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Kara Andrade, Maynard Institute

Kara Andrade Kara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism with a Master?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s in Journalism. She received her B.A. in literature from New College of Florida and has six years of experience in nonprofit development, public health and community organizing. She has worked as a staff writer, photojournalist and bilingual multimedia journalist for the Alameda Journal of the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune, Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, and many publications. Kara?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s specialities include online content and news production, Second Life event planning, community organizing, social networking and online strategy. Currently, she is the online strategist and news editor for the Maynard Institute. To see her portfolio go to Stacey Brooks

Staci Brown Brooks, Birmingham News

Staci Brown Brooks is the assistant features editor at the Birmingham News. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she began her newspaper career as a news copy editor at the Detroit Free Press. When she?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s not at work, she likes to travel, bake and tutor kids at her church in English and history (not math). She also likes any kind of musical theater. Finally, she?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s proud to be the world?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s worst possible tennis player.


LaSharah Bunting, New York Times LaSharah Bunting

LaSharah S. Bunting is an assistant culture editor for the New York Times. LaSharah joined the Times in 2004 as a staff editor on the metro desk. Later that year, she moved to the culture copy desk, and in June 2007 she was promoted to assistant editor. Before working at the Times, she was a copy editor at the Dallas Morning News for three years. In 2000, LaSharah earned a bachelor?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s degree in journalism, with concentrations in political science and history, from the University of Nebraska. She is also an alumni of Chips Quinn and the Dow Jones Editing program. LaSharah grew up in Omaha, Neb., and currently lives in Harlem.


Minal Gandhi, St. Louis Post-DispatchMinal Gandhi

Minal Gandhi ?¢‚Ǩ' no relation to the legend, yet she likes to think so ?¢‚Ǩ' is an editor on the national and foreign desk of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was raised in San Jose, Calif., and she attended San Jose State University. Before moving to the Midwest, where there is such a thing as ?¢‚Ǩ?ìwinter,?¢‚Ǩ¬ù she lived and worked alongside the ocean at the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, Calif. In her three years there, she served as copy editor, wire editor, page designer and news editor. Minal has also written and edited for magazines, an industry that lured her into journalism in the first place. She?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s excited about the Media Academy, but not about being in Boston in January.

John Gray, Daily Advertiser/Daily WorldJohn Gray

I am the single-copy manager for the Daily Advertiser and Daily World newspapers in Lafayette and Opelousas, La. I have been with the company for four years and have been in my current position for two. Originally from Morgan City, La., I live in Lafayette, La. I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m single with no children. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports and following my favorite sports team. Occasionally, I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll take part in a pick-up basketball game with friends. I also enjoy eating out at favorite local restaurants.


Merissa Green, LedgerMerissa Green

Merissa Green, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., is a government reporter at The Ledger in Winter Haven, Fla. She also covers general assignment, public housing and crime stories and maintains a very successful blog, Diva Dish (http:/ Green began working at The Ledger in 2000, after graduating from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. A former vice president of print for the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists and Broadcasters, Green also serves on The Ledger?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s diversity committee. In 2006, Green served as co-chairwoman for Focus on Leadership, a minority civic leadership program sponsored by The Ledger. She became the chairwoman in 2007.

Mike Green, Ashland Daily TidingsMIke Green

Mike Green is an award-winning columnist, author and the content editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings, a small daily in Southern Oregon. Mike is the first black editor in the newspaper?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s 100-year history and is the only black news editor in the state of Oregon. Mike is a 12-year military veteran, with 13 years of media experience, including three years as a talk-radio host in San Diego. Mike?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s investigation into the War on Terror in the aftermath of 9/11 led to his book, ?¢‚Ǩ?ìThe WHOLE Truth about the U.S. War on Terror: Answers to every question you never knew to ask.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù Mike is married with three grown children and a 7-year-old daughter.

Robert Holquist, Bluffton TodayRobert Holoquist

Robert Holquist is managing editor of Bluffton Today, a hyper-local, 18,000-circulation newspaper delivered free to homes and in racks in Bluffton, S.C. He is also managing editor for three weeklies ?¢‚Ǩ' Hilton Head Island Today, Hardeeville Today and Beaufort Today ?¢‚Ǩ' which serve surrounding communities. All four newspapers are tied to Web sites and use much reader-submitted content (photos, blogs, ?¢‚Ǩ?ìVox?¢‚Ǩ¬ù calls, letters and photos) to be as interactive as possible. Holquist graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1984. His career has taken him through newspapers in Arizona, California and South Carolina.

Adrienne Jacobson, Boston GlobeAdrienne Jacobson

Adrienne Jacobson is the regional sales and marketing manager for the Boston Globe, responsible for single-copy sales and marketing in the greater Boston area. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she had worked at DMB&B Advertising, ABC Network and the Walt Disney Co. In 2006 and 2007, her promotional programs were recognized for marketing innovation and successful bottom line results by INMA. A native of Boston, Adrienne received her degree from Cornell University. Adrienne and her husband, David, have three children, Joshua, 7, Sydney and Benjamin, 1-year-old twins.

