Team

NLP’s experienced team supports our mission.  Get to know us:

Staff

Alan Miller

Alan C. Miller

Founder and CEO

Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 21 years before leaving in March 2008 to establish NLP. He spent nearly 19 years in the Times’ Washington bureau, the last 14 as a charter member of its high-profile investigative team. His work prompted investigations by the Justice Department, Congress and inspectors general in federal agencies and led to congressional hearings, reforms and criminal convictions.

He received more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal for breaking the 1996 Democratic National Committee campaign finance scandal. His series on the Marine Corps Harrier attack jet won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Before joining the Times, Alan worked at The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, as a state and county political reporter and at The Times Union in Albany, New York, as a political and state investigative reporter.

He was a fellow with the Peter Jennings Project at the National Constitution Center in March 2008 and the Japan Society in 1998 and a student participant at the East‐West Center Communication Institute from 1976 to 1978. He has spoken at more than half a dozen colleges and universities and appeared on panels sponsored by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Center for Journalists, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, Alan received a master’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.

Charles Salter

Charles Salter

Chief Operating Officer

Chuck Salter has spent more than two decades working for the empowerment of marginalized young people, particularly in under-resourced communities — as a teacher, school director and founding executive director with Teach For America in California, New York and Nevada; as executive director of the Bay Area After-School All-Stars; and as regional director, regional vice president and superintendent of schools with Lighthouse Academies, a national charter management program, where he managed a group of schools in northwestern Indiana that served more than 2,000 students.

Before joining NLP as chief operating officer (COO) in January 2018, he was president and COO of BUILD Inc., a national youth entrepreneurship organization with programs in the Bay Area of northern California, Los Angeles, Washington, New York City and Boston.

Chuck graduated from Susquehanna University with university and departmental honors, earned a law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and has graduate certificates from Indiana University in nonprofit management and from Cornell University in change leadership. He is a member of the Indiana Bar and is also a trained mediator.

Peter Adams

Senior Vice President, Education

Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president for education. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools through Teach For America. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools and at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, with After School Matters and as an independent education consultant.

Since joining NLP in 2009, he has coordinated classroom and after-school programs, served as Chicago program manager, worked on organizational strategy and developed NLP’s digital program. He has also provided news literacy training and workshops to educators and others throughout the area.

He was promoted to his current position in January 2014 and oversees NLP’s education team, which develops resources and training for teachers. He and the other team members are based in Chicago.

He is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in English and African-American studies and co-founded an independent monthly student newspaper, and has a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Christine Nyirjesy Bragale

Senior Vice President, Communications

Christine Nyirjesy Bragale joined the News Literacy Project in June 2018 from the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps, where she led the global communications and public engagement team. She is passionate about connecting people to the information they need and telling authentic stories that inspire them to take action.

A veteran international journalist and former member of the White House press corps, Christine spent the first decade of her career covering politics, diplomacy and major international news stories as a television news producer and editor — including at The Associated Press, where she helped launch the global news agency’s television arm, APTN, and directed its news-gathering operations in the Americas.

Her decades-long career in public relations encompasses leadership roles at Goodwill Industries International, at the time a $3 billion nonprofit organization; TASC, a defense and national security contractor; and Weber Merritt, a boutique public affairs firm specializing in media and grass-roots advocacy. A multilingual communication strategist accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators, Christine has won more than 30 industry awards for communication campaigns, speechwriting and video production. She has a bachelor’s degree in history and a certificate in Latin American studies from Georgetown University.

Darragh Worland

Darragh Worland

Vice President, Production

Darragh Worland is the News Literacy Project’s vice president for production.

She joined NLP in 2011 as the New York program coordinator and was soon promoted to program manager. In that position, she rapidly expanded the New York program. In her current role, which she assumed in 2014, she oversees the production of NLP’s visual and digital assets.

A journalist and multimedia educator and consultant, Darragh has worked for several major news organizations, including six years as a writer, web producer and field producer at NY1 News, when it was a Time Warner-owned cable outlet that covers New York City. She then covered the financial crisis as a senior producer at MSN Money, shooting and producing video features for the web.

