Distinguished Judges Panel

Thank you to all the judges who help make the New England Better Newspaper Contest a success!


Wayne Agner
Editor & publisher, Trinity CA Journal

Scott Anderson
Northwestern University; former head of editorial at Chicago Tribune Interactive, former reporter and editor at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, former reporter at The Patriot Ledger

Jack Authelet
Former editor, Foxboro Reporter

Cynthia L. Baron
Academic Director, Digital Media programs
College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University

Joe Bergantino
Executive Director, Managing editor and Co-Founder of New England Center of Investigative Reporting

John Briggs
Reporter, The Burlington Free Press

Dr. Catherine Cassara
Bowling Green State University; former reporter for the Lewiston Daily Sun, The Journal Tribune of Biddeford, Maine, The Pictorial of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, and assistant editor, The Times of Springfield, Virginia

Sherry Chisenhall
Editor, Wichita Eagle

Doug Clifton
Former editor, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Miami Herald

Renita Coleman
University of Texas; former reporter, editor and designer at the Raleigh News & Observer, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and the Orlando Sentinel

Kim Dalglish
Former VP Marketing and Specialty Publications,
The Columbia SC State, Bradenton FL Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Darrell Davis
VP Creative Services, Metro Creative Graphics

Bill Densmore
Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow and Director of the Media Giraffe Project

Shawn DeWeese
Consultant at Mather Economics
Former Sales and Retention Director at Cox Ohio Publishing

Mike Donoghue
The Burlington VT Free Press, St. Michael’s College

Robert Earley
Former General Manager, Elkhart IN Truth

Paula Ellis
VP Strategic Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Former VP Operations, Knight Ridder
Former President & Publisher, The Myrtle Beach SC Sun News

Rob Forrest
Art Director, Metro Creative Graphics

Chuck Fountain
Professor, Northeastern University

Jane Fritsch
Iowa State University; former reporter and editor at The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and the Chicago Sun Times. Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting; Contributor to NYT Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of Sept. 11.

Wendell Funk
Former VP Advertising, Wichita Eagle

George Geers
Publisher, Plaideswede Publishing Co.
Director, New Hampshire Writer’s Project
New Hampshire journalist

Pat Gore
Editor, Vermont Catholic Magazine

Dr. Nancy L. Green
Former VP Circulation, Lee Enterprises
Former publisher, Courier Communications

Larry Grimes
President, W.B. Grimes & Co. and The Sports Advisory Group

Dr. Patrick Hafford
Web General Manager, CSMonitor.com

Jim Hart
President, Integrated Advertising Systems
Former GM Dallas Morning News Design Mail
Vice President, ASTECH InterMedia

Meg Heckman
Northeastern University

Ed Henninger
Design Consultant, Henninger Consulting

Ron Hogue
Veteran Creative Services Manager
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lou Heldman
Distinguished Senior Fellow in Media Management and Journalism, Wichita State University
Former President & Publisher, Wichita Eagle
Former Knight Ridder 25/43 Project Director

Robert Holt III
Former AME Director of Photography and Director of Operations and Technology, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Director of Publishing Industry Marketing, Scitex

Art Howe
Chairman, Verve Wireless
Former President, Village Voice Media
Former CEO, Montgomery Newspapers

Tim Kane
Executive Editor, Turley Publications

Mike Kilian
Associate Editor, Burlington Free Press

Bill Kirtz
Journalism Professor, Northeastern University

Susan Knight
University of Arizona; former editor at Tucson Weekly, reporter at the Arizona Daily Star

Laura Koch
Graphic Designer, Metro Creative Graphics

Bill Kole
New England Bureau Chief, Associated Press

Steve Kurkjian
Former Boston Globe reporter and editor, founding member of the Globe’s Spotlight Investigative team

Jean Lang
Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University; former Associated Press, The Eagle-Tribune

Robert Laska
Former President & Publisher, Connecticut Post

Larry Laughlin
Former Northern New England AP Bureau Chief; Editor of NEFAC Report

Len Levin
Former Copy Desk Chief, Providence Journal

Linda Lotridge Levin
Dept. of Journalism, University of Rhode Island

Jeff Lyon
Columbia College Chicago; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the Chicago Tribune, former deputy editor, Chicago Tribune Magazine

Jean McDonald
University of Illinois; former sports writer, sports editor, and director of electronic publishing at the Champaign (IL) News-Gazette

Lincoln McKie, Jr.
Journalism professor, Northeastern University
Former publisher, Journal Transcript Newspapers
Former executive editor, Lowell Sun

Steve Milone
Director of Circulation, North of Boston Media Group
VP, Director of Circulation, The Eagle-Tribune

Charles J. Mouratides
Former Executive Editor, Lerner Newspapers, Chicago, IL

David Nicklaus
Business Columnist, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mike Patrick
Editor, Coeur d’Alene ID Press

Gene Policinski
SVP, Executive Director, First Amendment Center, Washington DC

Sally Pollak
Reporter, Burlington Free Press

Dr. Brett Rhyne
New England journalist and educator, RhyNewService founder

Christopher Ritchie
Penn State University; former features editor at the Delaware State News, rewrite desk chief at the Middlesex News, and editor positions at the Wilkes- Barre (PA) Times-Leader

Chris Roberts
University of Alabama; former reporter and editor at The Columbia (SC) State, The Birmingham News and the Jacksonville (AL) News

Jim Ross
Associate Professor of Journalism, Northeastern University

Bob Ryan
Former VP Knight-Ridder Digital and San Jose Mercury News

Ted Ryan
Retired sports editor, Burlington Free Press

Matt Ryan
Reporter, Burlington Free Press

Bill Sarno
Associate Editor, Hartford Guardian, former editor of the Bristol Press and Lakeville Journal

Robert Schrepf
Former Editorial Page Editor, Hartford Courant

Dan Sheriden
Former editor at Bergen Record, Chicago AP, and Gary (IN) Post-Tribune

Del Schwinke
Co-coordinator of Communications and Journalism Program at Washington University; former Advertising Manager, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

James Smith
Former editor at the Record-Journal, Connecticut Post, New Britain Herald, The Day, The News-Times; sports editor and city editor at the Hartford Courant

Aki Soga
Editorial Page Editor, Burlington Free Press

John Stein
Director of Custom Media Solutions
Sun-Times Media, Chicago, IL

Emily Sweeney
Reporter, The Boston Globe, president NE Society of Professional Journalists

Rebecca Tallent
University of Idaho; former ombudsman for the Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review

Chip Visci
California Polytechnic State University; former Publisher, San Jose Mercury News, former VP, Knight-Ridder Newspapers

John Voket
Associate. Editor, The Newtown Bee
Dir. of Public Affairs, Cox Media Group, CT

Susan Walker
Vice President/General Manager, Herald Newspapers Inc., Chicago, IL

Molly Walsh
Staff Writer, Burlington Free Press

Maggie Walter
University of Missouri; former features editor at the Portland Press Herald, editor at The Telegraph of Nashua, and reporter at the Anderson (IN) Bulletin and Kokomo (IN) Tribune

Stephen Wolgast
Kansas State University; former news design editor at The New York Times, executive news editor at The Akron Beacon Journal, page one designer at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, wire editor at the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, reporter at the Baltic Independent (Estonia), and photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal


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