Judges

Top Tier

Andy Abrahams

Andy Abrahams

US editorial operations manager

DailyMail.com

Dorian Benkoil

Dorian Benkoil

Founder & editorial director

Teeming Media

Tracy Breton

Tracy Breton ’73

Visiting professor in English

Brown University

Merrill Brown

Merrill Brown

Founder & principal

MMB Media LLC

Margaret Carlson

Margaret Carlson ’85

Political columnist

The Daily Beast

Joyce Corrigan

Joyce Corrigan

Contributing editor

Marie Claire

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US news editor

Financial Times

Nikki Finke

Nikki Finke

Consultant; fellow

Penske Business Media LLC; Nieman Foundation for Journalism

Joel Kaplan

Joel Kaplan

Associate dean & professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Eric Newton

Eric Newton

Innovation chief; consultant

Cronkite School, Arizona State University; Knight Foundation

Mark Robichaux

Mark Robichaux

Editorial director

Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News & NextTV

J. Max Robins

J. Max Robins

Executive director, Center for Communication

Columbia University

Mary Romano

Mary Romano

Editor, endowments investing

Bloomberg

David Rubin

David Rubin

Dean emeritus

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Howard Schneider

Howard Schneider ’66

Dean

Stony Brook University School of Journalism

Choire Sicha

Choire Sicha

Head of engagement and partner development

Vox Media

Debra Adams Simmons

Debra Adams Simmons ’86

Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism

Harvard University

William T. Slater

William T. Slater

Dean & professor emeritus, College of Communication

Texas Christian University

Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter

Senior media correspondent & host, "Reliable Sources"

CNN Worldwide

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson

Professor & director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

First Tier

Wasim Ahmad G’10

Instructor

Communications@Syracuse, Newhouse School

Jaclyn Barth

Production manager

The Dr. Oz Show

Zandile Blay ’04

Editor-in-chief; adjunct professor

Hello! Nigeria; Newhouse School

Paul Brady G’05

Senior editor

Condé Nast Traveler

Contessa Brewer ’96

Anchor

NBCUniversal

Sarah Hope Brickman G’15

Freelance journalist & assistant director of donor relations

Syracuse University

Hub Brown

Associate dean & associate professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Nicci Brown G’98

Vice president of communications, chief marketing officer

Syracuse University

Rachel Chang G’03

Senior editor

US Weekly

Melanie Deziel G’13

Branded content consultant; founder

Mdeziel Media

Sarah DiGiulio ’10

Reporter

The Huffington Post

Jessica Dodell-Feder

Features editor

Food Network Magazine

Susan Duffy ’75

Senior vice president & editorial director

BMC Communications LLC

Pamela Giddon Freedman ’73

Owner (retired)

Giddon & Company PR Marketing

Jason Fry

Writer, editor & consultant

Aileen Gallagher ’99

Associate professor

Newhouse School

Fiona Gibb

Senior editor, digital and social media

HBO

Eric Grode ’93

Director, Goldring Arts Journalism Program

Newhouse School

Jen Grygiel

Assistant professor, communications

Newhouse School

Roy Gutterman ’93

Associate professor & director, Tully Center for Free Speech

Newhouse School

Dara Keithley Lax

Director of marketing operations

Gap

Will Leitch

Senior writer; contributing editor; founding editor

Sports On Earth; New York Magazine; Deadspin

Alexandra Martell ’08

Managing editor

Cosmopolitan.com

Kevin Morrow

Executive director of public affairs strategic communications

Syracuse University

Patty Orsini ’81

Analyst

eMarketer

Anne Osborne

Associate professor

Newhouse School

Jenn Pedde ’04

Global manager, alumni & community; adjunct

Oliver Wyman; Communicatons@Syracuse, Newhouse School

Cindy Perman ’94

Commentary & partnerships editor

CNBC.com

Howard Polskin ’73

President

Polskin Media

Marisa Ramel ’04

Program adviser

Newhouse in New York, Newhouse School

Maria Russell G’72

Professor & director of executive education

Newhouse School

Kevin Sajdak ’07

Senior media relations liaison

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Michael Scotto ’01

Reporter

NY1

Craig Sender ’97 G’13

Public relations director; adjunct professor

Copyright Clearance Center; Boston University

Brian Sheehan

Associate professor

Newhouse School

Lindsay Silberman ’09

Senior editor

Town & Country

Molly Simms

Senior associate editor

O, the Oprah Magazine

Marcus Solis ’91

News reporter

WABC-TV

David Spiegel

Senior editorial manager

CNBC

Roberta Spring ’75

Associate director

NBC News

Denise DiFulco Valenti ’94

Owner

Higher Messaging LLC