Recent Visiting Faculty

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.

Sandy Close

Executive Director, New America Media

Sandy Close is executive editor and director of New Maerica Foundation. She also has served as executive cirector of Pacific News Service since 1974, where she founded YO! Youth Outlook, a monthly magazine of youth writing and art in 1991; and co-founded in The Beat Within, a weekly writing journal by incarcerated youth in 1996.

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Sandy was formerly China editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong), and founder of the Oakland-based Flatlands newspaper.

Jennifer LaFleur

Senior Editor for Data Journalism, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Jennifer LaFleur is senior editor for data journalism at The Center for Investigative Reporting. For months she has focused on sifting through the Stanford Open Policing Project data for CIR for upcoming stories.

Before she came to CIR, she was the director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica and has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues.

Sharad Goel

Assistant Professor, Department of Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University

Sharad Goel is an assistant professor, Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, and has been a partner with Cheryl Phillips in the Stanford Open Policing Project. His primary area of research is computational social science, an emerging discipline at the intersection of computer science, statistics and the social sciences. Goel is particularly interested in applying modern computational and statistical techniques to understand and improve public policy.

Martin G. Reynolds

Co-Executive Director, External Affairs and Funding, Maynard Institute

Martin G. Reynolds is co-executive director, external affairs and funding, for the Maynard Institute. He is the former editor of the Oakland Tribune and began his career at the Tribune as a Chips Quinn Scholar intern in 1995. In 2013, Martin was named Innovator of the Year by the Tribune’s parent company, Digital First Media.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.

CEO & President, National Newspaper Publishers Association

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. is president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, and the president of Education Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp.), the world’s leading provider of online higher education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world. Additionally, Dr. Chavis is the president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). Dr. Benjamin F.