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March 10, 2017

Local Fix Readers Share the Women Working in Local News They Admire

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Every week, the Local Fix newsletter explores journalism sustainability, innovation, and community engagement through the lens of local news. At the core of all of that are the people making it all happen.

In November, we asked Local Fix readers to share who they are thankful for as one way to highlight and recognize some of those people. Last week, in honor of International Women’s Day (and inspired by a Twitter thread from The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones), we asked Local Fix readers to again share names, this time of women they admire working in local news.

In no way is this an exhaustive list, but just a sampling of the many, many women working to make local news stronger. Have more names to share? Give some props on Twitter – tweet names and accolades to @TheLocalNewsLab.


I nominate Karen Moses, who, after 35 years of climbing the ladder at one company, broke the glass ceiling and was named Editor-In-Chief at the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico’s largest news organization. …she’s committed to a strong, independent press, providing a strong watch-dog role, while negotiating some challenging times in the news business.

Submitted by Michael Marcotte

At Chalkbeat, I nominate our COO Rebecca Ross and our managing editor Philissa Cramer. Also our editors Sarah Darville, Marta Aldrich, Julie Topping, Cassi Feldman, product leader Sarah Glen, growth editor Candace Carrington, reporters Melanie Asmar, Yesenia Robles, Ann Schimke, Shaina Cavazos, Dylan Peers McCoy, Grace Tatter, Laura Kebede, Caroline Bauman, Erin Einhorn, Monica Disare, and Christina Veiga, and ops/finance team members Ramsay Kubal and Jennifer Jones.

Also, Rebekah Monson of Whereby.us.

And Molly de Aguiar of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Submitted by Elizabeth Green

Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times

Submitted by Tracy Simmons

Mila Sanina, executive director, PublicSource

Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost reporter/politics and public affairs

Stephanie Arnold, Philly.com lead social media producer

Anjeanette Damon, Reno Gazette reporter/investigative

Mary Ellen Klas, Miami Herald capitol bureau chief

Lauren McGaughy, Dallas Morning News reporter/politics

Kera Wanielista, Skagit Valley (Wash.) Herald reporter/education, crime

Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter, features

Submitted by Jane Elizabeth

We’re proud of the many, many woman who have led the way as local news entrepreneurs – too many to mention, roughly half of the sites associated with LION were launched and are run by women.

A few examples:

Kelly Gilfillan, Brentwood Home Page in Tennessee

Charlotte-Anne Lucas of NowCastSA in San Antonio

Liena Zagare of Corner Media in Brooklyn

Denise Civiletti of Riverhead Local on Long Island

Rose Hoban of North Carolina Health News

Leslie David of Benito Link in California

Andaiye Taylor of Brick City Live in New Jersey

Denise Lockwood of the Racine County Eye in Wisconsin, and on and on.

Also, have to mention Jan Schaffer of J-Lab, who has helped guide so many.

Submitted by Matt Derienzo

Charlotte Anne Lucas of nowcastsa.com is definitely a favorite, Traven Rice of Thelowdownny.com is amazing and Denise Lockwood of https://www.racinecountyeye.com is a hard working woman.

I love being a local independent online news publisher along with these women!  LION Publishers rock.

Submitted by Kelly Gilfillan 

Staff at the Austin Monitor, including our editor-in-chief, Liz Pagano, and our politics editor, Jo Clifton.

Submitted by Mike Kanin

Lucky to have so many in Denver including @Greeneindenver

Submitted by @colin_gibbs

For my money, you can’t beat the work done by @rachelleingang (gov’s office) and @_KECampbell (Pinal County justice)

Submitted by @JimSmall

Former @StarTribune colleagues @allieshah @pamlouwagie @ByJenna @AimeeBlanchette @SharynJackson @emmamarienelson to name a few 🙂

Submitted by @NatalieDaher7

I work with some amazing women! @LucyMayCincy @bernardkuhn @AmandaSeitz1 @PaulaChristian_ @MeghanWesley @tstewart2 @EmilyWCPO

Submitted by @AshAHarriman

Women run rad @yourcallradio: host @roseaguilar, senior producer @maliherazazan, producer (me), @H___BOMB, @stephporcell

Submitted by @msmightyflynn


Thanks to everyone who submitted. For more great names, here are some links to other lists we shared in the Local Fix.

As always, share your thoughts and additions to @TheLocalNewsLab on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Local Fix.