Fellows and Other Professionals

Mizell Stewart III

Vice President of News Operations, USA TODAY Network

Mizell Stewart III is a lifelong journalist and community servant with a passion for transforming organizations and lives for the better. Today, he is a news executive with Gannett and the USA TODAY NETWORK. He is the former managing director and chief content officer of Journal Media Group, formed in 2015 via the merger of the newspaper assets of Journal Communications and the E.W. Scripps Company. JMG was acquired by Gannett in April 2016. Previously, he was vice president/content for the Newspaper Division of the E.W. Scripps Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joy Mayer

Audience Engagement Strategist

Joy’s work focuses on the continually evolving notion of audience engagement in journalism — how communicators can foster two-way conversations, collaborate with their communities and know who they’re serving and how well they’re doing it. She is a consulting fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and an adjunct faculty member at Poynter and at the University of Florida.

Cheryl Carpenter

Washington Bureau Chief, McClatchy

Cheryl Carpenter is bureau chief of McClatchy’s Washington, D.C., newsroom, working with about 30 reporters and editors to produce a national report for McClatchy’s 30 newsrooms across the country. Before joining the D.C. bureau, she was the managing editor of Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., where she helped lead three investigative projects that were Pulitzer Prize finalists. Carpenter was a Neiman fellow in 2004-2005, studying leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jan Winburn

Senior Editor for Enterprise at CNN Digital, Poynter Writing and Editing Fellow

Jan Winburn is senior editor for enterprise at CNN Digital, where she is bringing longform storytelling to a brand known for breaking news. Before becoming an online journalist in 2009, she spent 30 years as an editor and writing coach at newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among the many national awards her writers have won are the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, and the ASNE Award for Non-Deadline Writing.

Tom French

Writing Fellow

Thomas French, a Pulitzer prizewinning journalist who reported at the
St. Petersburg Times for almost three decades, is the author of three nonfiction books.

French now teaches writing at the Poynter Institute, at Indiana University’s journalism school, and at newsrooms and conferences around the world. For the past ten years, he has been a member of the faculty at Goucher College’s creative nonfiction MFA program, where he coaches authors of all ages and backgrounds on how to develop, report and write their first books.

Jacqui Banaszynski

Knight Chair in Editing, Missouri School of Journalism; Poynter Editing Fellow

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Missouri School of Journalism
United States

Award-winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as Associate Managing Editor of The Seattle Times, and before that as a senior editor at The Oregonian. While a reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series “AIDS in the Heartland,” which chronicled the lives and deaths of a gay farm couple, won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Tom Huang

Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Community Engagement, The Dallas Morning News; Editing Fellow, The Poynter Institute

Tom Huang is Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Community Engagement at The Dallas Morning News and Ethics and Diversity Fellow at The Poynter Institute. In 2008, he taught ethics, diversity and leadership issues at Poynter. He is co-editor of Poynter’s Best Newspaper Writing book for 2008-2009. He has worked at The Dallas Morning News since 1993, first as a feature writer, then as features editor, and now as the Sunday Page One editor.