Undergraduate

Journalism Adjunct Faculty

Many courses are taught by adjunct professors (professionals in their field who teach on a part-time or course-by-course basis). The following professors regularly teach in the Department of Journalism.

Andrea Billups

Andrea Billups is a freelance journalist, author and master’s graduate of the College. Her award-winning reporting, spanning more than two decades, has been featured in such publications as PEOPLEmagazine,Money,Reader’s Digest, as well as in several legacy and digital media outlets around the country includingThe Washington Times, theWashington Postand Zap2It.com. A native of West Virginia and graduate of Marshall University, she has been a frequent television and radio guest, chatting about the intersection of celebrity, pop culture and politics after seven years spent reporting from Washington, D.C. Most recently, Billups, who has worked as editorial consultant to several businesses, has channeled her passion for style and entrepreneurship to launch the lifestyle and accessories brand, Be Brilliant (BeBrilliantBags.com). She Tweets, often sharply, @princessmouse— and no, she won’t be changing her handle to sound more like a grown-up. 

Jennifer Braddock

Jennifer Braddock
Jennifer Braddock

Braddock earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from UF in 2013 and has continued her research agenda to include conference papers and publications in the fields of intercultural communication and health communication. Prior to her work in the faculty and research side of academia, Braddock held staff and management positions at a university and an international logistics provider, both located in Savannah, GA. While continuing her research interests, Braddock has also been working in the field of social media as a part-time blogger and social media consultant. Drawing from her previous work on Facebook use, she has begun the process of building a new area of research with social media platforms for pursuit in the near future. A theorist at heart, she looks forward to bringing real-world, current experience with social media to the virtual classroom setting as she guides students through an exploration of mass communication paradigms. She teaches Mass Communication Theory and World Communication Systems, and she has previously taught Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Professional and Business Writing.

Tom Burton

Tom Burton is an independent photojournalist and filmmaker based in Lady Lake, Fla. and is assistant editor for the National Press Photographers Association which represents the interests of photojournalists working in both print and broadcasting. 

 

Burton is the former Director of Photography/Video at the Orlando Sentinel. He directed award-winning coverage of the end of the space shuttle program and was the coordinator for courtroom pool photography from the trials of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman. He also edited coverage at multiple sporting events including Super Bowls, BCS Football Championships, NCAA Final Four, NBA Finals and numerous NASCAR races. 

 

Burton was among the first newspaper photographers to introduce video into daily coverage and since then, he has trained journalists in multimedia journalism. As a photojournalist, he is veteran of a wide range of assignments including political campaigns, natural disasters, special projects and conflict zones. 

 

In addition to his time at the Sentinel, Burton has worked for the Citrus County Chronicle, The Gainesville Sun and the Lakeland Ledger. He is a Florida native and a UF graduate.

Jason Cole

Jason Cole is considered one of the top NFL reporters in the country and is a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Prior to BleacherReport.com, he worked for Yahoo! Sports, The Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. He is the author of three books and is currently helping Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway write his autobiography. Cole wrote Giant with wide receiver Plaxico Burress, Ocho Cinco with wide receiver Chad Johnson and Heart for the Game with Simon Keith. Keith, a former professional soccer player, is the first man to ever play professional sports after having a heart transplant. Cole also assisted in the writing of books with Art Briles, Rex Ryan and Tony Siragusa.

Prior to covering the NFL as a whole, Cole covered the Miami Dolphins for 15 years for both The Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. His work has earned numerous awards and honors from arguably the most prestigious group in sports journalism, the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE). He has also earned numerous awards from the Pro Football Writers of America, earned a Green Eyeshade award and numerous honors from the Florida State Sportswriters Association.Cole and Charles Robinson combined for a five-year investigation, exposing former USC running back and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush’s receipt of approximately $300,000 in cash and other benefits during his final season in college in direct violation of NCAA rules. The investigation eventually led to Bush becoming the first person to relinquish his Heisman and USC was stripped of its 2004 National Championship in football.