From 2007 to 2011, Darragh was an adjunct assistant professor at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where she helped launch the Local East Village blog in partnership with The New York Times. In 2010, ABC News retained her to train its staff in digital video production as part of the organization’s move toward a “digital journalist” model. She has also designed and taught online and in-class multimedia courses and seminars for UCLA Extension, Mediabistro, PRNDI and other media organizations — helping journalists and communications professionals around the world keep pace with the changing media landscape.

Darragh is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she studied English and drama, and has a master’s degree in journalism, with a focus on cultural reporting and broadcasting, from NYU.

Mary Lynn Hickey

Mary Lynn Hickey

Vice President, Administration

Mary has more than 15 years of experience with nonprofit organizations as an administrator, community outreach and volunteer coordinator, and board member. She joined the News Literacy Project as program administrator in December 2011 and became vice president for administration in January 2014.

Prior to joining NLP, she was associate director of the Falls Church Housing Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia, where she oversaw the staff, budget, fundraising, marketing and community advocacy and outreach. She previously worked for the Dominican Retreat in McLean, Virginia, the Hospice of Northern Virginia and the Northern Virginia Hotline.  She is a former board member of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce.

Mary is a graduate of American University, where she majored in economics and urban studies.

Leslie Hoffecker

Leslie Hoffecker

Senior Editor

Leslie Hoffecker made a long affiliation with the News Literacy Project formal in January 2016, when she joined the staff as senior editor. She had been volunteering as an editor with NLP since its founding in 2008.

She began her newspaper career as an editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and has also worked at the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau, Congressional Quarterly and Bloomberg News. At the Inquirer she was a member of the writing and editing team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting for coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, and she was cited internally by the Inquirer for her editing work on two other Pulitzer winners.

When her husband’s job took the family to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in the 1990s, she became a stringer for The Associated Press and was the English-language writer/editor at the Saudi Arabian Field Epidemiology Training Program, a joint project of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health.

Leslie is a graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in political science.

John Silva

John Silva

Director of Education

John Silva is the News Literacy Project’s director of education.

He came to NLP in March 2017 with 13 years of experience as a history teacher with Chicago Public Schools, including seven years at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, one of CPS’s top selective enrollment schools. He began working with NLP at Lindblom, where he implemented the curriculum in his 8th- and 11th-grade history classes.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, John spent several years in corporate telecommunications positions before deciding to become a teacher. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in the teaching of history and has a master’s degree in education, with a concentration in educational technologies, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012.

Damaso Reyes

Damaso Reyes

Director of Partnerships

Damaso Reyes is the News Literacy Project’s director of partnerships.

A multimedia journalist whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, New York magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Der Spiegel, he spent three years as a volunteer journalist fellow for NLP, making presentations in New York City classrooms both in person and remotely from Barcelona, Spain, where he lived for several years.

Damaso is also a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, focusing on migration issues, and spent more than a decade as the principal photographer for The Europeans, a long-term photographic documentary project examining the changes that Europe and its people are experiencing as the European Union expands and integrates. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to a variety of countries, including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia and Tanzania, and throughout the United States. His images are featured in the 2014 monograph “Black: A Celebration of a Culture” and the 2005 book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War.

A 2008 Fulbright Scholar, Damaso has received several grants and awards, including a 2007 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, a 2012 Knight-Luce Fellowship for reporting on global religion, a 2013 French-American Foundation Fellowship for immigration reporting and a 2015 Holbrooke Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.

Damaso attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he majored in photography.

Jordan Maze

Jordan Maze

Checkology® Virtual Classroom Manager

Jordan Maze is NLP’s Checkology virtual classroom manager.

A graduate of Colorado College with a degree in Russian and Eurasian studies, Jordan spent several years working in Belgrade, Serbia, as an English teacher and as a research assistant at the Center for Applied NonViolent Actions & Strategies and in Sarajevo, Bosnia, as a project assistant for Sarajevo Open Centre. She also was a deputy editor for Balkanist Magazine and has IT help desk experience.

