Who We Are

Sheila Solomon

Board President, Sheila Solomon

Orage Quarles III

Board Chair, Orage Quarles III

The JFP board is made up of eleven volunteers with extensive experience in journalism, education, law, non-profits, and philanthropy. JFP is led by Board Chair Orage Quarles III, a former publisher and national media leader; Board President Sheila Solomon, who’s been a reporter and senior editor in various newsrooms and co-authored a 2018 report on Chicago’s local media ecosystem; and Interim Executive Director Sean Malone, an accomplished nonprofit CEO and fundraiser.

Joining them on the board are: Teri Arvesu, Vice President of Content for Univision Chicago Local Media; Jim Boren, who leads the Institute for Media and Public Trust at California State University in Fresno; Sharif Durhams, a top local news editor and industry diversity leader; Anders Gyllenhaal, who led newsrooms in Miami, Minneapolis and Raleigh and held McClatchy’s top editorial post; Ashley Kissinger, one of the nation’s top First Amendment lawyers; Gary Strong, head of the Gold Country Red Cross; Jim Goodmon, head of Capital Broadcasting Company that is one of the country’s most esteemed independent broadcasters; Mizell Stewart, a top editor at Gannett who has helped shaped several of the nation’s major journalism leadership organizations; and Chris Turpin, chief of staff at National Public Radio.

Here are profiles of each of them:

Teri Arvesu

Teri Arvesu, the Vice President of Content for Univision Chicago Local Media, is a dynamic bilingual, bicultural media & communications executive with 25 years experience in storytelling across platforms to achieve strategic business results and social impact. She is a 13 time Emmy Award winner, Edward R Murrow, Lisagor, and Studs Terkel recipient. In 2019, she was named one of Chicago United Business Leaders of Color; in 2016, she was named in Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40, and in 2017 Chicago Magazine Emerging Leaders. She has worked tirelessly to advance diversity for minorities and women in the industry and in the community.

Teri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master of Science in Management. In 2007, she was selected to be a McCormick Tribune Fellow at Northwestern University.

Under her leadership, Univision Chicago became the first Spanish language television station in that market to be awarded the Emmy for Best Evening Newscast. She founded a fellowship with DePaul and the McCormick Foundation to train high school and college Latinos interested in media, and in 2015 launched the first Chicago radio show for bilingual millennials by bilingual millennials. She is the Executive Producer of 3 documentaries.

At Telemundo, Teri launched the local and national AM & Weekend Newscasts. Much of her career, Teri has been asked to pioneer launching new content efforts across media platforms. Teri serves on the Board of The Chicago Network, the city’s most prestigious female network, Chicago Ideas Brain Trust, DePaul College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council, and the National Academy of Arts & Television Midwest Chapter Board. She is a mentor at 1871/IHCC incubator and is a co-founder and chair of Univision Miami & Chicago Women’s Leadership Council.

Jim Boren

Jim Boren, who leads the Institute for Media and Public Trust at California State University in Fresno, is a veteran editor and reporter. He moved to Fresno State in 2018 after a long career at The Fresno Bee, where he was political editor, opinion page editor and finally executive editor and senior vice president.

He is a member of the American Society of News Editors, and served as a Pulitzer Prize juror in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he was honored with the Ethical Leadership Award given by the Fresno State Ethics Center, the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Better Business Bureau. He was also awarded the Key to the City of Fresno for his long career in journalism and public service.

As a longtime political journalist, he covered national politics for the McClatchy Company, including presidential campaigns over four election cycles in the 1980s and 1990s.

Sharif Durhams

Sharif Durhams is a leading voice for diversity and inclusion in journalism and has led audience efforts at regional, national and international publishers. He is the managing editor of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun in North Carolina, overseeing the day-to-day operations of a newsroom with 60 editors, reporters and visual journalists. He also serves as president of NLGJA — the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, which works from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of diverse communities. He has overseen award-winning audience teams at The Washington Post and CNN Digital is also a senior editor for news and alerting for CNN Digital.
Durhams also worked as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer and as the founding social media editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was the first Black editor-in-chief at The University of North Carolina’s Daily Tar Heel, and he is the namesake of a leadership program to improve diversity in the leadership of the college publication. He is an instructor and former co-chairman of the Poynter-Washington Post Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media.

