La Prensa/The Press-Enterprise and the Mexican States Editors Association, which represents 20 Mexican newspapers. Her investigative pieces have been cited by national and international organizations. In 2008 she was named Latina Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Hispanic Publications. Núñez was selected to Stanford University's prestigious John S. Knight Fellowship in 2011 where she founded RDataVox, which focuses on building a data visualization network for ethnic media journalists. Currently, Claudia works for the international organization Human Rights Watch.


Raul Ramirez


Former Executive Director for News and Public Affairs

As news director at KQED, Raul Ramirez led the launching of KQED Radio’s statewide news service, The California Report, and led production of the nationally distributed Asian-Pacific program, Pacific Time, and other locally produced programs. Ramirez worked as reporter for The Miami Herald and The Washington Post and as a reporter and editor for the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner, where he was editor of the paper’s investigative team. He was a former president of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting and won numerous awards for local, national and international reporting, including a Thomas Storke award from the World Affairs Council of Northern California for his reporting on a family’s journey from rural Guandong Province in China to the San Francisco area, and a 1989 Penney-Missouri award as a co-editor of the San Francisco Examiner’s series on “Gay in America.” He reported from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Mexico, Japan, Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In 1999 he received a career achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California for his print and broadcast work. Raul Ramirez was a principal writer for the seminal UNITY national conference analysis of U.S. media coverage of ethnic and racial minorities, and frequently lectured on diversity and news media. Ramirez passed away in November 2013.


Martin Reynolds


Regional Engagement Editor
Digital First Media

Mr. Reynolds is senior editor for community engagement for MediaNews Group’s Bay Area News Group. He began his career at the Oakland Tribune as a Chips Quinn Scholar intern in 1995 and worked his way through the ranks, serving as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2011. He was one of the lead editors on the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project investigating the assassination of the former Oakland Post editor and Tribune reporter. Reynolds also was among the lead editors for the "Not Just a Number" project examining youth violence in Oakland, which won the Knight Award for Public Service from the Online News Association in 2006. He is co-founder of the Tribune's Oakland Voices project, a community journalism program run in partnership with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He is an at-large board member of the Associated Press Media Editors. A native of Berkeley, he lives in Emeryville, Calif., with his wife and two children. He is a professional lyricist who has performed with Jungle Bizkit, Bop City and Mingus Amungus.


Scott Rosenberg


Executive Editor

Scott Rosenberg joined Grist in 2011 after many years as a journalist and online innovator. He was a co-founder of, where he originally served as technology editor, and from 1999 to 2004, as managing editor and vice president for editorial operations. Rosenberg also started the Salon Blogs program in 2002 and began his own blog as part of it. Before leaving Salon in 2007 to write Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming and Why It Matters, he conceived and prototyped the Open Salon blogging community. He is also author of Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest For Transcendent Software. Before Salon Rosenberg wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade and was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for his reviews. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and many other publications.


Jan Schaffer


Executive Director
J-Lab, American University

Jan Schaffer is executive director of J-Lab at American University and a leading thinker in the journalism transformation movement. J-Lab is a journalism catalyst. As the news and journalism space is re-imagined, J-Lab helps increase the rate and spectrum of change by funding new approaches to journalism, researching what works and sharing practical insights. Schaffer launched J-Lab in 2002 to incubate pioneering initiatives in interactive and participatory journalism, innovations in journalism and citizen media ventures. J-Lab has rewarded novel ideas through the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. It has funded 70 news media start-ups through its New Voices and McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneur programs. It has pioneered more than 20 collaborative journalism ventures. J-Lab also produces Web tutorials on digital media at and the Knight Citizen News Network. Schaffer previously directed the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, a $14 million initiative that funded more than 120 pilot news projects that better engaged people in public issues. Schaffer is a former business editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she worked for 22 years as a reporter and editor.

Bari Scott


Executive Director
SoundVision Productions

Bari Scott is the executive director of SoundVision Productions, an independent non-profit production company specializing in multiplatform programming. Her work has won all the major awards, including the Peabody, Robert Wood Johnson, duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Science Journalism “Pinnacle of Excellence” from AAAS, and been honored by many organizations, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Association of Women in Communications. SoundVision’s projects include: The DNA Files; The Really Big Questions: Science and the Search for Meaning; the intensive weeklong Science Literacy Workshops, and SoundVision’s latest project, Burn, An Energy Journal, which includes features on Marketplace. Bari’s earlier award-winning work, produced independently and at KPFA-FM in Berkeley, CA, includes: The Racism Project; The Communications Revolution; The Grateful Dead Live New Year's Eve national broadcast; Jimi Hendrix, and Blacks and Jews, a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on the PBS series Point of View. She has also produced jazz and arts specials and live events featuring leaders from the Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela. Bari has received fellowships at MIT and the Marine Biological Laboratory’s science journalism program in Woods Hole, MA, and sits on the board of many local and national organizations, including Snitow/Kaufman Productions, the A2A (Adversity to Advocacy) Alliance and the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. She is deeply involved in her Oakland, California, community where she is a certified volunteer emergency instructor with the Oakland Fire Department.

