Meet the Board

President Haisten Willis is a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and online publications. He also brings extensive editing experience to the table, working with writers and guest columnists across a variety of platforms and projects.

Since 2008, his byline has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Marietta Daily Journal, several sites in the SB Nation network, lifestyle magazines including Living Northside, Living Intown and West Georgia Living, and a number of trade publications. His writing has captured statewide awards on topics ranging from business to sports, religion and politics.

Haisten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in mass communication and journalism from California State University, Fresno.

Term: 2018

Vice President Mitchell Northam is the North Fulton reporter for the AJC’s hyperlocal team. He is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from Salisbury University in 2015. Mitchell then worked for the Delmarva Daily Times for two years, first as a breaking news reporter before covering high school, college and pro sports in the area. He has also written for USA Today, SB Nation, SBIsoccer.com and DMVelite.com.

Term: 2018

Treasurer Danielle Douez is a politics editor for the nonprofit online news startup The Conversation. Previously, she was a communications specialist for the Southern Regional Education Board. She has written for the Miami Herald, The Alexandria Times, JetsetTimes.com and other publications. She holds a BA in psychology from Emory University, where she was a 2013 Community Building and Social Change Fellow.

Term: January 2018 to December 2019

Secretary Kimeko McCoy is an Atlanta-based journalist and social media powerhouse. Kimeko’s talent in communication has granted her opportunities to work with media organizations and business throughout the metro area.

She started her career during her time at Georgia Southern University, where she worked as a social media planner, writer and editor for The George-Anne student newspaper. Throughout the course of her career, Kimeko has worked as an opinion writer for the Savannah Morning News, a feature writer for the St. Augustine Record and a beat reporter for The Marietta Daily Journal and The Cherokee Tribune.

Kimeko is still in the newspaper businesses and currently serves as a social media specialist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With her team, Kimeko is constantly experimenting with new social platforms. In the last year, she implemented a Instagram story strategy to contribute to the platform’s 197 percent website referral growth.

Term: January 2017 – December 2018

Immediate Past President Ellen Eldridge is a reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Kennesaw State University. Eldridge resides in Woodstock, Georgia. Find her on Twitter @EllenEldridge27

Term: 2018

Tori Stauffer, student representative, is a non-traditional senior in professional writing at Columbus State University,Columbus. She will graduate in May 2018. In addition to being a full-time student, she is a single mom of four. For the past three years, Stauffer has worked at the award-winning student-run news publication The Saber where she is currently managing editor. Stauffer writes and publishes short stories mostly in the horror genre and has been a writing panelist at Atlanta’s multi-genre convention DragonCON four times. She also enjoys writing poetry, creative nonfiction and screenplays. You may find samples of Stauffer’s work in her portfolio.

Term ends: December 2019

Board members at large

Jay Suber is an executive news media consultant and publisher of NewsJReview blog. His is Former Senior Vice President of CNN News Features programming, co-creator CNN Newsroom student news, advisory committee member to the Aspen Institute on Television/Radio coverage of minorities in former Soviet Union, Duke University Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, advisory committee member on Internet policy development, consultant for Duke University’s emerging democracy and journalism project in Ethiopia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and guest contributor to the Knight Foundation 50th Anniversary Annual Report publication. He holds a political science degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Suber resides in Atlanta with his wife, Valerie. His Twitter handle is @newsjreview

Term: January 2017 to December 2018

Larry Johnson is the Editor and Publisher of the Cobb County Courier, an independent online news site. He is also about to complete his late-life journalism degree, after 50 year of on-again, off-again enrollment at Georgia State University. He lives in Mableton with his wife and cat.

Term: January 2017 to December 2018

David Armstrong is the director of The Georgia News Lab, an award-winning investigative reporting collaborative. The News Lab is a partnership between several of the top college journalism programs in Georgia, along with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV. Armstrong was formerly the director of The News Enterprise, an investigative reporting project at Emory University. Armstrong is a veteran investigative reporter and editor. He served as bureau chief of the National Security News Service in Washington, D.C. and earlier as editor of the Texas Observer.

He is the principal author of the book, “America and the Islamic Bomb: the deadly compromise,” an investigation of global nuclear trafficking networks.

Term: January 2018 – December 2019

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