Bios of Advisory Board Members
The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships
Sue A. Cross (Chair) is senior vice president of global new media and U.S. print/broadcast markets for The Associated Press. Previously, she was AP's vice president/online for U.S. newspaper markets. She joined The Associated Press in 1983 in Cincinnati and has since served in numerous regional and national management roles. From 1998 through 2003, she was chief of bureau for Los Angeles, overseeing international, national, and state coverage from California and Nevada, creating a multimedia newsroom, and expanding AP's West Coast entertainment report. She also served as AP's bureau chief in Phoenix, assistant bureau chief in Chicago, and news editor in Illinois and Texas, and worked as a reporter in Ohio and Alaska. Ms. Cross holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she specialized in health and science coverage and served as editor in chief of The Lantern student newspaper. She serves on the board of directors of the InterAmerican Press Association and is active in organizations including the Association for Health Care Journalists, the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and International Women's Media Foundation.
William F. Allman became chief digital officer for Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating arm of the Smithsonian Institution, in February 2011. He previously worked as vice president of e-media for www.Bonniercorp.com and as chief content/creative officer for The HealthCentral Network, a network of websites. Mr. Allman has been involved in interactive content for more than two decades. He formerly was senior vice president and general manager of interactive new media for Discovery.com, where his duties involved the strategic planning and day-to-day management of Discovery Communications, Inc.'s websites, as well as overseeing strategy and development for all ITV and broadband applications. He was the founding general manager for the U.S. News & World Report websites, which launched in November 1992. Mr. Allman began his career as a print journalist, helping to create the award-winning magazine Science 80, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, before moving to U.S. News & World Report as a senior writer and editor specializing in science and health. He has bachelor's degrees in English and biology from Brown University.
Samuel Belilty has been news director of KWEX TV, Univisión 41, in San Antonio since August 2007. Before that, he spent almost nine years at KFTV Univisión 21 in Fresno, including five as news director. Under his leadership, KFTV received five Emmy nominations and the Edward Murrow Award for Best Regional Newscast in 2007. Before moving to Fresno in 1999, Mr. Belilty was a correspondent in Miami for one year for Radio Caracas Television (RCTV). A native of Venezuela, he held a variety of positions with RCTV in Caracas, beginning in 1990. His work for the special reports show, "48 Horas," included reporting from Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Haiti, Cuba, the former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. In Fresno, he served as board governor of the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
Jane Brody has written the "Personal Health" column for The New York Times since 1976. Her column appears every Tuesday in the Science Times section and many other newspapers. Ms. Brody joined the Times in 1965 as a full-time specialist in medicine and biology. She has received numerous awards for journalistic excellence, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Princeton University in 1987. Her books include the best sellers "Jane Brody's Nutrition Book" and "Jane Brody's Good Food Book." Her newest book, "Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond," was published in January 2009.
Sandy Close is the founder and executive director of New America Media, a San Francisco-based network of more than 400 ethnic news organizations that collaborate on a weekly TV show, an awards program, and an inter-ethnic media exchange and Website. Ms. Close received a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 1964 before moving to Hong Kong, where she worked as the China editor for the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 1974, she became executive director of the Bay Area Institute/Pacific News Service, which she helped develop into one of the most diverse sources of literary voices in the U.S. news media. In 1991, she founded YO! (Youth Outlook), a collaboration of writers and young people, and in 1996 she co-founded "The Beat Within," a weekly newsletter of writing and art by incarcerated youths. Ms. Close received a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 1995 for her work in communications. In 1997, a film she co-produced - "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" - won the Academy Award for best short documentary.
Robert J. Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H., has more than 20 years' experience as a health and medical journalist. He is president and editor-in-chief of Everwell, a company that creates and distributes consumer health video content. Previously, he was executive producer of the award-winning PBS series "HealthWeek," a producer for CNN medical news, and a columnist for WebMD and The Wall Street Journal. Davis is an adjunct professor at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and the author of two books, The Healthy Skeptic (University of California Press, 2008) and Coffee Is Good for You (Penguin/Perigee, 2012). A graduate of Princeton University, he holds a master's degree in public health from Emory and a Ph.D. in health policy from Brandeis University, where he was a Pew Foundation Fellow.
