Previous Knight Chairs

Past Visiting Knight Chairs


  • Anna Maria Barry-Jester

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester is a writer and documentary photographer for FiveThirtyEight, where she covers public health, food and culture. Her work focuses on the social determinants of health. She has reported on multiple health and environmental stories in India where she was based for two years. Barry-Jester previously worked as editorial health producer for Univision and an editorial producer at ABC News for a yearlong series on global health. She has received awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Overseas Press Club, and Society of Environmental Journalists. She has a BA from New York University in Latin American Studies and a MPH from Columbia University in Epidemiology and Global Health.

  • David Abel

    A Pulizer prize-winning reporter at the Boston Globe since 1999, David Abel has covered war in the Balkans, unrest in Latin America, national security issues in Washington D.C., terrorism in New York and Boston, and climate change and poverty in New England.

    Abel, also a documentary filmmaker and an occasional professor of journalism, was part of the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for the paper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. He now covers the environment for the Globe.

  • Lynn Cherny

    Cherny worked as a user interface designer and consultant, spent 20 years as a corporate designer and manager at companies including TiVo and Adobe, and has two books published, "Wired Women: Gender and New Realities in Cyberspace," and "Conversation and Community: Chat in a Virtual World."

  • Kelly Whalen

    Kelly is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and multimedia storyteller with more than 15 years of experience producing primarily for national PBS, as well as MSNBC, NPR, NYTimes.com, and The San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com. She has extensive international reporting experience and most recently worked in five Central and Eastern European countries working with Roma journalists and University of Miami students to produce documentary videos that aim to increase the visibility of discrimination and other problems that Europe’s Roma communities face and promote their social inclusion.

    For many years, Kelly was a producer at Not In Our Town, a national PBS documentary series and grassroots organizing project designed to help communities better respond to and prevent hate crimes and acts of bigotry. Her other work has explored police abuse of powers and racial injustices in the criminal justice system.


Past Knight Chair


Rich Beckman

  • Rich Beckman is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and the Chair of the University of Miami Curriculum Committee. His works focuses on producing documentary multimedia storytelling for social change, digital media tools and curriculum development for both journalism programs and general education.

    As an online producer, he has led teams that have won many of the most prestigious multimedia prizes in the world including the Sigma Delta Chi Medal of Honor and the Pirelli INTERNETional Award for Educational Media, as well as multimedia storytelling awards from the Online News Association (ONA), the National Press Photographers Association, The Broadcast Education Association, Horizon Interactive Awards, The Society for News Design and the Pictures of the Year International competitions. He has judged the photography and multimedia categories of the White House Press Photographers Associations annual competition, the SNDies and Malofiej and the photography categories of the Robert F. Kennedy Awards, which honor outstanding reporting of the lives and strife of disadvantaged people throughout the world.

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