Jim Goodmon

During his 45-year career Jim Goodmon has guided the explosive growth of Capital Broadcasting Company’s holdings and led the company’s expansion into satellite communications, new media, real estate and professional sports.

Known as a trailblazer and a pioneer, Goodmon explores new technology with passion and energy—always seeking out the latest and best methods of serving our audiences, clients and community partners.  He holds a fierce dedication to the public interest, and all CBC divisions not only meet but exceed industry requirements and standards.

Goodmon led CBC and its stations into the digital age, gaining industry-wide recognition as a visionary whose stations constantly pushed the boundaries of technology.  In 1996 the FCC granted the nation’s first experimental HDTV license to WRAL-TV, which was the first in a long line of CBC technological achievements in the field of high definition television.

Jim Goodmon’s interests go well beyond broadcasting.  Under his leadership, Capitol Broadcasting Company has expanded into real estate—developing the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham and turning it into an award-winning example of entrepreneurial restoration.

Durham is also home to another CBC-owned icon, the Durham Bulls.  Jim Goodmon has always loved baseball, and in the early ‘90s CBC took over the most famous franchise in minor league baseball history.  Under CBC ownership the Bulls have won championships, risen to Triple-A status, and set attendance records at the new ballpark that has become a centerpiece in downtown Durham.

Whether it’s broadcasting, real estate, new media or professional sports–Jim Goodmon is at the forefront of the industry.  His leadership is based on principle, vision and a strong commitment to the community, and those ideals inspire the divisions of Capitol Broadcasting Company each and every day.

 

Anders Gyllenhaal

Anders Gyllenhaal is a veteran journalist who has worked as a reporter, front-line editor, executive editor at several newspapers and as the McClatchy Company’s vice president for news.

Over four decades, he has worked in all levels of journalism, served as an industry leader and held positions with numerous national journalism organizations from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies to the Pulitzer Board. A graduate of George Washington University, he led newsrooms at The News & Observer in Raleigh, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the Miami Herald. In 2011, he was named vice president for McClatchy and oversaw editorial operations and the Washington bureau. He retired from the news vice president post with McClatchy in 2016, and now spends time writing about birds and the environment for newspapers around the country.

Ashley I. Kissinger

Ashley Kissinger is an experienced lawyer in the nationally acclaimed media and entertainment group of Ballard Spahr LLP. She has a nationwide practice defending complex defamation, invasion of privacy and copyright lawsuits filed against newspapers, broadcasters, film producers, magazines, and others. She fights for access to government and against government censorship, and she handles a variety of other First Amendment-related matters.

Ashley is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, Texas, and Washington, DC, and she appears in state and federal courts around the country. She lives Colorado and is recognized as a Colorado Super Lawyer and, by 5280 magazine, as one of Denver’s Top Lawyers.

Sean Malone

Sean Malone is proud to be serving Journalism Funding Partners and its board as Interim Executive Director.

Over the past two decades, Sean earned a reputation as an entrepreneurial, mission-driven nonprofit CEO and leader. He has served as the first President & CEO of Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, a public-private partnership established to create a new 308-acre urban park in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. Sean has also served as President & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and shepherded the organization to a number of major accomplishments, including the joint stewardship of the $500 million Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives with the Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University, a comprehensive Preservation Master Plan for Wright’s Taliesin West, and a pioneering initiative to convert the 500-acre desert landmark into a net-zero energy site. For fifteen years prior, Sean led Ten Chimneys Foundation in Wisconsin, growing it from a start-up to a world-class house museum and a national resource for theatre and the arts.

Sean has a bachelor of fine arts in theatre from the University of Southern California and a master of arts in business from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was awarded Outstanding Graduate Business Student of the Year.  He was honored to be selected as one of “the 100 top arts leaders in America and abroad” invited to participate in the inaugural Chief Executive Program through National Arts Strategies. He has been named as one of Milwaukee’s “Forty Under 40” Business Leaders, and has served on a number of boards including the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business Advisory Board (president), the Neo-Futurist Theatre Company (president), and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

In addition to his work, Sean enjoys spending too many hours happily baking sourdough bread, and hanging out with his family of smart, talented women.

