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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Former Dean, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
Ernest James Wilson III, is the former Dean and the Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is a professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Dr. Wilson also served on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2000 to 2010, the last year as chairman. He is the recipient of many research fellowships and awards, including the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Communication section of the ISA, an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves as an Advisory Professor to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and he heads USC Annenberg’s Third Space initiative.