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.
2022-2023 Hubbard School Fellows for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Radio and podcast host, entrepreneur, author
Sheletta is an Emmy award-winning comedian and radio host. Aware of the serious lack of diversity in traditional media and frustrated by her own inability to find a seat at the table, she decided to build her own. In 2020, Sheletta created SHElettaMakesMeLaugh, a multi-media online platform with weekly podcasts.
Photographer, Star Tribune
Liz Flores, a photojournalist for the Star Tribune for 12-plus years, previously worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 8 years. Flores is a native of New Mexico, She lives in Mendota Heights. She has three children including, Allison, Spencer and Gracie. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Journalism and Spanish.
Photographer, Star Tribune
Carlos Gonzalez is veteran of the Star Tribune photo staff. He covers a variety of assignments including news, features and sports. A native of California, Gonzalez has acclimated to the Minnesota winters.
Planning Director, Carmichael Lynch
Maria Pazos has been a brand strategist for more than a decade, both in Colombia and Minnesota. She previously worked at Colle+McVoy.
Founder, MRPP & Associates Communications LLC
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.
Digital Director, Experience Life
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.
Nikhil is a writer, data journalist, computer programmer and adjunct professor.
Multimedia journalist, KARE-11
Heidi Wigdahl joined KARE 11 as a multimedia journalist in 2015. She started her career at KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota before heading south to work at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. Heidi has always been a solo video journalist and she enjoys every part of crafting a story. She has received four regional Emmys for Best Video Journalist.
Past Fellows of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (since 2018)
Matt Belanger, KSTP
Dymanh Chhoun, Sahan Journal
Harry Colbert, Jr., MinnPost
Christiane Cordero, WCCO
Nitin Dua, Johannes Leonardo
Brittany Ermon, KSTP
Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times
Riham Feshir, MPR News
Liz Flores, Star Tribune
Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune
Luis Garrido, McCann
Jerry Holt, Star Tribune
Van Horgen, Superhuman
Mukhtar Ibrahim, Sahan Journal
Jafra Johnson-Holmes, Hubbard Interactive
Mahmood Khan, Risdall
Troy Longie, Longie LLC
Holli Maines, CCF
Justin McCray, FOX 9
Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press
Nina Moini, MPR News
Daniel Pierce Bergin, TPT
Maria Reeve, Star Tribune (now with Houston Chronicle)
Erica Swain, Minnesota IT Services
Heidi Wigdahl, KARE 11
Nancy Yang, Star Tribune