Judges

Pam Brown is a writer, filmmaker and activist living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Dartmouth College, and Masters in Sociology and Media Studies from the New School for Social Research. Pam’s writing has been published in numerous magazines and journals including SocialText, South Atlantic Quarterly, Tikkun, In These Times, Stanford University’s Arcade, AlterNet and the Militant Research Handbook. She has appeared on various media outlets including Democracy Now!, Up with Chris Hayes, The Big Picture Show with Thom Hartmann, CounterSpin, WBAI/Pacifica and Sonili Kolhatkar’s Uprising. Pam is currently Co-Host of the WBAI Morning Show.

Christopher T. Cory has been a correspondent, the Boston news bureau chief, and a writer for Time magazine; a Knight Fellow at Stanford University; managing editor of Psychology Today; and director of public information for the Carnegie Council on Children. He is co-author of Drugs from A (Alcohol) to V (Valium) (Little, Brown and Co.) and most recently served as the executive director of communications for Pace University.

 

wayneWayne Dawkins is an associate professor at Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. He is author of City Son, a biography of Brooklyn activist and journalist Andrew W. Cooper. Dawkins wrote two books about the National Association of Black Journalists, of which he was a board member and historian. He was a journalist for 23 years at daily newspapers in New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Virginian-Pilot, and Black Issues Book Review. Dawkins is a distinguished journalism alumnus of Columbia University and winner of Hampton U.’s E.L. Hamm Teaching Excellence and Provost’s Academic Excellence awards.

maryagrambsMarya Grambs has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of LGBTQ, women, girls and people with mental illness. She was one of the first leaders nationally in the domestic violence and women’s philanthropy movements, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Honolulu, and recently retired as Executive Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii; she is currently focusing on preventing homelessness, particularly among those with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. (Hawaii has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in the nation). She received a “Gloria” award from the Ms Foundation in New York, and Lifetime Achievement awards from Hawaii Women Lawyers and the Institute for Violence and Trauma Hawaii chapter. She lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her wife of 34 years.

Lonnie Isabel Lonnie Isabel is a reporter, editor and journalism professor. He is a senior lecturer at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and previously was director of the International Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The CUNY program was one of the first to train international correspondents and more than 100 have graduated from the program and are working in two dozen countries. Before taking on teaching positions, he was deputy managing editor of Newsday, and was responsible for supervising the national, foreign, state, Washington, health and science staffs. During his 16-year career at the newspaper, Isabel also served as assistant managing editor, overseeing coverage of the September 11th aftermath and the Iraq War, and as national editor, covering the 2000 presidential campaign and the Oklahoma City bombing. He was a political and investigative reporter at the Boston Globe and the Oakland Tribune. At CUNY, Lonnie started a program that has sent student reporters on internships all over the world from Santiago to Amman, from Johannesburg to Seoul. With the Committee to Protect Journalist, Lonnie also started an International Journalist in Residence program at CUNY that brings a journalist who has been threatened or harmed in the course of their work in their home countries to the school for one year to study, teach and interact with students and faculty. He has trained journalists in Jordan, India and Germany. He has written for dozens of publications and is commentator on U.S. politics and human rights.

janine-jacksonJanine Jackson is program director at the national media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) and producer/host of FAIR’s syndicated radio show, CounterSpin airing on more than 150 stations around the country. Her work has appeared in publications including In These Times and the UAW’s Solidarity, and in books including Civil Rights Since 1787 (New York University Press) and Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism (New World Library). For many years she was host of CUNY-TV’s “Labor at the Crossroads”.

Alyssa Katz is new on the editorial board of the Daily News. May 22, 2014 (Photo by Todd Maisel, New York Daily News) alyssaAlyssa Katz is the author of The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) and Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us (Bloomsbury, 2009). Previously, Katz was editor of The New York World, an accountability journalism project at Columbia Journalism School covering city and state government, and City Limits, a magazine investigating the institutions and policies at work in New York City’s neighborhoods. Before covering urban policy, politics and housing, Alyssa was a cultural critic for The Village Voice, The Nation, and Spin. She received her BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and lives in Brooklyn.

Award winning international business journalist Sissel McCarthy is a Distinguished Lecturer and director of the Journalism Program at Hunter College. She has been teaching reporting, multimedia writing and news literacy to undergraduates for more than 12 years at Hunter College, NYU and Emory University. Her areas of expertise include news literacy, broadcast journalism, and news writing and production across all media platforms. Prior to her job in academe, McCarthy spent more than a decade reporting business news for CNN, CNBC and PBS from New York, London, and Atlanta. She anchored CNN International’s flagship business programs, World Business Today and World Business This Week from London. Before joining CNN International, McCarthy worked for CNBC in London as a correspondent and anchor covering international business and politics. She began her career in journalism as a writer and producer for CNN’s Moneyline in New York and won an ACE award in 1992 for the Moneyline special report, “Michael Milkin: Out of Jail Early.” Most recently, she worked for PBS and GPTV, producing, writing and reporting stories from Atlanta for the national PBS business program, Nightly Business Report.

jarretMurphyJarrett Murphy is the executive editor and publisher of City Limits, which has covered New York City affairs since 1976. Before joining City Limits in 2007, Murphy worked for the Hartford Advocate, the Village Voice and CBSNews.com. His work has appeared on WNYC, in Newsweek, the Daily News, CJR, and The Nation. He won the Aronson Award in 2008 for an investigation of bail. A graduate of Fordham University, he lives in the Bronx with his wife and two sons.

 

aronson-awards-103-jpg-copyAlice Slater is New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and its UN representative. She has been an activist in the peace and environmental movements, working for many years to abolish nuclear weapons and presently serves on several coordinating committees and boards, including Abolition 2000, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, World Beyond War, and the Rideau Institute. She is a member of the Environmental Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has published numerous articles and op-eds.

Allison Steinberg is a writer and communications professional with more than a dozen years’ experience. She has worked at JetBlue Airways, JPMorgan Chase, the ACLU, and a number of oorganizations large and small. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Slate, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, among other outlets. She holds an MFA from Hunter College where she teaches Communications Strategy.

John Tarleton is Editor and co-founder of The Indypendent, a free, progressive newspaper and website published in New York City. He previously served as Associate Editor of Clarion, the newspaper of the Professional Staff Congress, the union that represents faculty and staff at the City University of New York. Tarleton has been awarded Best Feature Story three times by the New York Community Media Alliance and won numerous local and national awards for labor coverage during his time at Clarion.
 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlanca Vázquez is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, where she was awarded the Presidential Insdorf Award for Excellence in Teaching for Part-Time Faculty in 2009. Vazquez is the founding editor of CENTRO, Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and in 2002-2003 she was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, where she received her master’s degree in journalism. She has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, the Daily News, Viva Magazine and the Oral History Review.