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National City and Regional Magazine Award Judges, 2009-10

Tim Alexander

Art Director, Meredith Special Interest Media

Tim Alexander works in Meredith’s Special Interest Media group overseeing approximately 100 magazines that focus on home, interior design, food, garden, outdoor living and crafts. During his 29 years at Meredith, Alexander has worked in the creative areas of sales promotion, editorial, interactive media and broadcast.

James A. Baggett

Editor, Country Gardens

James A. Baggett edits Meredith’s only quarterly newsstand and subscription garden title, and he has been a consumer magazine editor for 25 years. He was founding managing editor of Elle Décor, garden editor of American HomeStyle & Gardening, author of a book for Martha Stewart and executive editor of County Living Gardener and Rebecca’s Garden.

Richard Banks

Editorial Director, Red Barn Publishing

Richard Banks honed his skills at Memphis, his hometown magazine, where he eventually became editor. In May 2000, he joined Southern Progress Corporation as the online editor for its flagship publication, Southern Living. In the years that followed he worked as editorial director of SPC Custom Publishing and as senior writer at Southern Living. In late 2009, Banks began working as a freelance journalist, writing an online blog for Memphis Business Quarterly, and as editorial director of Red Barn Publishing.

Cynthia Barnes


Cynthia Barnes is a freelance writer and editor, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Slate, Salon, Newsweek, Endless Vacation and Continental. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Jackie Bell

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Jackie Bell has 15 years of combined experience as a staff photographer at The Tennessean, The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Arizona Daily Star and a chain of magazines in Tel Aviv, Israel. She came to the Missouri School of Journalism after working for two years as an assistant professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism. She has also worked as adjunct faculty at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Nashville State Technical Institute.

John Bennett

Associate Professor, University of Missouri

John Bennett is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Marketing at the University of Missouri. Prior to coming to MU, he taught at Stephens College, University of Northern Colorado and Murray State University. He has also held visiting professor positions in South Korea, Ireland and Italy. Bennett’s areas of expertise are integrated marketing communications, Internet marketing and marketing research.

Christopher Berend

Deputy Editor, ESPN The Magazine

Christopher Berend is the deputy editor of ESPN The Magazine, a 2-million circulation consumer magazine serving sports fans all over the United States. He joined ESPN in 2006 as the senior articles editor, a role in which, among other contributions, he spearheaded culture-of-sports features and packages as well as much of the magazine's investigative reporting. Prior to joining ESPN, Berend served as an assigning editor at Esquire magazine for nine years.

Judy Bolch

Former Harte Chair, Missouri School of Journalism

Judy Bolch, retired Harte Chair at the Missouri School of Journalism, has been in journalism for 45 years. She was managing editor at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., and has judged dozens of magazine and newspaper contests, including the Pulitzer Prizes.

John Brady

Partner, Brady & Paul Communications

John “Jack” Brady is an experienced editor, author and magazine consultant. He was editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest and Boston magazine and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine and M: The Magazine for Montessori Families. With magazine designer Greg Paul, he has overseen the redesign and repositioning of hundreds of publications and has assisted with the launch of numerous new magazines. Brady is the author of five books, including The Craft of Interviewing, Craft of the Screenwriter and the investigative biography Bad Boy: The life and politics of Lee Atwater. Brady is currently consulting editor for Travel New England and working on a book about Clay Felker. He has taught journalism at Boston University, the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Elizabeth Brixey

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Elizabeth Brixey is the education editor at the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor on the print and digital news faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. Brixey joined the Journalism School in August 2003, after working for 17 years at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wis.

John A. Byrne

Chairman & Editor-in-Chief of C-Change Media Inc.

Before starting his own digital media company in early 2010, John A. Byrne had been executive editor of BusinessWeek for the past four years as well as and editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com. Prior to this, he was editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine, and before joining Fast Company in 2003, he worked for BusinessWeek for nearly 18 years, most recently holding the position of senior writer and authoring a record 57 cover stories for the magazine. Byrne is the author or co-author of eight books on business, leadership and management. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Jan Colbert

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Jan Colbert teaches classes in design, writing, media issues and graduate research seminars. She has been the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the managing editor and art director of The IRE Journal and co-editor of the second edition of The Reporter’s Handbook. She has worked as a reporter and editor of the Mexico Ledger and has designed numerous magazines and books.