Orage Quarles III

Orage Quarles III is the former publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh and a national leader in the publishing industry. He retired in June 2016 after 16 years as the first African American president and publisher of The News & Observer. During his tenure, The N&O doubled its community papers from five to ten, launched a magazine and added an array of digital products. He began his career as a high school senior when he took an entry-level advertising job at The San Bernardino Sun. Fifteen years later, he became its advertising director. In 1987, he was named president and publisher of The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, Colorado, and a year later, was honored as Gannett’s Publisher of the Year. He was publisher at The Record in Stockton, California; The Herald in Rock Hill, South Carolina; and The Modesto Bee. He was chair of the Newspaper Association of America and an Associated Press board member for a decade. He serves on the boards of the Freedom Forum, the North Carolina History Museum and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy.

Sheila Solomon

Sheila Solomon, formerly a senior consultant for the Democracy Fund, has been a reporter and editor for Newsday, The Charlotte Observer, the Daily Press and Chicago Tribune. At the Democracy fund, she helped lead an examination of Chicago’s journalism ecosystem in an effort to foster a more collaborative and sustainable media environment.

She’s strategic alliance liaison at Rivet Radio in Chicago, a member of The News Literacy Project’s National Leadership Council, serves on the board of City Bureau and is a judge for the National Headliner Awards.

Solomon has served on the adjunct faculty at Hampton University and Columbia College in Chicago. Awards include the Hall of Fame at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago Headline Club.

Gary Strong

Gary Strong is the chief executive officer of the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross representing most of Northern California. Prior to taking on this role, he was director of audit for the Times Mirror Company, controller of the Los Angeles Times and for 10 years was senior vice president of finance for The Sacramento Bee. Before his newspaper career he was an audit manager with the Big Four firm of Ernst & Young where he serviced major Defense Contractors and media companies.

Gary’s nonprofit experience includes board chairmanship at two American Red Cross chapters and the American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter. Gary has been a board member for numerous other organizations including the Times Mirror Foundation, Gamma Epsilon Foundation, KVIE Public Television and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Division I athlete and graduated with a degree in Business Economics.

Mizell Stewart

 

Mizell StewartIn more than three decades as a journalist, Mizell Stewart III has been an award-winning reporter, top newsroom editor in three states, radio and television broadcaster and corporate news executive. He is passionate about developing the next generation of newsroom leaders, community service and advancing the critical role journalists play in a democratic society.

Today, Stewart is Senior Director of Talent, Partnerships and News Strategy for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, the largest local-to-national news network in the United States. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the founder of Emerging Leaders, LLC, a leadership development consulting firm focused on mid-career professionals.

His prior roles include Chief Content Officer of Journal Media Group, Vice President / Content of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Company and senior leadership posts at the Akron Beacon Journal, Evansville Courier & Press and Tallahassee Democrat. He also worked as a reporter and editor at the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun. A true multiplatform journalist, Stewart also was an on-air personality at WNIN-TV in Evansville, Indiana, and WIOT-FM in Toledo, Ohio.

A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi, that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal in Public Service for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He is a past president of the American Society of News Editors and the current president of the American Society of News Editors Foundation. He is a frequent speaker and teacher on local journalism, leadership, newsroom diversity and community service at national journalism conferences and at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Stewart is a journalism graduate of Bowling Green State University and completed the Advanced Executive Program, a joint program of the Kellogg School of Business and the Medill School of Journalism, at Northwestern University. He also earned a master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change from Northern Kentucky University, where he received the Distinguished Student Award.

His service to BGSU continued through membership on the Board of Student Publications and the Journalism Alumni Advisory Board. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of the BGSU Alumni Association. He was inducted into BGSU’s Journalism Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was part of the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, an initiative of the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and on journalism advisory boards for the Gannett Foundation and the Scripps Howard Foundation. His past community service includes the Indiana Debate Commission, the Board of Visitors at the University of Evansville, the Evansville African American Museum, WNIN Public Broadcasting, the Akron Press Club, Leadership Tallahassee, Young Actors Theatre in Tallahassee, Florida, and the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

Tonya Taylor

Tonya Taylor (1972-2021) was the Acting Executive Director of JFP.

A message from Board Chair, Orage Quarles III:

January 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I share that Tonya Taylor, JFP’s founding Executive Director, died unexpectedly in her home on January 13. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Tonya twice – here at JFP, and also when she served as our first Development Director at The News & Observer. Tonya brought her wealth of experience, connections, and passion to create two highly successful organizations.

