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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ethics Center Staff

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Kathleen Culver


Kathleen Culver joined the School of Journalism & Mass Communication in 1999 to help launch an innovative converged curriculum to prepare students for a changing media landscape. When Culver was advised early on that she was “preparing students for jobs that may not even exist yet,” she scarcely had a clue how quickly and massively the ground would shift.


Lindsay Palmer

Affiliated Faculty

Lindsay Palmer is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. She studies global media ethics from a qualitative perspective, especially focusing on the cultural labor of conflict correspondents in the digital age.


Krista Eastman


Krista Eastman is a writer and editor with expertise in university communications and external relations. As the administrator of the Center for Journalism Ethics, she assists with strategy, communication, event planning, and special projects.


Bashir Aden

Bashir Aden

Bashir Aden is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a senior at UW-Madison studying journalism and communications arts with a certificate in Digital studies. He is interested in reporting on the nuances of digital media and culture, as well as an interest in visual storytelling. His focus is on investigating the growing social, economic and political influence of the internet and digital culture on our present lives. He works as a podcast editor for the UW-Madison’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and is the current art director for EMMIE Magazine.

Luke Cross

Luke Daniel Cross

Shadid Curriculum Fellow

Luke Daniel Cross is a Ph.D. student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication engaged in political communication and mass communication ethics research. He earned a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in journalism, both from University of South Florida. His academic interests are centered around transnational electoral information and political communication ethics. (Website:


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Elise Goldstein

Conference Fellow

Elise Goldstein is a senior in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and hails from Cherry Hill, NJ. She is interested in building a sustainable and equitable future for journalism and helping to bridge the gap between health and the general public. She previously worked in communications at The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and served as a research assistant with The Membership Puzzle Project’s Membership Guide. She currently works as a communications assistant at ROKK Solutions at the nexus of policy, politics and communication.

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Abigail Steinberg

Abigail Steinberg is a senior at UW-Madison pursuing a degree in political science and journalism. She is interested in the First Amendment and how its freedoms influence civic discourse. Steinberg spent the fall of 2019 interning for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs. Currently, she serves as the Managing Editor of The Badger Herald and as a communications intern with the Madison Public Library Foundation.


Isaac Alter

Isaac Alter

Isaac Alter graduated from UW-Madison in December of 2019 with a double major in journalism and political science. While in Madison he interned with State Senator Lena Taylor, UW–Madison Campus and Visitor Relations and, where he continues to work. He also has interned at CNN as a member of the show team for CNN Right Now.

Lauryn Azu

Lauryn Azu

Election Integrity Project Fellow

Lauryn Azu is a junior at UW-Madison double majoring in journalism and Latin American, Caribbean, & Iberian Studies with a certificate in digital studies. She also serves as copy editor for The Black Voice. This summer she interned remotely with the Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy Institute at the University of Notre Dame as their audience engagement editor. She’s interested in studying media literacy, technology, ethics, and finding creative ways to tell stories that matter.


Shezad Baloch

Shezad Baloch

Shezad Baloch is a graduate student UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a teaching assistant for the class Introduction to Mass Communication. Previously, he worked for The Express Tribune, one of Pakistan’s English-language newspapers published in collaboration with The New York Times. He also worked for UNICEF as a media consultant and for PTV-Bolan, a state-run Pakistani television network, as a host of a political and current affairs show. He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Baluchistan and a certificate in journalism in the digital world from the International Academy of Journalism (Intajour) in Hamburg, Germany. He reported from Pakistan’s troubled region of Baluchistan for 8 years.