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    Advisory Board

    Advisory Board

    Chuck Todd, Meet the Press moderator and Chief White House Correspondent, NBC

    Chuck Todd is the 12th moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. He also serves as Political Director for NBC News. He is a political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC, including Hardball with Chris Matthews. In addition to his on-air analysis, Todd has been responsible for all aspects of the network’s political coverage, including maintaining contact with the campaigns and serving as the point person for political news and information. He is based in NBC News' bureau in Washington, D.C. Before joining NBC News, Todd was the Editor-in-Chief of National Journal’s -“The Hotline,” Washington’s premier daily briefing on American Politics.


    Mark Bauman, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Televison

    Mark Bauman currently serves as the Executive Vice President for National Geographic Television and Entertainment. Mr. Bauman is an award-winning International Media and Communications Executive with more than 20 years experience developing broadcasts, publications, and new media businesses and outreach strategies. Before his tenure with The National Geographic Society, he served as a radio correspondent, Bureau Chief, and Producer for ABC News both domestically and abroad.


    Jennifer Carroll, VP and Senior Editor of Content One, Gannett

    Jennifer Carroll is vice president and senior editor of Gannett Company's Content One. Ms. Carroll also served as VP/New Media Content in Gannett's Newspaper Division, where she helped conceive and launch Gannett's Information Center in 2006. The Information Center model transformed the way newsrooms gather and disseminate news and information to engage communities across all media platforms. She had top editing roles including managing editor of the Lansing (MI) State Journal and The Detroit News, and was executive editor of The Burlington (VT) Free Press. Carroll was a member of API's Newspaper Next task force researching innovative industry business models in 2006. She serves on the board of iFOCOS, the Institute for the Connected Society and is on the Audience Development Committee of Newspaper Association of America. She is Gannett's liaison for Arizona State University's New Media Innovation Lab, a cross-disciplinary program studying innovative media models. She was named Gannett's Corporate Staffer of the Year in 2006, and was a co-winner of the Chairman's Special Achievement Award in 2007 for her work designing and implementing the Information Center.


    Sam Feist, Senior Vice President, CNN/U.S. and Washington, D.C. bureau chief

    Sam Feist is senior vice president for CNN/U.S. and Washington, D.C. bureau chief.  Since January 2009, Feist has served CNN’s political director and vice president of Washington-based programming, overseeing Washington programming, including John King, USA, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, State of the Union with Candy Crowley, and Reliable Sources. As political director, he also coordinated all facets of CNN’s daily political coverage including the production of political specials such as primary nights, conventions, and election nights.


    Hugh Fink, former producer, D. L. Hughley Breaks the News, CNN; former staff writ

    As an Emmy Award-winning comedian, writer and producer, Hugh Fink has established himself as one of the leading voices of cutting-edge humor in late night television. During his tenure as a writer for NBC’s famed Saturday Night Live alongside future stars Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, Mr. Fink not only earned a reputation for his fearless lampooning of pop culture, but also appeared as a commentator on the show’s Weekend Update. During his final season at SNL, Hugh Fink received the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Program.”

    As a comedian, Mr. Fink has made several appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, as well as his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. As an accomplished classical violinist, Mr. Fink had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall as the opening act for Jon Stewart.

    In 2005, Hugh Fink created The Showbiz Show with David Spade, which ran for three seasons on Comedy Central. Additional writing/producing credits include The Drew Carey Show, The Academy Awards, hosted by Steve Martin, and Head Writer for Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

    Recently, Mr. Fink co-wrote the NBC Christmas movie, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. He was most recently a consulting producer for CNN’s provocative series, DL Hughley Breaks the News, and a writer for Fox Television's In The Flow with Affion Crockett.


    Dr. Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment, Brandeis University

    Andrew Flagel is the Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University and the former Executive Director of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.  At Brandeis University, Dr. Flagel supervises the offices of admission and financial aid in addition to student housing, student activities, career services, and several others.  He has served in higher education for over 20 years, including a decade as Dean of Admissions at George Mason University.