Cole, a 1984 graduate of Stanford University, regularly does more than 400 radio and TV appearances a year on stations around the country to talk about the NFL and his other work. He teaches sports writing and investigative reporting at the University of Florida.

Darlena Cunha

Darlene Cunha
Darlene Cunha

Darlena Cunha is a freelance journalist, contributing regularly to TIME, The Washington Post and The Atlantic, amid many others. She graduated from UF with a master’s degree in mass communications, and holds a B.S. in Ecology and a B.A. in journalism from UConn.

As a freelancer, she writes news, features and opinion about politics, social justice issues, health and science, business and money, technology, food, travel, and literally everything else for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Marie Claire, The Boston Globe and Parents Magazine, plus dozens more. Her work allows her to be a frequent guest on radio and television news shows from CNN to Breitbart to NPR.

Before becoming a multimedia freelancer, she worked as a television news producer in large markets such as Boston, San Diego and New York City for nearly a decade.

She lives in Gainesville with her husband, her twin daughters, and her dog, but is originally from Connecticut.

Daron Dean

Daron Dean
Daron Dean

Daron Dean has been a working photojournalist since graduating from UF with a B.S. in Journalism in 2004. Born in Florida, he’s interned for The Gainesville Sun, the Anchorage Daily News and The Dallas Morning News before joining the staff at The St. Augustine Record in August of 2006. He continues to work as a correspondent for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Thomson Reuters. His photographs have appeared in every major newspaper in the U.S. and others in more than 30 countries. His magazine credits include Audubon, Men’s Health, Popular Photography, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated and Time. His work has been included in shows at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and Florida State Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee. Dean has been an Adjunct Professor at UF since 2011, teaching Advanced Photojournalism I in the Fall.

Karen Dooley

Karen Dooley
Karen Dooley

Karen Dooley is Director of Advancement Communications for UF Health where she oversees and coordinates fundraising and alumni communications, most specifically for the College of Medicine and the UF Health clinical operations. Dooley joined UF in 1996 as a writer for the News and Public Affairs Office. She also worked for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as a science writer before becoming editor of the College of Medicine’s alumni magazine, Florida Physician. Dooley received the Robert G. Fenley Writing Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2010, and her work has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement of Education and the Florida Magazine Association. As an adjunct faculty member in the College of Journalism and Communications, Dooley serves as a writing lab instructor for JOU 3109.

Jason Farmand

Jason Farmand
Jason Farmand

Jason Farmand is a designer and principal at Orlando-based Hatchet Design, a studio specializing in branding, print and web. During his 12-year career, he’s done work for a wide variety of clients, such as the American Cancer Society, Walt Disney World, University of Florida, Ace Hardware, Second Harvest Food Bank, UF professor Ted Spiker, and numerous James Beard award-winning chefs. His professional specializations include typography, publication design, branding and front-end website development. In 2010, Farmand joined UF professor John Kaplan as creative director on Kaplan’s film project, Not As I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma. Farmand’s work on the project helped it win a number of Addy awards, and—more importantly—helped get more than 6,500 free copies (and counting!) of the film into the hands and homes of anyone touched by cancer. Farmand teaches Design and Advanced Design and is a proud alumnus of the UF J-school (BSJ 2003, MAMC 2007). He lives in Orlando with his wife, Katie, and 2-year-old daughter, Hazel.

Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes is a visual storyteller and educator based in Florida who has worked in every US state and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.

His advertising clients include Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Canon, Kodak, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites as well as on most major television networks. He is currently on the masthead of Sports Illustrated.

He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.

He has taught at the University of Miami and the University of Kansas as an adjunct professor and lecturer. During the last five years, he has lectured at more than 100 universities discussing multimedia and photojournalism. Through his production company, Straw Hat Visuals, he prepares educational content that is disseminated in multi touch electronic books and platforms in 22 countries throughout North and South America.

In 2010 and 2013, he served on the jury of World Press Photo.

