Recent Visiting Faculty

Kameel Stanley

Reporter, St. Louis Public Radio

From her St. Louis Public Radio page.

Kameel Stanley is a reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. She is also one of the producers of our We Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region.

Before moving to St. Louis in summer 2015, Kameel worked for several years as a public safety and city hall beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida.

Wes Lowery

Reporter, The Washington Post

From his LinkedIn profile page.

Wesley Lowery is a professional journalist with political, media, diversity, housing, business and metro news reporting experience.

He currently works as a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post.

He previously was an online reporter covering Congress for the Washington Post’s The Fix and Post Politics blogs and he formerly worked as a general assignment political reporter for The Boston Globe.

Elissa Yancey

Director of Special Projects, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is the director of special projects at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. An alumna of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, she has more than 20 years of teaching and reporting experience, including a stint as environmental editor at, the Scripps affiliate in Cincinnati.

Rashida Jones

Managing Editor, MSNBC; Editor,

Poynter teaching event: Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media, Dec. 4-9.

Donna Byrd

Founding Publisher, The Root; Vice President of Digital, Univision

Donna Byrd is Publisher of The Root, a daily online news site that provides thought-provoking commentary on today’s news from a variety of black perspectives. As publisher, Byrd leverages her expertise in marketing, strategic business planning and digital innovation to lead the top African American-focused daily news sites on the Web.

Prior to joining The Root, Byrd was CEO of Black America Web, where she worked with entrepreneur and national radio personality Tom Joyner to launch one of the top three African-American news and lifestyle websites.

Mark S. Luckie

Head of Journalism and Media, Reddit

Mark S. Luckie is a career journalist and author of The Digital Journalist’s Handbook and DO U., his newest novel. Mark has led digital initiatives for the Washington Post, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The L.A. Times and Entertainment Weekly and is the former Manager of Journalism and News at Twitter. Mark is a GLAAD Media Award nominee and a part of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist team for Local Reporting. He was named by The Root as one of the most influential African-Americans of 2013 and 2014.

Áine Kerr

Manager of Journalism Partnerships, Facebook

Áine Kerr is manager of journalism partnerships at Facebook, where she leads a team focused on building products, tools and services for journalists.

Niketa Patel

Partnerships Manager, News at Twitter

Niketa Patel oversees news partnerships in the U.S. for Twitter and is based in New York City. In her role, she collaborates with newsrooms and journalists with regards to best practices and on strategic projects that span across Twitter, Periscope, Vine, TweetDeck and more.

Previously, Patel was director of news and content partnerships at RebelMouse and became managing director of RebelMouse’s Media Lab.

Anika Gupta

Product Manager, National Geographic

Anika is a product manager at National Geographic, where she focuses on consumer products and user experience. She recently graduated with her Master’s from MIT, where she studied news organizations and online communities. She also spent several years working in New Delhi, India, where she led a user-generated content product and organized several media hackathons.

Justin Bank

Senior Editor, Internet, The New York Times

Justin Bank is a member of The New York Times news desk, where he serves in the role of senior editor, internet. His work focuses on audience development, curation, service journalism and a continually evolving suite of editorial projects that connect Times journalism and Times readers.

Prior to joining the Times in 2014, he was at The Washington Post for five years, overseeing the digital audience team and general assignment news desk.