25th President Mira Lowe

Mira Lowe
President

Mira Lowe is assistant dean for student experiences and Director of the Innovation News Center (INC) at the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications. Prior to joining UF, Mira was a senior editor at CNN Digital in Atlanta, managing the planning, execution and programming of daily features content and special projects across a global portfolio. In her other past lives, she was editor-in-chief of JET magazine, the first woman to helm the African-American newsweekly, and assistant managing editor of Ebony magazine at Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago. She also was an associate editor and recruiter at Newsday in New York.

Jennifer Kho
President-elect

Jennifer Khois the director of strategic innovation for HuffPost, where she leads the development of new audience engagement, storytelling and revenue models. She is passionate about saving quality journalism by growing and improving it, making it financially sustainable and helping the industry disrupt instead of being disrupted. She was previously HuffPost’s managing editor and, prior to that, was the US managing editor for the Guardian.

Carla Murphy

Carla Murphy
Vice President

Carla Murphy is a social justice journalist and editorial consultant who explores race, class, status and power in and for low-income communities of color. She has reported in Haiti and on the Haitian diaspora in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, tracked economic development and labor organizing in the US and abroad, reported on police violence long before it became a major headline, gotten arrested as an independent journalist while covering criminal justice reform in New York, and addressed race and class bias in the press. Among her journalism projects, she is an editor with Echoing Ida, a media project for black women and non-binary writers, and is pursuing journalism reform through the News Integrity Initiative at CUNY and Lewis Raven Wallace’s The View from Somewhere podcast. Educated in New York City and London, she’s an immigrant from a rural Caribbean village, and a first-generation college student.

Alex Hinojosa

Alex hinojosa
secretary

Alex Hinosa is the Mass Communication Discipline and District Wide Coordinator at El Paso Community College. Additionally, she is a part-time adjunct instructor for the Journalism Department at New Mexico State University. As a freelance journalist, she has written for local periodicals for the El Paso area, and primarily for the El Paso Herald Post. She has covered several beats including Education, politics and breaking news. Recently, she was part of the Washington Post reporting team that covered the mass shooting in El Paso. Other highlights include covering Pope Francis’ visit to Juarez, Mexico and the Beto O’Rourke March and Trump Rally in El Paso.

Joanna Hernandez
treasurer

Joanna Hernandez is a Journalism Department lecturer and director of Inclusion and Diversity at the University Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Hernandez’s 20-plus year journalism career included stints at The Washington Post; the New York Times Regional Media Group; the Newark, New Jersey, Star-Ledger; the San Francisco Examiner; and Newsday. Hernandez has an associate’s degree in word processing from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College. She is a lifetime member of NAHJ and belongs to other journalism organizations, including JAWS, of course. Hernandez is a Maynard 200 mentor and is a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations.

EJ Graff

E.J. Graff
Director

E.J. Graffis a journalist, author, commentator, speaker, and editor whose award-winning reporting and provocative commentary examine social ills and our political landscape from every angle: academic, investigative, analytic, sociological, historical, constitutional, legal, and human. She delivers witty, irreverent, informed insight on a wide range of subjects, especially gender, sexuality, politics, and family—but with forays into such issues as terrorism, the death penalty, beach towns, and blizzards. Currently, she is the managing editor of The Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, which brings political science research into public discussion.

Tanya Gazdik, JAWS board member

Tanya Gazdik
Director

Tanya Gazdik writes about marketing for MediaPost.com, and is the editor of Marketing: Automotive Weekly. She isthe lead programmer and emcee of MediaPost’s automotive marketing conferences at the New York and Los Angeles auto shows. Gazdik is president of the board of directors for Michigan State’s independent voice, The State News. Prior to MediaPost, she was at The (Toledo) Blade, Adweek, WardsAuto and The Associated Press. Gazdik has a JD and BA in journalism from Michigan State University.

