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Diversity Fellows

In the Fall of 2018, the Hubbard School announced a new cohort of adjunct fellows who support diversity, equity and inclusion in our classrooms. The program has continued to add new fellows each semester since. The fellows, all professionals working in the areas of journalism and strategic communication, engage with students across a range of courses throughout each semester, offering expertise in areas such as ethics and radio production to beat reporting and advertising strategy.

2021-2022 Hubbard School Fellows for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Matt Belanger

Matt Belanger
Anchor, KSTP
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Matt joined the KSTP 5 Eyewitness News team in June 2016 and is currently a weekday Morning News Anchor. He has worked as a reporter and now anchors the Midday newscast with Leah McLean. He came to the Twin Cities from Atlanta, Ga. where he worked as an anchor and reporter for WSB-TV. Previously, Matt worked at WTAE in Pittsburgh, Pa. and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pa. He’s no stranger to the Midwest though – he started his career at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.

 

Harry Colbert Jr

Harry Colbert, Jr.
Managing Editor, MinnPost
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Before joining MinnPost in January, Harry Colbert, Jr. was the editor-in-chief of North News in Minneapolis. He was previously a contributing writer at Insight News and has contributed as a reporter, columnist/commentator and editor for such outlets as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s The Village, Suburban Journals (St. Louis), St. Louis American, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joplin Globe (Mo.), Metro Networks (St. Louis) and KDHX (St. Louis). 

 

Van Horgen

Van Horgen
Founder & CEO, Superhuman
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As the Diversity Fellow, Van's goal is to share his experiences and inspire others to believe in themselves. In 1973, he emigrated from Vietnam and is currently living the American Dream. He's the Founder & CEO of Superhuman, a 10-year-old Minneapolis advertising agency. Before Superhuman, he had the privilege of honing his skills as a copywriter and creative director for 12 years at reputable agencies including Carmichael Lynch and Campbell Mithun. One of his favorite career highlights was shooting TV commercials starring Brett Favre, the NFL hall of fame quarterback. He founded Superhuman because he wanted to build a diverse, inclusive agency where talented people respect their coworkers and clients. He believes great things happen when we do our best and do what’s right.

Mukhtar Ibrahim 2022

Mukhtar Ibrahim
Founding Executive Director, Sahan Journal
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Mukhtar Ibrahim (B.A. '11) is the founding executive director and editor of Sahan Journal. He previously worked as a staff writer for the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News. He has also written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed News and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Mukhtar is among the first of his generation’s professional, accomplished journalists of Somali background in Minnesota and in the country. His leadership has been recognized with many awards and accomplishments and is sought-after speaker and panelist at leading institutions, organizations and conferences around the United States.

 

Jafra Johnson Holmes

Jafra Johnson-Holmes
Social Media Ad Strategist, Hubbard Interactive
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Jafra Johnson-Holmes works on everything paid social media for Hubbard Interactive. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and has a background in collegiate athletics and digital marketing. 

 

 

Maria Pazos

Maria Pazos
Planning Director, Carmichael Lynch
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Maria Pazos has been a brand strategist for more than a decade, both in Colombia and Minnesota. She previously worked at Colle+McVoy.

 

 

 

Marsha Pitts-Phillips

Marsha Pitts-Phillips
Founder, MRPP & Associates Communications LLC
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Marsha has deep public relations and journalism experience. She’s led PR at a large nonprofit; worked as a radio and television journalist; worked as an associate professor of communications; produced documentaries; and worked in corporate television. She has collaborated on and spearheaded several large-scale PR projects including the NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl LVII Gospel Celebration broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). PRSA appointed her as its first Diversity and Inclusion Officer; she’s a member of NABJ-Media-Related Members Task Force (NABJ-MRMTF) and its local affiliate the Twin Cities Black Journalists; and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Marsha’s board service includes Prepare + Prosper; the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) Leadership Advisory Council; and she is an ordained minister. 

Anjula Razdan

Anjula Razdan
Digital Director, Experience Life
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Anjula is Digital Director with Experience Life magazine, where she also served as senior editor for health and nutrition from 2006 to 2014 before leaving for stints as vice president for content with Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman and as senior news producer for PresentNation. She has also worked as a senior editor for the Utne Reader and as a staff writer for Southwest Journal. She brings a savvy, digital perspective that is grounded in the best of magazine writing and storytelling.

 

Erica Swain

Erica Swain
IT Communications Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Digital Equity Advocate, Minnesota IT Services
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Erica Swain is an IT Communications Manager serving Minnesota IT Services partnering with the Minnesota Department of Human Services & MNsure ([email protected]). Swain joined Minnesota IT Services in 2016. Her primary responsibilities include: strategically develop and implement communications plans for agency-wide IT programs, collaborate with technical staff to translate complex IT concepts and status updates into plain language for senior leadership and external partners.  She also serves as the [email protected] representative for: the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Strategic anti-Racism Team, Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Equity Partnership Team, and Minnesota IT Services Enterprise Equity Change plan Leadership team. Before joining Minnesota IT Services, Swain worked for the Georgia Department of Human Services and the Georgia Department of Community Health. Swain received her bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and her master’s degree from Illinois State University in Art Technology. The St. Paul native currently resides in Woodbury with her husband Alex and daughter Sydney.

Nancy Yang

Nancy Yang
Senior Editor for Audience Engagement, Star Tribune
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Nancy Yang recently started at the Star Tribune. Previously, Nancy Yang was a digital editor and digital producer for Minnesota Public Radio News. She was a national news editor at Internet Broadcasting, and a reporter at the Pioneer Press. Nancy joined the Asian American Journalists Association in 2003 when she was a student at the University of Minnesota. As one of the few Asian American students at the Hubbard School, she was interested in finding other Asian American journalists to mentor her and share their advice on how to improve media diversity. She is also interested in ensuring that news organizations fairly and accurately covered minorities in the media.

Past Fellows of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (since 2018)

Christiane Cordero, WCCO
Nitin Dua, Johannes Leonardo
Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times
Riham Feshir, MPR News
Liz Flores, Star Tribune
Luis Garrido, McCann
Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune
Jerry Holt, Star Tribune
Mahmood Khan, Risdall
Troy Longie, Longie LLC
Justin McCray, FOX 9
Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press 
Nina Moini, MPR News
Daniel Pierce Bergin, TPT   
Maria Reeve, Star Tribune (now with Houston Chronicle)
Heidi Wigdahl, KARE-11