Recent Visiting Faculty

Dylan Byers

senior media reporter, CNN Media and CNN Politics

Dylan Byers is a senior media reporter for CNN Media and CNN Politics.

He was previously a media reporter for Politico, and media and tech reporter at Adweek. Byers served as a research assistant to Philip Gourevitch, George Packer and Jane Kramer. He graduated from Bard College in 2008 and lives in Los Angeles.

Janis Ware

Publisher, The Atlanta Voice

Janis Ware is a University of Georgia Business School graduate whose career has been steadfast in completing her father’s life long interest in publishing and community development. She has fulfilled her father’s vision by continuing the tradition of the Atlanta Voice as the unchallenged leader; the foremost provider of news and pertinent information to Atlanta’s African American community.

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 Tampa Bay Times enterprise team. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting, Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Polk Award for Education Reporting, among other honors, for a series on the local school system’s many failures with black students. She graduated in 2010 from Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and psychology. Lisa lives in St. Petersburg.

Poynter teaching event: Poynter Summit on Reporting and Editing, May 7-12.

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.