Recent Visiting Faculty

Lewis S. Nelson, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers

Dr. Lewis Nelson is the Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Chief of Service, Emergency Department, University Hospital. He is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology and addiction medicine. He graduated medical school at SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn and did his residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

Nelson will be speaking at Covering the Opioid Crisis in New York on March 3.

Leezel Tanglao

Assistant Managing Editor of Programming, CNNMoney

Leezel Tanglao is an assistant managing editor of programming at CNNMoney. In her previous role as senior multi-platform editor, she lead the CNNMoney digital war room and oversaw the presentation and packaging of CNNMoney multimedia editorial content across desktop, mobile and social. She has helped to build proprietary tools such as the social metric SURGE, which the newsroom has used to inform coverage and programming. Tanglao previously worked at, VICENews, NowThis,, KCBS/KCAL and The Press-Enterprise newspaper in Southern California.

Michael LaForgia

Investigations Editor, Tampa Bay Times

Michael LaForgia is investigations editor 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 for Projects/Enterprise, The Baltimore Sun

Diana K. Sugg is an editor for projects/enterprise at The Baltimore Sun, where she has overseen series on the hidden but devastating consequences of crime on families, as well as an in-depth look at teenage refugees in a Baltimore high school. She just finished a stint as a senior fellow with the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s National Health Journalism Fellowships program, mentoring seven reporters from newspapers, radio, magazines and ethnic media on health reporting projects. Sugg was a veteran beat reporter whose crime and medical coverage has won national prizes.

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.

Jenny Lawton

Senior Editor, WNYC

Jenny Lawton is an award-winning multimedia producer, sound designer, and show-runner. She’s currently the executive producer of “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen,” the public radio arts weekly (co-produced by WNYC and Public Radio International). As part of the team, she produced the show’s American Icons specials on “I Love Lucy” and the Disney parks; she also developed the show’s Extra Credit challenges which have inspired thousands of listeners to make art. Lawton started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance.

Harriet Ryan

Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Harriet Ryan covers legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2008, she has written about legal matters involving high-profile people, including Phil Spector, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, and institutions, including the Catholic Church and the Kabbalah Centre. She previously worked at Court TV and the Asbury Park Press. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ryan will be speaking at Covering the Opioid Crisis in New York on March 3.

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.