Publisher and Chair (ex-officio)
Amos Gelb is the founder and Director of the Washington Media Institute. Professor Gelb produced virtually every type of television news programming during a two-decade broadcast journalism career, from daily news and multi-hour documentaries to undercover investigations to talk shows. Before establishing the Washington Media Institute, he was the director of academics for the American University’s Washington Semester and then was recruited by The George Washington University to design, manage and teach its Semester in Washington Journalism program, which became the first experiential media program to win an Emmy Award for a student production. He also currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Director of Broadcast for Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism DC program.
Krishna Roy has worked in the nonprofit sector for 25 years as a consultant and in senior management positions specializing in development, marketing, event planning, and public relations. She was the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for the Wolf Trap Foundation and the Center for Marine Conservation’s Vice President for Communications and Marketing. Other assignments include The Nature Conservancy, New York University, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition to raising more than $60 million for various causes, she has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking environmental media and marketing campaigns involving public-private partnerships with Discovery Communications, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Telemundo, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Exxon, Arm and Hammer, Chevrolet, among others. Her experience includes directing communications activities for large institutions, including program design, media relations, publications, placements, and branding. In 1984, Krishna worked on the Oscar-nominated film The Garden of Eden, and won a Telly in for co-producing the documentary “Killing our Oceans.” Krishna was a principal in designing and launching “Save the Tiger Fund,” an international grantmaking and awareness campaign, to protect tigers in the wild.
Jim Brady is the founder and CEO of Spirited Media, the mobile-focused local news startup that owns and operates BillyPenn. Jim has spent almost 20 years in digital news, working in both digital-only and legacy operations, and has the gray, thinning hairline to prove it. He came to the digital world in April 1995 as sports editor of Digital Ink, the Washington Post’s first new media effort. He was on the core team that launched washingtonpost.com in June 1996 and has been a sucker for all things digital ever since. Along the way, Jim has served as executive editor of washingtonpost.com, general manager of the now-deceased TBD.com, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media and in various executive roles at America Online. Jim is also a Past President of the Online News Association, where he’s been a board member since 2005. He also serves on the boards of the American Society of News Editors and the National Press Foundation, on the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute and on the advisory boards of GlobalPost, Kaiser Health News, The American University School of Communication and the Fiscal Times.