Faculty

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.

Wendy Wallace

Director of Advancement

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Phone: 727-553-4311
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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.