44 Media Professionals to Receive Career Advancement Training and Mentorship by Top Experts to Foster Equity and Belonging in Newsrooms and Beyond

EMERYVILLE, CALIFORNIA (April 8, 2021) —The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education [MIJE], a national nonprofit dedicated to making newsrooms look like America and to bring about equity and belonging in media, today announced the 44 fellows selected for Maynard 200, the third cohort of its flagship fellowship.

The diverse group of media professionals was selected from a competitive pool of more than 140 applicants. The fellows represent a mix of mainstream, ethnic, local community and niche media, and their entrepreneurial ventures. The Maynard 200 fellowship will provide cutting-edge training and year-long mentorship from top experts.

The goal is to embolden the next generation of storytellers, leaders and media entrepreneurs to transform the nation’s media ecosystem and preserve our democracy by ensuring that the media accurately represents the lives and perspectives of all Americans.

The 2021 class reflects a profound pivot from diversity to belonging. These professionals will provide the energy helping to power the culture shift in America’s newsrooms. Calls by journalists of color for equity and dismantling systemic racism in the news media are profound and will be answered through the work of these fellows.

“We are energized by our fellows’ nuanced coverage, wide spectrum of diverse perspectives, empathetic leadership and innovative entrepreneurial ventures,” said Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, director of Maynard 200. “They will find allyship in and bolster the program’s mission of reinvigorating the media’s diversity pipeline now sharpened by the crises of our time amid our global pandemic recovery and racial justice reckoning.

“Despite our digital pivot for the first training week because of public health protocols for COVID-19, we are committed to deliver the same excellent program this year, aiming to amplify the collective impact of our cohort.”

This year’s Maynard 200 Fellowship will begin with a virtual training week, April 12-16. The second training round is scheduled in person this November if protocols allow.

Maynard 200’s three-track curriculum delivers a mix of content, expertise and perspectives and includes:

Executive Leadership

  • Effective leadership and financial strategies
  • Human capital management

Media Entrepreneurship

  • Core values of a startup launch
  • Developing a sound business model and picking the right team


  • The art of the story
  • Core tenets and cutting-edge techniques of investigative journalism

“We are fortunate to have accomplished leaders in charge of each of our training tracks — award-winning investigative reporter and author Aaron Glantz in Storytelling, media strategist Dickson Louie in Media Entrepreneurship and former newsroom C-suite executive Virgil Smith in Executive Leadership,” said Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director of the Maynard Institute and the architect of Maynard 200. “They are joined by accomplished and devoted professionals who teach and mentor our participants. Our faculty are key to building the next generation of journalists of color.”

“Given the demographics of the nation and the shift to have people pay for the news they use, the need to have media professionals that represent the wide diaspora of lives and cultures isn’t just the right thing to do,” said Martin G. Reynolds, the institute’s co-executive director. “It is imperative if journalism is to be seen as accurate, authentic, trustworthy and credible. It’s not hyperbole to say that the soul of journalism is at stake in this moment and in this time.”

When this third cohort graduates, 93 media professionals will have participated in the Maynard 200 fellowship since its inception in 2018. The program aims to reinvigorate the diversity pipeline in American media by training 200 diverse professionals in its first five years.

The program is tuition-free thanks to funding by Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, The Hearthland Foundation and the McClatchy Foundation.

The 2021 Maynard 200 Fellows

Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Storytelling track [L-R]: Jasmine Vaughn-Hall, Rommel Conclara, Estephany Haro, Eleanore Catolico, Ruslan Gurzhiy, Thalia Juarez, Herb Pinder, Sameea A. Kamal, Mark Walker, Cortlynn Stark, Sarah Mizes-Tan, Angela Chen, Marina Affo, Stephanie Casanova, Dalia Hatuqa