Anh Do covers multicultural communities and issues at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she served as vice president of Orange County-based Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language publication in the U.S., which was founded by her late father. Do attended USC majoring in journalism and English literature. She worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Seattle Times before writing for the Orange County Register, including authoring a column on Asian affairs. Her reporting has taken her to England, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, India, Cuba and Mexico. Her work has been honored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Asian American Journalists Association, the DART award for excellence in reporting on victims of violence and Freedom Newspapers’ Sweepstakes Award. Do is a recipient of the AAJA-New York Times fellowship for training in newspaper management and an honoree of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Felix Gutiérrez, Ph.D., is a professor of journalism and communication at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and a professor at the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. An advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, he was honored with the 2011 Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The first executive director of the California Chicano News Media Association, Professor Gutiérrez is author or co- author of five books and numerous scholarly articles, most of them on racial diversity and the media. He is co-author of "Racism, Sexism, and the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America," which won the 2003 Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Medallion for Excellence in Research about Journalism. Professor Gutiérrez has a bachelor's degree in social studies from California State University Los Angeles, a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and a doctorate in communication from Stanford University.
Richard J. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., is professor and chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department of the UCLA School of Public Health. He is an internationally recognized environmental health expert who in recent years has focused his research and advocacy on the links between urban sprawl and human health. Dr. Jackson has served as director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan and as professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. From 2004 to 2005, he was state public health officer at the California Department of Health Services. As director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for nine years, beginning in 1994, Dr. Jackson addressed issues such as cancer, asthma, radiation, pesticide exposure, and toxicology, especially lead poisoning in children. From August 2003 to March 2004, Dr. Jackson was senior adviser to CDC's director. A pediatrician, Dr. Jackson is a graduate of UC San Francisco's School of Medicine and has a master's degree in public health from UC Berkeley. He began his public health career at the CDC as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Francine R. Kaufman, M.D., became vice president of global affairs for Medtronic Diabetes in January 2009 after 30 years at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she was head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and 11 years as a professor of pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. At Childrens Hospital, Dr. Kaufman also directed the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center. She is the author of more than 150 medical articles, as well as a book, "Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America - And What We Must Do to Stop It". She collaborated with Discovery Health on a documentary, "Diabetes: A Global Epidemic," that premiered in November 2007. Dr. Kaufman is past president of the American Diabetes Association and a recipient of the 2003 Woman of Valor award from the American Diabetes Association for her lifetime achievement in pediatric endocrinology and research. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.
Tim Lau is chief executive officer for the West Coast edition of Sing Tao Daily, the Hong Kong-based newspaper. Under his direction, Sing Tao Daily has become the best selling Chinese-language newspaper in the Bay Area. In April 1996, he spearheaded the company's expansion into radio. Today, Arbitron rates its Cantonese and Mandarin programs as the most popular Chinese radio shows in the United States. In October 2003, Mr. Lau was appointed director of Sing Tao Newspapers (Canada 1988) Ltd. Mr. Lau previously was a television producer. He has a master's degree from Ohio University. He served as a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and of San Francisco SAFE, Inc., a non-profit neighborhood safety awareness organization, in 2003. He was also a board member at the American Red Cross (Bay Area Chapter) in 2006.
Hugo Morales, J.D., is the founder and executive director of Radio Bilingüe, the Latino public radio network. Headquartered in Fresno, the network provides a national satellite service in English, Spanish, Mixteco, and Hmong. It serves over half a million listeners with its pioneering daily Spanish-language national talk show, Linea Abierta, its independently produced news service, Noticiero Latino, and its offerings of Spanish-language folk music. In 1994, Mr. Morales received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and in 1999, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the broadcast industry's highest honors. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from California State University Fresno. He serves or has served on the boards of The California Endowment, Central California Legal Services, The National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, California Tomorrow, The California Wellness Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Advisory Committee, the Fresno Arts Council Folk Arts Program Advisory Committee, and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Pedro Rojas was executive editor of La Opinión, the largest-circulation Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, from 2005 to 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper business, the last ten in management positions. He previously served eight months as the executive editor for El Diario La Prensa, the nation's oldest Spanish-language daily, and worked for 27 years for El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico, six of them as the managing editor. Earlier this year, Mr. Rojas collaborated with Michelle Levander, director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, to publish the Boyle Heights Beat, a quarterly newspaper written by high school students, A native of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Rojas holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico.
Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., has been vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and director of its Health Policy Institute since September 2008. The institute explores disparities in health and generates policy recommendations on health equity concerns. Mr. Smedley previously served as research director for The Opportunity Agenda, a communication, research, and advocacy organization that he co-founded in 2004. Before that, he served as a senior program officer in the Division of Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine, where he was study director for the report, "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care," and three other reports. Previously, he was director for public interest policy for the American Psychological Association, a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA), and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Educational Testing Service. Among his awards and distinctions: the National Academy of Sciences' Individual Staff Award for Distinguished Service in 2003 and 2000; the Congressional Black Caucus "Healthcare Hero" award in April 2002; and the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association in 2002. A Detroit native, Mr. Smedley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with degrees in psychology and social relations and earned a doctorate in psychology from UCLA.
Antronette K. Yancey, M.D., M.P.H., passed away on April 23 2013 after serving faithfully and enthusiastically on our board. She was a professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health, and co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Dr. Yancey's primary research interests were in chronic disease prevention and adolescent health promotion. We honor her memory with this tribute post.
Mary Lou Fulton is the program manager for media at The California Endowment, where she is responsible for managing a grant-making portfolio focused on the external policy and political environment for health and community health policy issues. Before joining The Endowment in 2009, Ms. Fulton served as vice president of audience development for The Bakersfield Californian, where she oversaw the conceptualization and launch of new products and publications. Her team was also responsible for the conceptualization and development of the "Bakomatic" Social Media Platform that now powers thousands of blogs in Bakersfield and has been licensed to other media companies, including the Gannett and McClatchy corporations. The platform was honored with a 2006 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism. In addition to her extensive background in social media, Ms. Fulton has considerable experience as a journalist, serving as both an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press and AOL.com, where she was managing editor. She also played a key role in the creation of washingtonpost.com, where she oversaw staff, news presentation, and design as managing editor. Ms. Fulton earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication and her master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Geneva Overholser is director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Previously, she held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school's Washington bureau. She was editor of The Des Moines Register from 1988 to 1995, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. While at The Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named "The Best in the Business" by the American Journalism Review. Ms. Overholser has been ombudsman of The Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She has been a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and frequent contributor to Poynter.org. She also spent five years overseas, working and writing in Paris and Kinshasa. She is on the board of the Center for Public Integrity, the journalism advisory committee of the Knight Foundation, and the boards of the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, the Fund for Independence in Journalism, and the Academy of American Poets. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Ms. Overholser holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in history from Wellesley College.
Ernest James Wilson III, Ph.D., is Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and dean of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, a joint project of USC Annenberg, and the USC College's School of International Relations, and an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Dean Wilson's scholarship focuses on the convergence of communication and information technology, public policy, and the public interest. He is also a student of the "information champions," who are leaders of the information revolution around the world. His current work concentrates on the politics of global sustainable innovation in high-technology industries; on China-Africa relations; and the role of culture in U.S. national security policy. In addition to his most recent books - "The Information Revolution in Developing Countries" and "Negotiating the Net in Africa" - Dean Wilson co-edits the MIT Press series, "The Information Revolution and Global Politics," and an MIT journal, "Information Technologies and International Development". Dean Wilson is the former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board. He earned a doctorate and a master's degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a bachelor's degree from Harvard College.
