Who We Are

Orage Quarles

The MJI board is made up of nine volunteers with extensive experience in journalism, education, law, non-profits and philanthropy.

Anders Gyllenhaal

MJI is led by board chairman Orage Quarles III, a former publisher and national media leader, president Anders Gyllenhaal, who led newsrooms in Miami, Minneapolis and Raleigh and held McClatchy’s top editorial post, and director Tonya Taylor, a veteran of philanthropic organizations across the country.

Tonya Taylor

Joining them on the board are 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; Sheila Solomon, a strategic alliance liaison at Rivet Radio in Chicago, is a former editor and reporter in New York, Virginia, Chicago and Charlotte, Chicago and Charlotte; Jim Boren, who leads the Institute for Media and Public Trust at the California State University at Fresno; Ashley Kissinger, one of the nation’s top First Amendment lawyers; Gary Strong, head of the Gold Country Red Cross; and Chris Turpin, chief of staff at National Public Radio.

Here are profiles of each of them:

Jim Boren

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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

Mizell Stewart

In 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, Ind. and WIOT-FM in Toledo, Ohio.

A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. 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, Fla. and the Florida First Amendment Foundation.

Tonya Taylor

Tonya Taylor is acting executive director of MJI. She has extensive experience in philanthropy, education and program management.

She most recently served as the Executive Campaign Director for the UNC Chapel Hill- Medical Foundation Horizons Program and the Interim Director of Corporations and Foundations for the School of Public Health. Prior to that, Tonya held an Executive Campaign Director position for the University of North Carolina Newman Center in Chapel Hill, where she led a multi- million dollar campus facility expansion effort. After being recruited to join CCS Fundraising, Tonya worked as the Executive Director of an international Donor Engagement Program for Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.

Prior to her work with CCS and UNC- Chapel Hill, Tonya served as Executive Director and Director of Community Services and Marketing for Rochester General Health System’s Newark- Wayne Community Hospital Foundation, where she led public relations and development operations and managed eight team members, and consultants. She worked with a Board of Trustees to launch a $12 million micro-campus capital campaign and to successfully increase annual funding by more than 40 percent during her tenure. Tonya has also worked as a Development Director and campaign leader for other not-for-profit organizations including Wilson Commencement Park, and The Harley School, where she led public relations, marketing, capital campaign, major gift, and annual fund efforts.

As a community advocate, she has served on a number of Boards and Executive Committees, including the Boys and Girls Club of Chapel Hill, YMCA of Greater Rochester, Wilson Commencement Park, and Jack and Jill (Rochester and Durham Chapters. Most recently, she led the effort to open Rochester, New York’s first all-girls Charter School in collaboration with philanthropists and education reform thought leaders throughout the country. She has held board positions on The Rochester Association of Black Journalists and Volunteers of America of Western New York Boards, and currently sits on the White House Committee for African- American Engagement. Tonya has also been a presenter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.

Tonya earned her B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Elon University and her M.A. in Communications from New York University.


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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McClatchy Journalism Institute