The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford today announced the appointment of Sue Cross, executive director and CEO of the Institute for Nonprofit News, and JSK alumna María Teresa Ronderos, a Colombian journalist who is director and co-founder of the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism, to its Board of Visitors. Ronderos is a member of the JSK Class of 1997.
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne appointed Cross and Ronderos to the advisory board, which provides strategic guidance for the JSK Fellowships. The program supports diverse, resilient leaders from around the world who are exploring solutions to journalism’s most urgent problems both in residence at Stanford and in communities around the world with a network of more than 950 alumni. In collaboration with JSK’s directors, the board, which reports to Tessier-Lavigne, extends the impact and visibility of the program.
“Sue and María bring complementary expertise to our board,” said Dawn Garcia, director of the JSK Fellowships. “They understand the many dimensions of journalism in the digital age, both at the local and global level, and how the different elements of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and engagement are creating new models in our communities. Working with other members of the board, their insights will help JSK remain at the forefront of preparing journalists to be effective change agents in journalism.”
Cross, who has been an informal adviser, interviewer and speaker for JSK in recent years, has been CEO and executive director of INN since 2015. As chief of INN, Cross supports a network of more than 240 independent, nonprofit news media organizations with thousands of journalists serving diverse communities throughout the United States. She previously served as a senior vice president for The Associated Press and has been a reporter, editor, digital product developer, and business development consultant.
“JSK Fellows and alumni reflect the best of some very positive forces now reinventing journalism for the digital age: a lively spirit of experimentation combined with a deep commitment to providing trusted news coverage,” Cross said. “I’m continually inspired by the fellows’ energy and ideas and honored to serve on the JSK Board of Visitors.”
In 2019, Ronderos, a veteran Colombian journalist, co-founded the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism, which seeds and coordinates cross-border collaborative investigations that seek to hold power to account. She is a regular columnist for daily El Espectador and teaches workshops for journalists with the Fundación Gabo, where she also sits on the board. For almost five years, Ronderos headed the Independent Journalism Program of the Open Society Foundations. Ronderos was a JSK Fellow in 1996-97.
“It is exciting for me, as an alumna of the JSK Fellowships, to come back and look at this wonderful program, which was so crucial in my career, with fresh eyes,” Ronderos said. “I look forward to helping advise the leadership on ways that we can better prepare our journalism fellows to serve the news and information needs of communities around the world, at this moment of constant change.”
Other members of the JSK Fellowships board include Krishna Bharat, founder of Google News; Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor/digital of The Washington Post; James T. Hamilton, director of the Stanford Journalism Program; Latoya Peterson, chief experience officer, co-founder, and director for the culture at Glow Up Games; Board Chair Karen Wickre, an author and editorial veteran in the technology field; and Kinsey Wilson, president of WordPress.com.