Gary Green

Gary Green
Gary Green

Gary W. Green is the deputy news editor of WUFT News and digital director of University of Florida’s Innovation News Center. Green came to the College of Journalism and Communications in 2014 from the Orlando Sentinel, where he worked for 12 years as a photo/video editor, multimedia producer and senior photojournalist. Before joining the Sentinel, he worked for several newspapers, magazines and wire services in Florida, Ohio and Kentucky, culminating in over 20 years working as a visual journalist. His portfolio includes coverage of some of the biggest stories of the last two decades, including Sept. 11, deadly hurricanes, presidential campaigns, space shuttle launches, controversial court trials and sporting events, including seven Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four championships, NBA playoffs and the NBA Finals. His work has been published by numerous national newspapers, magazines and websites including: Time, Sports Illustrated, New York Times, The Washington Post, Sporting News, USA Today and Huffington Post as well as several international publications. His journalism has been honored by the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press, National Press Photographers Association, Ohio News Photographer Association, Florida Society of News Editors, Ohio Prep Sports Writer’s Association and Associated Press Sports Editors. He is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and has a Master’s degree in mass communication from UF. His thesis explored the opportunities and challenges posed by the digital disruption of legacy newsrooms.

He teaches News Center Practicum in the Innovation News Center and Advanced Multimedia Narratives.

Lillian Guevara-Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro
Lillian Guevara-Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro is the former features editor at The Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star-Banner, where she also worked as a staff writer and editor since 1992. Other positions she has held at The Sun include local news editor, business editor, assistant city editor and assistant features editor. She has covered religion, business, homes, real estate and lifestyle.

Prior to The Sun, she covered small municipal governments and demographics at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and education at The Gwinnett Daily News.

Lillian was born in Lima, Peru, and grew up in Chicago and Atlanta. She has a degree in journalism/communications from Georgia State University. She speaks Spanish and is a lifelong French student.

Nicole Irving

Nicole Irving
Nicole Irving

Nicole Irving is the founder/publisher/owner of Giggle Magazine and Irving Publications, LLC. She started Giggle Magazine out of her son’s nursery in 2009 and has watched it grow into an award-winning publication, most recently being awarded the title of the 2012 Business of the Year, Leading Women’s Enterprise. Irving graduated with honors from UF in 1999 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She is an active member of the Gainesville Junior League, an adjunct lecturer at the University of Florida, Chair of the executive board for the North Central Florida March of Dimes and is a director on the Florida Magazine Association board. Irving is also actively involved in several charity and business organizations in the community. Originally from New York, Irving arrived in Gainesville via Palm Beach Gardens in 1997 and has lived here since with her husband, Shane. Today, she is the proud mother to three sons, Tyler, Nicholas and Joshua.

Michael LaForgia

Michael LaForgia is an investigative reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. In 2014, he and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for stories exposing a county program that housed the homeless in squalor. He joined the Times in 2012. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter for The Palm Beach Post, where he covered gang wars, Florida’s prescription painkiller crisis and abuses within state juvenile jails. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he grew up in Summerville, S.C.

Megan Mallicoat

Spencer Mann

Spencer Mann
Spencer Mann

Spencer Mann graduated from the UF in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News. At that time, the most sophisticated piece of equipment used in the college was an IBM Selectric Typewriter with carbon paper. Mann spent several years in print and broadcast industry in North Florida. Mann transitioned into the criminal justice field in 1983 working for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit. One of his primary roles was to handle news media requests. He spent over 30 years dealing with issues involving the request for public records and open government. Mann is a charter member and past president of the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officers Association. He is also an Accredited Public Relations Professional (APRP) with the Florida Public Relations Association. In 1992, Mann was named Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Gainesville Chapter of FPRA. He has trained professional groups throughout the country on crisis communications, as well as the professional relationship between the news media and governmental agencies.

Jessica Marsh

Jessica Marsh received a Master’s in Mass Communication in May 2016 from the University of Florida. In August 2016, she began her journey in teaching when she was hired by her alma mater to teach two lab sections of Multimedia Writing. In the past, she has contributed articles to The Independent Florida Alligator.

