Recent Visiting Faculty

Valerie Streit

Senior Creative Insights Manager, YouTube / Google

Valerie Streit is a senior creative insights manager at YouTube / Google. Her team develops tools and actionable insights to help creators build loyal audiences and drive repeat viewership on the platform. Previously, she developed global social media and audience participation campaigns for CNN.

Streit began her career as a broadcast news producer in San Diego and San Francisco. She graduated with a master’s degree in Media Ecology from New York University, and she earned her bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Theatre from the University of California, San Diego.

Jack Metzgar

Retired Professor of Humanities, Roosevelt University; Core Member, Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies

From the Working-Class Perspectives contributors page:

Jack Metzgar is a retired Professor of Humanities from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he is a core member of the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies. His research interests include labor politics, working-class voting patterns, working-class culture, and popular and political discourse about class. He is a former President of the Working-Class Studies Association.

Mike Swartz

Partner, Upstatement

Mike Swartz is a designer, engineer and partner at the digital firm, Upstatement, which he founded in 2008. Before Upstatement, Swartz worked as an editorial designer in the newsrooms of the Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News and Complex magazine.

His work has been honored by the Webbys, Society for News Design, AIGA, Editor and Publisher, Communication Arts and others.

Simone Ispa-Landa

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

From her Northwestern University faculty page:

Simone Ispa-Landa’s research examines the processes that reproduce and magnify social exclusion, as well as the ways in which subordinate individuals and groups make sense of, and seek to combat, disadvantaged statuses. Much of her work investigates how people in stigmatized communities understand dominant ideologies.

Cathy J. Cohen

David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

From her University of Chicago’s faculty page:

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and chair of the department. She has served as the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.

Analía Rodríguez

Executive Director, Latino Union of Chicago

From Latino Union’s staff page:

Analía Rodríguez, Latino Union’s Executive Director, is an immigrant from Mexico. She is a top-performing grassroots and advocacy organizer with over 10 years of experience in strategic planning, financial management, supervision, leadership development and mentorship, and advocacy.

Poynter teaching events:
Covering the Gap: The Impact of Economic Inequality, October 11-13, 2016

Priscilla Torrence

Director of Workforce Development, Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

From ICNC’s staff page:

Priscilla has lead ICNC’s business employment and human resources services since 2005. In this capacity, she provides one on one coaching for our small business owners in all functions of HR, assists in developing training curriculum for various trainings, manages a workforce development team as well as facilitates our extremely successful emergency medical technician program.

Alysia Tate

Director of Programs, Chicago Foundation for Women

From her LinkedIn page:

I oversee the strategic direction of grants to more than 100 organizations working to empower women economically, keep women and girls free from violence and enable their access to health care.

Previously, I provided research, analysis and messaging on drug policy, criminal and juvenile justice and other critical issues for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Ben Casselman

Senior Editor and Chief Economics Writer, FiveThirtyEight

From his personal web site:

Ben Casselman serves as senior editor and chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight, the definitive website for data-driven journalism. As senior editor, he oversees all economics and criminal justice coverage for the site.

As chief economics writer since FiveThirtyEight’s relaunch in March 2014, he has used a mix of traditional reporting and original economic analysis to dive deep into subjects such as long-term unemployment, education, energy and entrepreneurship.

Natalie Moore

WBEZ Reporter and Author, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

From her WBEZ staff page:

Natalie is WBEZ’s South Side Reporter. Prior to joining the WBEZ staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.

Natalie’s work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.