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Making Good Journalists Better

The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

From the President

Sandy Johnson | President & COO

2016 was a clarion call for journalists. Fake news and alternative facts threatened the core of who we are and what we do. Our cherished First Amendment was under attack, rocking everything we stand for. Facts matter. The truth matters. Democracy matters. And journalism matters.

administration ... to fact-checking and how to use FOIA ... to digital toolbox training on virtual reality, DataMinr and Tableau. We trained journalists in Washington; in St. Louis and Phoenix and Baltimore; and in Moscow. We produced webinars, video tutorials, half-day briefings and four-day indepth programs. From these programs, we created a wealth of online resources that reporters can use at

To that end, in 2016 NPF trained more than 200 journalists in-person and our digital resources were used another 200,000 times. No matter what the challenge, NPF’s mission remains steadfast: “Making good journalists Our training programs run the gamut of better.” critical issues for journalists. From the opioids epidemic to reporting on the Trump Cheers,

Facts matter. And journalism matters."


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TOP VIEWED VIDEOS OF 2016 Lights Out? Ted Koppel on Power Grid Warfare


How to Use Dataminr for Fast-Breaking Stories


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Using Dataminr to Find and Report the News


Strange Glow: Risks and Realities of Radiation


Exxon: The Road Not Taken


Active Surveillance: Risks and Controversies


How to Cover Terrorism Without Being There


How to Use Tableau Software 307 for Richer Storytelling

WHAT WE DO A fellow asks a local farmer questions during a field trip to Bussmann's Organic Farm.

July 2016

The food industry is so complex that this comprehensive worldview is invaluable to give a journalist confidence and ability to tell all the parts of the story." Jere Downs, The Future of Food and Agriculture


The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that produces free professional development programs for journalists. We aim to increase their knowledge of complex issues and their ability to convey that knowledge across media platforms to the public. Better journalism leads to improved public understanding. Since 1976, the National Press Foundation has provided in-person training to thousands of editors, producers and reporters in print, broadcast and online media. Our programs educate journalists in the nation’s capital, around the country and overseas.

Domestic Programs

International Programs

Located in Washington, D.C., NPF is ideally situated to provide programs for journalists highlighting the issues of our time. These include: the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowships, Capitol Hill Issues Briefings and one-day programs for Washington reporters. NPF also hosts longer programs on various topics that bring together journalists from across the U.S. Those selected to participate are provided transportation and lodging in addition to the program at no cost.

Internationally, and with international journalists, NPF works under the banner “Journalist to Journalist� to convey the idea of journalists around the world learning together across borders. J2J training programs are often in collaboration with an international conference, allowing participating journalists to attend the conference after specific media training on that subject matter.

Our Content Online NPF's website showcases the rapidly expanding curriculum from our training programs, which includes video, audio, slide presentations, photos and stories from each speaker. See more at

Webinars In 2016, NPF produced and broadcast 19 webinars on topics including health care, politics, multimedia, and business.

Programs Domestic


Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship

The Growing Impact of Tobacco Control

Washington, D.C., 2016-2017

What's New in Covering Cancer?

Moscow, Russia, March 2016

Washington, D.C., January 2016

Obesity's Toll: Get the Skinny on Fat Phoenix, Arizona, February 2016

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic Baltimore, Maryland, April 2016

Aging and Retirement: Understanding Generational Changes Washington, D.C., June 2016

The Future of Food and Agriculture St. Louis, Missouri, July 2016

The Complexities of Mental Health Washington, D.C., September 2016

Journalists at a training on tobacco control in Moscow, Russia.

March 2016


at 2016 NPF Training Jennifer Agiesta Chuck Alexander Dr. G. Caleb Alexander Blair Anderson Paul Anderson Leonora LaPeter Anton Dr. Mike Apley Dr. Alicia Arbaje Dr. Edward Archer Jack Bader Carmen Bain Lolita C. Baldor Neela Banerjee Greg Barber Ryan Bartlett Laura Batcha Dr. Ursula Bauer Dr. Stephen Baylin Myron Belkond JoAnne Berkenkamp Sarah Binder Michael Botticelli Michael Braga Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble Dr. Andrew Brown Paul Brubaker Carrie Budoff Brown Craig Bussmann Cynthia Cambardella Tom Carlson Ari Caroline Dr. Maria Carrillo Jason Cherkis Gregory S. Chirikjian Dr. Robert Cima Maggie Clark Joan Claybrook Dr. Wilson M. Compton George Condon Anthony Cormier Allan Coukell Dr. Alex Crosby Jennifer Croswell Dr. Bruce Cuthbert Lucy A. Dalgish Dash Davidson Capt. Jeff A. Davis Dr. Wyatt Decker Jason Dick