Prior to entering the University of Florida, she studied at Flagler College, where she received a B.A. in Fine Art in 2005. It was at Flagler that she became aware of and interested in the media’s ability to shape user experiences and emotions.

Renee Martin-Kratzer

Renee Martin-Kratzer
Renee Martin-Kratzer

Renee Martin-Kratzer earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri. She taught magazine courses for five years as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. After moving back to Missouri in 2010, she has continued teaching online courses for UF as well as teaching on campus at the University of Missouri. Her professional experience includes working as a design editor for the Columbia Daily Tribune, the founding managing editor of Missouri Life magazine and as a web editor to an education site. She has taught a variety of classes ranging from feature writing to magazine design to research methods. In 2009, she was selected as the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications’ Teacher of the Year. Her research focuses on the effects of disturbing images and the use of anonymous sources in various media. She spends a lot of time chasing her 4-year-old twins and shuttling her daughters (ages 8 and 11) to activities.

Joy Mayer

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Joy Mayer

Joy Mayer is an engagement strategist whose work focuses on the continually evolving notion of audience engagement in journalism — how communicators can foster two-way conversations, collaborate with their communities and know who they’re serving and how well they’re doing it. She is a consulting fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute. Until recently, she had spent 12 years as an associate professor at Missouri School of Journalism, where she created an engagement curriculum and a community outreach team in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian and also taught web design and print design.

Nicole Neal

Steve Orlando

Steve Orlando
Steve Orlando

Steve Orlando entered journalism writing, editing and doing paste-up and layout for the weekly Gulf Breeze Sentinel near Pensacola. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UF in 1986, he returned to UF in 1987 to pursue a degree in journalism and spent a semester as a stringer for the student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, covering science and research. In 1988, he accepted a position as a state desk reporter for The Tampa Tribune, where his beats throughout west Central Florida included cops, courts, schools, city and county government, general assignment and features. He also did part-time editing. Orlando joined News and Public Affairs in 1996 as news desk editor and senior writer. He became associate director in 2001, director for print media in 2006 and senior director for media relations in 2012. Orlando earned a master of arts in mass communication from UF in 2007.

Adam Playford

Adam Playford
Adam Playford

Adam Playford is Director of Data and Digital Enterprise at the Tampa Bay Times, where he leads the paper’s team of data journalists and web developers. Previously he was a reporter on the investigations teams at Newsday and the Palm Beach Post. At Newsday, Playford was part of a team that was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for reporting on widespread police misconduct kept secret by state law. Playford graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Czerne Reid

Czerne Reid
Czerne Reid

Czerne Reid, Ph.D., is a lecturer and Assistant Director of Online Education in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the UF College of Journalism and Communications. Reid is co-chair of the education committee of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), which organizes a popular annual undergraduate travel fellowship, mentoring program and science writing internship fair. Reid has worked as a science writer and reporter at several outlets over the years, including UF Health Communications, The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Salinas Californian (in John Steinbeck’s hometown), the Stanford News Service and the Stanford School of Medicine Office of Communication and Public Affairs. As a 2007 Kaiser Media Fellow, Reid completed an award-winning newspaper series on the impact of HIV/AIDS in South Carolina. She has received awards for her work from the South Carolina Press Association and the South Carolina Medical Association, and fellowships from the NASW and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW). Dr. Reid earned her Ph.D. in environmental chemistry at Emory University, and a graduate certificate in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her bachelor’s degree in chemistry is from the University of the West Indies, Mona, in her native Jamaica.

Jon Roosenraad

Jon Roosenraad
Jon Roosenraad

Jon Roosenraad is an emeritus professor of journalism, having taught in the college since 1968. His professional experience includes the Lansing (Michigan) State Journal and The Gainesville Sun. He served 30 years as an administrator in the college, first as chair of the Department of Journalism and then as the college’s assistant dean for student services. After retiring in 2008 he continues teaching in the lab portion of JOU 3101, basic reporting, and JOU 4700, problems and ethics of journalism (a course he originated).