Jordan speaks Spanish, Russian and Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian.

Eryn Busch

Eryn Busch

Special Assistant to the Founder/CEO

Eryn Busch is the special assistant to the News Literacy Project’s founder/CEO, Alan C. Miller.

She came to NLP in August 2017 from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a research and public policy center, where she spent two years as office manager. She gained experience in administration and operations in her five years as the special assistant to senior officials at the White House and at the Center for American Progress.

Eryn is a graduate of Los Angeles Community College (Pierce College) and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in political science. Prior to attending UCLA, she served as a U.S. Army Civil Affairs sergeant in Iraq during the surge, where she focused on women’s and children’s rights, infrastructure projects and business development.

Andrea Lin

Andrea Lin

Visual Designer

Andrea Lin joined NLP in April 2018 as its first in-house visual designer.

She has done graphic design work for the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and for KRPR, a Washington public relations firm. She also was a social media intern at National Geographic Partners and a public relations intern at a school district in Naperville, Illinois.

Andrea is a graduate of American University, when she majored in public relations and strategic communications and minored in graphic design. She was the editor in chief of American Way of Life, a student magazine, and previously served as its creative director and public relations manager. She also was the co-chair of AU’s Student Media Board, an organization comprising 10 student publications.

Board of Directors

Greg McCaffery

Greg McCaffery

Chair

Greg McCaffery is CEO and president of Bloomberg BNA (BBNA), a position he has held since 2012. BBNA is Bloomberg LP’s legal, tax and regulatory information subsidiary, employing more than 1,500 journalists, analysts and researchers who focus on the fields of law and business, tax and accounting, human resources and the environment. Greg joined the company in 1986 and held reporting and editing positions on several publications until 1990, when he was appointed to management. He was named vice president and editor-in-chief in 2000, publisher in July 2001 and president in 2007.

Karen Wickre

Vice Chair

Karen Wickre describes herself as a “communications strategist, sounding board, channeler of ideas and connector of people.” She spent nearly 15 years at Twitter and Google before forming KVOX Media, a communications consulting firm catering to business clients, in early 2016. As editorial director at Twitter, she oversaw internal and corporate marketing communications and managed more than 20 global blogs, 200 Twitter accounts and other public content channels and sites. She joined Twitter in 2011 from Google, where for nearly a decade she was senior media liaison and worked on global communications and public affairs. Earlier in her career she worked at Studio Archetype, Upside and Ziff Davis. Karen helped to found Newsgeist, an annual “un-conference,” supported by Google and the Knight Foundation, that encourages new approaches to news and information delivery. She is also a board member of the International Center for Journalists.

Don Baer

Don Baer

Don Baer is worldwide chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller, overseeing the strategic communications firm’s 73 offices operating across six continents. He had previously served as worldwide vice chairman for the company and chief strategy officer of the market research firm Penn Schoen Berland. From 1998 to 2007, Don was senior executive vice president for strategy and development at Discovery Communications, home of the Discovery Channel and media properties in more than 170 countries. From 1994 to 1997, he was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, serving first as chief White House speechwriter and director of speechwriting and research and then as assistant to the president and White House director of strategic planning and communications. He also has been a top editor at U.S. News and World Report and has worked as a media lawyer.

Geraldine Baum

Geraldine Baum

Seceretary

Geraldine Baum is senior vice president for communications and marketing at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a nonprofit that focuses on community transformation. She joined LISC in 2012 after 22 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she served as bureau chief in New York and Paris and also reported from Washington. Geraldine began her journalism career at The Miami Herald and spent seven years at Newsday, where she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for General Local or Spot News Reporting in 1984. Before joining the NLP board, she was a member and the chair of NLP’s New York City advisory committee.

