Our team and boards

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Beth Daley

Beth Daley

Editor and General Manager

Beth Daley comes to The Conversation US from a leadership position at InsideClimate News. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for climate reporting at the Boston Globe, she also worked at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting as a reporter and director of partnerships. As Director of Strategic Development at InsideClimate, she worked to diversify the Pulizer Prize-winning news outlet's revenue stream. Daley attended Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow in 2011/2012.

Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson

Chief Innovation and Development Officer

Bruce Wilson helped launch The Conversation US after spending his entire career working at the intersection of academic leadership and media. He previously worked 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

Before joining the Conversation in 2015, Emily worked as a newspaper reporter and editor. She was the Metro Editor at The Salem News and Editor of the Newton TAB. She also has experience in book publishing, as a magazine writer, in radio and public television. As Deputy Editor, Emily is responsible for directing newsroom coverage of politics, religion, business, education and the arts. Emily is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Barnard College. She...

Martin LaMonica

Martin LaMonica

Deputy Editor

Martin has worked as a reporter and editor for 30 years at a number of digital and print publications. Before joining The Conversation, he wrote regularly on energy, technology and science for MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, the Boston Globe and the Guardian. He previously worked as a reporter and editor at CNET/CBS Interactive and was executive editor at a weekly Silicon Valley-based business technology newspaper.

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

Senior Health + Medicine Editor

Lynne Anderson has covered health policy, medicine and consumer health for 15 years, serving as consumer health reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she also was a bureau chief and editor. She also has worked in higher education communications, having 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 Co...

Jonathan Gang

Jonathan Gang

Editorial Researcher and Multimedia Producer

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

Politics + Society 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 politics, society, 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. He earned a Master's from New York University's Business and Economic Reporting program in 2007.

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

Data Editor

Aviva was previously a reporter/editor at New Scientist. Her stories have also appeared in BBC, National Geographic, 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.

Bijal Trivedi

Bijal Trivedi

Science and Technology Editor

Bijal Trivedi is an award-winning journalist specializing in biology, medicine, and health. Her work has appeared in Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, Science, Nature, The Economist, and National Geographic. Before joining The Conversation she was an editor for the NIH Director’s Blog. She holds a BA in biochemistry from Oberlin College, an MS in molecular/cell/developmental biology from UCLA, and an MA in science journalism from NYU.

Maggie Villiger

Maggie Villiger

Senior 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 covered environment, science and health for a decade as a freelance journalist before joining The Conversation in 2015. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Audubon, Discover and Slate. Previously she was a Congressional aide, public-interest lobbyist and policy analyst. Weeks holds a BA in history from Williams College, an MA in political science from the University of North Carolina and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Nicole Zelniker

Nicole Zelniker

Editorial Researcher

Before joining The Conversation, Nicole Zelniker was a student at The Columbia Journalism School and the Money intern at USA Today. She has also been a staff writer at New Voices Magazine, an investigative intern at Triad City Beat and the editor-in-chief of her college newspaper, The Guilfordian. Nicole graduated from Guilford College in 2017 with a degree in English writing.

Katie Lineberger

Katie Lineberger

University Relations Coordinator

Katie works as part of the University Relations team and coordinates The Conversation US' interactions with our member universities. She is a recent graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

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

Editorial Liaison

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.

Samuel Manas

Samuel Manas

Intern

Sam is an intern working with TCUS this summer. He is currently a second year graduate student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Taylor Ryan Moore

Taylor Ryan Moore

Intern

Taylor is an intern working at TCUS this summer. He is a senior from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism

Podcast Team   Back to Top

Maria Murriel

Maria Murriel

Podcast producer

Maria Murriel is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Boston, Mass. She reports on nuanced immigration and criminal justice issues, and produces sound-rich podcasts mixing investigation and personal history. Before freelancing, Maria was the immigration reporter for The World, a BBC and PRI co-production, during the 2016 US presidential election. She focused on extremist politics at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the Women’s March and the presidential inauguratio...

Phillip Martin

Phillip Martin

Podcast host

Phillip is a senior investigative reporter for WGBH news, Boston’s local NPR. On WGBH­-TV, he is a regular panelist for “Basic Black” and is a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Phillip is executive producer for Lifted Veils Productions, a nonprofit journalism project dedicated to exploring issues that divide and unite society. His journalism honors include 2017 Best Investigative Reporting award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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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.

Alexander Villari

Alexander Villari

Director, Development

Alex Villari is principal of Grand Army Advisors, a partner to innovative media and cultural organizations. He has collaborated with The Conversation US since 2018, and was recently elevated into a Director, Development role to help advance revenue growth. Previously, Alex served on staff at New York Public Radio and Columbia University, among others. Alex and his wife Amy Roth (Co-COO of the Whitney Museum) reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a stone’s throw from Grand Army Plaza.

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

Director of Finance and Administration

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, MA. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Yale University, where he was managing editor of the Yale Daily News.

