Steve Listopad (Program Director – 2016, 2017, 2018) is member of the journalism and media faculty at Henderson State University and originator and leader of the New Voices USA movement (www.newvoicesus.com). He is the recipient of the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Award in Education, the JEA Friend of Scholastic Journalism award, the SCJ Louis Ingelhart First Amendment Award, the AEJMC Innovative Outreach to Scholastic Journalism award, CMA’s MultiMedia Adviser of the Year Award and numerous other recognitions for his work with journalism education and student media. Steve has also received his Certification in Journalism Education through JEA. He is a Ph.D. candidate at North Dakota State University and has previously worked as an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication and student media director at the University of Jamestown and Valley City State University in Norwegian-rich North Dakota. Overseas, Steve has taught journalism and media in China (2013); Nice, France (2014); Florence, Italy (2015); and Oslo (2016, 2017). Before teaching, Listopad worked for New Line Cinema in Los Angeles, and he reported for a daily newspaper, an alternative weekly newspaper and a military newspaper.
Curt Chandler (ieiMedia Faculty/co-director – 2017, 2018) teaches multimedia reporting and journalism entrepreneurship at Penn State University. He has more than 25 years of industry experience as a visual journalist, writer and manager. Chandler was the editor for online innovation at post-gazette.com in Pittsburgh and taught photojournalism at Duquesne University before becoming a full-time educator in 2007. He has coached student journalists doing field work in Brazil and Hong Kong. He conducted the first multimedia workshop for the Vatican press corps in Rome. He is a video coach for the National Press Photographers Association and the Online News Association.
Tom Grant (ieiMedia Faculty – 2018) is an associate professor of journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Tom has won more than 10 national awards for his reporting, including two duPont-Columbia Awards, often referred to as the Pulitzers of broadcasting. He worked 30 years as a journalist in television and newspapers before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho and beginning a second career in education. A native of Tonasket, Wash., Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He was the Mike Wallace Fellow for Investigative Reporting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1997-98. His research at the Center for ETHICS* at the University of Idaho compared methods of teaching media ethics to college students. Tom spent much of his journalism career in Spokane, Wash., where he worked at KREM-TV, KXLY-TV, KAYU-TV and The Local Planet newspaper. In 1995, he won the George Polk Award for courage in reporting for a long series of stories about a group of people falsely accused of child abuse. Ultimately, 18 innocent people were released from prison in the wake of his reports. At ABAC, he has led study abroad trips to India, Rome and France. He has taken students to meet the Dalai Lama, film the capture of wild elephants and celebrate Palm Sunday Mass with the Pope. His film on conflicts between humans and elephants in India, “Elephants in the Coffee,” has shown around the world. It won best documentary awards at film festivals in Washington, D.C., Kansas and Georgia. One thing you probably don’t know: For much of his life, Tom competed in triathlons. In the mid-‘90s, he won his classification at the Great Floridian Triathlon, which at the time was the only Ironman-length race in the lower 48. His classification was men over 40 who weighed more than 200 pounds. That made him (for one year, least) the fastest fat old man in America.
Stacie Paulsen Chandler (Visiting Journalist – 2018) is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has been a police reporter and copy editor at the Colorado Springs Sun; the editor of special advertising sections and the director of the Newspapers in Education program at the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner; the Director of Communications at the Mon Valley Initiative in Pittsburgh; and editor of The Bulletin, a monthly newspaper in Pittsburgh.
Robert Reeder (ieiMedia Fellow – 2016, 2017) served on the faculty for ieiMedia in Urbino, Italy (2014); Florence, Italy (2015); and Oslo (2016). He has taught photojournalism as well as mentored graduate photojournalism students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. Before that, he lived and worked in Amman, Jordan, and Chisinau, Moldova, photographing political struggles in the former Soviet state while also teaching at the Independent Journalism Center.
Amy Venn (ieiMedia Student Fellow – 2017) is the director of retention and academic advising at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota and a student at Mitchell Hamline College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her graduate and undergraduate degrees are in mass communication. Prior to working in higher education, Listopad was a reporter and morning anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Lori Listopad (ieiMedia Fellow – 2016) is the director of retention and academic advising at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota and a student at Mitchell Hamline College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her graduate and undergraduate degrees are in mass communication. Prior to working in higher education, Listopad was a reporter and morning anchor at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Raul Gomez (Publisher/Media Partner – 2016) Raul is the publisher and art director of the High Plains Reader. He loves the arts, travel and good people. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with young designers, photographers and writers, fostering new talent in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Sabrina Hornung (Editor/Media Partner – 2016) is a photographer, writer and editor for the High Plains Reader, Fargo-Moorhead’s favorite alt weekly. She is a visual artist with an old soul and a mean case of wanderlust.
Keith Jones (Photographer/Media Partner – 2016) is an educator and part-time photographer with a wanderer’s spirit. As an educator, he is passionate about geography, foreign governments and history.