Beth Collins

Associate Editor, Budget Travel

Beth Collins currently an associate editor at Budget Travel magazine. She earned an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Chuck Conconi

Senior Consultant

With more than 40 years experience in television, radio and print journalism, veteran journalist Chuck Conconi is vice chairman international of Qorvis Communications in Washington, D.C. He offers Qorvis clients strategic counsel in corporate reputation, crisis management and media training. Conconi joined Qorvis from The Washingtonian, where he worked 14 years as editor-at-large, responsible for the front of the magazine, “Capital Comment” and also writing major pieces. Prior to his tenure at The Washingtonian, he spent nearly 13 years at The Washington Post. Conconi also served as NBC affiliate’s commentator for the funeral of Princess Diana and has appeared on CNN International in a number of foreign locations. Conconi has taught courses at the University of Maryland, as well as lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, Georgetown University, American University, GW University and the University of Miami in Florida. He graduated with a public relations/industrial journalism degree from Kent State University and earned a master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

C. Michael Curtis

Fiction Editor, The Atlantic

C. Michael Curtis is fiction editor of The Atlantic, for whom he has worked since 1963, and the John C. Cobb Professor of the Humanities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. He has edited six short story anthologies, including Faith Stories and God: Stories, both published by Houghton Mifflin. His own essays, articles, reviews, creative nonfiction and poems have been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, National Review and Sport, among other periodicals. Curtis has taught for more than 40 years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington and Wofford, where he has been teaching since 2005.

Robin DeRieux

Senior Writer, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Robin DeRieux writes a humor column in UC Davis Magazine for the parents of college students, even though some people don’t see anything funny about spending $26,000 a year to teach the leaders of tomorrow how to play beer pong. She is also a senior writer for the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Richard Eisenberg


Richard Eisenberg is a freelance editor/writer/consultant who formerly worked as Good Housekeeping’s special projects director and Money Magazine’s executive editor. He is the author of two books: How to Avoid a Midlife Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance.

Sarah Engler

Senior Editor, Body+Soul

After finishing her degree at Mizzou in 2004, Engler headed to New York City and started working as an editorial assistant at Real Simple magazine. Now, as a senior lifestyle editor for Body+Soul, she edits stories on everything from eco-friendly travel to fashion to crafts to home design. She has also worked at Cookie and freelanced for Time Out New York and ConsumerSearch.com.

Scott Fosdick
Professor, San Jose State University

Scott Fosdick has led the magazine program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University since 2005. He teaches magazine writing and editing classes, advises the student magazine Access and advises the Magazine Club. He has served in various capacities as an officer in the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, culminating in 2008 when he was head of the division. He also teaches media history and conducts research on the history of arts journalism. His professional writing on theater and dance has been published in Stagebill, American Theatre, The San Jose Mercury News, The Baltimore News American, The Newark Star Ledger, The Daily Herald (Chicago) and The Sunday New York Times.

Ann Friedman

Deputy Editor, The American Prospect

Ann Friedman is the deputy editor of The American Prospect, a monthly progressive political magazine, and an editor of Feministing.com, a leading feminist blog. She was previously the editor of the Prospect’s Web site. She has also been an editorial fellow at Mother Jones magazine and the managing editor of AlterNet.org. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri.

Michael J. Grinfeld

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Michael J. Grinfeld teaches courses in writing; journalism and conflict; covering terrorism; health, science and environmental writing; and media, law and the courts. He is also co-director of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media; an adjunct associate professor at the MU School of Law; and a senior fellow at its Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. He previously was a reporter with the Los Angeles Daily Journal and a freelance magazine writer.

