Recent Visiting Faculty

Michael LaForgia

Reporter, Tampa Bay Times

Michael LaForgia is a reporter on the investigations team at the Tampa Bay Times.

He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting — in 2014 for exposing problems in a Hillsborough County homeless program and in 2016 for a series on Pinellas County’s neglect of five schools in black neighborhoods.

He joined the Times in 2012.

Poynter teaching event: Separate – And Still Unequal, Feb. 16.

Diana K. Sugg

Editor, Baltimore Sun

Diana K. Sugg is a veteran newspaper reporter who is now editing projects at The Baltimore Sun. She was a medical reporter at The Sun for 10 years, covering a range of breaking news, enterprise and features. She won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting in 2003 for a collection of stories that delved into the primitive nature of modern medicine. She has won several national awards for stories that included crime coverage at The Sacramento Bee and health care stories at The Baltimore Sun.

Tracy Grant

Deputy Managing Editor, The Washington Post

Tracy Grant is the deputy managing editor of The Washington Post, where she’s responsible for newsroom recruiting and hiring, professional development, internships and budgeting.

Grant joined The Post in 1993 from The Miami Herald, where she was an assistant city editor. She has been a layout and copy editor, a graphics editor, Washington Business editor, the newsroom’s first web editor, features editor, KidsPost editor, and Weekend editor. In 2013, she became senior editor for recruitment and development, absorbing the responsibilities of two senior-level jobs.

Raju Narisetti

CEO, Gizmodo Media Group

Raju Narisetti is the CEO of Gizmodo Media Group, which includes Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Kotaku. Narisetti was previously the senior vice president of strategy at News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal. During his tenure at News Corp, he oversaw digital projects and guided the ongoing transformation of 10 operating companies. Before that, he led to record digital audiences while proposing the structure for News Corp.’s WSJ-Dow Jones newsroom transformation.

Vivian Schiller

Independent Advisor and Consultant

Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology.

Most recently, Schiller was the Global Chair of News at Twitter. In this role, she led the company’s strategy for news and partnership with journalism organizations and the news publishing ecosystem.

Just prior to joining Twitter, Schiller served as Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer for NBC News where she had strategic and operational oversight of the networks‘ presence on the web, mobile, devices, and social media.

Michelle Ferrier


Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years’ experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Currently, she is an associate professor at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Ferrier is the president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change.

Lana Durban Scott

Senior Director of News Strategy and Operations, The E.W. Scripps Company

Lana Durban Scott is the senior director of news strategy and operations for The E.W. Scripps Company’s television station group. She manages a system of shared resources and best practices across the company’s thirteen television stations with the goal of producing quality journalism across all platforms. Lana worked at WEWS, a Scripps station in Cleveland, for 15 years prior to joining the Scripps corporate team.

Poynter teaching event: Poynter Producer Project, Apr. 7-9, at Poynter.

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Staff Writer, The New York Times Magazine

An opportunity for us to explore the hot topics of race on college campuses given the unfolding stories we saw in Missouri, Loyola Chicago and beyond.

Nikole has spent the last four years investigating the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy. She has written extensively about school re-segregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders.

Melissa Bell

Publisher, Vox Media, Inc.

Melissa Bell co-founded in early 2014 and became the first person at Vox Media to hold both a technology and editorial title as Senior Product Manager and Executive Editor for In 2016, Melissa became Vox Media’s Publisher. Prior to Vox, Melissa oversaw digital platforms at the Washington Post. She was also one of The Post’s most-read bloggers and a columnist for the Style section. Before joining The Post, she helped launch Mint, a Wall Street Journal subsidiary in India, where she lived for four years.

Cheryl Carpenter

Washington Bureau Chief, McClatchy

Cheryl Carpenter is bureau chief of McClatchy’s Washington, D.C., newsroom, working with about 30 reporters and editors to produce a national report for McClatchy’s 30 newsrooms across the country. Before joining the D.C. bureau, she was the managing editor of Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., where she helped lead three investigative projects that were Pulitzer Prize finalists. Cheryl was a Neiman fellow in 2005-2005, studying leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.