The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford today announced the appointment of Washington Post Managing Editor/Digital Emilio Garcia-Ruiz to its Board of Visitors.
Garcia-Ruiz was appointed by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. The JSK Board of Visitors provides strategic guidance for the JSK Fellowships, an international program that supports journalism innovators and entrepreneurs who work on some of the industry’s most urgent problems both in residence at Stanford and in communities around the world. In collaboration with JSK’s directors, the board extends the impact and visibility of the program. The Board of Visitors reports to Tessier-Lavigne.
“Emilio’s deep knowledge of digital strategy will be a tremendous asset for our fellows and alumni who are transforming journalism,” said Dawn Garcia, director of the JSK Fellowships. “By adding his voice to our board, he will help JSK pursue an ambitious and relevant agenda that benefits journalism well into the future.”
Garcia-Ruiz has been a managing editor of The Post since 2013. He supervises the newsroom’s development, implementation and execution of digital strategy. Prior to his current role, he served as the Post’s editor for strategic projects, local editor and sports editor. He has also been an editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register. In 2000, he edited the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by the St. Paul Pioneer Press that uncovered academic fraud in the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program.
“I am truly honored to be part of such an important journalistic program. I cannot think of a more critical time in our industry to be focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation from a global perspective than right now,” Garcia-Ruiz said. “The fellows explore issues that are key to the future viability of our profession and I am delighted to help them in any way I can.”
Other members of the board include Krishna Bharat, founder of Google News; James T. Hamilton, director of the Stanford Journalism Program; Margaret Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Latoya Peterson, deputy editor of innovation for ESPN’s The Undefeated; Jason Seiken, chairman of the JSK Board of Visitors and CEO of QCatalyst; technology and editorial veteran Karen Wickre; and Kinsey Wilson, president of WordPress.com.