Ralph Groom

Owner, RGroom Design

Ralph Groom has been in the publishing industry for more than 13 years, having spent 10 of those years in NYC working at consumer magazines such as; O The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated for Women, National Geographic Adventure, Fortune Small Business, Conde Nast Women’s Sports & Fitness and Disney Adventures. He has worked with business clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, USAA, AmTrak and Johns Hopkins. He resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

Darrick Harris

Photo Editor, ESPN The Magazine

Darrick Harris’ path to publishing began with the help of New York-based, still-life photographer David Lawrence. After a few freelance assignments, Harris became alternate third assistant with fashion photographer Wayne Maser. In the mid-’90s, he became first assistant to Pamela Hanson. After 10 years of working with Hanson as an assistant and de facto studio manager, he entered the publishing world with the start-up publication Cookie magazine. When Cookie was discontinued, he was lucky to find his current position at ESPN The Magazine.

Justin Heckert

Contributing Writer, ESPN The Magazine

Justin Heckert lives in Atlanta and was a staff writer for two years at Atlanta magazine, where he won the City and Regional Magazine Association’s gold award for Writer of the Year in 2005 and the silver award in 2006. He has also written for Esquire, The Oxford American, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. His work has been anthologized in the Best American Crime Reporting and cited in the Best American Essays and Best American Sportswriting.

Tim Heffernan

Assistant Editor, Esquire

Tim Heffernan edits features and two monthly columns at Esquire. In January 2009, he launched the magazine’s primary blog, the Daily Endorsement, and will be the editor and lead writer of the forthcoming Esquire politics blog. In addition to Esquire, has written for The Atlantic, The Boston Globe and The Village Voice.

Suzette Heiman

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Suzette Heiman is an associate professor and director of planning and communications for the Missouri School of Journalism. She oversees the School’s Web site, publications and other marketing and media relations efforts. Heiman also oversaw the activities to celebrate the centennial of the school and dedication of the Reynolds Journalism Institute in 2008. She is editor of the book, The J-School: Celebrating One Hundred Years of Journalism and the Dedication of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Heiman is an accredited member of Public Relations Society of America, has served on the National Advertising Review Board and is co-author of Public Relations: The Profession and the Practice published by McGraw-Hill. She joined the school’s faculty in 1989.

Matt Hendrickson

Contributing Writer/Editor

After starting his career at Seventeen, Matt Hendrickson moved to Rolling Stone, where he helped launch the first incarnation of Rolling Stone Online in 1995. Moving to the magazine full time a year later, Hendrickson spent the next five years as a staff writer and editor. Leaving in 2000, Hendrickson helped launch Maximum Golf, a News Corp. publication where he edited all of the lifestyle content. After a stint as the music editor at Teen People, Hendrickson formed media consulting company Big Swede Media in 2003. Most recently, Hendrickson was a contributing editor at Life magazine and held a three-year visiting professor position at the Missouri School of Journalism. He currently writes for Details and is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun as well as writing for other national publications.

Steve Hoffman

Partner, HoffmanNoli Graphic Design

As creative director of Sports Illustrated magazine for more than 20 years, Steve Hoffman was responsible for the renowned visual excellence of one of America’s most iconic titles. Working on a tight weekly deadline, he and his staff at SI designed more than 1,300 covers, many of them among the most memorable magazine images ever created. He also oversaw the phenomenal success of the SI Swimsuit franchise, the most successful annual special issue in publishing history. He designed more than 30 books for the Sports Illustrated imprint.

Brant Houston

Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois

Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches investigative and advanced reporting. He is co-author of The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook and author of Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide. Houston is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and is on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. From 1997 to 2007, Houston was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and taught at the Missouri School of Journalism. Before that, Houston was an award-winning investigative reporter and was part of the newsroom staff at The Kansas City Star that won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a hotel building collapse.

Linda Kast

Publisher, Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Linda Kast works for Kalmbach Publishing Co. in Waukesha, Wis. Her career in publishing started more than 30 years ago when she compiled display ads for newspapers and weekend shopping guides. Since that time, Kast has done everything from sports photography to graphic design to magazine editing. She has worked for such magazines as Professional Builder, Remodeling Ideas and Midwest Living. She currently serves as publisher for two titles, Birder’s World and Art Jewelry magazines, plus the Kalmbach Books department, and associate publisher for Cabin Life magazine.

Julia M. Klein

Contributing Editor, Columbia Journalism Review

Julia M. Klein is a cultural reporter and critic, a contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Leisure & Arts page. She was formerly a staff reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Andrew Lawrence

Writer-Reporter, Sports Illustrated

For the past six years, Andrew Lawrence has written about the NFL, pro and college basketball, tennis and motorsports for Sports Illustrated. He also contributes to SI.com, SI Latino and Sports Illustrated Presents. He is based in New York.

