Our team and boards

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Maria Balinska

Maria Balinska

Editor and Co-CEO

Maria spent the bulk of her career at the BBC in London where, for 10 years, she was Editor, World Current Affairs Radio. A 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard she is also the founder of Latitude News, a digital platform that introduced new ways of covering world affairs for American audiences and the author of "The Bagel: the surprising history of a modest bread" (Yale University Press) .

Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson

Executive Director and Co-CEO

Bruce has spent his entire career working with Academic Leadership. He previously served as the Director Of Higher Education at NBC Learn, a division of NBC News and prior to that spent the bulk of his career at The Chronicles of Higher Education and Philanthropy where he was publisher from 2003 - 2009.

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Emily Costello

Emily Costello

Deputy Editor/Politics + Society Editor

Before joining the Conversation, Emily worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently at The Salem News and the Newton TAB. She also has experience in book publishing and as a magazine writer. Emily is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College.

Martin LaMonica

Martin LaMonica

Deputy Editor

Martin has worked as a reporter and editor covering technology, science and business for more than 20 years. Before joining The Conversation, he wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, the Boston Globe and the Guardian. He previously worked as news reporter and editor at CNET/CBS Interactive and technology publisher IDG.

Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Education Editor

Jamaal Abdul-Alim is an award-winning journalist who hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He broke into the news business as a crime reporter at the old Milwaukee Sentinel during his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee ('96). He covered higher education for more than a decade, mostly as a freelancer in Washington, D.C., during the Obama administration. His articles have appeared in publications that range from "The Wall Street Journal" to "US News & World Report."

Lynne Anderson

Lynne Anderson

Health + Medicine Editor

Lynne Anderson has been a medical and healthcare writer and editor for more than a dozen years. Lynne covered consumer health at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she also was a bureau chief and editor. She served as director of communications at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute and also at the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Cancer Program. She has a master's degree in science, health and environmental reporting from Columbia University.

Danielle Douez

Danielle Douez

Associate Editor, Politics + Society

Before joining The Conversation, Danielle was a communications specialist for the Southern Regional Education Board. She has written for the Miami Herald, The Alexandria Times and other publications. She holds a BA in psychology from Emory University, where she was a 2013 Community Building and Social Change Fellow.

Jonathan Gang

Jonathan Gang

Editorial Researcher

Jonathan Gang is a recent graduate of the Boston University College of Communications with a Master's Degree in Journalism. His work has appeared in print, on the air and online in the Boston Herald, Public Radio International, WGBH, the Denver Post, the Boulder Daily Camera and the Colorado Springs Independent. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Colorado College.

Catesby Holmes

Catesby Holmes

Global Affairs Editor

Catesby is a writer and editor who has worked at Travel + Leisure magazine, Open Society Foundations and the North American Congress on Latin America. Her reporting has been published in CityLab, Slate, Next City and WIRED. She has spent significant time abroad, primarily in Latin America. Catesby holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MA in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Jeff Inglis

Jeff Inglis

Science + Technology Editor

Jeff has two decades of experience working for news organizations in Antarctica, New Zealand, Vermont, Missouri, Maine and Massachusetts. He has covered many topics in science and technology, and beyond. He has a BA in history from Middlebury College and an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kalpana Jain

Kalpana Jain

Senior Religion + Ethics Editor

Kalpana has worked as an editor, writer and researcher at Harvard University. A 2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she pursued many social justice issues as a journalist at The Times of India. Her case study on modern-day slavery is part of a Harvard course, and her book on the AIDS epidemic in India, is taught at many Indian universities. She holds a Master in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Bryan Keogh

Bryan Keogh

Economics + Business Editor

Bryan spent the past decade writing and editing on business, finance and economics topics, most recently as the editor of a magazine in Beirut. Prior to that, he wrote about corporate finance and health from Paris and covered the debt markets for Bloomberg News in both London and New York.

Susan Lee

Susan Lee

Copy Editor

Currently based on the west coast, Susan has experience in a broad variety of media. She has worked for StoryCorps since 2006 and been copy editor, writer, researcher, producer and fact checker for a number of media organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds a masters in Journalism from Columbia University.

Nick Lehr

Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

Nick is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Columbia's School of the Arts. He's worked as a freelance writer and researcher as well as in politics.

