Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Digital Innovation Faculty

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is digital innovation faculty at The Poynter Institute, where she teaches journalists, stays on top of industry trends, and geeks out about newsrooms testing out new and exciting ideas. She is on a quest to prove that newsrooms don’t have to be unhappy places.

Hawkins-Gaar runs Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and is one half of the duo behind 40 Better Hours, a project to improve newsroom culture. Prior to Poynter, she was the editor of CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community.

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.

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 15 years. His commentary on the industry appears regularly on Poynter Online. He was co-author of the newspaper chapter in 10 editions of the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media reports, 2004 through 2013.

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