March 17, 2017
Local Fix Readers Share the Women Working in Local News They Admire
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
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
Submitted by @JimSmall
Submitted by @NatalieDaher7
Submitted by @AshAHarriman
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.
- Who are the women journalists you admire? – Nikole Hannah-Jones
- 21 women running U.S. media organizations now – Margaret Sullivan
- Follow JAWS members – JAWS
- Nine female journalists jailed for their work – CPJ
- From the Archives: The Big Trend in Indie Hyperlocal: Strong Women – NiemanLab
- 16 women paving the way in digital media and technology – Journalism.co.uk