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.
Paulina Likos is an investing reporter with U.S. News & World Report covering the stock market, investing strategies, portfolio management and real estate investing. She enjoys writing about the latest market trends and millennial investing behaviors. Prior to her current role, Paulina was a risk manager at Fannie Mae handling credit risk management responsibilities in Single-Family business, actively engaging with lenders on the front-line. Paulina is a Pennsylvania native who attended Villanova University where she studied political science, communication studies and business management.
Niraj Shah is the Markets Editor at Bloomberg Quint, India’s first digital live streaming business news service. Niraj heads the Markets band, and leads the editorial coverage of all things equities at BloombergQuint. He anchors the daily live show, Talking Point, which has gained prominence for serious conversation around markets and industry. Niraj also hosts the coveted investing show ‘Alpha Moguls’, regarded by many as one of the finest investing conversation shows in the country. Prior to Bloomberg Quint, Shah was a part of the team that set up ET Now, the business news channel of The Times Group in India. Niraj is also the founding member of Soch, a not-for-profit organization aimed at distributing transformational ideas for changing India. He has been associated with pro-bono organizations like the Forum of Young Activists in Mumbai, as well as Anjeze, a trust helping cancer patients in the city of Mumbai.
Larry Edelman is a financial columnist and associate editor of The Boston Globe. Over the course of two stints (1989-1999 and 2015-present), he has also worked as a tech reporter, the business editor, and deputy managing editor for news. Before returning to the Globe, Larry was a senior deputy editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he was responsible for real-time coverage of markets and finance, and assisted with planning and editing of the Money & Investing section. Prior to the Journal, he spent 10 years at Bloomberg News as investing team leader, senior enterprise editor, and managing editor for investing and real estate. From 1999 to 2003, Larry got some real- world experience as vice president of investor relations at John Hancock Financial Services, where he worked on the company’s initial public offering, wrote earnings releases and investor presentations, and helped manage relationships with analysts and investors.
Kalilah Reynolds is an award-winning journalist covering business and finance in Jamaica. She received the Press Association of Jamaica Award for Business and Finance three years in a row. Reynolds has hosted the number-one rated news and current affairs morning radio show from 2014-2020. In October 2019, Reynolds launched Taking Stock with Kalilah Reynolds with a mission to make business and finance easy to understand. In 2020, Reynolds left Nationwide News Network to commit to the launch of her website, kalilahreynolds.com. Reynolds has a Masters degree in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies, and a B.A. in Journalism from Fordham University in New York City, both with distinction.
An internationally recognized editor, Janet is best known for her ability to merge the worlds of digital media and traditional journalism. Formerly editor-in-chief of Jim Cramer’s TheStreet.com, Janet Guyon spent the bulk of her career at The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Bloomberg, where she ran Bloomberg.com as its general manager. She has run digital operations at Dow Jones and IAC, was technology editor at Quartz and served as a senior editor at Documentedny.com. She most recently graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School, where she was a Global Law Fellow and member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.
Ghiroli served as an MLB reporter for ten years, where her coverage of the Tampa Bay Rays was featured in the American League Championship Series program. She spent eight game seasons as the Orioles beat reporter before joining The Athletic in November of 2018. Ghiroli currently covers the Washington D.C. Nationals team and breaking Major League Baseball news, while hosting The Athletic’s MLB podcast Rates and Barrels. Ghiroli is also an Insider reporter for MLB Network and has appeared live and in pre-taped segments on NBC Sports, FOX, ESPN’s SportsCenter, and Outside the Lines. She was named Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Reporter” in 2014 and D.C. Sportswriter of the Year in 2019.
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.
Kevin Lerner is a historian of American journalism, Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism at Marist College, and Editor of the Journal of Magazine Media. He edited the website and a print department of Architectural Record magazine, where his team won a National Magazine award. He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nieman Lab, and several other publications. Lerner earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a B.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Pennsylvania. Lerner studies journalism as an intellectual process, and his book, Provoking the Press: (MORE) Magazine and the Crisis of Confidence in American Journalism tells the story of a journalism review that challenged the journalistic tenets of objectivity in the 1970s. He’s currently working on a second book.
