Communication skills or strategies

Kelly McBride

Vice President of Academic Programs

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Phone: 727-553-4340

Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of The Poynter Institute since 2002 and is now its Vice President of Academic Programs.

Butch Ward

Senior Faculty

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Phone: 727-553-4218

Butch Ward is senior faculty and former Managing Director at The Poynter Institute, where he teaches leadership, editing, reporting and writing.

Howard Finberg

Director of Business Development

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United States
Phone: 727-553-4371
Howard I. Finberg is the director of partnerships and alliances at The Poynter Institute. In this role Finberg looks for new training partners, oversees the business side of the Institute’s e-learning site and handles the business development aspects of Poynter’s international teaching. He also looks at new revenue opportunities, mostly related to Poynter training. Previously Finberg was responsible for the creation of Poynter’s e-learning project, News University. NewsU (www.newsu.org) launched in 2005 and has more than 220,000 users in 225 countries, accessing more than 300 training modules.

Jill Geisler

Senior Faculty, Leadership and Management

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@JillGeisler

If you want to learn the secrets of being a great leader, ask Jill Geisler. For years, she has guided managers–from the novice to the veteran–toward success. In seminars, offsite workshops and within organizations, she brings humor and humanity to her well-informed teaching and coaching.

Jill is the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” a workshop-in-a-book that’s helping leaders in all fields, worldwide.

Wendy Wallace

Faculty, Grants Manager

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Phone: 727-553-4311

Wendy Wallace oversees Poynter’s grants and assists with other advancement work for the Poynter Foundation and is a member of the Poynter faculty.

She was editor of her high school and college newspapers and interned during her college summers at The Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal and St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times). After graduating with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and operations and systems management and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, she came to work as a reporter for the Times in 1986.