Michelle Levander is founding director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and editor-in-chief of its website, ReportingonHealth.org. A veteran editor and writer, Ms. Levander has reported in Asia, Latin America, and the United States for Time Magazine Asia, The Asian Wall Street Journal, and The San Jose Mercury News. During her journalism career in California, Ms. Levander wrote about education, business health policy, worker health and safety, and the culture of Silicon Valley. She also co-authored an award-winning series on how mail theft and profiteering cut into the earnings Mexican immigrants send home. In Asia, she reported from China, India, South Korea, and Vietnam on the region's fast-changing technology scene. She was founding editor of The Technology Journal at The Asian Wall Street Journal and Technology Editor at Time Asia. She has received journalism awards from the Overseas Press Club of America (Best Reporting in Latin America), the Inter American Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. A former Inter American Press Association fellow, she spent a year in Mexico, studying at Mexico City's prestigious El Colegio de Mexico and researching migrant culture from rural Mexico. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
Sue A. Cross is senior vice president of global new media and U.S. print/broadcast markets for The Associated Press. Previously, she was AP's vice president/online for U.S. newspaper markets. She joined The Associated Press in 1983 in Cincinnati and has since served in numerous regional and national management roles. From 1998 through 2003, she was chief of bureau for Los Angeles, overseeing international, national, and state coverage from California and Nevada, creating a multimedia newsroom, and expanding AP's West Coast entertainment report. She also served as AP's bureau chief in Phoenix, assistant bureau chief in Chicago, and news editor in Illinois and Texas, and worked as a reporter in Ohio and Alaska. Ms. Cross holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she specialized in health and science coverage and served as editor in chief of The Lantern student newspaper. She serves on the board of directors of the InterAmerican Press Association and is active in organizations including the Association for Health Care Journalists, the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and International Women's Media Foundation.
Robertson Barrett is vice president for Yahoo News & Finance. Before going to Yahoo, he spent over 15 years managing online ventures in new media and publishing, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for Perfect Market. His experience includes senior positions at Tribune Interactive, Time Inc. (time.com), Disney (abcnews.com), and Primedia, Inc. (Channel One Interactive). Most recently, Rob served as Executive Vice-President of Tribune Interactive, where he headed the operations and strategic development of online properties for 40 U.S. markets and oversaw all Tribune news, entertainment and TV sites including latimes.com, chicagotribune.com and baltimoresun.com. As Senior Vice President, Interactive and General Manager, latimes.com, Rob managed the development of The Times multimedia and online operations' $75 million interactive portfolio. There, he led all Tribune markets in yearly growth and increased latimes.com's audience by 50% in 2007 and 100% in 2008, receiving the Tribune Company's top management award for his success. He also served as Vice-President and General Manager of the Feed Room, Inc. an Internet news venture backed by NBC, overseeing the creation of video-on-demand for NBC, Tribune Company, CBS and local station groups. His career in publishing began at Raleigh, North Carolinaís News & Reporter where he was a staff reporter. He holds a BA from Duke University and a Master's from Harvard University.
Tami Dennis is the assistant national editor of the Los Angeles Times and former vice president of health content for the Tribune Company, a multimedia company with publishing, digital, and broadcast businesses across the country. Previously, she was health/science editor at the Los Angeles Times, responsible for the weekly Health section and daily medical coverage – both in print and online. She also helped launch the Booster Shots blog at the Times, which she has since taken national.
Andrew DeVigal has been multimedia editor of the New York Times since October 2006. Mr.DeVigal has worked in the news industry since 1993 as a staff artist, graphic journalist, web designer, producer/developer and researcher. He served previously as an assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and also taught courses in new media and visual journalism at the Poynter Institute. Mr. DeVigal is the founder of InteractiveNarratives.org, a Web site that showcases the best of multimedia journalism. He is also co-founder and co-principal of DeVigal Design, a communication firm with offices in San Francisco and New York. Mr. DeVigal is active in the Asian American Journalism Association and participated in its executive leadership program in 1998.
Ralph Gage is director of special projects for The World Company, a pioneer in multimedia journalism that publishes seven newspapers in Kansas. He is also corporate secretary for WorldWest Limited Liability Company, which operates papers in Colorado and Arizona, and manager of Orbiter Limited Liability Company, which operates KTKA-TV in Topeka. Until December 2007, he was The World Company's chief operating officer, as well as general manager of the Lawrence Journal-World and News, its flagship newspaper. Mr. Gage is a native of Ottawa, Kansas and a journalism graduate of the University of Kansas. He previously worked on newspapers in Salina, Kansas and East St. Louis, Illinois.
