Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country's leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She has been on the faculty of the Poynter Institute for 8 years. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently quote her expertise.
After getting her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, she began her career as a police reporter in the hills of the Idaho Panhandle, covering the meth trade and the white supremacy movement.
She got a master's degree in theology from Gonzaga University and gained a national reputation as a religion reporter, covering the moral side of fertility issues, sexual orientation, evolution and the Catholic Church's abuse scandal. She recently traveled to South Africa to teach and research storytelling on the mobile phone.
Her current work involves Poynter’s Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation project examining the transformation of journalism from a profession for a few to a civic obligation of many, the effects of technology on democracy and the media habits of the millennial generation.
Since joining The Poynter Institute in 2007, Ellyn Angelotti has helped Poynter explore the journalistic values and the legal challenges related to new technologies, especially social media.
She also has helped create and develop Poynter’s use of interactive teaching tools like online chats and podcasts. Angelotti regularly teaches journalists how to effectively use interactive tools as storytelling vehicles, and how using these tools changes the media landscape.
In the summer of 2009 she traveled to South Africa to teach and research mobile storytelling. As a judge for national multimedia journalism contests, including the National Press Photographers Association Awards and E.W. Scripps National Journalism Awards, she has studied and taught about best practices in innovative storytelling.
Her current work is focused on the intersection of journalism, technology and the law. She is attending law school part-time at Stetson University College of Law. Before coming to Poynter, Angelotti directed award-winning, nontraditional multimedia sports content at the Naples Daily News in Florida.