Aviva Rutkin

Aviva Rutkin

Big Data + Applied Mathematics Editor

Aviva was previously a reporter/editor at New Scientist. Her stories have also appeared in BBC, MIT Technology Review, Metro, Salon and Mashable. She studied neuroscience at Union College and science writing at MIT.

Naomi Schalit

Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

A graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion and Near Eastern studies, Schalit began her career at the San Jose Mercury News. She has worked as a reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio, edited the opinion pages for two Maine newspapers and, with her husband, John Christie, founded the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a non-profit news outlet that produces investigative and accountability reporting about Maine government and public affairs.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy + Nonprofits Editor

Before joining the Conversation, Emily ran the OtherWords editorial service and reported for Dow Jones and Bloomberg in Washington, D.C., Rio de Janeiro and New York City. She earned an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Maggie Villiger

Maggie Villiger

Science + Technology Editor

Maggie has a background in broadcast journalism, having worked in both public radio and television. She has a BA in neuroscience and an MA in science communication.

Jennifer Weeks

Jennifer Weeks

Environment + Energy Editor

Jennifer Weeks has worked for a decade as a freelance journalist covering environment, science and health. Previously she was a Congressional aide, public-interest lobbyist and policy analyst in Washington, DC and Boston. Weeks graduated from Williams College and earned master's degrees at the University of North Carolina (political science) and the Harvard Kennedy School (public administration).

Ari Fertig

Ari Fertig

Manager, University Relations

Ari joins The Conversation having previously helped coordinate marketing and communications at Health Care For All, a Massachusetts-based health care nonprofit. He also has experience running online and on-the-ground campaigns. Ari graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in history and philosophy.

Joel Abrams

Joel Abrams

Manager, Media Outreach

Joel ran social media strategy and launched vertical sites on Catholicism and technology for The Boston Globe. He has also worked in product management and editorial positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Lycos, and CNN International.

Jason Lindley

Jason Lindley

Media Outreach Coordinator

Before joining The Conversation, Jason was a resident of Seoul, South Korea for more than 12 years. While there, he worked for a firm managing digital communities and supervising marketing content creation. In addition, he is the co-founder of a successful food and beverage company with multiple locations on the Korean peninsula.

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Damian Thompson

Damian Thompson

Director of Foundation Relations

Damian came to The Conversation from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, where he worked on programs to deliver services to the agriculture sector. He previously worked as a policy adviser to the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Small Business Department.

Eric Zack

Eric Zack

Director, University Relations

Eric began his career as a fundraiser for the University of Michigan (his alma mater.) After similar positions at the University of Massachusetts, Suffolk University and Georgetown University, he transitioned to consulting with universities for The Chronicle of Higher Education and NBC News' educational division.

Charles Cuneo

Charles Cuneo

Business and HR Manager

Charlie has extensive experience managing commercial enterprises in the Boston area. He sits on the boards of several nonprofits and teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University, where he was managing editor of the Yale Daily News.

Board of Trustees   Back to Top

Thomas Fiedler

Thomas Fiedler

Dean and Professor of Journalism, President of Board of Trustees

Tom Fiedler began his tenure as Dean of the College of Communication on June 1, 2008, following a distinguished career in journalism. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor’s in engineering, he earned a master’s in journalism at COM. Later, he joined the Miami Herald, where he would work for more than 30 years, as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor, and finally, the executive editor, from 2001 to 2007.

Bill Buzenburg

Bill Buzenburg

Bill Buzenberg has been a journalist and newsroom leader for more than 40 years. Most recently, he led the Center for Public Integrity, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2014, and he was VP News for both NPR and Minnesota Public Radio /American Public Media. He was also an NPR foreign affairs correspondent and London bureau chief. Buzenberg is a resident of Seattle, and has just completed a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

Mary Croughan

Mary Croughan

Mary Croughan is Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she leads the university's overall research and economic development efforts, which includes oversight of research infrastructure, compliance, and initiatives, as well as patent and licensing activities. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Research Grants Program Office at the University of California, Office of the President. Dr. Croughan served full-time as a facu...

