Ann Grimes

Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice in the Stanford Journalism Program

Ann Grimes currently serves as Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice and teaches classes in technology reporting, digital media and entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Associate Director and an affiliated faculty member of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation in the School of Engineering. In addition, she is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medical School, and the Program in Science Technology and Society in the School of Humanities & Sciences.

Douglas McGray

Editor in Chief, The California Sunday Magazine

Douglas McGray is Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. His features have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and Wired, and he has made radio stories for This American Life.

Mekahlo Medina

Technology and Social Media Reporter for NBC4 Southern California and former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists

Mekahlo Medina is the former President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and reporter/anchor for NBC4 Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. The three-time Emmy award winning journalist currently covers technology and social media. He developed and managed KNBC’s and the country’s first all news digital channel that interweaved social media at it’s infancy with live broadcast news. As the former president of NAHJ, he led 2000 Latino journalists and is a fierce advocate for fair and accurate coverage of Latinos in media and more Latinos in newsrooms.

John Thornton

Founder, Texas Tribune

In 2009, John Thornton founded the Texas Tribune, the nation’s first statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan online news organization. He is the General Partner at Austin Ventures, a position he’s held since 1991. Previously, John was with McKinsey & Co.and has served on the Board of Directors for Ballet Austin, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. He also is a founding board member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and a former trustee of Trinity University.

Richard Tofel

President, ProPublica

Richard Tofel was the founding general manager of ProPublica, and became president in 2013. He has responsibility for all of ProPublica’s non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, development, finance and budgeting, and human resources. Also an accomplished nonfiction author, Richard was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He also spent time as vice president of corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and as their assistant general counsel. More recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Carlos Watson

Co-Founder and CEO of OZY Media, Inc.

Carlos Watson is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning journalist based in Silicon Valley. He is the co-founder and CEO of OZY Media, Inc., which helps over 20 million readers catch up on the day’s most important news with its Presidential Daily Brief (PDB,) and vault ahead with eight original features dedicated to what’s new and what’s next. He was the host of the OZY original series THE CONTENDERS, 16 for ’16 on PBS and hosts the PBS late-night show Point Taken. He previously anchored shows on CNN and MSNBC and hosted a series of Emmy-winning interview specials. As a businessman, Carlos built Achieva College Prep Services into one of the nation’s largest college prep companies before selling it to the Washington Post/Kaplan. He also worked as the Global Head of education Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Carlos grew up in Miami and holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Ernest Wilson

Founder and Director, University of Southern California, Center for Third Space Thinking

Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., professor of communication and political science, is founder and director of the USC Center for Third Space Thinking, devoted to research, teaching and executive education on soft skills in the digital age. He is also a faculty fellow at USC Annenberg’s Center on Public Diplomacy, a member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000–2010, the last year as chairman, and served as dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 2007–2017. Through the Center for Third Space Thinking, Dr. Wilson’s most recent research focuses on critical workforce competencies and talent and skills development in the 21st Century. As a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2017–2018), he currently is writing a book on utilizing competencies via the framework of Third Space Thinking.