Pam Fine, Mizell Stewart III elected to ASNE leadership ladder

The board of directors of the American Society of News Editors elected two of its members to the Society's leadership ladder during their Oct. 20 fall board meeting ...

The board of directors of the American Society of News Editors elected two of its members to the Society's leadership ladder during their Oct. 20 fall board meeting at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo.

Pam Fine, Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community and a professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, immediately fills the position of treasurer, which was vacated by Margaret Sullivan. Fine will assume the presidency of ASNE during the 2015 annual meeting.

Mizell Stewart III, chief content officer of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co., will assume the role of treasurer at the June 24-26, 2013, meeting in Washington, D.C., and become president at the 2016 meeting of the Society.

Fine joins President Susan Goldberg (executive editor at Bloomberg News), Vice President David Boardman (executive editor at the Seattle Times) and Secretary Chris Peck (editor at the Memphis Commercial Appeal) in ASNE's leadership.

Sullivan recently joined the New York Times as Public Editor and stepped down from her role as treasurer. She will remain on the board through next June's convention.

Pam FineFine teaches reporting and other classes and works with media organizations and community groups on projects to improve news coverage. In spring 2012, she founded, a political issues coverage and conversation site for young adults produced by recent KU graduates and current students. That grew out of the Midwest Democracy Project, a 2010 digital coverage, community engagement and research initiative she co-created with The Kansas City Star and the University of Missouri with a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Fine joined KU in 2008 from the Indianapolis Star and where she was managing editor for print and digital and served on the companys operating committee. Before that, she was managing editor and vice-president of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and served in a variety of roles at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, including assistant managing editor, political editor, metro editor, bureau chief and reporter.

Fine has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Media Management from the University of Missouri. She serves as chair of the ASNE Partnerships Committee. She has also served as ASNEs convention chair, ethics committee chair, digital news chair and diversity chair.

Mizell Stewart  IIIMizell Stewart III leads news content strategy and journalistic excellence with a team of more than 650 journalists in 14 newsrooms throughout the United States, including the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Ventura County Star. Stewart is the former editor of the Evansville Courier & Press and the Tallahassee Democrat and the former managing editor of the Akron Beacon Journal. Under his leadership, the Courier & Press was named best daily newspaper in Indiana in 2011 by the Hoosier State Press Association. The Courier & Press was a finalist for the same award in 2009 and 2010. A four-time Pulitzer Prize juror, Stewart also helped lead the team at The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., that won the 2006 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives. Board members whose terms continue are as follows:

  • Ronnie Agnew, executive director, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Nancy Barnes, editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Amanda Bennett, executive editor, Bloomberg News
  • Jim Brady, editor-in-chief, Digital First Media
  • Neil Brown, editor, Tampa Bay Times
  • Chris Callahan, dean and university vice provost, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Phoenix
  • Alfredo Carbajal, managing editor, Al Da, Dallas
  • Steven Engelberg, managing editor, ProPublica
  • Manny Garcia, executive editor, El Nuevo Herald
  • Anders Gyllenhaal, VP News & Washington editor, The McClatchy Co.
  • Michael Oreskes, senior vice president, The Associated Press
  • Ken Paulson, president and CEO, First Amendment Center, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Melanie Sill, executive editor, Southern California Public Radio
  • Debra Adams Simmons, editor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • George Stanley, managing editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Margaret Sullivan, public editor, The New York Times