Grace Lee

Principal, Priest + Grace

Grace Lee is a partner in Priest + Grace, a multidisciplinary design company in Manhattan. Lee was the art director at Condé Nast Portfolio since the conception of the magazine in 2006. Previously, she freelanced at various places such as O at Home, More magazine, ESPN, T, The New York Times Style and Priest Media and was also the deputy art director at Organic Style magazine. She graduated from Cooper Union.

Joy Mayer

Design Editor, Columbia Missourian

Joy Mayer is the design editor for the Columbia Missourian. She oversees student designers for the Missourian’s print publications and is working on the launch of a new ColumbiaMissourian.com. She teaches news design, multimedia planning and design and participatory journalism at the Missourian School of Journalism.

Lynn Medford

Style Editor, Washington Post

Lynn Medford is Style editor at the Washington Post. Before that, she served as metro editor for enterprise, features and writing and as deputy style editor. She came to the Post in 1999 from the Baltimore Sun, where she was features editor. Medford also spent 15 years at the Miami Herald in news, business, design and features.

Christian Millman

Executive Editor, Taste of Home

Christian Millman is the executive editor at Taste of Home magazine, the largest food magazine in the world. Previously, he had been a deputy editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine and a writer and editor for various Rodale brands.

Terrance Noland

Executive Editor, Men’s Journal

Terrance Noland is executive editor at Men’s Journal. He has also been an editor at Esquire, Smart Money and Business North Carolina.

Mark Obbie

Associate Professor, Syracuse’s Newhouse School

Mark Obbie teaches magazine journalism at Syracuse’s Newhouse School. He’s a freelance magazine writer and the former executive editor of The American Lawyer magazine in New York. In his 30 years as a journalist, he has worked in Ohio, Texas and New York as a daily, weekly, monthly and Internet writer and editor. He has a master’s from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Chris Ocken


Chris Ocken has been a photojournalist since 1988. He began his career at the Arkansas Gazette and continued with the Associated Press where he photographed both the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns in Arkansas. His pictures have appeared in publications including Newsweek, Time, The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. He has served as both photographer and photo editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune and as director of photography at the Columbia Missourian. He holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Ocken is currently a freelance photographer based in Chicago, and he was a contributor to the photo documentary project Chicago in the Year 2000. His current work includes editorial and commercial images, as well as documentary-style wedding photography.

Jessica Royer Ocken

Freelance Writer

Jessica Royer Ocken is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. Her work has been featured in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Midwest Home Chicago magazine and Chicago Social magazine. She served as staff writer for Chicago in the Year 2000, a documentary project about the city at the turn of the millennium, and she is currently one of three writers at work on a history of the federal District Court for the Northern District of California.

Greg Paul

Partner, Brady & Paul Communications; Creative Director, SPOT ON media

Greg Paul is a veteran publications designer who was founding art director for Ohio Magazine, design director for New Age magazine, art director for The Plain Dealer Magazine and art director for Sunshine, the Sunday magazine of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Since 1984, he has worked with more than 300 publications on redesign and repositioning projects. A graduate of Kent State University, Greg has received more than 300 national and international awards for excellence in publication design and editorial art direction.

Merrill Perlman

President, Merrill Perlman Consulting

Merrill Perlman is the president of Merrill Perlman Consulting, which offers journalism training, consulting and freelance editing services. Among her clients are The New York Times, ProPublica and the Poynter Institute. She writes the “Language Corner” column and blog for Columbia Journalism Review. She spent 25 years at The New York Times, most recently as director of copy desks. She is also an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She helped finish the 1999 revision of The New York Times Manual of Style & Usage. Before going to The Times, she was a copy editor and assistant business editor at The Des Moines Register and a reporter and copy editor at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Ill.

Maurice Possley

Former Criminal Justice Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Maurice Possley was a journalist more than 36 years until taking a buyout to leave the Chicago Tribune in August 2008. He has been an investigative criminal justice reporter and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2008. He now works at the Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University. He is the author of two true-crime books — Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth and The Brown’s Chicken Massacre.

