Fellows and Other Professionals

Mark Stencel

Digital Fellow

Mark Stencel is NPR’s former managing editor for digital news. He oversaw news coverage for the radio network’s website and other platforms, from mobile gizmos to social media. He previously worked in both print and digital journalism, and on the editorial and business sides of publishing, holding senior positions at the Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly and CQ’s Governing magazine. Stencel also was a technology columnist for CQ and Governing (then owned by the Poynter’s Institute’s Times Publishing Co.).

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.

Aly Colón

Poynter Fellow in Ethics and Diversity; Director of Standards & Practices at NBC News; Future Knight Chair, Washington and Lee University

Aly Colón will become the next John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Media Ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., on July 1, 2014.

Most recently serving as Director of Standards and Practices at NBC News.

Aly Colón, serves as a writing, ethics and diversity consultant. He has conducted training in more than 50 newsrooms as well as for journalism organizations. His journalism experience spans more than 20 years as a reporter, writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and online sites.

Kelley Benham

Poynter Writing and Editing Fellow; Professor of Practice, Indiana University Media School

Kelley Benham French, will join the faculty of the Indiana University Media School (which launches July 1) on August 1 as a professor of practice.

Kelley Benham is an award-winning writer and editor, who previously worked at the Tampa Bay Times, with a special interest in narrative writing and bioethics. Her most recent project, a three-part series about her daughter Juniper, born barely viable at 1 pound 4 ounces, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Jacqui Banaszynski

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

Dallas Morning News Sunday and Enterprise Editor, Poynter Editing Fellow

Tom Huang is Sunday & Enterprise Editor 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.