Ari Soglin


Senior Regional Editor, West Coast

After growing up near Chicago and getting a graduate degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Ari wanted to work on small town newspapers, but he didn't want to see any more corn. So, he headed west. He delved into community journalism, working on small-town papers on the Central Coast and in the Bay Area before joining the Contra Costa Times group. As a reporter, he produced award-winning coverage when the West Contra Costa school district filed for bankruptcy. He ran the Times' county bureau and oversaw the papers' election coverage before becoming its online editor in 1999. A year later, he became founding editor of, one of the first online community news and citizen journalism networks and winner of an Online News Association General Excellence Award. He also wrote the blog Citizen Paine on citizen journalism. Next he ran newspaper web sites at and, then joined Patch in 2009, the second employee hired on the West Coast. He manages 36 Patch sites in the East Bay and Seattle.

Nan Wiener


Executive Editor
San Francisco magazine

Nan Wiener has made the rounds of Bay Area magazines. She is currently executive editor at San Francisco magazine, but she has also worked at Mother Jones, Health, Parenting, and Alternative Medicine.


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Sally Lehrman


Knight Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Chair in Journalism in the Public Interest
Santa Clara University

Sally Lehrman is an award-winning reporter on medicine and science policy who brings a focus on science, technology and social diversity to journalism at Santa Clara University. Lehrman has developed courses that teach young journalists how to report cross-culturally and to examine the policies and power relationships that shape life opportunities in areas such as health. She also has developed community-university projects that support enhanced public attention to health disparities. Her book exploring the biology behind health disparities, Skin Deep: The Search for Race in Our Genes, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Lehrman’s byline credits include Scientific American, Nature, Health, The Boston Globe, The New York Times,, and The DNA Files, distributed by NPR. She is author of “News in a New America,” a fresh take on developing an inclusive U.S. news media, and chapters for textbooks on the sciences. Before becoming an independent journalist in 1996, Lehrman worked as an editor, then a reporter and columnist for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. Her honors include a 2002 Peabody Award, Peabody/Robert Wood Johnson Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Programming, and Columbia/Du Pont Silver Baton (shared for The DNA Files); the SPJ Wells Key (the Society of Professional Journalists' highest honor); various other reporting and writing awards; and the 1995-96 John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. Lehrman serves on the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and was national diversity chair for the Society of Professional Journalists for a decade. She also served on both the SPJ national and local boards. Lehrman lectures in the U.S. and abroad on inclusion and diversity in the news, science coverage, and on writing with passion and integrity. Some recent appearances include The Trialogue of Cultures: Migration and Media at Herbert Quandt-Stiftung in Bad Homburg, Germany; a series of conversations with news media in Bosnia-Herzegovina to discuss cross-ethnic reporting; and presentations for SoundVision Productions' Science Literacy Project. Lehrman is a Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Scholar.


Irina Raicu


Internet Ethics Program

Irina Raicu, Internet Ethics Program manager at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, was formerly an attorney in private practice. She also worked as a marketing communications specialist for two textbook publishing companies and taught writing courses at San Jose State University and Cal State University Hayward. She co-edited Transitions: Lives in America - a textbook for college writing courses. As a teenager, Raicu immigrated to the U.S. from Romania; her background informs her interest in the Internet as a vehicle for international communication as well as commerce, and as a tool whose use has profound ethical implications for all those who are impacted by it - whether or not they ever personally access the Web. Raicu is a graduate of SCU's School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in English from U.C. Berkeley, as well as a master's degree in English and American Literature from San Jose State University.


Chad Raphael


Communication Department Chair
Santa Clara University

Chad Raphael chairs the Communication Department at Santa Clara University. His teaching and research interests include political communication, journalism, and new technologies. His book, Investigated Reporting: Television Muckraking and Regulation (University of Illinois Press, 2005) won three research awards for book of the year. His current research focuses on how citizens can deliberate more productively about politics and how journalists can report these public voices, as well as on the use of digital games for civic education.


Miriam Schulman


Director of Communications and Administration
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
Santa Clara University

From the Ethics Center's Web site to its many publications, Miriam Schulman is responsible for external communications for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She also facilitates the Emerging Issues Group, which brings Ethics Center staff and scholars together to discuss the ethical issues behind the news. In addition, she supervises the Center's administrative staff. Her own writing on ethics has appeared in publications from the San Jose Mercury News to Cyberethics (Prometheus Books) and American Voices (McGraw-Hill). Before coming to the Center, Schulman taught in SCU's Communication Department, and was associate editor of the University's alumni magazine. She has her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and master's degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in creative writing from Stanford University.


Fr. Paul Soukup


Professor of Communications
Santa Clara University

Father Soukup earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Texas at Austin, concentrating on the philosophical grounding of communication research as it developed in the United States from 1920-1950. He holds two degrees in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, a master's of divinity and a master's of sacred theology. He also holds a bachelor degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University. Father Soukup's research interests include work on orality and literacy studies, the use of new technologies in religious communication, multimedia translation, and the effects of new technologies. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustrees of the American Bible Society and an adviser to their Research Center for Scripture and Media.