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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Panel of Judges

Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler is the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She also serves as the Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership, heading its Power Shift Project. Geisler teaches and coaches newsroom leaders worldwide. She spent 16 years guiding the leadership and management programs of the Poynter Institute. She is the author of the book “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know,” writes a management column for the Columbia Journalism Review, and produces the podcast: “Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age.” Her first career was in broadcast journalism, as a reporter, anchor, and one of the first female TV news directors in the United States at WITI-TV in Milwaukee. She has been inducted into multiple media halls of fame. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW–Madison and a masters in leadership studies from Duquesne University.

Lucas Graves

Lucas Graves is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research focuses on new organizations and practices in the emerging news ecosystem, and more broadly on the challenges digital networks pose to established media and political institutions. His book Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism came out in 2016 from Columbia University Press. Graves is affiliated with UW’s Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies and with the Center for Communication and Democracy. He has been a research fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University in New York. His research has been supported by the American Press Institute, the Poynter Institute, the Duke Reporters’ Lab and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

marty kaiser

Marty Kaiser is the first Howard Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Maryland Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, where he is helping to launch the new Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. Kaiser was Editor/Sr. Vice President of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from 1997 to 2015. Under his leadership, the Journal Sentinel earned a national reputation for its journalism and digital innovation. Kaiser’s newsroom won three Pulitzer Prizes and was honored as a finalist six other times. In 2009, Editor & Publisher magazine named Kaiser Editor of the Year. He was  president of the American Society of News Editors 2009-2010. In addition to the Journal Sentinel, he worked for the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Sun-Times and Florida newspapers in Sarasota and Clearwater. He earned his bachelors at The George Washington University and completed the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management Executive Program.

Brennan nardi

Brennan Nardi is communications director at Madison Community Foundation, which stewards donor-advised and other charitable funds to benefit nonprofits in greater Madison and around the world. She also writes a monthly column for Madison Magazine on entrepreneurship called “Startup City.” From 2005-2015, Nardi was editor of Madison Magazine, which during her tenure won 36 Milwaukee Press Club Awards for editorial and design and four national journalism honors from the City-Regional Magazine Association for multimedia convergence and general excellence. In 2006, the Press Club named her Editor of the Year. She served as associate editor and managing editor of Madison Magazine from 2000-2005. Nardi earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Virginia and an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from UW-Madison.

Jenny price

Jenny Price is the founder and CEO of JP Strategies, a strategic communications consulting firm. She spent a decade as a journalist, primarily with the Associated Press, including posts in Kansas City, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was one of the first reporters on the scene of the Jonesboro school shooting. She also covered state government and politics for the AP’s capitol bureau in Madison, Wisconsin, including national wire reporting for two presidential campaigns. She has served as an editor and writer for the award-winning On Wisconsin, the nation’s largest-circulation alumni magazine, crafted talking points for campus leaders, secured national media interviews for faculty experts and created communications campaigns for high-profile projects. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was honored to meet and interview Anthony Shadid for On Wisconsin in 2011.

chuck stokes

Chuck Stokes is the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he serves as moderator and producer of Spotlight on the News, Michigan’s longest-running weekly news and public affairs show. Before he became Channel 7’s editorial/public affairs director, Stokes worked as the station’s executive producer of special projects in news. And prior to joining WXYZ-TV, Stokes was employed at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, as a producer and on-air reporter. Stokes has accumulated a long list of personal awards and achievements including 12 Emmys for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting. In 2001, Stokes received the “The Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a past president of both the National Conference of Editorial Writers and its Foundation. In 2011, Stokes was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and in 2012 he received the “Life Membership Award” from the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly called the National Conference of Editorial Writers).