If you met Tonya, you instantly felt her energy. She was full of ideas and, in her mind, the sky was not the limit for anything that needed to be accomplished. Her positive impact on JFP and the many other organizations that she was involved with will be felt for generations.

As we endeavor to get our hands around this unexpected loss, we also honor and continue the work of JFP that Tonya and all of us believe in so deeply. In the near future, we will be launching a national search for our next Executive Director. And for the next few months, Sean Malone will be serving as Interim Executive Director. Sean can be reached at sean.e.malone@gmail.com, (414) 803-8988.

Tonya did incredible work positioning JFP for exponential growth in the year ahead. We are deeply committed to realizing that growth – both in JFP’s activity level, and in the impact our work can achieve. You’ll be hearing again from us soon. In the meantime, below you’ll find Tonya’s obituary from her family. I know you join me in send our love and support to Tonya’s family.

Tonya Rachelle Taylor

Tonya Rachelle Taylor died unexpectedly in her home on January 13, 2021 in Chapel Hill, NC. Tonya was born July 15, 1972 in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from Elon University, where she joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and was a devoted Elon Alumni.

She was a Philanthropic Professional who worked tirelessly in Chapel Hill, NC and many other cities in the United States with various Charitable Organizations and Colleges.  She also led philanthropic projects in the United Kingdom and Africa.

Tonya was an avid member of the Fortune Magazine Business Council, the Elon Alumni Association, Jack and Jill of America, and a founding board member and public relations chair of the Young Women’s Charter School of Rochester.

Tonya was the first black editor and chief of The Pendulum Newspaper at her alma mater, Elon University. Her work as an influential black student certainly shook things up around campus. She brought attention to real problems that African American students faced at the school.

Tonya had over twenty-five (25) years of experience in institutional advancement in higher education, healthcare, and the public sector. She had a proven record of success in multi-million-dollar fundraising initiatives. Tonya was a very passionate advocate of black women and children’s health. Throughout her career, she accomplished so many things. Her proudest moments were while she was directing and managing a fundraising consulting firm which served organizations all over the country. She recently accepted an Executive Director position at the Journalism Funding Partners. She was, and has always been, instilling real positive change.

She loved to write, cook, host, decorate, and create. She was so creative. If there were ever something bland or dull, she found a way to make it beautiful. She made everything just as beautiful as she was.  She also loved jazz music. She draws inspiration from jazz artists and enjoyed traveling the world to hear them play live when she had the opportunity.

Tonya was a very loving and generous soul. May her memory live on through her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Taylor Lauren Freeman of Durham, NC, her Parents, George and Gwen Taylor of Coral Springs, Florida, her Best Friend Seanelle Hawkins of Rochester, NY, Her NY City Team, Beate Parra, Tim Gladden, Michele Richard, and Debra Hutto, of the San Francisco Bay area, host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews. She lived a Friend and Family filled life, so loved and respected by so many close Friends and Colleagues.

In lieu of Flowers, please make a Gift to The UNC Horizons Program or the Journalism Funding Partners, 1731 Howe Ave #242 Sacramento, CA 95825 in Tonya’s honor.

Chris Turpin

Chris Turpin

Christopher Turpin is Chief of Staff at NPR. In this role, Turpin oversees NPR’s development division and activities, liaises with the news and programming divisions and helps the CEO manage the operations of the executive team and critical projects.

Before his appointment to chief of staff, Turpin served as Vice President for Special Projects+Innovation at NPR. He was responsible for leveraging the NPR newsroom to tell stories in new, innovative and more impactful ways, and for elevating NPR’s public service journalism in all its myriad forms across our newsroom and the NPR system.

Previously, he served as NPR’s interim Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, overseeing NPR’s newsroom and its operations. He moved into that role after serving as NPR’s Vice President of News Programming and Operations, where he oversaw all news programs, newscasts, news operations, innovation in news storytelling and training, ensuring NPR’s continued excellence across a range of journalistic skills.

Prior to that, Turpin was the Executive Producer of All Things Considered, NPR’s afternoon newsmagazine. On a daily basis he guided the show’s editorial direction and managed the show’s production staff.

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