Jim Ross

Jim Ross
Jim Ross

Jim Ross is managing editor of the Ocala Star-Banner. He grew up in the Chicago suburbs and in 1989 graduated from Northwestern University, where he edited the school paper. His first job was at the St. Petersburg Times, where he spent 18 years as a reporter and bureau chief. He left for the Star-Banner in 2007, serving first as assistant managing editor and then senior editor. Ross also worked for a short time at The Gainesville Sun, which is one of the Star-Banner’s sister papers, and he still works in that newsroom from time to time. In addition to his newspaper duties Ross is an essayist whose work has been published in numerous print and online literary journals. He has been an adjunct instructor at UF since fall 2007, teaching Magazine Writing and serving as a Reporting lab instructor. He lives in Ocala with his wife, Melanie, (also an adjunct instructor) and their three kids. Ross is an active member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church and serves on the advisory boards for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, the Marion County Literacy Council and the Ocala Civic Theatre. He also volunteers with the Marion Ballet Theatre as a “backstage dad.”

Melanie Fridl Ross

Melanie Fridl Ross
Melanie Fridl Ross

Melanie Fridl Ross, MSJ, ELS, is chief communications officer for UF Health, where she oversees strategic communications and public affairs, marketing, news and publications, advancement communications, creative services, and web services for the system’s Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses. Ross also serves as senior producer for the public radio series “Health in a Heartbeat” and for the animal health program “Animal Airwaves,” overseeing operations for both internationally aired award-winning consumer health series. In addition, she is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where she has taught a news reporting lab since 2004. Ross joined UF in 1992 from The Tampa Tribune, where she was a reporter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in newspaper administration from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a board-certified editor in the life sciences. She is a past president of the 5,600-member American Medical Writers Association and past president of the organization’s Florida chapter. She also is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Association of Science Writers.

Diana Schuh

Diana Schuh
Diana Schuh

Diana Schuh has been an adjunct lecturer for the College of Journalism and Communications since 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from New York University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia. Her freelance writing credits include The Tampa Bay Times, Athens Magazine, Hi Fidelity, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine. She also spent several years as the city commission reporter for the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald where she won second-place in feature writing from the Georgia Press Association and was honored by the National Association for Social Workers for her work covering social service agencies in northeast Georgia. She also spent three years as the assistant editor and head copy editor for Atlanta Intown, a weekly newspaper.

Dave Stanton

Dave Stanton
Dave Stanton

Dave Stanton is a communication technologist — applying engineering principles to understand and improve communication. He build publishing systems and digital products that work across platforms. His doctoral studies at the University of Florida explain how people read and process digital news. Stanton has served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Florida and as the Technology Fellow at The Poynter Institute. He conducts workshops related to mobile design, usability, programming and education for the Society for News Design, the Online News Association and The Poynter Institute. He has been an invited speaker for SXSW, Open Source Bridge, the National Science Foundation, The Freedom Forum, TEDx and many other conferences related to design, technology and education. His day job as Senior Technical Lead at Mobiquity Inc. is to manage and provide technical oversight for large software projects with multiple work streams. He researches optimizations of information, interaction and visual design that responds to users across platforms and contexts while maximizing cognition.

Sarah Stewart

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Sarah Stewart

Sarah L. Stewart is a freelance writer and a graduate of the College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She began her career as a features writer at The Gainesville Sun, then later moved west to work as a staff writer and editor at the Vail Trail in Vail, Colorado. As an undergraduate, magazines had been Stewart’s first love, so starting in 2008 she transitioned away from newspapers to begin writing for magazines as a full-time freelancer (www.sarahlstewart.com). Her work has since appeared in national and international publications including Travel + Leisure, Hemispheres, Backpacker, Outside, The Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Weddings and the UK Daily Telegraph. Stewart recently moved back to Gainesville and began teaching magazine and feature writing at her alma mater, where she hopes to inspire the same love of the craft that she found in her own undergraduate years.

