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.

As a scholar, Smith’s research interests include the role of journalism in rural towns in the U.S. Her dissertation, titled “Weekly Newspapering: Iowa Small-Town Newspapers, Their News Workers, and Their Community Roles”, explores how news gets produced in small, rural communities in Iowa in addition to how well their weekly newspapers are doing in the digital age.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communications at George College & State University

Location: Milledgeville, Georgia

Areas of Expertise: Journalism, Communications, Community Journalism, Newspapers

Contact Information:

E-mail: christina.smith1@gcsu.edu
Phone: (478) 445-8267

Martha Gulati

Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona-Phoenix. Her research interests include the study of women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women. Before joining the University of Arizona’s faculty, she held the Sarah Ross Soter Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and was the Section Director for Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Preventive Cardiology at Ohio State University.

Gulati has written extensively about the impact of heart disease on the lives of women. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, CardioSmart and author of Saving Women’s Hearts, a bestseller. In 2012 she was named one of Chicago’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has been published in a number of news outlets and peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and CBS National News.


Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, University of Arizona at Phoenix

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Cardiology, women’s health, higher education, medical journalism

Contact Information

E-mail: marthagulati@email.arizona.edu

Phone: (602) 521-3128

Twitter: @drmarthagulati

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Seema Yasmin

Seema Yasmin is a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, professor of public health at the University of Texas at Dallas and Medical Contributor for both CNN and NBC Channel 5. An expert in epidemiology, she has served as a disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has her own column for the Dallas Morning News called ‘Debunked’, which exposes medical myths.

Yasmin has examined epidemics in Kenya, Botswana, the United Kingdom and the Americas, working in environments ranging from maximum security prisons to American Indian reservations. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as the Scientific American and Reuters. In 2016 her reporting on Chagas Disease won an Emmy for Continued Coverage. The same year, her first collection of poetry won the Diode Editions chapbook contest.

Reporter at Dallas Morning News and Professor of Public Health at University of Texas at Dallas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, journalism, media studies, gender-based violence, public health, multimedia storytelling

Contact Information:

E-mail: seemayasmin@gmail.com
Twitter: @DoctorYasmin

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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:
Email: gs2799@columbia.edu
Twitter: @gianninasegnini

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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 trahantreports.org.

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
Email: mntrahant@mac.com

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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:

Email: fc51@nyu.edu
Phone: (682) 233-2724

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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:
Email: patricia.loew@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-4837

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Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary is The Washington Post’s resident personal finance expert, dishing out her own brand of financial advice in her widely syndicated column, “The Color of Money.”

Singletary’s financial expertise has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s The View, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, and WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show. She is a frequent guest on NPR and was for several years a regular personal finance contributor for the “Day to Day” program.

She has written for O Magazine and is the author of three books, most recently “The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.”


“The Color of Money” columnist, The Washington Post

Areas of Expertise: Personal Finance, Business

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email (preferred): michelle.singletary@washpost.com
Mobile: (240) 731-5825
Home Office: (301) 805-8215
Twitter: @SingletaryM

Or via her assistant Tia Lewis:
Email: tia.lewis@washpost.com
Phone: (202) 334-5504

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Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He was previously a history professor and director of the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. He specializes in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century and modern American politics and the history of the Cold War. Cobb served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and was selected as part of the Root 100 in 2013 — a listing of influential African American thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and leaders.

He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Cobb is the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress” and “To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic,” which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection “The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays” was published in 2007. Cobb’s forthcoming book is titled “Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957.”

Cobb has contributed to a number of anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He is a frequent contributor to NewYorker.com and his work has appeared in The New Republic, the Washington Post, the New York Times and Vibe magazine. He has also been a featured commentator on MSNBC, National Public Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.

Professor of Journalism, Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: African American Culture & History, Cold War History, 20th-Century American Politics, Contemporary Politics

Location: Hartford, CT

Contact info:

Office: 212-851-1809

Email: jelani.cobb@gmail.com

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Margaret Zanger

University of Arizona professor of practice Maggy Zanger focuses on Middle East journalism and is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the project director of the School of Journalism’s partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-year effort to develop a journalism department at the Afghan university.

She was the Iraq country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq for nearly two years, starting centers in Baghdad and Sulaimani to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media. Zanger was a faculty member at the American University in Cairo for nearly four years and the coordinator of the publications program of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Zanger has developed several new global journalism classes at UA, including Media Coverage of International Crises, International Opinion Writing and Reporting the Middle East. She led students on an eight-week study abroad program in Egypt, funded by Fulbright, and has worked on developing other study abroad programs in the Middle East. She has also conducted research on the work attitudes of Iraqi journalists.

Zanger was also the faculty adviser to El Independiente, a student-produced publication that serves the city of South Tucson and is the only bilingual newspaper in the country produced by students in a real community on a regular basis. She also spearheaded the School’s border safety efforts which developed workshops for students on how to report safely along the border, and was a founder of the Border Journalism Network, which functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border reporting.

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Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise: Middle East & the Muslim World, Egypt, Iraq, Kurds, Kurdish and Iraqi Media Development, Conflict & Media

Location: Tucson, AZ

Contact Info:

Mobile: 520-661-2742

Email: zanger@email.arizona.edumaggyzanger@gmail.commaggyzanger@hotmail.com

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