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Reynolds Center staff

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is based in Phoenix at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. But we are available at BusinessJournalism.org all the time. Look around this site for tips, tools and a network of journalists. Or reach out and contact any of us at the center.

Andrew Leckey, President

Andrew Leckey was named president of the Reynolds Center and became the Reynolds Endowed Chair in
AndrewLeckeyMug Business Journalism in 2009. He was the first director of the center at its launch in 2003. Andrew was previously a long-time syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune, a CNBC anchor and the author or editor of 10 financial books. He received the National Association of Investors Corporation’s “Distinguished Award in Investment Education” and was the first director of the Bloomberg Business Journalism Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is frequently interviewed on business and business journalism topics, most recently by The New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian in London and the PBS “NewsHour,” as well as China’s CCTV and Oriental Outlook magazine.
E-mail Andrew or 602-496-9186

Linda Austin, Executive director

A former business editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Linda Austin became executive director of the Reynolds Center in 2009. She spent the previous decade as a top newsroom leader, serving as the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky; executive editor of The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and managing editor of the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. Before that, she held a variety of positions in her 12 years at The Inquirer, including graphics editor, assistant managing editor/finance and editor/publisher of the monthly PhillyTech magazine. Her other newspaper credits include the Dallas Times Herald in Texas, The Straits Times of Singapore (as a Luce Scholar) and the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina. She graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism. She was a 2009 fellow in the Punch Sulzberger Executive News Media Leadership Program at Columbia University’s Journalism School and received her master’s degree in educational technology from Arizona State University in 2013.
E-mail Linda or 602-496-9187

Robin J PhillipsRobin J. Phillips, Digital director

Robin J. Phillips joined Reynolds Center in August 2009, after working as online community manager for azcentral.com, the Web site of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She has also served as deputy business editor at The Republic and Newsday, as well as editor for BusinessWeek Online’s small business channel. Robin teaches a course on the Business & Future of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented at various journalism organizations on the use of social media as a reporting tool. She is a co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter-based gathering of web journalists. She holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Hawaii and is a master’s candidate at ASU.
E-mail Robin or 602-496-9190

Kelly Carr, Training director

kelly carrKelly joined the staff in 2007 and worked as the center’s senior online producer before becoming Reynold’s training director. She has worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including The Arizona Republic, and has been an adjunct journalism professor at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. As a freelance investigative reporter for Reuters, she won the a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for a series detailing the use of U.S. shell and shelf companies. The series also won the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism (Periodicals), the New York Press Club Business Reporting Award and the 2011 Foreign Press Association Media Award for Financial/Economic Reporting. Kelly has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University. She also was a fellow at The Poynter Institute and a contributing writer for Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss & Hope.

E-mail Kelly or 602-496-5439

Cassandra Nicholson
Cassandra Nicholson, Administrative associate

Cassandra Nicholson joined the Center as program coordinator in October 2009. She is responsible for registrations and workshop materials and coordinates entries for the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism. Before joining the Center, Cassandra worked at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She participated in the NASA Space Grant Internship program at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and later went on to work as a program aide for the Mars Space Flight Facility. Cassandra holds a B.A. in Journalism from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
E-mail Cassandra or 602-496-9189

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication at Arizona State University. The Center was launched in 2003 at the American Press Institute with a grant from the Las Vegas-based Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. It sponsors daylong workshops, online seminars and a website devoted to covering business better. The Cronkite School, named for the long-time CBS news anchor, serves more than 1,200 undergraduate and master’s journalism students.

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