Robert Priest

Creative Director, Priest + Grace

Robert Priest is a partner in Priest + Grace, a multidisciplinary design company in Manhattan. Previously he was design director of Conde Nast Portfolio. Before that, he had his own design company, Priest Media Inc. that designed O at Home for Oprah Winfrey, redesigned More magazine and Sky for Delta Airlines. Priest was design director of GQ, Esquire (twice), Newsweek, House and Garden, InStyle Special Issues and Us.

Don Ranly

Professor Emeritus, Missouri School of Journalism

Don Ranly, professor emeritus, headed the magazine sequence at the Missouri School of Journalism for 28 years. Ranly has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, a weekly columnist, a radio host and television producer, director and host. He has conducted more than 1,000 communication seminars for corporations, associations, organizations, newspapers and magazines. He has co-authored News Reporting and Writing, Telling the Story: The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media and Beyond the Inverted Pyramid and is author of Publication Editing. He has compiled a readings book, Principles of American Journalism. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

Jennifer Reeves

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Jennifer Reeves spent seven years producing newscasts in newsrooms, including KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., KSBW-TV in Salinas, Calif., and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. She started her teaching career as executive producer at KOMU-TV at the Missouri School of Journalism. She now works as KOMU’s new media manager and leads the ongoing developments at KOMU.com. She is working on finding ways to expand traditional media by using nontraditional media delivery sources (podcasting, vodcasting, social media and other on-demand and push technologies that can deliver content). Reeves was a part of the inaugural class of Reynolds Journalism Institute fellows in 2008-09.

JD Rinne

Assistant Editor, Budget Travel

JD Rinne is the assistant editor at award-winning Budget Travel magazine and BudgetTravel.com, specializing in travel deals and news, hotel reviews, vacation tips and more. JD has written for Cookie magazine, Milwaukee magazine, the Kansas City Star and other regional publications on subjects ranging from booster seats for kids to airport check-in strategies.

Jennifer Rowe

Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Jennifer Rowe is editorial director of Vox, a weekly city magazine. She worked as communications coordinator and editor for a nonprofit organization in St. Louis and served as president of an association of editors before joining the faculty at her alma mater in 1998. She has spoken at conferences and workshops across the country on writing, editing and design, including Folio in New York City and Chicago. Freelance writing projects have appeared in Real Simple, Elle, Westways and Missouri Life magazines.

Ina Saltz

Principal, Saltz Design; Professor, City College of New York; Design Critic and Author

Ina Saltz is an art director, designer, writer, photographer and educator whose areas of expertise are typography and magazine design. She has written more than 50 design-related articles for STEP Inside Design magazine, How and Graphis. Saltz was the design director at Time (International Editions), Worth and other magazines, including Golf magazine, Golf for Women and Worldbusiness. Saltz is on the design faculty of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She is a judge for the National Magazine Awards, the Society of Publication Designers and the Type Directors Club as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Publication Designers. She is the author of Typography Essentials, Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh and Body Type 2: More Typographic Tattoos. Twenty-six of her design essays will appear in Phaidon’s forthcoming three-volume reference work, Classics of Graphic Design.

Julia Savacool

Articles Director, Fitness magazine

Julia Savacool joined Fitness magazine in 2007. Prior to that, she was deputy editor at Marie Claire, where she worked for four years. She has been senior editor at Good Housekeeping and the psychology editor at Self magazine. She has written for Marie Claire, Self, Glamour, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and The New York Times. She is the author of The World Has Curves. Highlights in Savacool’s career include testifying on Capitol Hill. She also launched a campaign with 23 members of Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2004 and served as a co-chair for a National Summit to End Domestic Violence. Savacool’s stories have won the 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice Media Award, the 2006 Media Award from the United Nations Friends of the World Food Program and the 2006 Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women’s Humanitarian Award.

Geraldine Sealey

Articles Editor, Glamour

Geraldine Sealey has been an articles editor at Glamour magazine since 2005. Previously, she was the news and opinion editor at Salon.com and an editor at ABCNEWS.com. In 2003, she received a Pew International Journalism Fellowship to report in Zambia on the HIV/AIDS crisis. She has also worked as a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism.

