Program Team

The ONA18 Program Team is a volunteer group of practitioners, educators and students in news media who help shape the educational programming at the Online News Association annual conference.

The Program Team’s role includes:

  • Help ONA determine which tracks, topics and sessions are most relevant for this year’s conference
  • Review each submission to the ONA Suggestion Box, the public call for pitches to our conference, and recommend the best sessions to be included on our conference schedule
  • Help with outreach to ensure high quality, diverse presenters and session formats


  • Rosental Alves, Director, Knight Chair in Journalism, Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication School of Journalism
  • Emily Ramshaw, Editor-in-Chief, Texas Tribune

Team members:

  • Jason Alcorn, Consultant
  • Akoto Ofori-Atta, Senior Editor, The Trace
  • Greg Barber, Director of Newsroom Product, The Washington Post
  • Aditi Bhandari, Freelance
  • Aryn Braun, Social Media Writer, The Economist
  • Meredith Broussard, Assistant Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
  • Dana Coester, Associate Professor, Reid College of Media, West Virginia University
  • Damon Kiesow, Director of Product @McClatchy thru Feb 20 – then consulting
  • Amy Kovac-Ashley, Director of Newsroom Learning, API
  • Tracey Lindeman, Freelance
  • Sarah Marshall, Head of Audience Growth, Vogue International, Condé Nast International
  • Mark Memmott, Standards and Practices Editor, NPR
  • An Xiao Mina, Director of Product, Meedan;  Co-Chair, ONA Local SF Bay Area
  • Jose Olivares, Editorial Fellow, The Intercept
  • Rachel Piper, Digital News Editor, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Versha Sharma, Managing Editor/Senior Correspondent, NowThis, ONA Board of Directors
  • Stephanie Slagle, Director of Digital and Digital Strategy at 10TV WBNS
  • Eric Webb, Social Media and Engagement Editor, Austin American-Statesman
  • Alexandra White, Student, Texas State University
  • Elizabeth Wiley, Director of Digital, 12 News Phoenix, TEGNA