Meet the

Reynolds Center Staff

At the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, our staff is instrumental in accomplishing our mission of providing journalists with training in order to improve the quality of media coverage on business and the economy. We seek out talented individuals with new and fresh perspectives and are always striving to be a better center and put out the best content for other journalists to learn from.

Jeffrey Timmermans

Jeffrey Timmermans

Director

Jeffrey Timmermans has more than two decades of experience as a financial journalist and journalism educator.

He has worked as a reporter in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and as a managing editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also worked for Bain & Company, leading the global strategy consulting firm’s public-relations efforts in Asia.

Timmermans joined ASU Cronkite in 2021 from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he served for more than 10 years as the director of HKU’s undergraduate journalism program and was an elected member of HKU Senate. In that time, Timmermans developed a comprehensive postgraduate business-journalism curriculum widely considered the best in Asia and taught news reporting and economics to undergraduates. He also founded a successful media consulting firm with multinational clients including JPMorganChase, Credit Suisse, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), CBRE, and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

He is married with one exceptionally precocious daughter and is proud to be a Sun Devil with Lion Rock spirit.

Julianne Culey

Julianne Culey

Assistant Director

Originally from Michigan, Julianne received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Marketing with a minor in Women’s Studies from Central Michigan University and promptly moved to Phoenix upon graduation to get out of the cold.

Julianne then completed her Master’s of Arts in Sociology at Arizona State University with an emphasis in feminist theory and studies. She credits her drive and determination to her mother who always insisted she could do anything her brother could and has focused her efforts on women’s rights, inclusion, and representation.

This led her to become the Marketing Coordinator at ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology where she was able to assist the center promote its research and programming initiatives through the state. After 8 years of living in Phoenix, Julianne considers Arizona to be her home and wants to do her part in creating a more inclusive environment for other girls and women in the state that continuously encourages them to help shape their future and looks forward to continuing that work with the Reynolds Center.

Alicia Barrón

Alicia Barrón

Digital Producer

Alicia has worked as a reporter, digital producer, viral video curator, and most recently as a writer during her 20 years as a journalist. She loves the ever-evolving world of news and thrives on learning about digital media and how it influences our day-to-day lives.

Lauren Irwin

Lauren Irwin

Graduate Research Assistant

Lauren completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2022. During her time as an undergraduate, she helped found and create a new student newspaper, The Bold, serving as the paper’s editor-in-chief as a senior. 

She also held internships with the Colorado Sun and 303 Magazine, as well as a fellowship through Arizona State University’s News21 program in 2021. She enjoys reporting on politics, immigration and people-driven stories.

Janaé Bradford

Janaé Bradford

Graduate Research Assistant

Janaé Ain Bradford is a Chicago native that received her bachelor’s in media, journalism and film from Howard University this past May. During her time in undergrad, Janaé interned with the school newspaper and sports information department.

Outside of school, she interned with numerous online entertainment publications. Janaé’s extensive athletic experience has inspired her to shine light on unappreciated figures in sports. After graduating from the Cronkite school, she plans on covering basketball, baseball, and bowling; she also hopes to become a producer for a sports or news network.

Francesca D'Annunzio

Francesca D'Annunzio

Graduate Research Assistant

Francesca D’Annunzio (she/hers) is studying Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University. She worked as a journalist in Texas for two years at local publications, including as a freelancer for The Dallas Morning News.

She’s a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied a hodgepodge of social science research methods, Arabic and journalism. She speaks four languages in addition to English: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. She aspires to live abroad and work on international investigations after completing her degree.