Bruce Selcraig


Bruce Selcraig is a former staff writer with Sports Illustrated and The Dallas Morning News and was a U.S. Senate investigator in the ’80s. A former board member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and University of Texas journalism instructor, Selcraig lives in Austin and writes for The New York Times, Harper’s and Smithsonian among others.

Nancy A. Sharkey

Professor of Practice, University of Arizona School of Journalism

Nancy A. Sharkey has joined the faculty of the University of Arizona School of Journalism after a 26-year career at The New York Times. She teaches editing, reporting and a journalism symposium. At The Times she was a senior editor overseeing the recruiting of reporters as well as the development program for young reporters. She joined The Times in 1984 and has served in various positions, including education editor, assistant metro editor and deputy travel editor. She began her career as a reporter for The Times Record in Troy, N.Y., worked for The Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J., and The Times-Union in Albany, N.Y., before joining The Times. For 17 years before moving to Arizona, she was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Casey Shaw

Creative Director, USA WEEKEND

Casey Shaw joined USA WEEKEND magazine in 1995. He oversees the art and photo departments and the magazine’s Web site. During that time, USA WEEKEND has earned dozens of design awards (Clarion Awards, National Headliner Awards, Society of Publication Designers and Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual). Prior to joining USA WEEKEND, he taught college-level computer graphics, created courtroom presentations, designed computer software interfaces and illustrated a syndicated comic strip.

Jake Sherlock

Assistant Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

Jake Sherlock is an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. He is the opinion editor for the Columbia Missourian. His interests include copy editing, design, social media and online journalism.

Michelle T. Shinseki

Editorial Director, KidsHealth.org

Michelle T. Shinseki is the editorial director of KidsHealth.org, the most visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior and development from before birth through the teen years. She has worked on many Web sites in the parenting category, including Kaboose.com, BabyZone.com, Funschool.com, AmericanBaby.com, Parents.com, iVillage.com, Lamaze.com and Parenting.com. In the lifestyle and health category, she has covered Ladies’ Home Journal online (LHJ.com), Better Homes and Gardens online (BHG.com), and WiseBear.com. Before working on the Web, she was a book editor at William Morrow, acquiring popular non-fiction, and the co-author of the book, The Secret Life of Teens: Young People Speak Out About Their Lives.

Heather Morgan Shott

Senior Food Editor, Better Homes and Gardens Network

Heather Morgan Shott is the senior food group manager for the Better Homes and Gardens Network. In this role she manages the daily operations for five interactive food properties, including BHG.com Food and MixingBowl.com. Prior to joining BHG.com in September 2007, Shott was travel editor at WineSpectator.com and an editor at Brides.com. She began her career at National Geographic Traveler magazine, where she won two Lowell Thomas awards during a six-year stint as the magazine’s online editor. Shott has written about travel, health, weddings, food and wine and art for Wine Spectator, Modern Bride, National Geographic Traveler, Better Homes and Gardens, Web MD and Washington Flyer magazines.

Pat Smith

Managing Editor, Global Journalist

Pat Smith is managing editor of Global Journalist magazine, which is published at the Missouri School of Journalism. In her 30 years as a journalist, she has worked on newspapers, magazines, specialized and online publications and has taught at the college level for 16 years. Smith has also served as a consultant for specialized communication projects that include publication design, writing, editing and planning for businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Randall Smith

Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism

Randall Smith is the first Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. Before joining the School, Smith had 30-year career at The Kansas City Star, where he worked on both the news and business sides in senior positions. Smith is a former president of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors and a recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He is the vice chair and first non-family member of the board of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. The author of the book A Kenyan Journey, Smith has lectured to classes in China, Africa and the U.S. As an editor Smith has worked with award-winning newsroom teams that have earned the profession’s top awards and honors. One won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for coverage of the Kansas City Hyatt skywalks disaster in July 1981. Other staff recognitions include a Sigma Delta Chi award, an Eppy award, a Philip Meyer Award, 12 Missouri Press Association Gold Cups and a Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award. Smith received the Mizzou Alumni Association's highest recognition, the Faculty-Alumni Award, in 2005.

