Recent Visiting Faculty

Sam Stewart

Journalist and Media Technologist

Sam (Samaruddin) Stewart is a journalist and media technologist based in California. He currently trains journalists on how to best use Google tools for storytelling with the SPJ Training Program in partnership with the Google News Lab. Prior, he was a Knight Foundation grantee for his work in verification of user-generated content for journalism and was also a Stanford University Knight Journalism Fellow. His prior work includes managing and editing roles at AOL News, Agence France-Presse, The Arizona Republic, and the U.S. Department of State.

Bill Celis

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Strategic Initiatives; Associate Professor; USC

Bill Celis, an award-winning teacher and author, is a former education correspondent for The New York Times and a former reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

Lisa Gartner

Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times

Lisa Gartner is a writer on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2016, she and Times reporters Cara Fitzpatrick and Michael LaForgia won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for “Failure Factories,” a series chronicling how a local school system turned five one-decent neighborhood schools into the worst in the state for black children. The series also won the Polk Award for Education Reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, among other honors.

Cara Fitzpatrick

Senior Education Reporter, Tampa Bay Times

Cara Fitzpatrick is a senior education reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. In 2016, she and Times reporters Lisa Gartner and Michael LaForgia won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for Failure Factories, a five-part investigation that traced the rapid decline of five elementary schools after the Pinellas County School Board abandoned integration efforts.

Justine Griffin

Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times

Justine Griffin is a business reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and the vice president of the Journalism & Women Symposium. Griffin covers a wide range of beats, from retail and tourism to transportation and real estate, at the Times. She has covered business news at daily newspapers across Florida. She most recently worked as the assistant projects editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where she used her admirable digital and social media skills to engage readers with the paper’s most ambitious projects.

Kathleen McGrory

Health and Medicine Reporter, Tampa Bay Times

Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Carolyn Yaschur

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Augustana College

Carolyn Yaschur is an assistant professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. She teaches classes in multimedia journalism and mass communication and communication studies. She received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas in Austin, her M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and has a B.A. in history from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Justine Gubar

Vice President of News Narratives, Fusion

Justine Gubar is vice president of news narratives at FUSION and co-executive producer of the investigative documentary series The Naked Truth. She has overseen episodes of the Naked Truth that have examined gerrymandering, skewed policing statistics and the power of fraternities on college campuses. Previously, Justine produced for ESPN, primarily with the network’s signature journalism program, Outside the Lines, and investigated a wide range of off-the-field issues that included performance-enhancing drug use, domestic violence, and homophobia in sports.

Ryan English

President & Co-founder, FlyMotion Unmanned Systems

Ryan English is the president and co-founder of FlyMotion Unmanned Systems. He is responsible for the strategic growth, company direction and implementing the business strategy visions of FlyMotion. He leverages his extensive network to strengthen client and strategic partner relationships. He works with a dedicated team to develop solutions that set the future trends for numerous vertical markets within the unmanned systems industry.

Erik Diehn

CEO, Midroll Media

Eirk Diehn is the CEO of Midroll Media, the parent company of Earwolf, which makes great podcasts like Comedy Bang! Bang! and How Did This Get Made?; Stitcher, the world’s premiere podcast listening platform; and Midroll, which helps great podcasters’ lives get easier and gets them paid for what they do. Their clients include WTF with Marc Maron, Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more than 250 others. We are growing and strengthening the on-demand news/talk/comedy audio space, and looking to work with others who want to do the same.