Past Visiting Knight Chairs


  • Liz Miller

    Liz Miller is a documentary maker and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns. Years of experience in community media and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a powerful educational tool. Liz is a Full Professor in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and teaches courses in media production, the politics of food and film, methods in co-creation/ research-creation, Latin American film and more. Having lived in Central and South America for over six years, she continues to collaborate with groups in the region. Through Red Lizard Media, she has organized and led media institutes and workshops with a range of groups ( youth, senior citizens, human rights advocates, refugee organizations, teachers, water experts) in video advocacy, digital storytelling and media production.

  • 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.