2019 Top Tier Judges

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Judges are a prestigious group of journalists and journalism educators.

Andy Abrahams

Andy
Abrahams

US editorial operations manager

DailyMail.com

Dorian Benkoil

Dorian
Benkoil

COO & editorial director; chief content officer

Teeming Media; Industry Index

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

Bloomberg News

Joyce Corrigan

Joyce
Corrigan

Contributing editor

Marie Claire

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew
Edgecliffe-Johnson

US business 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

Howard Polskin

Howard
Polskin ’73

President

Polskin Media

Mark Robichaux

Mark
Robichaux

Editorial director

Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News & NextTV

J. Max Robins

J. Max
Robins

Executive director

Center for Communication

Mary Romano

Mary
Romano

Freelance writer & editor

David Rubin

David
Rubin

Dean emeritus

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Debra Adams Simmons

Debra Adams
Simmons ’86

Executive editor, culture

National Geographic

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

2019 First Tier Judges

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The Mirror Awards judges are comprised of journalists and journalism educators.

Wasim
Ahmad G’10

Adjunct

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Emily M.
Bernstein

Freelance television producer

Zandile
Blay ’04

Founder

Blay Discipline + Method

Paul
Brady G’05

Editorial strategist

SKIFT

Contessa
Brewer ’96

Correspondent

NBCUniversal

Hub
Brown

Associate dean & associate professor

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Nicci
Brown G’98

Vice president of marketing & communications, strategic engagements

Syracuse University

Caroline
Cakebread ’17

Newsletter writer & junior analyst emarketer

Rachel
Chang G’03

Freelance travel and entertainment editor/writer

Dante A.
Ciampaglia G’07

Freelance editor & writer

Noelia
de la Cruz ’11

Manager, corporate communications & media relations

HBO

Nick
DeSantis G’13

Editorial graphics producer

Forbes

Sarah
DiGiulio ’10

Freelance writer & editor

Katherine
Drouin-Keith ’93

Freelance writer & editor

Cheryl Brody
Franklin ’04

Director, Newhouse NYC

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Pamela Giddon
Freedman ’73

Owner/marketing chief

Zipline Hilton Head and Broad Creek Marina & Adventures

Jason
Fry

Independent writer & editor

Aileen
Gallagher ’99

Associate professor

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Fiona
Gibb

Originals creative producer

Netflix

Brad
Gorham

Director, chair & associate professor

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

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

Music editor

MTV News

Brianna
Kirkham G’17

Digital content editor

The Herald-Times

Raquel
Laneri G’07

Features writer

The New York Post

Will
Leitch

Contributing editor

New York magazine

Alexandra Martell
Mallon ’08

Executive Editor

The Foundry, Meredith

Dara
McBride ’13 G’17

Communications specialists

University of Delaware

Kevin
Morrow

Director, internal communications

Syracuse University

Manashi
Mukherjee G’07

Technical manager

NBC

Patty
Orsini ’81

Content strategist & thought leadership; independent consultant

Anne
Osborne

Associate professor

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Jenn
Pedde ’04

Global manager, alumni & community

Oliver Wyman

Cindy
Perman ’94

Partnerships and syndication editor

CNBC.com

Les
Rose

Professor of practice

Newhouse School, Syracuse University

Maria
Russell G’72

Professor & director, executive education

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Michael
Scotto ’01

Reporter

NY1

Brian
Sheehan

Professor

Newhouse School
Syracuse University

Robert
Shields ’93

Associate managing editor

Newsday

Lindsay
Silberman ’09

Contributing editor

Town & Country

Molly
Simms

Senior editor

O, the Oprah Magazine

Marcus
Solis ’91

News reporter

WABC-TV

David
Spiegel ’05

Editorial manager

CNBC

Roberta
Spring ’75

Associate director

NBC News

Tyghe
Trimble G’05

Online editorial director

Men's Journal

Denise
Valenti ’94

Owner

Higher Messaging LLC

Lindsey
Wilson G’08

Director of promoted content

CultureMap