This Week’s #NPRSource: Christina Smith

Christina Smith is an assistant professor of mass communication at Georgia College & State University, where she teaches journalism and advises the student-run weekly newspaper. Before getting her Ph.D. in mass communications in 2015, she worked in the newspaper industry as a daily and weekly news reporter for more than 13 years.




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Rosanna Garcia

Rosanna Garcia is an Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is an expert on entrepreneurial marketing, sustainability in innovation and the diffusion of innovations in a reluctant marketplace. Garcia is also a Chancellor’s Faculty of Excellence in Innovation + Design where she helps develop technologies from student ideas and faculty research that relate to environmental sustainability. Outside of academia, she serves on the board of several start-ups. Garcia can be heard presenting her research on sustainability at Northeastern University, here.


Associate Professor of Marketing at North Carolina State University 

Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurial Marketing, Sustainability in Innovation, Diffusion of Innovations In a Reluctant Marketplace

Location: Raleigh, NC

Contact Information:

Phone: (919) 515- 6944


Twitter: @agentmodeler 

Heard presenting her research at the D’Amore-McKim Research Showcase III at Northeastern University

Source(s) this week: Mo Elleithee and Maite Arce

We’re with the Washington Desk again this week, edited by Domenico Montanaro. He chose two experts to feature:


Mo Elleithee, Founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service

If you’d like an expert who can comment on WHY politicians are saying WHAT they’re saying, Elleithee’s the person to talk to.


Maite Arce, Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation

The Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) strives to improve the quality of life of Latinos in the U.S. through community & faith leaders, local service providers and information. Arce has talked to news outlets about their work with organizing the Latino community in environmental causes.

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This week’s source(s): Jayme Simões and Van Tran

Our sources this week were chosen by guest editor Domenico Montanaro of the Washington Desk.

Here’s what he had to say about the sources he handpicked:


“With ties to Democratic politics, [Jayme Simões] was one of the people who helped lead the rollout of the ACA in New Hampshire and is a good resource not just as a quotable source but also on who else to talk to.”



“Often the stories we tell are focused on very recent immigrants and the immigration fights on Capitol Hill. But Tran focuses on immigrants who have come to the U.S. in the last 50 years, post-1965, and have largely reshaped American cities.”


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#NPRSource This Week: Journalist Mark Trahant


Mark Trahant, Columnist and Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage

“Well, let me start by pulling the lens out. I think America is at its best when we’re an open society. And we want people to come here, we want the flow of ideas. And I think fences are a metaphor that get in the way of that. From the practical aspect, when as much anywhere from a third to a half of the illegal immigration is from visa overstays, I just don’t see that being a particularly effective way to control that.”

– Mark Trahant speaking about US border fences and immigration to NPR’s Talk of the Nation