Kari Mar, JAWS board member

Kari Mar
Director

Kari Mar has been a journalist for 25 years. She presently is the lead storyteller and content strategist for a healthcare technology startup after nearly eight years at Accenture. Before that, she worked in digital media at the Seattle Times. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and currently serves on the board of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights as well as JAWS.

Linda Jue
Director

Linda Jue is editor-at-large for the investigative site 100Reporters and a DEI program consultant for the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She is also a contracted reporting and writing coach for the Fund for Investigative Journalism as well as a contributing editor for palabra. (sic), NAHJ’s news site. Linda was founding director and editor of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism, which mentored journalists of color, women and youth in public interest and investigative reporting. Linda has been at the forefront of nonprofit and independent journalism for the past 20 years, working on innovative journalism and media projects to strengthen the diversity and integrity of the field.

Suzanne Cosgrove
Director

An experienced communications professional and content leader, Suzanne Cosgrove am comfortable in fast-paced environments. Rooted in my beginnings as a wire service reporter (Knight-Ridder, Reuters) and newspaper desk editor (Chicago Tribune), I have proven researching, fact-checking and copy-editing abilities. Subject expertise includes financial markets and services, derivatives, economics, banking and market structure. Currently, I am working for a small newsletter and media company with big ambitions. I’ve been able to learn a lot, including video production and podcasting, which I’ve loved.

Jeanette Woods
Director

Developing stories is Jeanette Woods’ superpower. I am a highly skilled editor and producer of news, documentaries and narrative, non-fiction podcasts with experience in audio, television and digital news. I am an active advocate for diverse voices in public media.

Alison Bethel McKenzie
Director

Alison Bethel McKenzie is director of corps excellence at Report for America, a non-profit initiative of The GroundTruth Project that places emerging journalists in newsrooms across America, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as in Puerto Rico to cover untold stories and communities. Previously, she was executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, where she was only the second woman and the first person of color to serve in that capacity in SPJ’s 110 years.

Bethel McKenzie has more than 35 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, bureau chief, senior editor and media trainer. She has worked in senior-level positions at The Boston Globe, The Detroit News, Legal Times and the Nassau Guardian in The Bahamas.

about the board

Election of JAWS officers and new board members takes place at our annual Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP).

Eligibility for the JAWS board: Any active member who has attended CAMP twice can run for a seat on the board. Officers and board members serve one- or two-year terms. All are elected by a vote of the membership.

Job description for the board: The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to ensure that the organization operates in a fashion true to its stated mission and principles. The board provides continuity to the organization as individual members come and go.

The board is entrusted with two duties: the group’s growth and future, and to further the group’s goals. It is responsible for setting policies, making decisions, delegating work and ensuring the decisions are carried out. The board is legally responsible for governance of the organization and adherence to federal, state and local laws, audits done annually and income tax form filing.

A director’s responsibilities include:

  • Maintain a current membership in JAWS and attend the annual conference.
  • Know the bylaws, mission, purpose, goals, strategic plan, programs and services for the organization.
  • Raise funds and actively seek financial support and donations for JAWS and its projects; The goal is for each board member to give or get $500.
  • Prepare for and attend all board meetings. The board holds regular in-person meetings in spring and in fall. The date of the spring meeting is determined by the president in consultation with other board members. The fall meeting is held immediately preceding JAWS CAMP, at the same location. In addition, the board convenes every other month via conference call. The president and committee chairs will schedule additional meetings as needed.
  • Build and guide long-range plans for membership, programming, fundraising, staffing and resources.
  • Ensure programs and services address membership needs.
  • Recruit members and attendees for annual conferences, contribute program ideas and encourage member engagement.
  • Contribute and/or solicit stories for the JAWS newsletter, listserv, social media accounts and website.
  • Review the minutes to ensure that critical matters, resolutions and topics of discussion have been adequately covered.
  • Be willing to commit at least several hours per week of volunteer time to areas such as membership, social media, programming, fundraising and CAMP.