Constellation News Leadership Initiative

The Constellation News Leadership Initiative is a comprehensive management development program providing career coaching and executive leadership resources to Philadelphia-area media professionals of color pursuing senior roles in local news media enterprises.

The Lenfest Institute recognizes that Philadelphia benefits from a thriving media ecosystem, however it suffers from a lack of diversity in ownership and leadership of these institutions. The Constellation News Leadership Initiative focuses on the urgent need to support and advance more executive leaders of color into important management roles within local news media. This program is part of the Institute’s commitment to equity and increasing access to communities that have been historically marginalized in the news industry.

The Fellows receive world-class training from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, mentorship from a group of senior 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 Fellows take courses on how to identify and serve news audiences, build successful products, develop new business opportunities, manage teams, and lead an organizational transformation process. The program aims to help Fellows gain an understanding of product thinking and how to create and execute a product strategy, become more effective in driving change and transformation in their news organizations, obtain the skills to navigate and advance in their careers, and much more.

The 2023 Fellows

Monique Curry-Mims, Founder, Civic Capital; Editor, Generocity
Andrea Gibbs, Producer, WHYY
Devin Jackson, Sports Betting Producer, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ana Luna, News Producer, WPVI-TV 6abc
Kwasa Mathis, Producer/Product Manager, WURD Radio
Tiffany McPherson, Newscast Director, WPVI-TV 6abc
Eric Nixon, Producer/Assistant Program Manager, WURD Radio
Dionicia Roberson, Associate Editor of Community Narratives, Resolve Philly
Tamara Russell, Producer, REVIVE RADIO + MEDIA
Lauren Settles, Producer/Reporter, We Talk Weekly

Maria Archangelo, Chief Revenue Officer, Open Campus
Anthony Cuffie, Vice President-Local Advertising, Labor, & Advertising Operations, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sarah Glover, Vice President of News, WHYY
Cherri Gregg, Host/Anchor, WHYY
Michael Huang, Managing Editor – Sports, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Andrea Lawful-Sanders, Host, WURD Radio
Kendra Lee, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Christopher Norris, Managing Editor for Community Engagement, WHYY
Shawana Perry, Executive Producer, WPVI-TV 6abc
Melony Roy, Alumni Executive Advisor

The 2023 Executive Advisors