Jeffrey Martin, Wichita EagleJeffrey Martin

Jeffrey Martin is the Kansas State/Big 12 reporter for the Wichita Eagle. Previously, he worked at the York Dispatch and Daily Record in York, Pa., covering the Baltimore Ravens. A native of New England, he is a graduate of Boston University, and an avid supporter of the Terriers?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ men?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s basketball and hockey teams. He?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. His goal is to run his own sports section one day. His parents are said to be extremely proud of him, even though he isn?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t married yet. But he does have three wonderful nephews who don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t get to see nearly enough of their uncle.

Alexandra Merceron, Boston GlobeAlexandra Merceron

Originally from New York City, Alexandra M. Merceron holds a master?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s degree in communications from Boston?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Emerson College and has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications management. She has held posts at leading media institutions such as AOL/Time Warner, Harvard?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Education Publishing Group, the Boston Public Library System and Billboard Magazine. Currently, she serves as the B2B marketing manager for the Boston Globe. Merceron also is involved in activities related to improving diversity in media, including volunteering with a local urban music TV show and pro bono consulting for several startups. Merceron ultimately plans to pursue a Ph.D. to explore race and gender representation in news media and emerging social media technologies.

Margaret Myers, Amarillo Globe-NewsMargaret Myers

Margaret Myers is the features editor at the Amarillo Globe-News in the Texas Panhandle. She began her career as a photojournalist for the Daily Journal in Prince William County, Va., in 1999. Her love of travel led her to Latin America, where for five years she worked as a photographer and lifestyles editor for various English-language publications in Guatemala and Mexico. Since her college days, she has been motivated to learn the stories of the working-class people all over the world ?¢‚Ǩ' her favorite images from Latin America show the color and beauty of everyday life. Although she no longer shoots professionally, she keeps a camera handy to capture her adventures in Texas. Margaret is originally from the Detroit area and has a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan.

Jon Perez, Rocky Mountain NewsJohn Perez

I graduated from San Jose State University after living at the school paper for three years, holding almost every title possible, except for janitor. After college, I worked at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., for three months, then ANG Newspapers in the East Bay in California for about three months, and then returned to the Statesman. After about two years, I became the lead sports designer for the Tribune in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Two years later, the Rocky Mountain News called: ?¢‚Ǩ?ìJon, do you want to work for us??¢‚Ǩ¬ù ?¢‚Ǩ?ìHow much will you pay me??¢‚Ǩ¬ù ?¢‚Ǩ?ìDouble.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù ?¢‚Ǩ?ìI?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m there.?¢‚Ǩ¬ù I am now the lead designer in sports. I like to eat, drink beer and sleep ... in no particular order. I love my wife and two daughters.

Seth Prince, OregonianSeth Prince

Seth Prince has worked at the Oregonian in Portland since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. He started as a copy editor after a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund internship at the paper. He worked on the news and sports desks for seven years, copy-edited the series that helped the newspaper win the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, was named the paper?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s top copy editor twice and wrote a comprehensive Native American style guide that expanded on the Oregonian?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s groundbreaking move in the 1990s to not publish Native-themed mascot names. In January 2007, he became an assistant bureau chief. In January 2008, he became assistant sports editor. In 1999, he was a Chips Quinn Scholar copy editing intern at the Wichita Eagle in Kansas. He and his wife, Amy, live in Vancouver, Wash., with their dog in a 100-year-old house they?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re restoring.

Channing Sherman, AugustaChronicle.comChanning Shermann

I am part of a nine-member team that handles the Augusta Chronicle network of sites. I guess the best way to describe me would be jack-of-all-trades. On any given day I could be out taking photos and shooting video or in the office putting stories on our sites, contacting venues and artists about Spotted and updating special sections. I came to Augusta, Ga., in October 2000 after spending the first 23-something years of my life in Louisiana. I love dogs, and I have way too much Coca-Cola stuff at my house. Outside of work, I don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t do much. However, I?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ve been told that I bake a mean (homemade) cinnamon roll.

Billy Smith II, Houston ChronicleBilly Smith

Billy Smith II is a photojournalist at the Houston Chronicle. Before coming to the Chronicle more than two years ago, Billy was on the photo staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, he had a short stint at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., and his internships include the New York Times, the Associated Press and the Florida Times-Union. Billy is a Texas native who attended the University of Texas at Arlington.


Carlton Thompson, Houston Chronicle

Carlton Thompson Sports always have been a passion and something at which I expected to make a living, but when I topped out at 5-foot-6 and realized I had no athletic ability, I re-evaluated my master plan. I grew up in Hitchcock, Texas, a small Gulf Coast town about 45 miles south of Houston and attended Houston Baptist University and earned BA degrees in mass media and speech. In 1992, my senior year at HBU, I received an internship at the Houston Post and then got a full-time job there when I graduated, reporting and working on the copy desk. In 1994, at 24 years old, I was promoted to Houston Oilers beat writer, at the time, the youngest NFL beat writer at a major U.S. daily. The next year, the paper closed. Fortunately, I was hired by the Houston Chronicle two weeks later. I became assistant sports editor in 2004, and in November 2007 was named sports editor.