Michael Doyle Dr. Charles Drake Susan E. Dudley Pete Earley Ric Edelman Robert Egge Dr. Behfar Ehdaie Nora Dowd Eisenhower Kana Enomoto Andrew D. Eschtruth Dr. Marcos Espinal Dr. Marc Fishman Robb Fraley Emil H. Frankel Mary Beth Franklin Marcela Gaviria Thomas Gibbons-Neff Ginger Gibson Keith Gingerich Dr. Stuart Gitlow Patrick P. Glynn Cole Goins Kevin M. Goldberg Rebecca Goldin Dr. R. Jeffrey Goldsmith Dr. Jesse L. Goodman Anil Gowda Amy Goyer Hugh Grant Dr. Karen Grothe Tom Hamburger Roy J. Harris Jr. Micah Hauptman Jerry Hayes Dr. Brian Hepburn Dr. Richard Hodes Angie Drobnic Holan Jesse Holland Ron Honberg Julia Honold Aimee Hood Dr. Debra Houry David Howard Amy Howe Logan Huff Jonathan Jenkinson Dr. Nicole R. Johnson Timothy Jorgensen Sirwan Kajjo

Dr. Terence Keane Joanne Kenen Glenn Kessler Ted Koppel Gregory Korte Scott Kraft Dr. Jonathan Krakoff Dr. Barry Kramer Dr. Peter D. Kramer Dr. Harold Kudler Dr. Seema Kumar Keith Laing Dr. Ian Lanza Nathaniel Lash Jeff Leon Chow-Ming Lee Donna Leinwand Leger Carl Leubsdorf Dr. James Levine Nate Lewis David Lightman Annie Linksey Jesus Madrazo Tim Mak Christine Marcks David Martin Jeff Mason Mark Mather Tracie Mauriello Greg Mennis Seung Min Kim Steven Mirsky Arlene Mitchell Philip Moeller John E. Mulligan Terry Murphy Mary Nahorniak Deborah Nelson Kristen Nickerson Ron Nixon Dr. Wynne Norton Stephen Ohlemacher Anthony Osborne Beth Osborne Dr. Fred Osher Amber Pankonin Dr. Collin Payne Kristina Peterson Dr. Gregory Poland

Robert W. Poole Jr. Linda Porter Sonny Ramaswamy Dr. Danielle Raves Sudeep Reddy Jordan Reese Dr. Anna Riegel Kim Robien Maya Rockeymore Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers Linda Rosenberg Dr. Richard Saitz Ricardo Salvador Garrett Santora Michael S. Schmidt Dr. Richard Schlegel Laura Segal Rebecca Palpant Shimkets Michelle Singeltary Scott Sink Nicole Smith Blake Sobczak Dr. Virend Somers Emma Spaulding Tobie Stanger Liz Szabo Maia Szalavitz Kara Tanoue Curtis Tate Dr. Robert Tauxe Carol Taylor Marilyn Thompson Tisha Thompson Dr. John Torous Lindsey Torre Ernest Torriero Dr. Norris Turner Polina Vlasenko Dr. Sherrie Wallington Dr. Michele Walsh John C. Watson Dr. Leana Wen Steve Wermiel Christina Wilkie Kevin Willmann G. Evans Witt Bob Young Mark Young Nancy Youssef Josh Zumbrun

Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship Over the course of nine months, Paul Miller fellows visited Congress, the Pentagon and the U.S. Supreme Court; they also heard from dozens of experts on health care, infrastructure, economics, the presidency and other topics, and they met with veteran reporters – some themselves former Paul Millers – to learn how to cover Washington beats.

2016—2017 Topics

David Lightman (right), a reporter for the McClatchy Washington Bureau, shows the fellows where to meet members of Congress in the U.S. Capitol.