Michael Solita

Associate Art Director, IEEE Spectrum magazine

Michael Solita is the associate art director at IEEE Spectrum magazine in New York City. He has previously done art direction and design for Outdoor Life, Disney Adventures, Ms. and POZ magazines, as well as the Chicago Tribune and Times of Northwest Indiana.

Ted Spiker

Associate Professor, University of Florida; Writer, Men’s Health

Ted Spiker is an associate professor of journalism and heads the magazine sequence in the Department of Journalism at the University of Florida. A contributing editor to Men’s Health magazine and a freelance writer, Spiker has had work published in magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, Outside, Fortune, AARP, The Magazine and many others. Spiker is also co-author of several books, including the national bestsellers, YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On a Diet.

Sonja Steptoe

Global Communications Director, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Sonja Steptoe serves as the global communications director for the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where she has worked since 2007, based in Los Angeles. For the previous 22 years, Steptoe was a journalist for various print and broadcast media. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal and has been a correspondent, writer and/or editor for Sports Illustrated, People, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Court TV and CNN/SI. Most recently she was TIME magazine’s senior correspondent and deputy news director based in Los Angeles. With Jackie Joyner-Kersee she co-wrote A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete. She won an EMMY Award in 1999 for her HBO work and the National Headliner Award in 1998 for outstanding sports journalism for her work at CNN/SI. A Duke University law graduate, Steptoe was a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Clay Scholar as an undergraduate at MU where she double-majored in economics and journalism.

James Sterling

Endowed Chair and Professor, Missouri School of Journalism

James Sterling holds the Missouri Chair in Community Newspaper Management and has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism since 2000. He had a long career managing and operating a newspaper group in Southwest Missouri. Sterling has also worked as a newspaper/magazine broker and owned a Web offset printing plant. He serves on the board of directors of the National Newspaper Association and is past president of the Missouri Press Association, the Ozark Press Association, the Missouri Advertising Managers Association and the Springfield (Mo.) Ad Club. He also served six years on the board of curators (trustees) for the University of Missouri System. He has been an observer and consultant of city, state and regional magazines in recent years.

Reuben Stern

Print and Graphics Editor, Futures Lab of Reynolds Journalism Institute

Reuben Stern is the print and graphics editor in the Futures Lab of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also teaches courses in multimedia journalism and advertising design. Reuben was previously the managing editor for the Columbia Missourian, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations for the morning community newspaper and its Web operation. Before that, Stern was the design editor for the Los Angeles Daily News. He also worked as art director and later editor of The Budapest Sun, an English-language newspaper in Hungary that received multiple international design awards during his tenure. Additionally, he spent several years working as a freelance editor and graphic designer. Stern graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and began his career in the graphics department at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Matt Strelecki

Art Director, Successful Farming Media

Matt Strelecki has recently completed the redesign and repositioning of Successful Farming magazine, Meredith’s 107-year-old publication. Prior to this position, Strelecki was the art director for Food and Holiday, Center of Excellence for Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. Strelecki recently managed the design and execution of BHG.com, the Web site for Better Homes and Gardens magazine where he oversaw the initial steps of its redesign. While there, he also managed the redesign of LHJ.com (Ladies Home Journal) and the start up of Mixingbowl.com. Other experience includes more than 11 years as executive director, Design for Meredith Books. Strelecki’s magazine art direction experience includes Atlanta magazine, Traditional Home, Renovation Style and Decorator ShowHouse.

Ingrid Sturgis

Assistant Professor, Howard University

Ingrid Sturgis is a newly appointed assistant professor/new media at Howard University in Washington. Previously, she was a senior programming manager at AOL’s BlackVoices.com and editor-in-chief of ESSENCE.com. Sturgis also has worked as an editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bridgewater Courier News, The Poughkeepsie Journal, the Middletown Times-Herald Record as well as managing editor for both BET Weekend and Savoy magazines. Sturgis is an author; she edited Aunties: 35 Writers Celebrate Their Other Mother, and she wrote The Nubian Wedding Book: Words and Rituals to Celebrate and Plan an African-American Wedding.

