Giannina Segnini

Giannina Segnini teaches journalism at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on using data to investigate across borders, as well as the shipping industry. She has led a team of journalists and computer engineers in the Investigative Unit at La Nacion to unfold investigative stories by analyzing public databases. Segnini has also trained hundreds of journalists on investigative journalism and database journalism in Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia, in programs like the Organization of American States in Washington DC and the United Nations Development Program.

Over the past decade, Segnini has spoken regularly at international conferences on investigative journalism, like the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. She also coaches cross-border investigations in Latin America and was part of the grand jury for the first Global Award on Data Journalism

Giannina Segnini

Professor of Journalism at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: International Corruption, Bribery, Fraud Investigative Communication Methods, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Data Analysis in Communication

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:
Twitter: @gianninasegnini

Heard on Columbia Journalism School Special: Cabot Prize, Giannina Segnini

Added September 2015

Last Verified: September 2015

Korina Lopez

Korina Lopez consults at the World Bank on social media and online campaigns on international development. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as a journalist for more than 15 years with USA Today and The Washington Post. Her current research focuses on the intersection between international development and pop culture, and capturing a larger audience.

A self-styled “pop-culture pundit, video host, content strategist, social media maven and innovative storyteller,” Lopez is also an experienced leader and mentor who has worked with both veteran and budding journalists. Her expertise covers the entertainment industry as well as international development.

Korina Lopez
Social Media Campaigns Consultant at the World Bank

Areas of Expertise: Social Media, Digital Strategy, Online Campaigns, Video Hosting.

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Twitter: @korinalopez

Heard on The World Bank’s #Music4Dev: Korina Lopez Interviews Fantastic Negrito

Added September 2015

Last Verified: September 2015

Jayme Simões

Jayme H. Simões manages client accounts and directs strategy and marketing efforts at Louis Karno & Company in Concord, New Hampshire. He founded the agency in 1999. He’s notable for helping lead the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire.

Simões twice received the Advertising and Public Relations Award from the New Hampshire Travel Council and was the chairman of the Franklin Pierce Bicentennial Commission and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Jayme Simoes

President and Founder of Louis Karno & Company

Areas of Expertise: Business Marketing, Portugal, Public Relations, Crisis Communications, Media Relations, New Hampshire Politics

Location: Concord, NH

Contact Information: 

Phone: (603) 224 5566 x19


Heard on NPR Morning Edition: Presidency of Franklin Pierce Examined in Bicentennial Year Of His Birth

Added June 2015

Ana Lopez

Ana Lopez is the Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and an Associate Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She has worked extensively with Latino cultural production in the U.S. Her work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals.Her scholarship and publications are focused on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture.

As director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, she oversees the Summer in Cuba program, the Summer in the Dominican Republic program, and academic and cultural programming aimed at promoting a true Cuban and Caribbean presence on Tulane’s campus.

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Professor at Tulane Stone Center of Latin American Studies

Areas of Expertise: Latin America, Mass Communication, Latin American Film, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture

Location: New Orleans, LA


Tulane’s PR for Dr. Lopez’s department: Valerie J McGinley, Office (504) 865-5164, Cell (504) 717-9775.

Phone: (504) 562-3034


Here is Lopez on member station WWNO, on Cuba Policy

Added January 2015

Last Verified: January 2015

Mark Trahant

Columnist Mark Trahant has over 30 years of experience in journalism, editing and reporting on a wide range of topics, as well as specializing in Indian Country news. He’s a former President of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and is the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

In the past he’s been the Chairman of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a columnist for The Seattle Times, an editor and publisher at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, an executive news editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a reporter at the Arizona Republic. He was a Kaiser Media Fellow in 2009 and 2010, writing about health care reform focused on existing programs such as the Indian Health Service (IHS).

His work recently appeared on the PBS series Frontline, in a story called “The Silence”, about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska. He also keeps a blog at

Trahant is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Mark Trahant

Columnist and Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Areas of Expertise: Native American & Alaska Native news and policy, Health Policy, Affordable Care Act in Indian Country, Journalism

Location:Fort Hall, ID

Contact Information:

Phone: (206) 200-8213

Heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Do Border Fences Curb Illegal Crossings?

Added September 2014

LeiLani Nishime

LeiLani Nishime is based in Seattle, where she is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. Her work focuses on Asian Americans in mass media.

Her 2014 book, “Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture,” looks at representations of mixed race Asian Americans in science fiction, advertising, art and celebrity culture. She has also written on Asian American graphic novels, race and science fiction, yellowface performance, and ethnic museums.

She has appeared on Voice of America and was interviewed by NPR Code Switch blogger Kat Chow for a roundtable on the past and present of ‘yellowface.’

Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise: Asian Americans in Mass Media, Media, Communication, Race

Location: Seattle, WA

Contact Information:
Phone: (206) 478-1316

Heard on Voice of America:
American Pop Culture Hides, Reveals Multiracial Asian-Americans

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya is an award-winning author and journalist with more than 20 years of experience combining media, technology and diversity. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, where she teaches radio journalism and works with campus organizations on student and faculty diversity.

Chideya is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Root, WNYC, BET, MSNBC and NPR, where she hosted News and Notes from 2006-2009 and sat in for Michel Martin on Tell Me More. As an author, she focuses on issues including jobs, technology, race relations and tech innovation. She is the author of “Innovating Women” and “Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans,” which she is updating for a special 20th anniversary edition.

Chideya’s work with outlets such as ABC’s Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and Real Time with Bill Maher have earned her a National Education Reporting Award, a North Star News Prize and a special prize from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association for coverage of AIDS.

Farai Chideya

Journalist, Author, Educator, Socio-Political Analyst

Areas of Expertise: Media, Technology, Diversity, Journalism, Women’s Issues, Social Entrepreneurship, Race, Race Relations, Politics, Innovation, Labor Economics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Phone: (682) 233-2724

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.
Tell Me More: Debating President Obama’s First Year On The Job

Jerome Williams

Jerome Williams is a professor of management and global business at Rutgers University, as well as director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. His work focuses on multicultural marketing, Internet privacy and public health communication.

Williams has been named as an expert witness in more than 100 court cases on consumer racial profiling. In December of 2013–in the wake of “Barneys-gate”–he spoke to Tell Me More’s Michel Martin about why black shoppers are more likely to be profiled (despite not being more likely to shoplift) than white shoppers.

He is the co-author of “Diversity in Advertising: Broadening the Scope of Research Directions,” and the co-author of an upcoming book on the fair treatment of customers from diverse backgrounds.

Professor of Management and Business, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise: Multicultural Marketing, Consumer Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion in the Marketplace, Fair Treatment of Customers, Internet Privacy, Public Health Communication

Location: Newark and New Brunswick, NJ

Contact Information:
Phone: (973) 353-3682

Heard on NPR:

Tell Me More: Are Black Shoppers More Likely To Be Profiled?


Patty Loew

Patty Loew is a journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. As a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, she focuses primarily on indigenous rights, sovereignty and the role of Native media.

Loew is a former broadcast journalist and has produced numerous documentaries and pieces for public and commercial television examining Native issues and culture. Her award-winning documentary Way of the Warrior premiered nationally on PBS in 2007.

Journalism professor and director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise: Ojibwe Treaty Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty, Role of Native Media in Communication Indigenous World Views, Social Media, Indigenous Cultural Expression

Location: Evanston, IL

Contact Information:
Phone: 847-491-4837

Heard on WUWM: The Lake Effect: “Professor: State Will ‘Drive a Wedge’ Between Indian Nations Over Casino”

Last updated August 12, 2020