Mark Stencel is NPR’s former managing editor for digital news. He oversaw news coverage for the radio network’s website and other platforms, from mobile gizmos to social media. He previously worked in both print and digital journalism, and on the editorial and business sides of publishing, holding senior positions at the Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly and CQ’s Governing magazine. Stencel also was a technology columnist for CQ and Governing (then owned by the Poynter’s Institute’s Times Publishing Co.). And he covered science and technology for the News & Observer in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Stencel began his career at the Washington Post as an assistant to political columnist David S. Broder and he was the co-author of two books on media and politics. He is a board director for the Student Press Law Center and an advisory board member for Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Ga. Having graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Soviet studies the year before the Soviet Union ceased to exist, his credentials as a media “futurist” should be considered with journalistic skepticism.