Facilitators and Moderators

Kelly McBrideKelly McBride is the ethics group leader at The Poynter Institute, where she helps journalists strengthen their ethical decision-making skills and improve their writing, reporting and editing. She has been on the Poynter faculty since 2002.

In addition to running the Ethics Department, McBride directs the Poynter Ethics Fellows program, which gathers 16-20 editors, producers and reporters to address ethics issues of the day.

Twice she has traveled to South Africa to lead advanced reporting and writing seminars geared toward reporters working in a young democracy. Before coming to Poynter, McBride worked as a reporter for 15 years, spending most of that time at The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. She covered crime and courts for six years and faith and ethics for eight years. McBride has a BJ from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and an MA in religious studies from Gonzaga University.

Ellyn AngelottiEllyn Angelotti is a faculty member and interactivity editor for the Poynter Institute. Since joining the Poynter in April 2007, she has taught and written about innovations in interactive multimedia development, social networking reporting and strategies, ethics and digital media law issues.

She has podcasted for University of Florida's Journalism Now, a weekly discussion about multimedia, data and social aspects of modern news. Currently, Angelotti is attending Stetson University College of Law part time.

Prior to coming to Poynter, she guided the development of nontraditional multimedia sports content at the Naples Daily News as the New Media Sports Editor. While attending the University of Kansas, she worked as a multimedia producer for World Online, the Web department for the Lawrence Journal-World. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Online-Broadcast Journalism and Spanish.

Deinse PolverineDenise Polverine has been the Editor-in-Chief of cleveland.com since March of 1997. Under Denise's editorial leadership, cleveland.com has become the most trafficked news and information Web site in Ohio and has won several prestigious awards including SPJ's Best News Web Site; Digital Edge's Best Sports Site and Most Innovative Site; and The Online News Association's Best Service Journalism.

Prior to her work at cleveland.com, Denise worked at Time Inc. New Media in New York City as a television news/business reporter and anchor.

Denise's career began in her hometown of Cleveland as a radio and television reporter for various stations including WTAM 1100 AM and WOIO-TV 19. Denise is a graduate of Cleveland State University. She is a 2006 graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders leadership program, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Cleveland and is actively involved in various Young Professional and community organizations. Denise is a past board member and secretary of The Online News Association (journalists.org), and currently sits on the board of The Press Club – Cleveland Chapter.

Bob SteeleBob Steele led The Poynter Institute's ethics program for 13 years, facilitating hundreds of seminars and newsroom workshops and assisting thousands of journalists. In 2003, he was named the Nelson Poynter Scholar for Journalism Values.

Steele joined the faculty of his alma mater, DePauw University in 2008 as the Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism and as scholar-in-residence at DePauw's Janet Prindle Ethics Institute. In addition to writing for Poynter Online, he has written case studies, handbooks and articles for many professional organizations and academic journals. He was a co-author of Doing Ethics in Journalism: A Handbook With Case Studies.

Steele has a B.A. in economics from DePauw, an M.S. in television-radio from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in journalism ethics. Before joining Poynter, Steele had been a reporter, executive producer and news director for television stations in Maine, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Lauren Rich FineLauren Rich Fine is a Practitioner in Residence at Kent State University's School of Journalism & Mass Communication and was also, until recently, the Director of Research at ContentNext, an organization focused on media related newsletters and conferences. Lauren left Merrill Lynch in April, 2007 as a Managing Director in Equity Research.

A 19-year veteran, she covered the publishing, information, for-profit education, advertising and online industries. She was a ranked member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team for 14 years holding the number one position for 11 years.

Lauren has an MBA from the Stern School of Management (NYU) and a BA in Psychology/Economics from Tufts University. Lauren is on the Boards of Brand Muscle, the Cleveland Film Society, the Chautauqua Foundation, Dolan Media (NYSE:DM), iGuiders, In Counsel with Women, Laurel School, and Urban Community School (Executive Committee), a not-for-profit school for low income families in Cleveland. She is on the Advisory Boards of Creative Loafing & MedCityNews.

She has served on the Cleveland Jewish News Board (Executive Committee), the Advisory Board of Dix & Eaton, a public relations firm in Cleveland, the Leadership Board of the Lerner Research Institute, and the Poynter Institute Advisory Board, and on committees at Citizens Academy, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Gathering Place. Lauren was a member of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2007.