Recent Visiting Faculty

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.

Kameel Stanley

Reporter, St. Louis Public Radio

From her St. Louis Public Radio page.

Kameel Stanley is a reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. She is also one of the producers of our We Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region.

Before moving to St. Louis in summer 2015, Kameel worked for several years as a public safety and city hall beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida.

Wes Lowery

Reporter, The Washington Post

From his LinkedIn profile page.

Wesley Lowery is a professional journalist with political, media, diversity, housing, business and metro news reporting experience.

He currently works as a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post.

He previously was an online reporter covering Congress for the Washington Post’s The Fix and Post Politics blogs and he formerly worked as a general assignment political reporter for The Boston Globe.

Elissa Yancey

Director of Special Projects, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is the director of special projects at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. An alumna of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, she has more than 20 years of teaching and reporting experience, including a stint as environmental editor at, the Scripps affiliate in Cincinnati.

Rashida Jones

Managing Editor, MSNBC; Editor,

Poynter teaching event: Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, Dec. 4-9.

Donna Byrd

Founding Publisher, The Root; Vice President of Digital, Univision

Donna Byrd is Publisher of The Root, a daily online news site that provides thought-provoking commentary on today’s news from a variety of black perspectives. As publisher, Byrd leverages her expertise in marketing, strategic business planning and digital innovation to lead the top African American-focused daily news sites on the Web.

Prior to joining The Root, Byrd was CEO of Black America Web, where she worked with entrepreneur and national radio personality Tom Joyner to launch one of the top three African-American news and lifestyle websites.

Mark S. Luckie

Head of Journalism and Media, Reddit

Mark S. Luckie is a career journalist and author of The Digital Journalist’s Handbook and DO U., his newest novel. Mark has led digital initiatives for the Washington Post, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The L.A. Times and Entertainment Weekly and is the former Manager of Journalism and News at Twitter. Mark is a GLAAD Media Award nominee and a part of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for Local Reporting. He was named by The Root as one of the most influential African-Americans of 2013 and 2014.

Áine Kerr

Manager of Journalism Partnerships, Facebook

Áine Kerr is manager of journalism partnerships at Facebook, where she leads a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists.