Gil Asakawa is the executive producer for DenverPost.com, and has been working in online media since 1996 when he was hired as content editor for AOL's Digital City Denver. Prior to online media, he was a music editor for Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper, Westword, and Entertainment Editor for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, CO. Asakawa has earned awards for commentary from the Colorado Chapter of the SPJ, and arts coverage awards from organizations in Denver and Colorado Springs. He was also named to the Denver Business Journal's "Who's Who in Technology, Communications and Media" list for two consecutive years. In addition to co-authoring "The Toy Book" (Knopf, 1991), a social history of baby-boomer era toys, Asakawa’s next endeavor entitled "Being Japanese American," about the history and culture of Japanese Americans, will be published this summer by Stone Bridge Press. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in painting.
Randyl Drummer is an online editor for PE.com, the web edition of the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise. Before joining the Press-Enterprise, Drummer was an editor at The Business Press and a reporter and editor at the City News Service. He has received three first place awards for the Society of Professional Journalists Inland Pro Chapter Excellence in Journalism, and numerous second and third place awards with the same organization. Drummer received a Bachelor of Arts in communications at California State University, Fullerton.
Val Ellicott is regional editor for Gannett News Service in Washington, DC. Before working for Gannett, Ellicott was a senior editor at Congressional Quarterly's Daily Monitor, where he directed coverage of congressional action on social policy issues. Ellicott also spent 12 years as a reporter at The Palm Beach Post in Florida, where he covered the medical beat, civil and criminal courts and special projects where one of his projects, "Justice Denied," was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ellicott received a Pulitzer Fellowship and a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Columbia University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vassar College.
Mike Fuchs has been the online news editor for the News & Record, North Carolina's third largest daily, since November. Before that, Fuchs worked as a staff writer at the paper covering the courts beat. Awards won include first place in the Virginia Press Association's news category related to coverage in 1994 of the controversial Disney theme park proposed in Northern Virginia, and a first place Virginia Press Association award in 1998. Fuchs graduated from George Mason University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication.
Raul Gil is the director of electronic services at the Santa Barbara (CA) News Press, having spent eleven years working with the News Press. Gil previously worked for the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat. Gil is a Maynard Institute Fellow and a conference speaker for the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Media watch committees have recognized him as a positive influence in reaching out to Latino communities. As manager of newspress.com, the website has won two first place awards from the Online Newspaper Associated Press News Executive Council. Gil received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo.
Kurt Greenbaum is online news director for the St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, where he oversees the newspaper’s web site, STLtoday.com. Greenbaum also serves as newsroom coordinator of the paper’s multimedia partnerships with local broadcast media. Before joining the Post-Dispatch, Greenbaum worked for 13 years at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida as a reporter covering education, courts, and municipal government. He was a founding editor of the newspaper’s web site. Greenbaum received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Robert J. Hawkins is a morning news editor for SignonSanDiego.com, working with a team of eight veteran journalists. Starting as an entertainment editor, he moved to hard news to assist the staff in covering the September 11th terrorist attacks. He also manages a pair of special projects producers who maintain editorial content on specialized topics such as Eldercare, Homes, Travel and Communities. Hawkins also writes a syndicated weekly column on DVD movies for Copley News Service. In his 30-year journalism career, he has written for such papers as the weekly Narragansett (RI) Times, The Day in New London, CT, and The San Diego Tribune. Due in part to his articles guiding readers through the dawn of the Digital Era, he served as editor of ComputerLink, a weekly computer and consumer technology section of the Union-Tribune, for three years. In addition to his newspaper experience, Hawkins was the first non-publisher to become president of the Rhode Island Press Association and written extensively about arts & entertainment and the impact of technology on entertainment. Hawkins graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and urban studies. Hawkins is attending The Business of Online Journalism seminar as a senior fellow.
Alexandra Hayne is editor of the Online Edition of The Omaha (NE) World-Herald, after previous positions editing at the Lincoln (NE) Journal Star, the Monterey County (CA) Herald, and the Watsonville, CA Register-Pajaronian. The recipient of a first place award for newspaper design from the Nebraska State Associated Press in 1994, Hayne was a Regents Fellow at University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she received her master’s degree. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Northridge.
Grant J. Heston is a senior online producer at OrlandoSentinel.com, focusing on breaking news coverage and special projects. In his four years at OS.com, he has led coverage of the 2000 presidential election, Sept. 11 attacks, Iraq War and the Columbia disaster. Heston also contributes to the print side by writing several stories a month for the local, life style and calendar sections. Previously online as part of CBS SportsLine.com’s start-up operation, Heston won a Sentinel division leadership award in 2003 and was selected to participate in a Poynter Institute leadership program for online editors. He graduated from the University in Florida in 1995 with a degree in journalism.
