The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter

Green Light Ethics

Practice hard-hitting journalism with confidence

The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter takes a practical approach to the ever-changing pressures on journalism and democracy. We are an authoritative voice for journalists, citizens and everyone interested in elevating discourse and fact-based expression while battling disinformation and bias. Through the work of the Center, journalism can evolve its values and the public will better understand how those values impact their everyday lives, building practices of mutual trust and transparency.

This work was made possible by a generous grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter Team

  • Neil Brown
    Neil Brown is the president of The Poynter Institute. He joined Poynter in September 2017, after serving as the editor and vice president of the...
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  • Kelly McBride
    Senior Vice President and Chair of Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership
    Kelly McBride is a journalist, consultant and one of the country’s leading voices on media ethics and democracy. She is senior vice president and chair...
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  • Shannon Kellenberger
    Assistant to the President
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  • Samantha Ragland
    A Southerner to the core, Samantha Ragland is a Poynter faculty member. Her portfolio includes the Leadership Academy for Women in Media and the Poynter-Koch...
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  • Doris Truong
    Senior Director of Teaching & Diversity Strategies
    Doris Truong is Poynter’s senior director of teaching and diversity strategies. She helps newsrooms better cover their communities by providing the resources to recruit, retain...
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  • Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins
    Senior Faculty, Broadcast and Online
    Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. He has taught thousands of journalists, journalism students and educators in newsrooms around...
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  • Cheryl Carpenter
    Cheryl Carpenter is an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute. From 2017 to 2021, she coached 12 news organizations through their performance management challenges...
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  • Rick Edmonds
    Media Business Analyst & Leader of News Transformation
    Rick Edmonds is Poynter's media business analyst, co-author of 10 State of the News Media reports, former Tampa Bay Times and Philadelphia Inquirer editor.
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