Neil Budde

Neil Budde

Treasurer

Neil Budde has more than 35 years of experience in news and media, with much of the past two decades focused on the transition from print to digital. He was founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online, vice president and editor-in-chief at Yahoo! News, and president and chief product officer at DailyMe Inc., a startup focused on delivering personalized news and information. Neil also was the founding chief executive officer of AxisPhilly, a nonprofit news website in Philadelphia, and most recently was the executive editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, where he had worked for eight years early in his journalism career.

Tucker Eskew

Tucker Eskew is a founding partner at Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm with offices in Washington, Dallas, Austin and Mexico City. He began his career in politics as a college student, working on President Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984, and later spent eight years as press secretary for South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell. He was a senior communications advisor on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000 and joined the Bush White House in 2001, serving as director of media affairs and director of global communications. After the Sept. 11 attacks, Tucker went to London as President Bush’s wartime communications representative to No. 10 Downing Street. He held a leadership role in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and in 2008 was counselor to the GOP vice presidential nominee. Tucker also serves on the boards of the Melanoma Research Foundation and Goodwin House, a retirement community in Alexandria, Virginia.

Eva Haller

Eva Haller

Eva Haller is a much-honored nonprofit leader and philanthropist. For the last three decades, she and her husband, Dr. Yoel Haller, have been devoted to social, educational and environmental activism. Earlier in her life, she was a co-founder of the Campaign Communications Institute of America, a highly successful consulting firm that revolutionized the use of telephone marketing by Fortune 100 companies and political campaigns. For more than 17 years, Eva served as board chair of Free the Children USA (now part of WE Charity), which partners with communities to work from within to break the cycle of poverty. She is a trustee of the Rubin Museum of Art and the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation and serves on the boards of the Creative Visions Foundation, Sing for Hope, Video Volunteers, Asia Initiatives and A Blade of Grass.

Mollie Hemingway

Mollie Hemingway

Mollie Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist and a contributor to Fox News. She began her journalism career at Radio & Records, a trade magazine, and in 2002 joined Federal Times, which covers management of the federal government, as a reporter. In 2005, after spending a year studying the blending of religion and politics in American culture, she began blogging for GetReligion, a website that examines the coverage of religion in the mainstream media; before joining The Federalist in 2013, she spent three years as an editor at Ricochet, which describes itself as offering “the best center-right conversation on the planet.” Her freelance work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, RealClearPolitics and National Review, among others. Mollie was a 2004 Phillips Foundation Journalism Fellow, a 2014 Lincoln Fellow of The Claremont Institute and a Spring 2016 Eugene C. Pulliam Distinguished Fellow in Journalism at Hillsdale College.

Leslie Hill

Leslie Hill

Leslie Hill served on the Dow Jones & Co. board of directors from 1997 to 2007. She is a member of the Bancroft family, which owned The Wall Street Journal prior to the sale of Dow Jones to Rupert Murdoch in 2007. With other family members, she is a founding partner of the Newseum. A retired pilot for American Airlines, Leslie is an active community volunteer in her hometown of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Peter Kadzik

Peter Kadzik

Peter Kadzik is a partner at Venable LLP, focusing on the firm’s congressional investigations practice and working closely with the investigations and white collar defense, litigation and regulatory practices. His association with NLP began with its creation in 2008, when he worked on its application for tax-exempt status as a nonprofit organization. He also was the founding chair of NLP’s Washington, D.C., advisory committee before resigning in 2013 to join the U.S. Department of Justice as principal deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs. From June 2014 to January 2017, Peter served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legislative Affairs, where he managed the department’s relationships with Congress and advocated for its interests on Capitol Hill, including the confirmations of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general, Sally Yates as deputy attorney general and James Comey as director of the FBI. Upon leaving government service, he rejoined the D.C. advisory committee

Rob King

Rob King

Rob King is ESPN’s senior vice president for SportsCenter, news and information. He has been in charge of ESPN’s flagship program, the network’s news content (including E:60 and Outside the Lines) and all global and digital content since 2014. He began his journalism career at the Commercial-News in Danville, Illinois, and also worked at the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. Rob joined ESPN in 2004 after seven years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a graphic artist, deputy sports editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. He is a member of the Associated Press board and the Poynter Institute board.

