Recent Visiting Faculty

Carolyn Yaschur

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Augustana College

Carolyn Yaschur is an assistant professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She teaches classes in multimedia journalism and mass communication and communication studies. She received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin, her M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has a B.A. in history from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Justine Gubar

Vice President of News Narratives, Fusion

Justine Gubar is vice president of news narratives at FUSION and co-executive producer of the investigative documentary series The Naked Truth. She has overseen episodes of the Naked Truth that have examined gerrymandering, skewed policing statistics and the power of fraternities on college campuses. Previously, Justine produced for ESPN, primarily with the network’s signature journalism program, Outside the Lines, and investigated a wide range of off-the-field issues that included performance-enhancing drug use, domestic violence, and homophobia in sports.

Ryan English

President & Co-founder, FlyMotion Unmanned Systems

Ryan English is the president and co-founder of FlyMotion Unmanned Systems. He is responsible for the strategic growth, company direction and implementing the business strategy visions of FlyMotion. He leverages his extensive network to strengthen client and strategic partner relationships. He works with a dedicated team to develop solutions that set the future trends for numerous vertical markets within the unmanned systems industry.

Erik Diehn

CEO, Midroll Media

Eirk Diehn is the CEO of Midroll Media, the parent company of Earwolf, which makes great podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang! and How Did This Get Made?; Stitcher, the world’s premiere podcast listening platform; and Midroll, which helps great podcasters’ lives get easier and gets them paid for what they do. Their clients include WTF with Marc Maron, Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more than 250 others. We are growing and strengthening the on-demand news/talk/comedy audio space, and looking to work with others who want to do the same.

Joe Humphrey

High School Journalism Program Director, Poynter; Journalism Adviser, Hillsborough High School

Joe Humphrey advises the Red & Black newspaper, Hilsborean yearbook and HHSToday.com online news site at Hillsborough High School in Tampa. He also works as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Tampa.

Humphrey serves as evaluations coordinator for the Florida Scholastic Press Association, overseeing contests and critiques. He spent four years as FSPA’s president.

Humphrey is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and a master’s in Educational Leadership.

David Fahrenthold

Reporter, The Washington Post

David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post reporter whom CNN called “a breakout star in the 2016 campaign reporting.” He was behind some of the biggest scoops of the campaign reporting season.

He obtained the “Access Hollywood” tape that upended the campaign in early October. Fahrenthold used Twitter, a phone and a note pad to track millions of dollars that Donald Trump said he donated to charity.

Liz Essley Whyte

Reporter, Center for Public Integrity

Liz Essley Whyte is a reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team. In 2016, she was on the team that reported, The Politics of Pain which included this passage:

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

Pat Beall

Reporter, Palm Beach Post

Pat Beall is an award-winning investigative reporter at the Palm Beach Post in Florida. She has investigated the addiction recovery industry and in 2016 helped assemble the first-ever inventory of people in Palm Beach County who died of opioid overdose.

Post reporters knew it was a huge public health crisis that needed to be exposed because little was being done to stop the dying.

Ali Russo

Chief Information Officer, FAIR Health

Ali Russo has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of information technology, including more than 15 years in health care data, analytics and product development. Prior to joining FAIR Health, Russo was with McKesson, where she had many roles, including, most recently, responsibility for the analytics services team under the health solutions division. As director of analytics services, her focus was to bring actionable analytic information to the healthcare sector based on allocated claims data.

Emily Feinstein

Director of Health Law and Policy, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

Emily Feinstein, J.D., is the director of health law and policy at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Feinstein leads the development and implementation of new tools, products and initiatives aimed at increasing public awareness about addiction and substance abuse. This includes translating knowledge about these health concerns into public policy and health care practice.

Prior to joining the center, Feinstein practiced health care law at a leading global law firm.