Diana Hembree is editor-in-chief and CEO of LimeHealth, a health information Web startup, and a freelance editor for HealthDay News Service, a daily health news wire carried by Medline Plus, Healthfinder, Yahoo News, Business Week, and many other publications and websites. From 2000 to February 2010, she served as editor-in-chief of Consumer Health Interactive, a health and medical website with more than two million visitors a month. She previously served as a senior editor at Hippocrates, a national magazine for physicians, and as a news editor and reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, where she worked on health-related stories for "60 Minutes," "Frontline," the Times of London syndicate, and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and local and national TV stations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hembree was a contributing editor at Parenting magazine and helped launch ParentTIME, the magazine's website. She also worked as an editor on "Generation Extra Large: Rescuing Our Children from the Epidemic of Obesity," "Global Dumping Ground," and several other books. She has received more than two dozen national journalism awards, including the IRE Award for television reporting, an International Health & Medical Media Awards citation, a Jesse Neal Award for magazine editing, the National Press Foundation's Spanish Language Fellowship, and a team award for Web health reporting. co, where she worked on health-related stories for "60 Minutes," "Frontline," the Times of London syndicate, and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and local and national TV stations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hembree was a contributing editor at Parenting magazine and helped launch ParentTIME, the magazine's website.
Christian A. Hendricks has been vice president for interactive media at McClatchy Co. since August 1999. He joined McClatchy in 1992 as advertising manager for marketing for the Fresno Bee, where he served as marketing director from 1993 to 1994, when he was named manager of technology for McClatchy. He held this position until 1996 when he was promoted to president and publisher of Nando Media (now known as McClatchy Interactive), McClatchy's interactive publishing and software development operation, where he worked until August 1999. The New Media Federation of the Newspaper Association of America recognized him as a "New Media Pioneer" in 2003.
Manny Hernandez is a social entrepreneur and a community strategist committed to connecting people touched by diabetes and raising diabetes awareness. He is the president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF), a nonprofit that runs the first two social networks for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes.com (in English, started in March 2007) and EsTuDiabetes.com (in Spanish, started in August 2007). He has had LADA (a form of type 1 diabetes) since 2002 and has used an insulin pump since 2005. He has been a columnist for dLife.com since 2007. In early 2008, Mr. Hernandez worked briefly for Ning, an online social networking company in Palo Alto. From 2000 to 2008,he worked in web product management, online community management, content management and search engine marketing in a number of companies, including Full Sail University, Quepasa.com, Earth911 and Pets911, and from 1996 to 2000, he worked for Procter & Gamble in Venezuela. Mr. Hernandez earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. While attending Cornell, the Web bug bit him, and it hasn't abandoned him since. He wrote "Ning for Dummies," which was published in April 2009 and collaborated on "Twitter For Marketing for Dummies," published in the Fall of 2009. You can find him on Twitter (@askmanny) and read his personal blog at www.askmanny.com.
Marjorie Martin, a career health media specialist and internet veteran, is general manager/chief content officer for Canyon Ranch Enterprises. She formerly served as general manager and vice president of AOL Healthy Living, whose sites include health, wellness, nutrition, parenting, and special interests. Ms. Martin leads the revenue, marketing, and content strategy for these properties. Before joining AOL in November 2010, Ms. Martin served as general manager for the consumer health websites Everyday Health and About.com Health, where she led robust audience and revenue growth as well as significant product innovation. Ms. Martin also served as vice president and managing editor at WebMD from its inception in 1998 until 2006. She helped transform it from a start-up to a leading online health destination. She also led the successful launch of WebMD's first offline product, WebMD the Magazine. Prior to WebMD, she was executive producer of medical news at CNN, directing health news coverage and producing in-depth, documentary programming for CNN Presents.Ms. Martin has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, three Mark of Excellence awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, and multiple awards for outstanding online reporting. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland with a degree in journalism.
