Facilitators

 

CHLOE ANGYAL is a Senior Front Page Editor at The Huffington Post. She has led Public Voices Fellowships at Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Emory, and teaches the Core Seminar. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Reuters, The LA Times, and The Guardian. Chloe has a PhD in Arts and Media from The University of New South Wales; her academic work focuses on depictions of gender, sex, and power in Hollywood romantic comedies. Photo credit: Clayton Raithel.

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MARY C. CURTIS is an award-winning multimedia journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. As a Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, she has led programs around the country including the Public Voices Fellowships at Yale and Ford Foundation. Her work centers on politics, culture and race. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com, NPR, Women's Media Center, and she is political commentator for WCCB Charlotte. She is a political columnist at Roll Call and NBCBLK. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, Associated Press and as national correspondent for AOL's PoliticsDaily.com. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellow, in social media, at Ohio State. Her honors include Clarion Awards from the Association for Women in Communications, three first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups. Read more at http://www.maryccurtis.com/

DEBORAH DOUGLAS is a senior leader with The OpEd Project, currently leading our Public Voices Fellowship initiative at UT-Austin for the second year.  Previously, Deborah has led OpEd Project initiatives at Dartmouth, Columbia University, and our "Closing the Race Wealth Gap" Greenhouse program in partnership with Global Policy Solutions. She is a freelance writer/editor and adjunct lecturer at The Medill School at Northwestern University. During two decades of practice, Douglas has been a newsroom leader, including for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her boldness has led to many appearances, including CNN and WTTW Channel 11, Chicago's PBS affiliate. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Guardian, (Canada's) National Post, Chicago Tribune, The Crisis magazine, Chicago Reporter, Huffington Post and The Root. Douglas’ award-winning special projects include The New Downtown and The Baby Ceiling (which led to an appearance on “Oprah”.) Douglas is an NABJ/Kaiser Family Foundation fellow.

AMY GUTH is a journalist, broadcast host, filmmaker and author. She hosts talk radio on WGN Radio, the “#SheRules” series on WCIU-TV, “The Feed” technology report on Rivet Radio, is president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, and serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project‘s Public Voices Fellowship. Guth is on the Inland Press Association’s digital advisory panel, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago. She is also currently producing and directing a documentary series about women and online harassment, and is the author of the 2006 novel “Three Fallen Women.” Previously, Guth worked at Chicago Tribune where she wrote about technology, social media, digital publishing, literature, and has contributed work to WGN-TV, CLTV, WBEZ, WCIU-TV, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Sun-Sentinel, Rivet Radio, The Nosher, Monkeybicycle, and Jewcy among others.

AMY GUTMAN is a writer and communications strategist for mission-driven organizations, with a focus on women, public health, and higher education. Her work has appeared in a wide range of print and online publications including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago TribuneSalonThe Atlantic and Psychology Today. She is also the author of two suspense novels — "Equivocal Death," a People magazine Page-Turner of the Week, and "The Anniversary" — both published by Little, Brown. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Gutman practiced law in Manhattan for several years before serving as Special Assistant for Communications to then-Harvard Law School Dean (now U.S. Supreme Court Justice) Elena Kagan. Before law school, Gutman was founding director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, and worked as a daily newspaper reporter in Tennessee and Mississippi. She is currently Senior Communications Advisor to the Dean at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a regular consultant to the President’s Office at Wellesley College. 

KELLY J. KELLY is a broadcast journalist, a senior leader of the Public Voices Fellowship at Dartmouth, and a ten-year veteran of the OpEd Project. She has trained hundreds of experts with under-represented voices to take positions as thought leaders in their field. She is also a co-author of "Work on Purpose," a nonfiction book about social entrepreneurs. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia and a BA from Yale. 

ZEBA KHAN is a writer and commentator focused on how Islam intersects with race, politics, and identity within the U.S. Her commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera America andThe Root. A community activist in a past life, Zeba founded Muslim-Americans for Obama in 2008, to mobilize Muslim voters around the country in support of the Obama campaign. She has been recognized as a leading figure in the Muslim American diaspora by the White House and is a 2016 Security Fellow with the Truman Project. A senior facilitator with The Op-Ed Project, Zeba has trained thousands of women and historically underrepresented voices on how to own their expertise and develop their public voice.

CHRISTINE LARSON teaches journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an award-winning journalist, author and scholar who writes on business, technology, gender and the media. Her work has frequently appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report and many other publications. She is co-author of "Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better" (Hyperion, May 2010), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a riveting exploration of women’s economic emancipation in the 21st century.” Larson was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford in 2009-2010, where she created a national conference for freelance journalists. She holds a doctorate in communication from Stanford University, where she studied the impact of technology and the digital economy on media workers and institutions. As a senior leader with The OpEd Project, she has led Public Voices fellowships for the Ford Foundation, the Boone Family Foundation and Dartmouth College.

