Recent Visiting Faculty

Rahul Chopra

Chief Executive Officer, Storyful

Rahul Chopra is chief executive officer of Storyful, the world’s first social news agency. He leads a team of journalists and technologists who discover and verify compelling online content, working with news organizations and other clients worldwide.

Edward Roussel

Chief Innovation Officer, Dow Jones

Edward Roussel is Chief Innovation Officer at Dow Jones. Since assuming this role in May 2015, Roussel has taken responsibility for identifying areas of new opportunity for the company, with a particular focus on mobile innovation.

Roussel joined Dow Jones in June 2013 as head of product, overseeing the advancement of the company’s consumer and professional information business products.

Harriet Ryan

Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Harriet Ryan covers legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2008, she has written about legal matters involving high-profile people, including Phil Spector, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, and institutions, including the Catholic Church and the Kabbalah Centre. She previously worked at Court TV and the Asbury Park Press. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ryan will be speaking at Covering the Opioid Crisis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26.

Debra E. Houry, MD, MPH

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Dr. Debra E. Houry is leading CDC’s Injury Center’s charge in preventing unintentional injury and violence. Being on the frontline as an emergency physician, she knows injuries and deaths due to injury and violence are preventable and in many cases predictable. Equally important, Dr. Houry understands the strain injury and violence can have on families, communities and health systems. As a wife, mother and daughter of aging parents, she has constant personal reminders of the importance of creating safe spaces for all ages to live well and thrive.

Robin Gelburd

President of FAIR Health

As the founding President of FAIR Health, Robin Gelburd built the organization into a national leader in healthcare cost transparency. Under her direction, FAIR Health has more than fulfilled its mandate to provide an independent, national database of healthcare claims; a free website to educate consumers about healthcare insurance and costs; and data for academic and policy research.

Leana S. Wen, M.D., MSc., FAAEM

Health Commissioner, Baltimore City

Dr. Leana Wen is the Baltimore City Health Commissioner. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest health department in the United States, formed in 1793. BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees that aims to promote health and improve well-being through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery.

Justin Lear

Director of Social Discovery, CNN

Justin Lear is the Director of Social Discovery at CNN. He leads CNN’s global social newsgathering operation in discovering and verifying the best of user-generated content and producing socially sourced stories. Lear’s strategic vision for the Social Discovery team is utilizing social media during breaking news to supplement CNN’s social, digital and tv coverage while also developing great stories that will perform well on Digital and CNN’s social accounts.

Liz Roldan

News Director, WFOR-TV CBS4 Miami

Liz Roldan is the News Director of WFOR-TV/CBS4 in South Florida. She has worked at the station since 2011, when she started as Executive Producer, Special Projects and Investigations.

A nine-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Ms. Roldan has worked for the past 25 years in the South Florida television market. Before joining CBS4, she was Managing Editor at WTVJ/ NBC6 from 2000 to 2008. Previously, she worked as the NBC6 News Special Projects Producer and Assignment Manager. Interestingly, before joining NBC6, she worked at CBS4 News from the early to mid ‘90s.


Cheryl Phillips

Hearst Professional in Residence, Department of Communication, Stanford University

From her Stanford University faculty page.

Cheryl Phillips is the Hearst Professional in Residence at Stanford University’s Department of Communication. She previously worked at The Seattle Times from 2002-2014. Her most recent position in Seattle was as Data Innovation Editor. In that role, she analyzed data for stories, facilitated online storytelling and coordinated newsroom data journalism training. She also was the deputy investigations editor, an assistant metro editor and an investigative reporter at The Seattle Times.

Brian Collister

Investigative Reporter, KXAN TV

From his KXAN page.

Brian Collister is an Emmy award-winning Investigative Reporter with the KXAN Investigative team specializing in uncovering fraud, corruption, and government waste.

Brian grew up in the Woodlands where he graduated from McCullough High School. He attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and received a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Brian got his first television reporting job in Bryan, Texas and later moved to Austin where he was an investigative reporter for five years.