    Dr. Flagel also writes the most popular blog in the country on the admissions process at mycollegeoptions.org, and recently began a popular companion twitter feed, @deanflagel (and he would love for you to follow him). He has presented hundreds of seminars across the country, including the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference, the National Young Leaders Conference, and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference.

    Flagel has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology and a master of arts in education from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. Dr. Flagel was previously the Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan. He also served as the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a Regional Director of Admissions at GW.

    Along with his presentations and blog, Dr. Flagel provides his expertise in a variety of media, appearing as a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN’s American Morning, and on CBS Evening News, and interviewed in USA Today, US News and World Report, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, and Teen Vogue…just to name a few.


    Dr. T. Mills Kelly, Program Director, Global Affairs Program, George Mason University

    Dr. Kelly is currently the Program Director for the Global Affairs Program at George Mason University as well as an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, and an associate director of the Center for History and New Media.  

    CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year CHNM’s many project websites receive over 16 million visitors, and over a million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.

    Dr. Kelly is also a Georgetown University Research Fellow on the influence of digital media on student learning in history.


    Steve Klein, Steve Klein, Professor Emeritus/Journalism, George Mason University

    Mr. Klein specializes in a cross-platform journalism approach and provides workshops for high school programs through his “Journalism for the Rest of Us” initiative and as a Teacher Consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project. He has taught classes in Writing Across Media, News Writing and Reporting, Introduction to Journalism, Online Journalism, Sports Writing and Reporting and Political Journalism at George Mason University, American University, Cape Cod Community College and Michigan State University. Mr. Klein will also teach History of Journalism (From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg) at GMU and a Journalism Practicum and Feature Writing at Mary Washington University during fall 2014. Prior to coming to Mason, he served as Online Sports Editor of USA TODAY, and also worked at the Lansing State Journal, Tennis magazine, the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate, Enterprise Radio/The Sports Network, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Akron Beacon Journal, for the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association, the South Bend Tribune, the Wisconsin (Madison) State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal.


    Ann Klenk, Senior Producer, Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC

    Ann Klenk is a senior producer for MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.  Ms. Klenk started her career in Washington broadcast journalism in 1976 as a business reporter for WTOP radio and Channel 9.  She moved to cable in the 1980s producing financial and political programming, including a nightly investigative magazine show.  In 1991, Ms. Klenk was hired to start the CNBC's first primetime bureau in Washington and created "Equal Time with Mary Matalin and Jane Wallace" and launched "Russert" and "McLaughlin" on the network.


    Dr. Robert Lichter, President, Center for Media and Public Affairs

    Dr. Licther is a member of the Communications faculty as well as a consultant for Fox News Channel and Voter News Service. He is the President and founder of The Center for Media and Public Affairs. CMPA is a nonpartisan research and educational organization which conducts scientific studies of news and entertainment media. He has also authored two books, Prime Time and Watching America, as well as coauthored several books that examine the media's coverage of government and election campaigns with Dr. Stephen Farnsworth.


    Vaughn Ververs, Political Editor, MSNBC.com

    Vaughn Ververs is currently the political editor for MSNBC.com. Ververs, a veteran reporter and media writer formerly served as an editor for Politico, as well as senior political editor for CBSnews.com, responsible for daily coverage and long-term planning for the website's political coverage.

    Before joining the CBS News interactive group as editor of Public Eye at its inception in 2005, Mr. Ververs served as the editor of The Hotline, Washington D.C.'s premier daily online political news source, and wrote Talking Heads, a weekly column explaining how the press covers Washington. While at The Hotline, Mr. Ververs was a regular guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and frequently discussed campaign news and events on shows such as PBS' The McLaughlin Group, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor and MSNBC's Hardball. In addition, he frequently appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel as a political analyst and was a regular guest on ABC radio's John Batchelor Show. Prior to that, he worked with the Fox News Channel as a field producer, booker, line producer and associate producer for Fox News Sunday (1997-98). He was an associate producer and researcher for the political unit of CBS News (1995-96).

    Before his journalism career began, Ververs was the deputy press secretary for Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992. Ververs was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and grew up in Simla, Colorado. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three children.