Alecia Swasy

Adjunct Instructor, Missouri School of Journalism

Alecia Swasy is the author of Soap Opera: The Inside Story of Procter & Gamble and Changing Focus: Kodak and the Battle to Save a Great American Company. Both were published by Times Books/Random House while she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. Swasy has also worked as assistant managing editor of the St. Petersburg Times and assistant managing editor of Northeast Equities, Dow Jones Newswires, among other posts. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Missouri School of Journalism and teaching undergraduate magazine writing.
John Taranto

Senior Editor, Outdoor Life

John Taranto is senior editor at Outdoor Life magazine where he’s worked since graduating from New York University in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn.

Lettie Teague

Contributing Wine Editor, Food & Wine magazine

Lettie Teague is currently the contributing wine editor and wine columnist (“Wine Matters”) at Food & Wine magazine. She was the magazine’s wine editor for 12 years, overseeing the wine coverage and various wine awards programs for the magazine. She won the 2003 James Beard Foundation MFK Fisher Award for Distinguished Writing and the 2005 James Beard Foundation Award for Columns and Column writing. She is the author of Educating Peter and illustrator and co-author of Fear of Wine.

Tami Terrell

Freelance Writer and Editor

Tami Terrell is currently working out of her home writing and editing. She is the former editor-in-chief of Dynamic Graphics+Create, where she planned content and assigned stories for the magazine as well as its newsletter and free online webcasts.

Matt Thompson

Editorial Product Manager, National Public Radio

Matt Thompson is an editorial product manager at National Public Radio, where he’s helping to coordinate the development of 12 topic-focused local news sites in conjunction with NPR member stations. Before moving to DC, Matt served as the interim Online Community Manager for the Knight Foundation. In May 2009, he completed a Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute; his explorations into creating context-centric news Web sites are quickly becoming central to the discussion about online journalism’s future. He came to RJI from his position as deputy Web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he led the creation of the Edgie-award-winning, socially networked arts-and-entertainment Web site vita.mn. Before the Star Tribune, Thompson was an online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee, winning first- and third-place Best of the West awards in 2004 for his multimedia projects. He worked at the Poynter Institute from 2003-04 as the Naughton Fellow for Online Reporting and Writing. In 2010, Matt completes a four-year term on Poynter’s National Advisory Board. Thompson graduated with honors in English from Harvard College in 2002.

Victoria von Biel

Executive Editor, Bon Appétit

Victoria von Biel helps shape the voice of the magazine. She started her career with Bon Appétit in 1997, when she joined the staff as managing editor. Before coming to Bon Appétit, von Biel worked at a variety of magazines, including Vanity Fair and Parenting. She has studied cooking in both the United Kingdom and the United States and completed a post-graduate course in wine studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has appeared as a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef television program and speaks frequently about food and travel writing.

Steve Weinberg

Professor, Missouri Journalism School

Steve Weinberg is one of the most prolific writers in the School of Journalism. He is author of eight books, both trade books and textbooks. His newest book from publisher W.W. Norton is Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller. Weinberg’s writing has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the country. He worked as a staff reporter for the Metro-East Journal in East St. Louis, Ill., and at The Des Moines Register. Currently, he is a contributing editor of The IRE Journal, the magazine of Investigative Reporters & Editors; he served as IRE’s executive director from 1983-1990. At MU since 1978, he teaches magazine writing.

Rob Weir

Director of Digital Development, The Columbia Missourian

Rob Weir started his journalism career at 15, working in the job printing department of The Examiner in Independence, Mo. A third-generation Missouri journalist, Weir is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. Weir subsequently worked on a master’s degree in U.S. history at Missouri, studying partisanship at Missouri newspapers from 1867-1890. He became the first managing editor of the Columbia Missourian’s eMprint editions in 2005 and is now the director of digital development for the Columbia Missourian.

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

Freelance writer

Jocelyn C. Zuckerman is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Gourmet, The New York Times Magazine, Parade, Harper’s Bazaar, Plenty, Utne Reader and other publications. She served on the staff of Gourmet magazine for 12 years, most recently as deputy editor. (For the year prior to its folding, Zuckerman was a contributing editor at Gourmet.) A former Peace Corps volunteer and a 1996 honors graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism (where she is currently an adjunct professor), she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and in 2001 was awarded a James Beard Journalism Award for feature writing.
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