Jim Boren, executive director of 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.
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 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.
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 10, 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, Colo., and a year later, was honored as Gannett’s Publisher of the Year. He was publisher at The Record in Stockton, Calif.; The Herald in Rock Hill, S.C.; 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 the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy.
Sheila Solomon, a senior consultant for the Democracy Fund, has been a reporter and editor for Newsday, The Charlotte Observer and Chicago Tribune. At the Democracy fund, she has worked to examine Chicago’s journalism ecosystem in an effort to foster a more collaborative and sustainable media environment. She’s also strategic alliance liaison at Rivet Radio in Chicago. Solomon has served on the adjunct faculty at Hampton University and Columbia College in Chicago. She received the 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. She currently serves on the boards of Public Narrative, City Bureau, the Chicago Headline Club Foundation and as a judge for the National Headliner Awards.
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.