Recent Visiting Faculty

Chip Mitchell

Reporter, WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

From his WBEZ page:

Based at WBEZ’s studio on Chicago’s West Side, Chip reports largely about policing, immigration, low-wage industries and underground business.

His investigative and narrative work for WBEZ has earned dozens of local and national honors. In 2013 and 2015, Chicago’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter gave him its annual award for “best reporter” in broadcast radio.

Karen Sheley

Director of Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois

From her ACLU of Illinois page:

Karen represents the ACLU and its clients in litigation and policy work addressing police accountability and national security, as well as the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and discrimination claims. Karen is enforcing the ACLU’s agreement with the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department regarding the police practice of stop and frisk.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Karen worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as an associate. She then served as a law clerk for the Honorable David G.

Aisha Sultan

Columnist, Home and Family Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated columnist, and home and family editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has appeared in more than a hundred print and online publications, including The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. She was a 2011-2012 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she studied parenting and privacy in the digital age. She is a regular television and radio commentator and hosts a weekly podcast. She is a speaker on subjects related to education, parenting and the Muslim-American experience.

Keith Woods

Vice President, Newsroom Training and Diversity, NPR

Keith Woods is NPR’s vice president for newsroom training and diversity. In this role, his focus is to help NPR and member stations strengthen the breadth and depth of diversity in content, staff, audience and the work environment, and for these efforts to be integrated with NPR’s training team.

Woods joined NPR in February 2010 after 15 years at The Poynter Institute and spent his last five years at Poynter as its dean of faculty. He has taught writing and reporting on race relations, ethics and diversity, and was previously the Institute’s director of diversity.

Carol Fowler

Chief Executive Officer, TheSocReports

Carol Fowler helps people and brands succeed in social media. As a senior content strategist and entrepreneur, she is dedicated to great writing, impactful headlines, engaging social conversations and the best SEO practices. For two decades, she led award‐winning media operations in Chicago (CBS, WGN and FOX), after having worked in just about every role in journalism.

Rashida Jones

Senior Vice President of Specials, NBC News

Rashida Jones is senior vice president of specials for NBC News and MSNBC. She was previously managing editor of MSNBC ‘s dayside programming and an executive producer at MSNBC.

Before joining MSNBC, Jones was the news director for WIS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, and director of live programming at The Weather Channel, leading network coverage and programming for some of the world’s most historic weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina.

Jones is a 2002 graduate of Hampton University.

Benét Wilson

Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Aviation Queen LLC

Benét J. Wilson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Aviation Queen LLC, an aviation/travel writing, multimedia and consulting business. She is also the Air Travel Expert for and Senior Business Editor of Airport Business magazine. Other clients include USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog,, Airports Council International-North America’s Centerlines magazine, Jetrader magazine, Airport World magazine, the Airline Passenger Experience magazine, Aviation International News, the Runway Girl Network, Tnooz, NewsCred and Arizona State University’s Donald W.

Russ Torres

Vice President, Digital Video Content and Strategy, USA TODAY Network

Russ Torres is vice president of digital video content and strategy at USA TODAY Network and is responsible for development, strategy and programming of digital video content across the network.

He previously worked at Yahoo in positions ranging from to head of original video for Yahoo News and Finance to head of Yahoo Studios. He’s also been director of news for BET Networks and a producer for NBC’s Today Show.

Poynter teaching event: Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, Dec. 3-8.

Sarah Glover

Social Media Editor, NBC Owned Television Stations; NABJ President

Sarah Glover is the social media editor at NBC-owned television stations, and president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Prior to joining NBC OTS, she worked at NBC10 Philadelphia (2012-2014), Philadelphia Daily News (2008-2012) and The Philadelphia Inquirer (1999-2008). For two decades, Glover has been a freelance photographer for outlets including Jet magazine, The Washington Post, Liberty City Press and Black Enterprise.

Tim Wong

Senior Director, UX and Design, USA TODAY Network

Tim Wong is senior director, UX and Design, for the USA TODAY Network. He previously was UX director, senior designer and product manager, Election 2016, for The Washington Post.

Poynter teaching event: Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, Dec. 3-8.