Michael Stone

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Michael Stone

Michael Stone is a journalist and photographer focusing primarily on health care, technology and history, especially World War II, but who has covered just about any and every subject area. He has worked for several different print and online publications as a freelancer and as a full-time writer, reporter and editor. Since 2013, he has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Florida, including News Center Practicum, Problems and Ethics in Journalism, Multimedia Reporting, Multimedia Writing, and Writing Mechanics. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s in health/science communication from UF.

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson

Award-winning editorial/institutional/corporate photographer since the Dark Ages (the 1960’s). Outdoor writer and photographer specializing in fishing and regional travel. Photographer of 17 coffee-table books (Harmony House Publishers’ American College Series) and two fishing guides to the Gulf of Mexico (University of Florida Press). Regional editor and food columnist, Florida Sportsman magazine. Blogger, Original Florida Tourism Task Force/ travel.naturalnorthflorida.com (fishing and boating, food and dining, events and activities, off-the-beaten path).  Executive director, Florida Outdoor Writers Association.

Tonyaa Weathersbee

Rob Witzel

Rob Witzel
Rob Witzel

Rob Witzel is director of photography and technology columnist at The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine. He has taught Advanced Photojournalism and Specialized Photojournalism courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Florida since 2009. As a former student at the UF College of Journalism and Communications, Witzel was named the prestigious William Randolph Hearst National Champion for photojournalism as well as Southern Student Photographer of the Year in 2002. He also served as president of the local chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. His images have appeared in numerous national publications including: New York Times, Boston Globe, US News and World Report and Miami Herald. After graduation, Witzel furthered his passion for freelance photography by opening Rob Witzel Photography and was judged as the top wedding photographer in the country for 2008 by the Wedding Photojournalism Association. Witzel was born and raised in West Palm Beach and has worked as a professional photographer since he was 15. He also serves as an advocate and pastor for the local homeless and incarcerated community in Gainesville.

Pat Yack

Pat Yack
Pat Yack

Pat Yack is Chief Content Officer for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Public Media is the home of KSKA-FM, KAKM-TV and the Alaska Public Radio Network. Yack has more than 30 years in the news business as a reporter, department head, managing editor, editor, and broadcast leader. His past assignments have included: DC bureau chief, The Denver Post; national editor, The Atlanta Constitution; managing editor, The (Eugene, Ore.) Register-Guard; editor, The (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record; and editor, The Florida Times-Union.

He was the 2009 Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He remains on the adjunct faculty at UAA where he has taught classes in visual communication, beginning and advanced reporting, Web journalism, and Movies and the First Amendment.

Yack is a member of PBS’ Digital Advisory Council, a national group that advises PBS on a variety of contemporary issues. As chief content officer, Yack and his team created Indie Alaska, an innovative web series sponsored and promoted by PBS Digital Studios. Yack is a member of the Alaska Press Club and is a supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has been a Pulitzer juror twice. Prior to moving to Alaska, Yack was a board member of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He served as its president for two terms. He and other FSNE leaders launched Sunshine Sunday, a statewide effort that called attention to the erosion of open meetings and open records laws. Sunshine Sunday provided the foundation for creating the national movement, Sunshine Week. He took an active role in the American Society of Newspaper Editors, serving as the co-chair of the Freedom of Information Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee. He has served on the board of the First Amendment Foundation and the American Press Institute. Yack holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of journalism department’s advisory council.

Cyd Zeigler

Cyd Ziegler
Cyd Zeigler

Cyd Zeigler is an award-winning journalist writing primarily about the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity in sports. Co-founder of Outsports.com, Zeigler has been instrumental in generating and leading the national and international conversation about LGBT athletes for over 15 years. His work has led to the public coming out of dozens of athletes at all levels, including former NFL prospect Michael Sam and former NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon. Zeigler has welcomed the blurred lines between advocate and journalist, using his platform to advance policy and education in all levels of sport, from high school to the pros. A graduate of and former instructor at Stanford University, Zeigler now teaches Sports and Social Issues in the School of Journalism.