Jim Houck is city editor at the Visalia (CA) Times-Delta, having previously managed the Lyon-Sioux Press. His lengthy journalism career includes serving as managing editor of the Baltimore (MD) Sun, Sunday editor of the Dallas Morning News, and news editor of the San Francisco Examiner. Houck is a member of the advisory board of the Knight Center and received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rita Henley Jensen is editor in chief of Women's eNews. A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Jensen is the recipient of many awards, including the Hunter College Presidential Grant for Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Public Service prize. Jensen earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Andrew Katkin is managing editor of the online Billings Gazette in Billings, Montana. He previously worked for the National Environmental Trust, Discovery.com’s European division, and CultureFlux.com. He received his undergraduate degree in history and peace and conflict resolution from Hampshire College, and his master’s degree from American University in modern European history.
Sandy Korbin is managing editor of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Interactive. Kobrin has also worked for Ajax Media, Channelone.com, Fairchild Publications, and the New York Times. She also received the Scripps Howard Web Reporting Award for “Teens Who Kill,” which was published on sbsun.com. Kobrin graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts in English and political science. She also received a Master of Arts in Film from New York University.
Christine Lavelle is director of Internet Services for the East Valley Tribune/Freedom Arizona. Previously, she worked as a senior manager of Digital Media for the Arizona Republic and a features and business editor for the Phoenix Gazette. She also has received awards from the Penney-Missouri Lifestyle Section and the Arizona Press Club. Lavelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Angelo State University, Texas and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University.
James Lloyd is the Online Content Editor for the Dayton (OH) Daily News, where he has worked in various capacities during almost 10 of his 30 years in journalism. Lloyd has received an Award of Excellence from Society of Newspaper Design and been featured in several trade publications. Lloyd graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1974.
Jonathan Mandell is editor in chief of the GothamGazette.com. He previously served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, a staff writer for New York Newsday, and a freelance writer for several notable magazines and newspapers. Mandell has received several industry awards for feature writing, including a Revson Fellowship to study at Columbia University, a Meyer Berger Award, and a 2003 winner for General Excellence in Online Journalism. Mandell graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Gregory Matthews is Online Editor of the News-Leader in Springfield, Missouri. Before joining the News-Leader, Matthews worked with the Suburban Chicago News, the Des Moines Register, and Gannett Suburban Newspapers. Matthews is the recipient of Illinois Press Association’s Best Newspaper Web Site award in 2000 and holds his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
Christian McDonald is Internet Editor for the Austin (TX) American-Statesman. Previously, he was pagination editor at the Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution and assistant news editor at Tribune Newspapers. The recipient of a second-place award for Special Section Design from the Arizona Associated Press Awards, McDonald graduated from the University of Texas with an undergraduate degree in journalism.
Ismael Nafría is the author of the weekly Internet column “La Crónica” (“The Net Chronicles”) at La Vanguardia.es, published since January 1999, and the book “Sr. Director. Les millors cartes dels lectors de La Vanguardia” (Ara Llibres, Barcelona, 2004), an anthology of the best letters to the editor of La Vanguardia newspaper. Additionaly, Nafría works for the INNOVATION International Media Consulting Group as a media consultant and is a specialist commentator on the Internet for the two main radio stations in Barcelona, Catalunya Radio and Radio Barcelona. Previously, Nafría worked for Lavinia TC as content coordinator from 2001 to 2003 and for a year lived in Miami, where he was editor-in-chief of Baquia.com. Prior to that he was editor-in-chief at La Vanguardia Digital, the online edition of the leading newspaper in Barcelona, La Vanguardia. He has also been a writer for the Europa Press news agency and a writer and speaker for Radio Barcelona. In 1999 and 2002, he was chosen as one of the three Spanish journalists who had contributed most to reporting on the Internet by the Asociación de Usuarios de Internet (Spanish Association of Internet Users). The winner of a Fulbright Foundation scholarship, Nafría is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of North American Sturies (IEN) in Barcelona. He holds a degree in Journalism (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and two postgraduate diplomas, in Economics and Business Management for Professionals and Advanced Studies in Publishing. Nafria is attending The Business of Online Journalism seminar as a senior fellow.
Scott Nelson is a content manager for tulsaworld.com, having previously worked for a Land Management firm in Omaha in marketing and then as the webmaster. Nelson served four years in the United States Air Force, has been a member of the Army National Guard, and done intelligence analysis work for the Drug Enforcement Administration. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in marketing.
Rod Overton is the online editor for the Miami Herald's website, Herald.com. Before joining the Herald in 2002, Overton was an online project manager for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During his time at the Sun-Sentinel, from 1999 to 2002, Overton was also the entertainment product manager for Florida for the Tribune Company, managing efforts in Fort Lauderdale and in Orlando at the Orlando Sentinel. Previously a reporter, Overton began his online career in 1996 when he became the founding news editor of the News & Record's website in Greensboro, N.C. He has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Jim Parker is News and Operations Manager for Belo Interactive/KGW- Portland. Previously, he was Executive Producer for WTXF-TV Fox, Philadelphia, and News Director of WOI-TV, Des Moines. Parker has received various regional awards including and Emmy award an Edward R. Murrow award, an Associated Press award, and state broadcaster association honors. Parker graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in communication.