September 12

Courts and Campaigns

October 17

Presidential Transition and Budget

December 5

Covering the Trump Administration

January 9

The White House and the First 100 Days

February 6

Covering Immigration and Using FOIA

March 6

Multimedia Day and Trade

April 3

Covering Defense

May 1

Lobbying and Campaign Finance

June 5

Investigative and Enterprise Reporting

December 2016

Fellows in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

September 2016

2016—2017 Paul Miller Fellows Madi Alexander | Bloomberg BNA

Ben Kamisar | The Hill

Aline Barros | Voice of America

Akela Lacy | Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Vera Bergengruen | McClatchy

Katie Leslie | The Dallas Morning News

Maria Danilova | The Associated Press

Ryan McCrimmon | Congressional Quarterly

Sean Doody | C-SPAN

Sean McMinn | CQ Roll Call

Jen Fifield | Stateline

James Osborne | Houston Chronicle

Kate Grumke | Newsy

Courtney Pence | NY1/Time Warner Cable News

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Circa

Mohana Ravindranath | Nextgov

Matthew Housiaux | Kiplinger Washington Editors

Cogan Schneier | Politico

Benjamin Hulac | ClimateWire

Eli Yokley | Morning Consult

Kate Irby | McClatchy

Capitol Hill Issues Briefings Capitol Hill Issues Briefings are half-day programs sponsored by the National Press Foundation, Indiana University Center on Representative Government, CQ Roll Call and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. They cover current issues and open to all journalists. Panelists include journalists and other experts who clarify issues through presentations, discussions and Q&A.

2016 Topics Delegate Rules and Covering Conventions April 9, 2016

A Paul Miller fellow asks a question during our Covering the Trump Administration briefing.

Covering the Presidential Transition October 17, 2016 Covering the Trump Administration December 5, 2016

The Growing Impact of Tobacco Control

Moscow, Russia March 2016

Working with the World Health Organization, NPF trained journalists and public health communications officials from 11 former Soviet bloc nations on tobacco-control regulations and how to cover them. The two-day training was held in Moscow.

A journalist from Turkmenistan asks a question during the first session of the program.

This program was funded by the World Health Organization.

What's New in Covering Cancer?

Washington, D.C. January 2016

Fellows gather for a group photo at the National Press Foundation.

Fellows learned about the latest in cancer research and advances in immunotherapy and epigenetic therapy; the four-day program included a visit to a cancer lab at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Fellows Sylvia Carignan | The Frederick News-Post

Adam Smeltz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Haley Hernandez | KPRC

David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal

Alexandra Ossola | Freelance journalist

Lisa Garza | Reuters

Lynne Terry | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Elyse Moody | Hearst Magazines

Jacqueline Cutler | New York Daily News

Gabriel Spitzer | KPLU

Alex Lash | Xconomy

Paula Wolfson | WTOP

Hilary Powell | Freelance journalist

Carey Goldberg | WBUR

Wes Venteicher | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Amy Nordrum | International Business Times

Laura Garcia | Victoria Advocate

Theresa Sullivan-Barger | Freelance journalist

Naseem Miller | Orlando Sentinel

Lina Zeldovich | Freelance journalist This program was funded by Bayer.

Obesity's Toll: Get the Skinny on Fat

Phoenix, Arizona February 2016

A fellow takes a picture of a lab while on a tour during our obesity program.

Based out of Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus, fellows – as well as one Arizona State University student-journalist – learned about Americans’ expanding waistlines, what might be done to get people to eat healthier.


Paula Owen | Worcester Telegram

Michal Addady | Fortune Magazine Helena Bottemiller Evich | Politico

Lisa Rapaport | Freelance journalist

Jen Christensen | CNN

Rachael Rettner | Live Science

Andrea King Collier | NBCBLK

Ben Schiller | Fast Company

Jill Daly | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jessi Schultz | Cronkite News

Lee Dean | Star Tribune

Erin Schumaker | The Huffington Post

Jere Downs | Louisville Courier-Journal

Megan Scudellari | Boston Globe/Nature/Newsweek

Melissa Healy | The Los Angeles Times

Laura Ungar | USA Today/The Courier-Journal

Ja’Nel Johnson | Louisville Public Media

Elizabeth Whitman | International Business Times

David Levine | Freelance Journalist

Misty Williams | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Anna Miller | US News & World Report This program was funded by Mayo Clinic.

