2018 Judges

Top Tier

Andy Abrahams

Andy Abrahams

US editorial operations manager

DailyMail.com

Dorian Benkoil

Dorian Benkoil

Senior vice president & editorial director

Teeming Media

Tracy Breton

Tracy Breton ’73

Journalist; visiting professor of English/Nonfiction Writing Program

Brown University

Merrill Brown

Merrill Brown

Founder & principal

MMB Media LLC

Margaret Carlson

Margaret Carlson ’85

Political columnist

The Daily Beast

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

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

Adjunct

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Zandile Blay ’04

Founder

Blay Discipline + Method

Paul Brady G’05

Senior editor

Condé Nast Traveler

Contessa Brewer ’96

Correspondent

CNBC

Sarah Hope Brickman G’15

Freelance journalist & assistant director of donor relations

Syracuse University

Hub Brown

Associate dean & associate professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Harriet Brown

Professor

Newhouse School

Nicci Brown G’98

Vice president of communications, chief marketing officer

Syracuse University

Rachel Chang G’03

Publisher

Travelzoo

Dante A. Ciampaglia G’07

Deputy culture editor

Newsweek

Nick DeSantis G’13

Editorial graphics producer

Forbes

Melanie Deziel G’13

Branded speaker & consultant; founder

Mdeziel Media

Sarah DiGiulio ’10

Freelance writer & editor

Susan Duffy ’75

Senior vice president & editorial director

BMC Communications

Cheryl Brody Franklin ’04

Director, Newhouse NYC

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Pamela Giddon Freedman ’73

Owner (retired)

Giddon & Company PR Marketing

Jason Fry

Writer, editor & consultant

Aileen Gallagher ’99

Associate professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Fiona Gibb

Senior editor, HBO NOW & HBO GO; digital and social media

HBO

Eric Grode ’93

Assistant professor & director, Goldring Arts Journalism Program

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Roy Gutterman ’93

Associate professor & director, Tully Center for Free Speech

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Patrick Hosken G’15

News editor

MTV News

Brianna Kirkham G’17

Crime reporter

The Danville Commercial-News

Raquel Laneri G’07

Features writer

The New York Post

Dara Keithley Lax

Director, marketing operations

The Gap

Will Leitch

Contributing editor; founder; national correspondent; host

New York magazine; Deadspin; MLB; “The Will Leitch Show,” Sports Illustrated

Alexandra Martell ’08

Senior content manager

Meredith

Dara McBride ’13 G’17

Freelance writer and editor

Kevin Morrow

Executive director of public affairs strategic communications

Syracuse University

Patty Orsini ’81

Senior analyst

eMarketer

Anne Osborne

Associate professor

Newhouse School

Jenn Pedde ’04

Global manager, alumni & community

Oliver Wyman

Cindy Perman ’94

Partnerships and syndication editor

CNBC.com

Howard Polskin ’73

President

Polskin Media

Maria Russell G’72

Professor & director, executive education

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Michael Scotto ’01

Reporter

NY1

Craig Sender ’97 G’13

Adjunct

Boston University

Brian Sheehan

Professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Lindsay Silberman ’09

Senior editor

Town & Country

Molly Simms

Senior editor

O, the Oprah Magazine

Marcus Solis ’91

News reporter

WABC-TV

David Spiegel ’05

Senior editorial manager

CNBC

Roberta Spring ’75

Associate director

NBC News

Tyghe Trimble G’05

Branded content director

Fatherly

Denise Valenti ’94

Owner

Higher Messaging LLC

Lindsey Wilson G’08

Promoted content editor

CultureMap