Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative

The Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative is a program designed to provide career development support to mid-career media professionals of color.

This seven-month fellowship will support mid-career media makers of color in the Greater Philadelphia area with world-class training from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, mentorship from Executive Advisors who have advanced to positions of leadership in news enterprises, and career coaching from Crawford Leadership Strategies, a Black-owned leadership development firm. The program is open to candidates who work in editorial, product, business, or technology at  media Philadelphia-area news media enterprises. 

The 2020 Fellows and Executive Advisors are: 


Executive Advisors:

  • Emma Carew Grovum, Newsroom Consultant, Kimbap Media
  • Sandra Clark, Vice President for News and Civic Dialogue, WHYY
  • Anthony Cuffie, Vice President-Local Advertising, Labor, & Advertising Operations, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Michael Days, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Jos Duncan, Product Manager, WURD Radio
  • Gabriel Escobar, Editor and Vice President, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Jim Friedlich, CEO and Executive Director, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Ric Harris, President & General Manager, NBC10/Telemundo62
  • Danese Kenon, Visuals Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Melony Roy, Director of Digital News, WHYY
  • Daniel Tsao, Publisher, New Mainstream Press

The Fellows and Executive Advisors were chosen through an open application process that sought to identify news leaders of color who have exhibited leadership in Philadelphia’s news organizations, expressed a desire to continue to grow their careers, were recommended strongly by their co-workers, and have a passion for equity. The applications were reviewed by a team of Lenfest Institute staff members and other industry experts. 

The Lenfest Institute will share key lessons and best practices from the Constellation courses as the program progresses.