Advisory Council

Bill Buzenberg has been a journalist and newsroom leader for more than 45 years. Most recently (2007-2015) he was the executive director of the Washington, D.C.–based Center for Public Integrity, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2014. Read more...

Vicente Calderón With more than 30 years practicing journalism on both sides of the border, Vicente Calderón understands as few others do the dynamic and complex region that defines México and the United States.Read more...

Mark J. Davis is an operations and finance executive with more than 20 years of business experience. After starting his career in finance with a Fortune 500 consumer products company, he joined magazine publisher TVSM, Inc., as director of finance, later leading the company’s digital initiatives and pioneering online television listings. Following TVSM’s acquisition by News Corp., Mark joined Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. Read more...

Lynne Friedmann is editor of ScienceWriters magazine, published by the National Association of Science Writers. As a science journalist and educator, she has organized dozens of seminars and conferences on journalism and science communications topics throughout the United States and internationally (Canada, Japan, Qatar). Read more...

Jason Fry is the author of The Jupiter Pirates young-adult space-fantasy series and a longtime Star Wars author. He spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, serving as an editor, columnist and blogs guru, and is a former adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more...

Jon Funabiki's career spans journalism, philanthropy and academia. He is a Professor of Journalism and Executive Director of Renaissance Journalism (renjournalism.org) at San Francisco State University. Read more...

At 16, Kris Lindblad broke his back in an accident. While lying in bed with not much else to do, he taught himself to draw, mostly from Marvel comics. Two years later he began work at his hometown paper, The Daily Times Advocate in Escondido, Calif.
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Richard Louv is the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle. Translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, Read more...

Catherine Mann has been an artist, illustrator, and designer for over 25 years.  She began her career designing and illustrating for magazines and newspapers such as Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Ladies' Home Journal, Parenting, Runner's World, Saveur, New York Daily News,  Read more...

Scott Wahrenbrock was corporate counsel for The Copley Press, Inc., former publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as various papers in Los Angeles, Illinois and Ohio.  Counseling talented journalists, a few who work at InquireFirst, Read more...

Laura Walcher Laura Walcher is indisputably recognized as the doyenne of public relations in San Diego. Opening the doors of her first one-woman shop in 1974, she quickly built a client roster that included major architects and attorneys, historical sites such as the Bazaar del Mundo, and several radio stations, eventually growing to employ a staff of 10. Read more...