Stephanie Forshee is a staff reporter for Agenda, a Financial Times publication, where she covers executive compensation and succession planning. She serves as 2nd Vice President for the New York Press Club and is co-author of In Other News: Reporters on Reporting, written with Rosie Downey. Stephanie previously held roles at American Lawyer Media, the Puget Sound Business Journal, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and Bobit Business Media. She has written for various publications including Forbes.com, Newsday, Backstage, Paste and Daily News in Los Angeles. Stephanie’s work has been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Western Publishing Association and the Los Angeles Press Club.
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.
Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS is an investment and finance writer who draws from her experience as a former investment portfolio manager and expert investor. Her authored works include Personal Finance; An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management, Invest and Beat the Pros-Create and Manage a Winning Investment Portfolio and How to Get Rich; Without Winning the Lottery. Friedberg’s online writing portfolio features bylines in publications including U.S. News and World Report, Investopedia, Investor Place, GoBankingRates, Seeking Alpha, and The Balance. Her work has been syndicated and cited at CNN.Money, Yahoo!Finance, Equities.com, CNBC, Nasdaq, and MarketWatch, among several others. Friedberg owns and operates two investment educational websites, Robo-Advisor Pros and Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance. A complete list of her published work can be viewed here.
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.
Gabrielle Olya is a lead writer at GOBankingRates, where she covers a variety of financial topics including retirement planning, investing, careers and real estate. Previously, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles. Gabrielle has an MA in journalism from the University of Southern California and BA in communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Ryfe is Director of and Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. In the past, he has conducted research in the areas of political communication, presidential communication and public deliberation. He has written Can Journalism Survive? (Polity, 2012), an ethnographic investigation of how American newspaper newsrooms have adjusted to the disruption taking place in their profession. More recently, he has published Journalism and the Public (Polity, 2017), an exploration of how various configurations of public life shape the form and meaning of journalism. His current research project, News, Facts, and Truth, traces the history of the relationship between news and truth, from the 17th century to the present.
Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D., is a bioethicist and journalist, as well as an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University. She has written for print and online publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, CityLab, Architectural Digest, Teen Vogue, Vulture and Reader’s Digest.
Jeffrey Steele is a freelance journalist with more than 30 years of experience and over 4,000 bylined articles for many publications. Steele began covering real estate in 1991 for the Chicago Tribune and would go on to compose hundreds of articles for each of the Tribune’s real estate sections. Steele writes on a variety of topics including personal finance, wealth management, retirement planning, senior issues, and supply chain and inventory management. He has bylines in Forbes, Bankrate, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, and dozens of other publications.
Kristine Gill is a recovering newspaper journalist working in media relations for a Florida law enforcement agency. Her journalism experience includes various freelance gigs covering personal finance, home trends and workplace issues for Real Simple, Realtor.com and Fortune. She also worked as a Breaking news reporter for Naples Daily News covering higher education, the city of Naples, breaking news, crime and general features. Kristine pens a biweekly newsletter called On The Record, featuring Q&As with reporters who explain how they got their stories. She is also the founder of the Naples Writers’ Workshop, a community of writers in Southwest Florida working to hone their fiction skills.
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.
Casey O’Brien is an award-winning journalist with a focus on justice, equity, and sustainability. Based in Oakland, California, she has been published by both regional and national outlets including the Week, Salon, The Revelator, Sierra Magazine, and Prism/the Daily Kos. More information about Casey is available on her website and you can also follow her on Twitter.
Monica Chin has been working as a journalist since 2017, when she graduated from Brown University with a degree in literary arts. She has covered many areas of consumer technology including smart home, artificial intelligence, wearables, phones, and laptops. Her work has appeared in publications including Marketwatch, Mashable, Tom’s Guide, Business Insider, and the New York Post. Currently, she reviews laptops and covers education tech for The Verge.
Joanne Y. Cleaver
Communication and content consultant Joanne Cleaver was a financial journalist for 25 years, including 4 1/2 years as deputy business/real estate editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and two years as a senior content producer for Tribune Digital. She is a widely published writer and author of seven books, most recently, The Career Lattice (McGraw Professional, 2012). She leads strategic communication firm Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which designs and manages content, editorial and research projects for all media and equips clients with media skills and strategic messaging. Cleaver also designed the MOVE Project, a research and advocacy platform that measures and supports the advancement of women. Follow Joanne on twitter at @jycleaver.