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic

Baltimore, Maryland April 2016

A fellow is the willing subject for a demonstration on how to administer the overdose recovery drug naloxone. In advance of the annual American Society of Addiction Medicine Conference, fellows explored the massive increases in opioid use and overuse, and heard from national and local law enforcement officials on how to best combat the problem.

Deborah Becker | WBUR


Jon Kelvey | Carroll County Times

Andrea de Leon | NPR

Jed Lipinski | Times-Picayune

Terry DeMio | The Enquirer

Yuki Noguchi | NPR

Gabriella Dunn | The Witchita Eagle

Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Andrea Fisher | Great Falls Tribune

David Robinson | The Journal News/lohud

Esteban L. Hernandez | New Haven Register

Jakob Rodgers | The Gazette

Wendy Holdren | The Register-Herald

Ken Serrano | Asbury Park Press

Brittany Horn | The News Journal

Kelly Servick | Science Magazine

Kate Irby | The Bradenton Herald

John Sowell | The Idaho Statesman

Steven Johnson | Modern Healthcare

Curtis Tate | McClatchy

This program was funded by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Pew Charitable Trusts, Open Society Foundations, Shatterproof, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Aging and Retirement:

Washington, D.C. June 2016

Understanding Generational Changes

Our aging and retirement fellows at the National Press Foundation. Fellows explored both the science and the finances of aging in America, discussing how well Americans are growing older and whether the nation is financially prepared to care for them.

Fellows Eileen Ambrose | AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin Sandra Block | Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Dan Caplinger | The Motley Fool Jill Cornfield | Jill Cowan | The Dallas Morning News Pat Ferrier | The Coloradoan (Fort Collins) Frank Gluck | The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) Bryan Horwath | The Wichita Eagle Caitlin Kelly | Freelance (NYT and others) Rory Linnane | USA Today Network-Wisconsin

Jonnelle Marte | The Washington Post Deborah Martinez | KSFR 101.1 FM Kyle Munson | The Des Moines Register Millicent Ozdaglar | KCRA 3 Encarnacion Pyle | The Columbus Dispatch Gary Rotstein | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Anne Saker | The Cincinnati Enquirer Troy Turner | Opelika-Auburn News Tara Lynn Wagner | Time Warner Cable News / NY1 Amy Zipkin | Freelance (NYT and others)

This program was funded by Prudential Financial Inc.

The Future of Food and Agriculture

St. Louis, Missouri July 2016

Fellows learn about GMOs in a Monsanto lab while on a field trip. With visits to Monsanto research facilities and an organic farm, fellows spent four days exploring farming techniques, food safety, farm finances and the need to boost production to meet the needs of a growing global population.

Fellows Amy Bickel | The Hutchinson News

Angela Oliver | Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Erin Booke | The Dallas Morning News

Tammy Paolino | Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Catherine Boudreau | Politico

Jacob Pucci | The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Susanna Capelouto | WABE radio, CNN freelance Anne Reed | The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) Jere Downs | Louisville Courier-Journal

Allan Richter | Energy Times

Bryce Gray | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Annie Ropeik | Indiana Public Broadcasting

Daniel Higgins | USA Today Network-Wisconsin

Eden Stiffman | The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Jonathan Knutson | Agweek

Lori Valigra | Mainebiz

Gretchen McKay | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lauren Vaught | CNN

Elizabeth Miller | Santa Fe Reporter

John Wiegand | MiBiz

This program was funded by Monsanto, the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Board and the Organic Trade Association.

The Complexities of Mental Health

Washington, D.C. September 2016

Our mental health fellows visit the White House after a day of program sessions.

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health, as well as law enforcement experts, gave fellows an overview of the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. The four-day program included a visit to the historic Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington.

Fellows Leonora LaPeter Anton | Tampa Bay Times

Megan Kamerick | New Mexico PBS

Jennifer Bleyer | Psychology Today

Martin Kuz | San Antonio Express-News

Brianna Ehley | Politico

Naomi Martin | The Dallas Morning News

Lisa Esposito | U.S. News & World Report

Carol Pearson | Voice of America

Eric Falquero | Street Sense Inc.