Marina Affo, reporter, investigations team, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stephanie Casanova, reporter and digital producer, Arizona Daily Star
Eleanore Catolico, freelance community journalist/contributor, BridgeDetroit
Angela Chen, morning anchor, KESQ TV- ABC/CBS
Rommel Conclara, Bay Area correspondent, ABS-CBN International-The Filipino Channel
Ruslan Gurzhiy, editor, Slavic Sacramento
Estephany Haro, executive producer, KDTV- Univision 14 Bay Area
Dalia Hatuqa, independent journalist/regular contributor, Foreign Policy
Thalía Juárez, photo editor, The Wall Street Journal / freelance multimedia journalist
Sameea A. Kamal, news desk editor, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Mizes-Tan, race and equity reporter, CapRadio
Herb Pinder, accountability coach, Asbury Park Press / USA Today Network
Cortlynn Stark, breaking news reporter, The Kansas City Star
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall, diversity & inclusion reporter, York Daily Record/USA Today Network
Mark Walker, FOIA coordinator and reporter, The New York Times

Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Media Entrepreneurship track [L-R]: Kevon Paynter, Annie Guo VanDan, Pete Camarillo, Clarisa Strohmeyer, Delonte Harrod, Anuz Thapa, Hannah Kim, datejie cheko green, Marvin Ramírez, Michelle García, Jenee Darden, Felicia Purcell, Travers Johnson, Meena Thiruvengadam


Pete D. Camarillo, founder, PST Media
Jeneé Darden, reporter and podcast host, KALW
Michelle García, journalist/curator, Rewriting the West project
datejie cheko green, founder and director, Solidarity Conscious Works
Delonte Harrod, founder, editor, reporter, The Intersection Magazine
Travers Johnson, founder and editor in chief, Queerency
Hannah Y. Kim, principal, Butterfly Strategies, LLC
Kevon Paynter, CEO and founder, Bloc By Block News
Felicia Purcell, freelance writer, various Bay Area publications / content manager, Sports in the Bay
Marvin Ramírez, editor and publisher, El Reportero
Clarisa Strohmeyer, managing director, ganjly.com
Anuz Thapa, journalist and video producer, thestreet.com
Meena Thiruvengadam, contributor, Travel + Leisure/journalist and audience development consultant
Annie Guo VanDan, president, Asian Avenue Magazine

Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Executive Leadership track [L-R]: Rajeswari Ramanathan, Michelle Faust Raghavan, Ross Terrell, Stephen Angeles, Gary Estwick, Samantha Guzman, Benét J. Wilson, Khalilah L. Liptrot, Lottie Joiner, Ashton R. Lattimore, Tripp J Crouse, Charmayne Brown, Tasha Stewart, Marian Liu, Anica Butler


Stephen Angeles, supervising producer and news producer, ABS-CBN Global
Charmayne Brown, morning news anchor, WFXR News
Anica Butler, deputy managing editor, local news, The Boston Globe
Tripp J Crouse, news director, KNBA
Gary Estwick, news director, The Leaf-Chronicle (Gannett Newspapers)
Samantha Guzman, executive editor, Decibel - Austin PBS
Lottie Joiner, senior writer/editor, TheCrisisMagazine.com/NAACP
Ashton R. Lattimore, editor-in-chief, Prism
Khalilah L. Liptrot, senior editor, CBSN
Marian Liu, operations editor, The Washington Post
Michelle Faust Raghavan, equity initiative manager, Solutions Journalism Network
Rajeswari Ramanathan, senior video producer, AJ+/Al Jazeera Int’l
Tasha Stewart, senior manager of engagement, WCPO
Ross Terrell, managing editor, KUER NPR Utah
Benét J. Wilson, senior editor, The Points Guy

For more information about Maynard 200, contact:
Odette Alcazaren-Keeley - Director, Maynard 200-MIJE
I 650-455-3063

Visit: mije.org



The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to helping the news media accurately portray all segments of society, particularly those often overlooked, such as communities of color. The media play a pivotal role in shaping our perceptions of each other. The distorted coverage of communities of color influences public policy and the decisions we make in our personal lives.