Alan Miller

Alan C. Miller

Alan C. Miller is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times for 21 years before leaving in March 2008 to establish NLP. He spent nearly 19 years in the Times’ Washington bureau, the last 14 as a charter member of its high-profile investigative team. Alan previously worked at The Times Union in Albany, New York, and The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey. He won more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg spent more than a quarter-century writing and thinking about technology, first as the creator of the Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal and then as co-founder and co-executive editor of the technology website Recode and a columnist at The Verge and Recode. He began his journalism career in 1970 at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter and served as deputy chief of the Washington bureau before starting the Personal Technology column in 1991. With Kara Swisher, another Journal columnist, Walt founded the technology website AllThingsD.com; they also were the co-creators and co-producers of D: All Things Digital, the premier annual technology conference that became the Code Conference after they left the Journal to start Recode in 2014. Walt retired in 2017 and is now writing a book about the revolution he witnessed in personal technology.

Terry Peterson

Terry Peterson

Terry Peterson helps local, state and national leaders develop strategies, policies and partnerships to expand learning opportunities and increase student and school success. He is the director of the Afterschool and Community Learning National Network and is a senior fellow at the College of Charleston and at Furman University’s Richard Riley Institute. He is a longtime advisor to Riley on education issues, dating to Riley’s years as a South Carolina state senator and governor; during President Bill Clinton’s administration, he served as counselor to the secretary when Riley was U.S. secretary of education. A co-founder of the national Arts Education Partnership, the Pathways to College Network and the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, Terry is the chair of the national Afterschool Alliance and serves on leadership committees of several national organizations.

Liz Ramos

Liz Ramos

Liz Ramos teaches history and U.S. government at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., where she has worked since 2005. As an active integrator of technology to help students seek out information and create demonstrations of their learning, she emphasizes media and digital literacies with her students and participates in various Twitter communities and Computer Using Educator events with other educators. She began using NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom in 2016 — first with her remedial students during the summer and then with her college prep and AP government students in the fall — and shared its benefits for both classes at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference in December 2016. She served on NLP’s strategic plan steering committee and led a teacher workshop about the virtual classroom at the NCSS conference in November 2017.

Juliet Stipeche

Juliet Stipeche

Juliet Stipeche is director of education for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a position she has held since February 2016. Her role is to coordinate education programs and resources between the city government and Houston’s schools, community colleges, universities and nonprofits. She served on the Houston Independent School District board from November 2010 through December 2015 and was its president in 2014. Between 2013 and early 2016, Juliet was associate director of the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity at Rice University, where she served as project manager for several programs, including the XSEDE Scholars Program and the Empowering Leadership Alliance. She was also a partner at the law firm Nagorny & Stipeche.

Advisory Committees

National Advisory Council

  • Alisyn Camerota
  • Marci McCue
  • Pierre Thomas

Chicago Advisory Committee

  • Sonya Anderson, Ed.D.
  • Angela De Paul
  • Mary Erangey
  • David Hiller
  • Sheila Solomon

Los Angeles Advisory Committee

  • Jim Newton
  • Gwen Potiker
  • Leo C. Wolinsky

New York City Advisory Committee

  • Carolyn Alexander
  • Kim Brizzolara
  • Brian D. Fix
  • Peter Herzberg
  • Nan Lombardi
  • Allison Morrow
  • Linda Rothenberg Stein
  • Julie Sandorf
  • Dina Temple-Raston
  • Amy Weisenbach
  • Patti Wheeler
  • Catherine Woodard (Chair)

Washington, D.C., Advisory Committee

  • Whitney Allgood, Ph.D.
  • Linda Button
  • Maggie Farley (Chair)
  • Sally Ford
  • Elisa Buono Glazer
  • Bob Levey
  • Les Machado
  • Alicia O’Brien
  • Tom Rosenstiel