"Kelly has made great contributions at Poynter and beyond," said Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co. and chairman of Poynter's Board of Trustees. "Her voice is increasingly prominent in national journalism circles, particularly on the essential questions of ethics and truth. As a trustee, she will represent both the institute and the world it serves."
"This is an incredible honor to serve an organization I dearly love," McBride said. "I believe in Poynter's mission of elevating journalism in service of democracy. I'm humbled by the dedication, talent and intellect of the staff. And I have a deep respect and admiration for the accomplishments of the current trustees and their devotion to the Institute."
McBride previously led the Ethics Department and the Reporting, Writing and Editing Department at Poynter. She was the lead writer on ESPN's Poynter Review Project and co-editor, along with Tom Rosenstiel, of The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century.
Before joining Poynter, McBride was an award-winning reporter for 14 years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. She grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. She received her master's in theology from Gonzaga University.
Poynter's trustees voted on McBride's membership during the annual meeting of the National Advisory Board. This year, Poynter welcomed the 2017 class of advisory board members: Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, San Francisco Chronicle; John Dickerson, Host, Face the Nation, Political Director, CBS News; Jon Funabiki, Professor of Journalism and Executive Director, Renaissance Journalism, San Francisco State University; S. Mitra Kalita, Vice President for Programming, CNN Digital; Wesley Lowery, Reporter, The Washington Post; and Mi-Ai Parrish, President and Publisher, The Arizona Republic.
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