Jennifer Billock is an award-winning writer, bestselling author, editor and owner of the boutique editorial firm Jennifer Billock Creative Services. She has worked with businesses and publishers including the Smithsonian, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Disney Books, The Atlantic, Kraft Foods, Midwest Living, Arcadia Publishing and the MSU Press. She also co-hosts the Macabre Traveler podcast and edits the Kitchen Witch Newsletter. She is currently dreaming of an around-the-world trip with her Boston terrier. Check out her website at www.jenniferbillock.com and follow her on Twitter @jenniferbillock.
Jenny Powers is a working freelance journalist who spends most days researching fascinating professionals in out-of-the-box careers to find out what their jobs are really like behind the scenes for Business Insider’s Job Diaries column.
She also covers a variety of topics including small business, pop culture, sex, parenting, travel, and religion. Her work has appeared in Time Inc., The Forward, The New York Post, Vice, Refinery29 and Roadtrippers.
Powers has a B.A. in Journalism from New York University.
You can follow her work at https://www.clippings.me/jpowers.
Mike De Socio
Mike De Socio is a freelance journalist who tells stories about cities, climate change, and the LGBTQ+ community. His path in journalism has taken him through almost every part of the newsroom. He’s worked as a photographer at the Asbury Park Press, crafted code and multimedia at NPR’s On Point, and has worked as an editor and enterprise reporter at the Albany Business Review.
Now as a freelance journalist, he leans into his range of skills to provide well-written, beautifully photographed stories that make an impact. Mike’s work has been published in Bloomberg, The Guardian, Fortune, The Christian Science Monitor, Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, DigBoston, Bicycling Magazine, and beyond. He’s also received awards from the Boston Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Boston University.
Debra Kamin is a freelance journalist. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, and her work also frequently appears in The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler and other top publications. She spent nearly a decade living in Tel Aviv and reporting on issues across the Middle East, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and twin daughters.
Sofia Quaglia is a freelance science journalist working between the US, the UK and Italy. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, National Geographic, Wired, Gizmodo, Grist, Earther, and more, and she regularly contributes to Inverse.com and VeryWell Health. In Italy, she is presenter and producer for the series Crossroads for Enrico Mentana’s online newspaper Open. She’s a City University of London and Columbia University alum.
Pooja Shah is an attorney at a global law firm and an award-winning freelance writer based in New York City. She received the 2021 AAN Award for Best Columnist. Her work has appeared in Vogue India, StyleCaster, InStyle, Thrillist, PopSugar, and more. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Philosophy from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Paul Gillin is an independent writer, speaker and journalist who specializes in enterprise technology topics. He was founding editor-in-chief of B2B technology publisher TechTarget, where he grew the editorial staff from two to more than 70 journalists over five years. Previously, he was editor-in-chief and executive editor of the technology weekly Computerworld for 15 years. Paul was one of the first journalists to understand the enormous impact that social media would have on business and culture, a phenomenon he documented in his 2007 best-selling book, The New Influencers. He spent 10 years advising companies such as Disney, Procter & Gamble, IBM and Corning about how to use social media to connect with customers. Since 2014 Paul has served as Enterprise Editor of the tech news site SiliconAngle, where he specializes in cloud computing and data analytics. Paul is a Senior Research Fellow at the Conference Board’s Marketing & Communications Center. His website is gillin.com.
Amanda Florian is an American journalist and media personality based between the U.S. and China. Her specialties include TikTok, internet culture, and China’s new media scene. Florian’s work has appeared in CNN, NBC, USA Today, The Charlotte Observer, and more.
Kelsey is a reporter covering digital culture and Gen Z for In The Know by Yahoo. She writes the newsletter OK Zoomer, a weekly dispatch on the intersection of the internet and what the kids are up to these days. Kelsey has worked as a writer and editor at Billboard, CBS News, Mashable and more. She is based in New York City and has a BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Abrar Al-Heeti is a reporter at CNET covering the intersection of technology and culture, with a particular interest in social media trends, entertainment and pop culture. She also writes about digital accessibility and diversity & inclusion initiatives in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, in addition to general tech and culture news stories. She graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was named a Tech Media Trailblazer by the Consumer Technology Association in 2019 and won a Telly award for CNET’s video: Kelly Slater creates the perfect wave in the middle of nowhere. She’s based in San Francisco.