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MICHELLE HERRERA MULLIGAN is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience. Her essays and articles have reached more than 1 million people online and in print in the past two years, in publications ranging from The New York Times magazine to Elle.com. She was the founding editor in chief of Cosmo For Latinas magazine, and built a community that consistently reached 2-3 million readers per month online and more than 100,000 on the newsstand. A frequent college speaker and writing coach, she feels especially inspired to work on projects focused creating a vision, owning one's voice, and building a dream, which she spoke about at a Tedx conference hosted at Barnard College titled “Dream Wild.”

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TERESA PUENTE teaches journalism at California State University, Long Beach and is a senior facilitator with The OpEd Project. She is the editor and publisher of Latina Voices and writes the Chicanísima blog. Puente was previously a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and also was a member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board and wrote a column for the op-ed section. Puente has also worked for newspapers in southern California and for Hispanic Link News Service in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop. Puente has published opeds in TIME, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, Newsday, In These Times and many other media outlets.

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LAUREN SANDLER has written on issues of gender, culture, religion, and equality for many publications including The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Nation, BusinessWeek, and Time, where she has published two cover stories to date. She is the bestselling author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One, and of Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement; her current book project is a reported narrative about a young homeless mother in New York. Sandler is a former producer at NPR, the former Life Editor of Salon, and has taught courses in writing social commentary at NYU's graduate journalism program. This year she'll also be visiting Yale as a Poynter Fellow. 

DEBORAH SIEGEL, PhD, is an author, TEDx speaker, and thought leadership coach. A Senior Facilitator with The OpEd Project, she piloted PVF programs at Fordham and Princeton and has directed the PVF at DePaul University. She is the author of two books (Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild and Only Child) and runs the group blog Girl w/Pen, housed at The Society Pages. She is also the co-founder of both Barnard’s web journal The Scholar & Feminist Online and the popular website She Writes. Her essays and op-eds have appeared in national outlets and she has been featured on television and radio. She is the recipient of multiple writing residencies and a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University. Visit her at http://www.deborahsiegelphd.com

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MICHELE WELDON is a senior leader with The OpEd Project, directing our Public Voices Fellowship initiative at Northwestern University. Previously, she led OpEd Project initiatives at Stanford and Princeton Universities and the Ms. Foundation, and our "Closing the Race Wealth Gap" Greenhouse program in partnership with the Center for Global Policy Solutions. From 2012-2014 she also directed The OpEd Project's Youth Narrating Our World mentorship program of high school students through The McCormick Foundation. She is an award-winning journalist and author with more than three decades of experience and assistant professor emerita in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School. She was co-director of TEDxNorthwesternU 2014. She is the author of five nonfiction books including Escape Points: A Memoir (2015) and chapters in seven other books; has delivered more than 200 keynotes and appeared on scores of TV and radio outlets. A frequent contributor on issues of gender, media and popular culture, her work appears in hundreds of sites including New York Times, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, Guardian, Slate, Chicago Tribune, TIME, Medium and more. A frequent live storyteller, she competed in The Moth Grandslam in 2012. She serves on the advisory boards of Life Matters Media, Global Girl Media and Between Friends. She is a former member of the board of directors of Journalism & Women Symposium.

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ANGELA WRIGHT is a free-lance writer, editor and actor living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She was formerly a reporter and editor at The Charlotte Observer (covering topics ranging from crime to fashion), managing editor for The Winston-Salem Chronicle weekly newspaper, and a regular panelist on “North Carolina This Week,” a public affairs program produced by North Carolina Public Television. She has managed communications and media relations for Mecklenburg County (N.C.) government, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U. S. Agency for International Development, and the National Business League. She has served on the staff of the late Congressman Charlie Rose (D-NC), the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee and the Republican National Committee. She received two White House appointments under the Administration of President Ronald Reagan (USAID and EEOC), and was the “uncalled witness” in the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings.

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NEIL J. YOUNG is a historian and freelance writer. He studied history and English as an undergraduate at Duke University and earned his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University in 2008. He previously taught at Princeton University. Young is the author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics, published by Oxford University Press in 2016. He writes frequently on religion, politics, and culture for publications including the New York Times, Slate, Politico, Religion Dispatches, Marginalia, and the Huffington Post. He co-hosts the history podcast Past Present. He is currently working on a history of one of Hollywood's most famous icons.