Steven Petrow | The New York Times

Eric Michael Garcia | Roll Call

Jason Pohl | The Coloradoan (Fort Collins)

Sarah Goodyear | New York Daily News

Rachel Roubein | National Journal

Sandy Hausman | Virginia Public Radio

Carrie Seidman | Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Anne Hillman | Alaska Public Media

Johnathan Silver | The Texas Tribune

Lindsay Holmes | The Huffington Post

(Austin, Texas)

Alva James-Johnson | Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.) This program was underwritten by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc.

New Mental Health Award Created in 2016 The National Press Foundation offered a new reporting award in 2016, the Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting. The award, which carries a $10,000 prize, was established in memory of the Potomac, Maryland, philanthropist and activist who died in 2014.

Rich Mattingly speaks at the 2016 event. The award recognizes exemplary journalism that illuminates and advances the understanding of mental health issues and treatments for the illness. The Mattingly family has agreed to sponsor the award for at least 10 years.

This glass award is given to Mattingly winners. The inaugural Mattingly award drew more than 50 entries. The winning entry was a collaborative investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune that exposed harrowing conditions at Florida’s institutions for the mentally ill. Read the five-part project, titled “Insane. Invisible. In danger.� The winning journalists also shared their reporting techniques in this NPF video.

The winners from Tampa Bay Times and Sarasota Herald-Tribune display their awards.


Webinars are included in NPF’s programming to educate journalists around the world in a now-or-later format that ensures the greatest possible participation. Journalists are encouraged to participate live and submit questions to our presenters. Webinar recordings are always posted on NPF’s website as a resource for all journalists in the future.

2016 Webinars and Video Tutorials January 11: “Video Training: On Camera Do’s and Don’ts”

April 22: “How Community Engagement Can Enhance Your Reporting”

January 26: “Winning a Pulitzer for Public Service”

May 11: “What to do When Terrorists Attack Your City”

February 3: “The Latest Research in Addiction”

May 25: “Inside Story: Dogged Reporting Reveals Mental Hospital Horrors”

February 16: “How the Tampa Bay Times Found the Worst Schools in Florida” February 17: “How to Cover Terrorism without Being There” March 14: “Lights Out? Ted Koppel on Power Grid Warfare”

June 6: “Exxon: The Road Not Taken” July 22: “Using Dataminr to Find and Report the News”

October 26: “Educating Workers for Jobs in the New Economy” (Sponsored by Honda) November 15: “Robots are the Future: But Will They Take All Our Jobs?” (Sponsored by Honda)

August 19: “Book Talk: The Invisibles by Jesse Holland”

March 15: "Obesity 101"

September 13: “Alternatives to Opioids in Pain Management” (Sponsored by Iroko)

April 6: “How to Use Tableau Software to Create More Powerful Journalism”

September 21: “When Mental Health and First Aid Collide”

April 20: “Understanding Zika”

October 20: “Will Autonomous Cars Drive the Future of Transportation?” (Sponsored by Honda)

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What Our Journalists Say


I think the variety of information was really what made it best. There was a lot to digest. And it was really wonderful to be learning in a group, with other super-interested colleagues around to discuss what we'd heard." Andrea de Leon NPR Confronting the Opioid Epidemic

A fellow snaps a photo of surgical tools during our obesity program.

February 2016

Fellows ask a speaker questions after a session during our retirement program. June 2016


The presentations deepen your understanding of these different topics and may help you to understand other trends on the beat. It's also a great time to meet with a lot of sources at once." Jonnelle Marte The Washington Post

Aging and Retirement: Understanding Generational Changes


A three-and-a-half day training that will, hands down, make you a better journalist, a smarter reporter, and even a more compassionate human being." Steven Petrow The Washington Post and The New York Times The Complexities of Mental Health

Fellows listen to a lecture at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. September 2016

Paul Miller Alumni Group

Washington, D.C.

More than 550 journalists have been Paul Miller fellows. The Paul Miller Alumni Group was formed to extend the benefits of the Paul Miller fellowship beyond the program year and to explore ways the fellows could “give back� to other journalists. In 2016, alumni returned to speak with current fellows and attended multiple networking happy hours.

A Paul Miller alum and panelist addresses fellows and other journalists about covering the Trump administration. December 2016

Other fellowships and awards Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer, Lisa Song InsideClimate News Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing

Tracy Lien Los Angeles Times Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

Natalie Wolchover Quanta Magazine

Jared Hopkins Bloomberg News

Evert Clark / Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists

Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

Washington, D.C. February 11, 2016

Annual Awards Dinner

The National Press Foundation Annual Awards Dinner recognizing journalistic achievement is one of the largest media dinners in Washington, bringing together more than 900 journalists, media, public relations and corporate executives, policy makers and trade groups. The 2016 dinner was held on February 11, 2016.

