30 fellows selected for business journalism training

by November 20, 2013
Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Strictly Financials Seminar

Michelle Park Lazette of Crain’s Cleveland Business (left) and Katy Stech of Dow Jones were 2013 Strictly Financials Seminar Fellows. Photo by Aaron Lavinsky.

Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has selected 30 fellows – 16 journalists and 14 professors – for four days of intensive study in business journalism.

The fellows will attend separate seminars Jan. 2-5, 2014, at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix.

Journalists in the Strictly Financials Seminar learn how to dissect financial statements and SEC documents. Prospective business journalism professors receive training in how to teach a university-level course in business journalism.

The seminars, taught by highly regarded business journalists and business journalism professors, are part of Reynolds Business Journalism Week at the Cronkite School.

The 2014 fellows are:

Strictly Financials Seminar

  • Jason Bacaj, business editor, Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle
  • Karin Caifa, senior producer, CNN Newsource
  • Renee Dudley, reporter, Bloomberg News
  • Deirdre Fernandes, reporter, Boston Globe
  • Susanna Kim, reporter/section producer, ABCnews.com
  • Steven Overly, reporter, The Washington Post
  • Hayley Ringle, reporter, Phoenix Business Journal
  • James Rogers, managing editor, TheStreet.com
  • Katherine Sayre, lead business reporter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
  • Ryan Sharrow, digital editor, Baltimore Business Journal
  • Rachel Emma Silverman, reporter, The Wall Street Journal, and Reynolds Nieman Fellow in Business Journalism
  • Leon Stafford, business reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Brian Watt, business and economics reporter, Southern California Public Radio
  • Grace L. Williams, reporting assistant, Barrons.com
  • Lily Wu, reporter, KAKE News
  • Minda Zetlin, contributing columnist, Inc.com, and president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors

Business Journalism Professors Seminar

  • Aje-Ori Agbese, associate professor, The University of Texas-Pan American
  • Robin Blom, assistant professor, Ball State University
  • Steve Collins, associate professor, University of Central Florida
  • Cornelius Foote, principal lecturer, University of North Texas
  • Leigh Anne Kelley, instructor, Radford University
  • Karen Lee Miller, adjunct professor, Alvernia University
  • Ellen Dale Russell, assistant professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • James R. Schiffman, assistant professor, Georgia College & State University
  • Melony Alicia Shemberger, assistant professor, Murray State University
  • Edgar Simpson, assistant professor, Central Michigan University
  • Dick Weiss, Reynolds visiting professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Eric M. Wilson, instructor, Wichita State University
  • Joe Winski, Reynolds visiting professor, California State University, Fullerton
  • Nerissa Young, lecturer, Ohio University


Since 2003, more than 19,500 journalists have learned to cover business better through free training from the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. The center is at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus. The center offers regional workshops and webinars, as well as daily tips to cover business better at BusinessJournalism.org.

It is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its Journalism Program.

Questions? Email President Andrew Leckey of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism or call 602-496-9186.