Media Advisory Board
Qwoted’s Media Advisory Board is comprised of top reporters, journalism professors, and journalism trade associations. The board directors are volunteers and oversee the direction of the development of the Qwoted platform to ensure that the firm conforms to ethical standards and consistently works to support journalists. The board convenes once per quarter, and is led by Qwoted’s Editor in Chief, Lou Carlozo.
As Qwoted’s first Editor in Chief, Lou oversees the standards committee, leads community-building efforts within journalism education, and acts as a resource to writers. Lou most recently served as managing editor at Government CIO. Just prior, he worked at the nation’s largest banking non-profit, Bank Administration Institute (BAI). Lou also created, engineered, and hosts the BAI Banking Strategies podcast, which paved the way to his current financial services podcast, “Bankadelic.” Lou’s resume also includes six years at U.S. News & World Report and serving as Managing Editor at AOL. In 16 years at the Chicago Tribune, Lou was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His multimedia credits include BBC Radio commentator (“Up All Night”) and appearances on several Discovery true-crime documentaries. Lou’s work has also appeared in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo Finance, MSN, the Christian Science Monitor, Reuters, and several other news outlets across the world. His journalism honors include a shared Polk Award, a Chicago Tribune Innovator Award, the Bob Briner Impact Award, and more. As an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, he led an eight-year rebuild of the Loyola Phoenix, culminating in an award for Best College Weekly Newspaper in the Nation from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Caleb Silver is the Editor-in-chief of Investopedia. He serves on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee for the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). Caleb’s career in business news began at Bloomberg, where he worked as a senior television producer. Caleb then joined CNN, serving as a Senior Producer for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, as well as the Executive Producer of CNNMoney.com. He then returned to CNN as the Director of US business news before leaving in 2014 to form Frog Pond Productions, a digital production and consulting company. Caleb joined Investopedia in January 2016 as the VP of Content, and is frequently featured as a markets, economic and consumer trends expert on NBC, MSNBC, ABC Radio, Marketplace Radio and Cheddar TV, in addition to markets commentary in his daily newsletters. His awards include a Peabody, EPPY, SABEW Best in Business, and two Emmy nominations.
Valerie Bolden-Barrett has 20 years of writing experience across a vast number of mediums. She served as Editor of national publications for Simon & Schuster, where she wrote editorial features and articles on innovative business trends. Bolden-Barrett then worked at Aspen Publishers as a lead writer for national business publications and participated in an international Journalists’ Round Table. She has written 5,000+ articles for HR Dive, an Industry Dive publication, covering best business practices, HR functions, workplace trends, employment law and job economy. She now manages a writing and communications contracting service where she’s able to use her variety of writing skills to compose case studies, white papers, articles, press releases, and more. Bolden-Barrett’s work has also been published on yourbusness.azcentral.com, The Houston Chronicle, and businesswatchnetwork.com.
Rachele Kanigel is a professor and chair of the Journalism Department at San Francisco State University. She was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years, mostly covering health and medicine for The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, The Oakland Tribune, and other newspapers, and has written for magazines, including TIME, U.S. News & World Report, San Francisco, Health and Prevention. She is the editor of The Diversity Style Guide, a free website that helps people write with accuracy, authority and sensitivity about a diverse world, and author/editor of a companion book by the same name. She consults with media organizations and trains media professionals in inclusive content. She is also the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide and is past president of College Media Association.
Evan Dammarell is an experienced media professional who has covered the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA as a whole for the last several years. Currently serving as a contributor at Forbes and an editor for SB Nation’s Fear the Sword, Evan has worked with several other publications covering the NBA, such as Hashtag Basketball, ClutchPoints, and FanSided. Evan also serves as a co-host and producer for Locked on Cavs, part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Born, raised, and based in Cleveland, the Cavaliers and sports journalism have been both his area of expertise and his passion for the better part of his life.
Dana Blankenhorn has been a working business journalist since 1978, when he graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School. He has been working as a freelancer since 1983 and covers business and technology. Dana has written several books on technology and covered a wide range of beats including education, e-commerce, blockchain, and renewable energy. His work has appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Interactive Age, InvestorPlace, TheStreet.com and Yahoo Finance.