Kenny Irby

Senior Faculty, Visual Journalism and Diversity

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Phone: 727-553-4297

Kenny Irby is Poynter’s senior faculty of visual journalism and diversity. He is an integral figure in visual journalism education, having founded Poynter’s photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches and consults in the areas of digital photographic reporting, leadership, ethical decision making and diversity integration. Currently, he directs The Write Field initiative, a dynamic academic enrichment and mentoring program for middle school minority male youth.

Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Digital Innovation Faculty

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United States
Phone: 727-553-4354

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is the Institute’s first digital innovation faculty member. Prior to Poynter, she was the editor for CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community. A leading expert in user-generated content, Hawkins-Gaar was responsible for overseeing the site, setting verification standards, and leading an editorial team of producers based in Atlanta and London.

Hawkins-Gaar started at CNN in 2007 as an associate producer of interactives for CNN Digital. The following year, she joined the CNN iReport team.

Al Tompkins

Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online

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Phone: 727-553-4229

Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. For almost 10 years, thousands of people a day read his online journalism story idea column “Al’s Morning Meeting” on Poynter.org.

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.

He worked for 27 years in newspapers, at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore News American, and was managing editor in both newsrooms. Before joining Poynter in 2005, he spent three years being covered by journalists as vice president for corporate and public affairs at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.

Ellyn Angelotti Kamke

Director, Business Development; Staff Counsel

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Phone: 727-553-4299

Since joining The Poynter Institute in 2007, Ellyn Angelotti Kamke has helped Poynter explore the journalistic values and the legal challenges related to new technologies, especially social media. She also has helped create and develop Poynter’s use of interactive teaching tools like online chats and podcasts.

Her current work is focused on the intersection of journalism, technology and the law. She received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law where she was also awarded the Judge Raphael Steindhardt award for character and leadership.

Rick Edmonds

Media Business Analyst & Leader of News Transformation

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Phone: 727-553-4298

Rick Edmonds is media business analyst for The Poynter Institute, where he has researched and written for the last 10 years. Since December 2007, his commentary on the industry has appeared in The Biz Blog on Poynter.org. He has also been co-author of the newspaper chapter in all seven editions of the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s State of the News Media reports, 2004 through 2010.

Edmonds is frequently quoted for news stories on newspaper economic issues and new business models, including articles in The New York Times and numerous NPR reports.

Roy Peter Clark

Vice President and Senior Scholar, Reporting, Writing & Editing Faculty

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Phone: 727-553-4227

Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute since 1979. In more than three decades he has served the institute as dean, vice president, senior scholar, and member of the Board of Trustees. Clark has written or edited 18 books on writing and journalism, the most popular and influential being Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. Podcasts of the book have been downloaded more than two million times.

The New York Times Book Review praised Clark’s book The Glamour of Grammar as “a manual for the 21st century.” His most recent work includes the book Help!

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. At the Times, she covered general assignment, police, schools and business, then worked in circulation marketing, finance and eventually as internal services director, a position similar to marketing director, responsible for creative services, research and event marketing for the newspaper.

Wendy became the high school program director at Poynter in 2004, organizing workshops for high school students and teaching at high school journalism conventions across the country. Because of her marketing and business background, she began assisting with Poynter’s development work a few years later and now manages a grants portfolio of about $750,000/year. She also helped launch Poynter’s revitalized journalism entrepreneurship program in 2010.

She earned Certified Journalism Educator teaching certification from the Journalism Education Association in 2010. Wendy is past president of the Indiana University Journalism Alumni Board, served on the advisory committee for the Journeys in Journalism program for the Pinellas County Schools and is on the advisory board for the Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University.