Nonprofit news is growing, and so is demand for people with the vision and skill to lead our field.
INN is committed to building and empowering this next generation. We formed the Emerging Leaders Council in 2017 to identify, connect, retain and build up the diverse leaders who will continue to innovate, grow and expand nonprofit news over the next 20 years.
Nominations for the 2021 cohort are now closed. Learn more about the 2021 cohort in our blog post. Stay tuned for 2022 dates.
If you have questions about the program, please email Sara Shahriari at email@example.com
These leaders represent the excellence and diversity of nonprofit news organizations working to inform communities through factual journalism and build philanthropic support for news. Positions are those held at the time of their participation in the program.
Class of 2020, listed from top left to right:
Suzanne Behnke, Executive Director and Editor, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism
Jahna Berry, Chief Operating Officer, Mother Jones
Annie Chabel, Chief Operating Officer, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting
Lauchlin Fields, Audience Development Director, Mississippi Today
Mukhtar Ibrahim, Editor and Executive Editor, Sahan Journal
Judy Lin, Assistant Editor, CalMatters
Loren Lynch, Chief Revenue Officer, The Texas Observer
Corrie MacLaggan, Managing Editor, Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz, Investigations Editor, Wisconsin Watch
Irene Romulo, Co-Founder, Cicero Independiente
Brandon Quester, Executive Editor and Director, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Class of 2019, listed from top left to right:
Thomas Brennan, Founder, The War Horse
Brian Calvert, Editor-in-Chief, High Country News
Candice Fortman, Chief of Engagement and Operations, Outlier Media
Lucas Grindley, Executive Director, Next City
Andrea Faye Hart, Co-Founder and Director of Community Engagement, City Bureau
Brian Hiatt, Marketing and Membership Director, Mother Jones
Kay Lima, Director, INN Labs
Byrhonda Lyons, Video Journalist, CALmatters
Asraa Mustufa, Digital Editor, The Chicago Reporter
Akoto Ofori-Atta, Managing Editor, The Trace
Tasneem Raja, Executive Editor, The Tyler Loop
Class of 2017, from top left to right:
Jim Small, Executive Director and Editor, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Natalie Choate, Director of Media Relations and Partnerships, Texas Tribune