Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz

Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz is a recent graduate of the University of Washington and was part of Crosscut’s RJI Fellowship team while she was an editorial assistant at Crosscut. She is joining Quartz Media in New York City this summer as an editorial intern.

Mike Wheeler

Michael Wheeler is a managing partner of Westerly Partners, LLC, an investor advisory that provides strategic, financial and technology solutions to early stage companies focused on new media technology. Wheeler has more than 40 years of senior management experience at NBC, CNBC, MTV, Showtime, The Financial News, Meredith Corporation, and CBS. He is a member … Continued

Aaron Sharockman

Aaron Sharockman is the executive director of PolitiFact and the project leader of the organization’s RJI Fellowship. Previously, he was the editor of PunditFact, a spinoff of PolitiFact. Before that he worked in various writing and editing roles at the Tampa Bay Times since 2003. Sharockman received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science … Continued

Tamara Power-Drutis

Tamara Power-Drutis is the chief of staff at Amplifier, a nonpartisan art machine for social change that aims to flip artists into activists and observers into participants. Power-Drutis is the former executive director of the Northwest independent news site Crosscut Public Media, which has a goal of informing a public capable of solving the current … Continued

Andrew Haeg

Andrew Haeg has focused his career on using technology to help newsrooms more effectively engage their audiences, and make their journalism more reflective of and responsive to the communities they serve. Haeg is a veteran journalist, crowdsourcing pioneer and entrepreneur. His career has spanned work as a public radio reporter, a correspondent for The Economist, … Continued

Alejandro González

Alejandro González leads development and innovation efforts at 14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent digital news platform founded by acclaimed independent journalist, Yoani Sánchez. In this capacity, he is responsible for expanding partnerships, growing audiences and creating innovative revenue streams for the news platform. González works with a dynamic team willing to take on the challenge of … Continued

Michelle Barrett Ferrier

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University. Previously, she was an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She is the president of Journalism that Matters and the founder of, a rescue service for women writers and journalists … Continued

David Danto

David Danto has over three decades of experience delivering successful business outcomes in media and collaboration technology for various firms in the corporate, broadcasting and academic worlds. This includes: The building and managing of the world’s largest commercial Cisco Immersive TelePresence ecosystem at the time (other than within Cisco) for JP Morgan Chase. The design, … Continued

Connor Sheets

Connor Sheets is a statewide investigative reporter at, where he covers a wide range of issues facing Alabamians, from the scandals upsetting Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration to the heroin scourge sweeping the state. His work is regularly published in Alabama’s three largest newspapers: The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and the Press-Register in Mobile. … Continued