Alma Martinez is a reporter and program host for Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, where she focuses on the health needs of the farm worker community. Radio Bilingüe is a community news and cultural network that broadcasts in Spanish, English,Mixteco, and Hmong on more than 100 U.S. affiliates and nearly 20 stations in Mexico. A California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow in 2005, Ms. Martinez has reported extensively on environmental health issues. Born in Mexico, Ms. Martinez attended Los Banos High School and California State University, Fresno. She began her broadcast career at local television station KMSG in Fresno, where she produced a 30-minute documentary on the life of a farm worker family from Soledad. In June 2002, she joined the National Latino Public Radio Network, Radio Bilingüe, as associate producer of the news talk show "Línea Abierta."
Jody Ranck, Dr.P.H., is a consultant in eHealth at IntraHealth International and principal investigator at the Public Health Institute in Oakland, where he is helping create a new Public Health Innovation Center that will develop social media, mobile tools, and social innovation strategies to rethink public health practice. He also serves as a Committee member at the Institute of Medicine. He is also a consultant with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Stanford University School of Medicine, where he assists in creating new global health innovation and design programs. He has held executive positions with The Institute for the Future and the foundation world and frequently consults with the Rockefeller Foundation, for which he helped lead a global summit on eHealth in Bellagio, Italy. He completed his doctoral studies in health policy and administration at UC Berkeley, his master's degree in international relations and economics at Johns Hopkins University, and his bachelor's degree in biology at Ithaca College. His academic honors also include a Fulbright Scholarship under the tutelage of Grameen Bank in the early 1990s. He blogs occasionally about innovation, health, and African studies. Some of his most recent works include "Public Health 2.0: Re-mixing Public Health" and "Social Innovation and the Rise of Open Health," which look at how social media can drive new approaches to public health practice.
Michael Skoler currently serves as vice president, Interactive Media, at PRI Public Radio International. Skoler entered journalism after leaving the French wine business and reading a book titled "How to Be a Freelance Writer." His subsequent work in print, radio, television and online has earned him numerous honors, including the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Robert Kennedy F. Memorial Award, and a 1993 Nieman fellowship at Harvard University. Mr. Skoler spent a decade at National Public Radio, first as a science editor and correspondent and then as a foreign correspondent based in Nairobi. He has also taught and lectured on journalism in the United States, Europe and Africa. Mr. Skoler earned a bachelor's degree at Harvard University, and in 1999, he earned an MBA at the University of Virginia as a Frank Batten Media Fellow, after which he joined McKinsey and Company as a management consultant serving media and technology companies. In 2003, he became managing director of news for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio. There, he created Public Insight Journalism, a new journalism model that uses a fast-growing citizen source network of 75,000 to inform coverage by MPR and eight other news organizations around the country. In 2006, Mr. Skoler served as the founding executive director of the Center for Innovation in Journalism at American Public Media.
Jane Stevens, is editor of ACEsTooHigh, a site that focuses on reducing ACE scores. ACEs refers to the CDC's Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, which shows that child trauma is a leading factor in causing adult onset of chronic disease. Stevens also manages the ACEs Too High Network, for people who are implementing ACE concepts. She also is setting up a network of local social-journalism health news sites in California. They're based on WellCommons.com, the first local social-journalism health news site launched in the U.S.. Stevens created the site as director of media strategies at The World Company in Lawrence, KS, from 2009-2011. Stevens also has been a science/technology/health journalist for nearly 30 years. As editorial director of Oceans Now, she created TOPP.org, an ocean science niche news site, and the Great Turtle Race 2007. She has taught at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and the Knight Digital Media Center and does consulting with news organizations. After working in newspapers for 12 years, she founded a sci-tech feature service with 20 newspaper clients worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, and Asahi Shimbun's AERA Magazine. She moved to the web in 1996 as part of the first group of video journalists at New York Times Television, and did multimedia reporting for the New York Times, Discovery Channel, and MSNBC.com. For four years, she lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia. She's written for magazines including National Geographic. She is co-director of the Violence Reporting Project, which encourages news organizations to take a solution-oriented approach to crime reporting.