Diane Rehm The Diane Rehm Show and NPR W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism


Matt Fuller The Huffington Post Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress

John Harris and Jim Vandehei Politico Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award

Nigel Jaquiss Willamette Week Chairman’s Citation

Charlie Rose CBS This Morning and Charlie Rose Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

Rob Rogers Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons

Curtis Tate McClatchy Newspapers The “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact

The Des Moines Register and Gannett Product Best Use of Technology in Journalism Award Tampa Bay Times Innovation in Journalism Award

NPF Board of Directors Executive Committee Kevin M. Goldberg Media Attorney, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC. Chair

Kevin Goldberg is a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC. and serves as legal counsel to the American Society of News Editors. His expertise is in First Amendment, Copyright and Trademark issues, especially those relating to newspaper and Internet publishing. He regularly advocates issues involving freedom of speech on behalf of press organizations. Kevin assists newspapers and television and radio stations in prepublication review of stories for possible legal problems.

Vice Chair

Kathy Gest, a public affairs consultant, was most recently the director of public affairs at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Gest joined NDI in 2007 after a 30-year career in Washington, D.C., as a journalist, Capitol Hill staff member and public affairs consultant. When at Powell Tate | Weber Shandwick, Gest co-chaired the international practice, advising foreign governments, embassies, organizations and corporations seeking to achieve public policy goals in the U.S. and abroad.

Amos Snead Founding Partner, S3 Public Affairs

A founding partner at S3 Public Affairs, Amos plays a key role leveraging his in–depth experience working with leading print, broadcast and online journalists to counsel clients on digital communications and media strategies.

Kathy Gest Public Affairs Consultant

Secretary Jon Sawyer Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Treasurer Heather Dahl Co-founder, The Cynja Immediate Past Chair Jim Brady Founder & CEO Spirited Media Inc. Executive Committee Member Tom Rosenstiel Executive Director, American Press Institute Executive Committee Member

Jon Sawyer, is director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs. He became the center’s founding director after a 31-year career with the St. Louis PostDispatch. Heather is the co-founder and CEO of The Cynja, a technology firm developing privacy and security applications to help consumers protect their digital lives. In addition, she’s co-author of The Cynja children’s book series. Jim Brady is the CEO of Spirited Media, which operates Billy Penn in Philadelphia and The Incline in Pittsburgh. Before entering the pure startup world, Jim served as Executive Editor of, Editor in Chief of Digital First Media, General Manager of TBD and as head of News and Sports for America Online. Author, journalist, researcher and media critic, Tom Rosenstiel is Executive Director of the American Press Institute and senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was founder and for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and vice chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists.

Board Members

Jeffrey Birnbaum President BGR Public Relations

Mark Pilipczuk Managing Director MAP Consulting, LLC

Peter Cherukuri President & CIO 1776

Charles Self President 227 International, LLC

George E. Condon White House Correspondent National Journal

Adam Sharp Former Head of News, Government and Elections Twitter, Inc.

Tom Davidson Gannett Product

Susan Swain Co-President and CEO C-SPAN

Robert DeFillippo Senior Counselor Zito Partners

Robyn Tomlin Managing Editor The Dallas Morning News

Imani Greene CEO/ Principal GreeneGroup

Julie Triolo Head of Global Business Marketing King Digital Entertainment

Ryan Grim Washington Bureau Chief The Huffington Post

John Walcott Foreign Policy and National Security Editor Thomson Reuters

Melinda Henneberger Opinion Writer Kansas City Star


Current NPF Staff Sandy Johnson President & COO

Sandy K. Johnson joined the National years, overseeing coverage of the Press Foundation in October 2014 as federal government, elections and its president and COO. politics and working with AP journalists in all 50 states as well Johnson has held senior management as across the globe. She directed positions at several national news AP’s political coverage for 22 years, organizations, including The including 14 years of exit poll Associated Press, AARP Bulletin, the expertise and calling races. Center for Public Integrity, Stateline and Face The Facts USA. Under her direction, AP refused to call the 2000 presidential race for For most of her career, she managed George W. Bush despite enormous news coverage for The Associated pressure after the television Press in Washington, the wire networks made the erroneous service’s largest bureau. She was projection. She was a Pulitzer Washington Bureau Chief for 10 Prize finalist for her decision,

