2018 Top Tier Judges

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

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

2018 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

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
Syracuse University

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
Syracuse University

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