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Benjamin B Taylor

Benjamin B Taylor

President and Clerk of The Board

Ben is a former executive editor and publisher of the Boston Globe where he worked for 28 years, including four years 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 democracy.

Tina Cassidy

Tina Cassidy

Tina Cassidy is WGBH’s Chief Marketing Officer, leading WGBH’s marketing, communications and public relations efforts. Before joining WGBH in 2019, Cassidy was the executive vice president and chief content officer at InkHouse, and earlier, vice president at Solomon McCown for five years. She began her career as a journalist at the Boston Business Journal and then at the Boston Globe. Cassidy is the author of several nonfiction books. She holds a BA in journalism from Northeastern University.

Mary Croughan

Mary Croughan

Mary Croughan is Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She leads UNLV's overall research and economic development efforts. Prior, she was Executive Director of the Research Grants Program Office at the University of California, Office of the President. She served as a faculty member with the UC system for 30 years. She has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Community Health from UC Davis.

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain is a TV executive, producer and journalist and the former vice president of national programs for WGBH/Boston. 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. Her awards include the Peabodys, primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia awards, and the Writers’ Guild. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Journalism.

Alvin Hall

Alvin Hall

Alvin Hall is president of Cooperhall Press, Inc., a company that designs and conducts training programs and produces videos about investment markets for financial services companies, regulatory organizations, and technology vendors worldwide. He is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, best-selling author, and a respected financial educator. He is Trustee Emeritus of Bowdoin College, his alma mater. He is now completing a memoir and developing television, radio and podcast series.

Thomas Fiedler

Thomas Fiedler

Dean and Professor of Journalism; Member, Board of Trustees, Director TCMG

Thomas E. (Tom) Fiedler is a professor of the practice of journalism and the former Dean of the Boston University College of Communication, which he joined in 2008 following a distinguished career as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor, and finally, the executive editor of The Miami Herald. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

Alexia Hudson-Ward

Alexia Hudson-Ward

Alexia Hudson-Ward is the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College and Conservatory. Her transition into Oberlin follows a career of distinction as a tenured librarian, award winning entertainment editor, public radio promotions coordinator, and Coca-Cola Company marketing manager. She holds a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, a BA in English Literature & African American Studies from Temple University and is currently a Simmons University doctoral student.

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 Middlebury College's first Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Earlier, McKenna was President, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Marsteller, in New York City and Creative Director at Young & Rubicam. He holds a MS in Journalism from Boston University where he was an Abbott Scholar, and a BA from Wesleyan University.

Michele Ozumba

Michele Ozumba

Michele Ozumba leads the Women’s College Coalition, a membership association of women’s colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Previous positions include President and CEO of Women’s Funding Network (WFN), CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Nigeria. One of Fast Company's Extraordinary Women of 2012, she has BA from Douglass College and an MS from Rutgers University in City and Regional Planning.

Elizabeth Ritvo

Elizabeth Ritvo

Elizabeth Ritvo, Of Counsel at Brown Rudnick LLP has served as counsel for numerous media organizations. She has served on the Board of the Media Law Resource Center, the Advisory Board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (as chair) and on the Board of the New England First Amendment Coalition. For the Boston Bar Association, she has served on its Governing Council and is a committee co-chair. Liz is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Treasurer

Sam is a Senior Managing Director at investment bank, Progress Partners.  He is also a Founding Partner at Progress Ventures, a venture fund that invests in media and marketing technology companies. Prior to joining Progress Partners, he held positions at Pod Consulting and Procter & Gamble, the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, and IGN Entertainment, Inc., and Snowball.com. Sam earned an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College and a BA from Lewis & Clark College.

Ernest J. Wilson III

Ernest J. Wilson III

Dean and Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication

Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., is former 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 Sciences. He served on the board of ...

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Andrew Jaspen

Andrew Jaspen

Founder and Patron

Journalist and entrepreneur Andrew Jaspan is the creator and founding editor of The Conversation, which he launched in Australia in 2011 where he had been Editor of The Age (Melbourne). He subsequently established The Conversation in the United Kingdom in 2013 and in the United States a year later. Andrew’s vision has since expanded: The Conversation is now published in several countries on six continents, each one engaging local scholars and journalists in this new form of expert-based jou...

Advisors   Back to Top

Juliet Blake

Juliet Blake

TED Content Producer

Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis

Professor, School of Communication; Executive Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop

Charles Lewis is a former ABC News and CBS News 60 Minutes producer, a best-selling author or co-author of six books and the founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. A MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2018 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, he is the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and a professor at American University.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Zoe Jazz

Zoe Jazz

Design Lead

Zoe works across a variety of products to enhance The Conversation’s user experience. As a UX specialist and design thinker, Zoe is excited about technology’s ability to enable better human communication and collaboration. Zoe has previously managed the Wilderness Society’s brand and website launch to raise awareness of nature conservation; founded Ain’t no Planet B to inspire 11k loyalists to live waste free; and supported the launch of Redbubble’s first iOS app and new-look design system.