and subsequently was awarded the Presidential Award by the Associated Press Managing Editors. Johnson served on NPF’s Board of Directors from 2001-2014 and was Chairman of the Board from 20072008. She is a member of the National Press Club, Gridiron Club, ASNE and ONA. Her husband, Chuck Raasch, is a national reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Chris Adams Director of Training and Content

Chris Adams joined the National Press Foundation in 2015 after more than 25 years as an investigative, political and business reporter and editor. He worked for the McClatchy and Knight-Ridder Washington bureaus; The Wall Street Journal’s Pittsburgh and Washington bureaus; and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He covered everything from the steel industry, to Wall Street insider trading cases, to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, to chimpanzee research, to widespread Medicaid

fraud, to a small-town sheriff.He was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three times (2010, 1999 and 1996), and in 2000 was part of a six-person Journal team that won the Pulitzer for coverage of military spending issues. He has won several other honors, including those from the National Press Club (three times), the Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business reporting (twice), the National Headliner Award, the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Worth Bingham Prize,

the Clark Mollenhoff Award, an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award, the Livingston Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for best Washington reporting, and the Society of Professional Journalists Award for best Washington reporting. He teaches journalism at American University in Washington and also has taught at Northwestern University’s D.C. program.

Jenny Ash- Maher Director of Operations

journalists and tour operators from throughout the world to the United States. Jenny was also a small business owner and licensed Massage Therapist. She holds a degree in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, NY.

and the Annual Awards Dinner. Previously, she served as NPF’s Jenny Ash-Maher joined NPF in Program Manager, coordinating January 2013, and in July 2015 took logistics for NPF’s programs. on the role of Director of Operations. Prior to joining NPF, Jenny was Jenny manages the organizational convention manager for the Travel operations of the foundation, Industry Association’s annual including finances, human resources international trade show, bringing

Tyler Mertins Digital Media Manager

Tyler Mertins joined the National Press Foundation in September 2016. He produces media content for the NPF website, including video, audio, photos and graphics. He also manages the Evelyn Y. Davis Studios at NPF.

Mertins is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, where he worked for West Virginia Radio Corp. as a video producer from 2011 to 2013. He went back to school to complete his master’s degree and moved to the Washington area after completing classwork in 2015. Before joining

NPF, he worked for the City of Laurel in Maryland as an editor, reporter and production assistant. Mertins is currently finishing his master’s in journalism from West Virginia University. He graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s in broadcast news in 2011.

Jesse Schneider Program Manager

Jesse Schneider joined the National Press Foundation in January of 2017. As program manager, he coordinates logistics for NPF’s programs. Previously, Schneider organized events for Hillary Clinton and her surrogates across the country as a press advance associate for Hillary for America.

Prior to his campaign experience, Schneider worked as a college counselor and instructor at The Armory Foundation in New York City and as an English and mathematics teacher in Madrid, Spain.

Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish language and literature from New York University in 2009.

2016 Interns Isbella Diaz

Iana Kozelsky

Caroline Cummings

Shanshan Wang

COLLABORATING PARTNERS The National Press Foundation accepts funding from organizations and individuals who support its mission and values. If you would like to learn about contributing to one of our programs, please feel free to contact us.

2016 sponsors: Bayer Prudential Financial, Inc. Mayo Clinic Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, Inc. Monsanto American Society of Addiction Medicine Honda Kiplinger Mazda Foundation Open Society Foundations Pew Charitable Trusts World Health Organization Bloomberg Politico Luv U Project Consumer Technology Association Shatterproof Taishoff Family Foundation Toyota

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Yahoo News AARP American Farm Bureau Federation Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation iheartmedia Iroko Knight Foundation National Pork Board PhRMA WAMU Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Organic Trade Association CQ Roll Call Indiana University Center on Representative Government Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland Learn more about our funders at our website.

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2016 Annual Report  

The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that produces free professional development programs for journalists. We aim to in...

2016 Annual Report  

The National Press Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that produces free professional development programs for journalists. We aim to in...