Nick Provenza is an assistant Metro editor overseeing police, courts, and legal affairs at the Seattle (WA) Times, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Before joining the Times, he worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Yakima Herald Republic in Eastern Washington. In 2002, Provenza was part of the Times team that was a Pulitzer finalist for spot news coverage of the Washington, DC area sniper shootings. Last year, Provenza coordinated a searchable online database of coaches accused of sexual misconduct with female athletes as part of a multi-part series on “coaches who prey.” The series was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.
Michael Reszler is a senior producer for Knight Ridder Digital’s TwinCities.com, which serves as the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press website. Before joining Knight Ridder, he served as Online Editor and Director of New Media and Research, Aberdeen American News. Reszler has received the Above and Beyond Award and was a finalist twice in his tenure at Knight Ridder Digital, and has been designated a Mellon Social Science Fellow and an all University Fellow from Claremont Graduate School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Augustana College, his Master of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a graduate degree in history from Claremont Graduate School.
Michael Schwartz is manager of editorial training for Cox Newspapers and COXnet. He has been involved in newsroom training since 1995, when he was named training editor at the Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution. The centerpiece of his training activity is Cox Academy, a learning program that is conducted at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as taken on the road to other Cox Newspapers and the Cox Washington Bureau. During his 32 years in journalism he has been a reporter or editor at the Detroit Free Press, St. Petersburg Times, Charlotte Observer, Dayton Daily News, Atlanta Journal, Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram and Atlanta Constitution. Schwarz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
D. Alice Sky is a Senior Producer, Big 18 sites, for Knight Ridder Digital. Previously, Sky worked for the Wichita (KS) Eagle as a site leader and presentation team designer. Sky is the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism and the Society of Newspaper Design bronze and silver medals. Designated a Bill Brown Master Editor at Kansas State University, she received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications.
Paul Stauder is director of News Co-Brands, overseeing the Eyewitness News content on wthr.com, 95.5 WFMS, and on the SkyTrak Weather Network. Stauder also oversees the Eyewitness News intern program. Before he branched into co-brands in 2001, he functioned as news producer for 13 Listens, where he was responsible for producing the news stories that were generated from the many 13 Listens meetings that Channel 13 hosted for viewers throughout the region from 1997 through 2001. Beginning his career as a sports reporter, Stauder has received the 1997 Cleveland Community Service Emmy for 13, the Associated Press Award for baseball play-by-play, and the UPI Award for coverage of Purdue football. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and American studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Vivian Tran is editor of Viet Weekly, an English and Vietnamese newspaper based in Orange County, CA, which has a 15,000 nationwide circulation. Previously, Tran was a reporter for The Los Angeles Times’ Orange County edition, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the St. Joseph News-Press, and The Orange County Register. A recipient of the distinguished achievement award from the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association and the Joan Boris Journalism Award, Tran holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lisa Vives is executive director of the Global Information Network, a nonprofit global news agency that seek to bring international content from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America to readers in the United States – particularly African American and minority audiences. Previously a writer/editor for such publications as the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the Wire Service Guild, Vives holds her Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University.
MacKenzie Warren is multimedia editor at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. He held a similar post at the Rockford (IL) Register Star, after reporting stints with the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Examiner. Warren won three Gannett Co. “Well Done” awards in 2003 and the “Best news Web site in Illinois” in 2002 from the Associated Press. He was a Western Knight Fellow in 2002’s “New Media Skills: Storytelling Tools for the Internet.” Warren also served as a White House speechwriting intern from 1999 to 2000. Warren attended Northwestern University and several institutions of higher education in South Africa.
Mary Zerafa director of La Opinión Digital, oversees the strategic development, growth and profit opportunities of laopinión.com. In addition, Zerafa is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the site including content development, marketing, sales, and information technology. During her tenure, it has become the top U.S.-based news and information site for Latinos with revenue and traffic doubling every year. Zerafa has launched several channels exclusive to La Opinión Digital including Tecnología (Technology), Salud (Health), Bebés (Babies) and Notikitos (News for Kids) a bilingual, edu-tainment site for youths. In 2002, Yahoo! en Espaòol named La Opinión Digital the best news and information site. In 2002, Zerafa was profiled by Presstime's annual "20 under 40" which recognizes up-and-coming newspaper professionals. Zerafa holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Zerafa is attending The Business of Online Journalism seminar as a senior fellow.
What fellows have to say about past seminars:
"I had a great time, learned a lot and found some great sources."
- Audrey Cooper, Stockton Record