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain is an experienced television executive, producer and journalist and the former vice president of national programs for WGBH/Boston, supervising series including Frontline, Masterpiece, NOVA, and American Experience. She served as an executive producer in public broadcasting and a producer at CBS News, NY. Prior to that she worked at Bill Moyers’ Journal and ran the News and Law program at the Ford Foundation, with an emphasis on First Amendment issues. Her awards include...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna heads James Farm Creative, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Weybridge, Vermont. Prior to founding James Farm, Mike was the first Vice President for Communications and Marketing in Middlebury College’s history. Before heading north for this role, McKenna was President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Marsteller, the corporate advertising arm of Burson-Marsteller in New York City. Clients there included The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Treasury, and the Wo...

Joseph Rosenbloom

Joseph Rosenbloom

Joe holds a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Columbia Law School.  He is a journalist with 40 years experience as an editor, reporter and writer. Trained as a lawyer, he is a former senior editor at Inc. Magazine; investigative reporter for Frontline, the PBS documentary series; and a reporter and editorial writer for The Boston Globe. He is author of the new book, "Redemption, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Last 31 Hours" to be published by Beacon Press. His awards include a Peabody and ...

Benjamin B Taylor

Benjamin B Taylor

Clerk

Benjamin is a former executive editor and publisher of the Boston Globe where he worked for 28 years, including a four-year stint in the Washington Bureau. He is chairman of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a non-profit organization that advocates for Boston's park system. He also chairs the board of Living on Earth, an environmental news program on National Public Radio, and serves on the board of Discovering Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on civic education and its role in...

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Treasurer

Sam is a Senior Managing Director at boutique investment bank, Progress Partners, where he works with companies to develop strategic partnerships.  He is also a Founding Partner at Progress Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in media and marketing technology companies. Prior to joining Progress Partners, he held interim positions in management of design at Pod Consulting and The Procter & Gamble Company, finance and sales at the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, and client r...

Ernest J. Wilson III

Ernest J. Wilson III

Dean and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication

Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., is Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is also a professor of political science, a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, a member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies' Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and...

Advisors   Back to Top

Juliet Blake

Juliet Blake

TED Content Producer

Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis

Professor, American University; Founder, Center for Public Integrity

Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen

Associate Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

Jay Rosen has been on the faculty since 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City. Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In July 2006 he announced the debut NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open...

Stefaan G. Verhulst

Stefaan G. Verhulst

Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologie...

Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman

Director, Center for Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirt...

Michael Schudson

Michael Schudson

Professor of Journalism

As well as being a full-time professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Michael has authored seven and co-edited three books examining the impact of American news media, advertising and Watergate on citizenship and public culture. These include Discovering the News (1978), The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (1998) and Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008). In 2009 he co-authored The Reconstruction of American Journalism, an influential Columbi...

Nikki Usher

Nikki Usher

Associate Professor, George Washington University

Paul Steiger

Paul Steiger

Editor in Chief, CEO, President, ProPublica

John Wilpers

John Wilpers

Senior Director/USA

Editorial Consultant, Innovation Media

Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Founding Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Emily Bell is founding director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, and a leading thinker, commentator and strategist on digital journalism. Established in 2010, the Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. The majority of Emily’s career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award winning writer and editor both in print and online. As editor-in-chief acro...

Jeff Howe

Jeff Howe

Assistant Professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism

Jim Amoss

Jim Amoss

Editor, Times-Picayune

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor

Professor of practice at Arizona State University; author; and columnist.

Technology and Product   Back to Top

James Hill

James Hill

Head of Engineering

James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Gin Atkins

Gin Atkins

Head of Product

Gin has spent the last 15 years learning about, designing for, and leading people in both product and service environments. Drawing from a uniquely diverse set of experiences that span youth work, management consulting, enterprise innovation labs and tech startups, she combines incisive analysis and strategic thinking with a deep care for, and sensitivity to how people think and feel.

Mark Cipolla

Mark Cipolla

Developer

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Nick Browne

Nick Browne

Developer

Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Eleanor Kiefel Haggerty

Eleanor Kiefel Haggerty

Developer

Eleanor studied Archaeology and Classics at The University of Queensland. She began programming shortly after finishing University. Two years and 28 countries later, Eleanor joined The Conversation.

Josh Bassett

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

Ben Macleod

Ben Macleod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.

Tiago Amaro

Tiago Amaro

Developer

Tiago studied computer science at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). His motto is to write better software that people will love.