Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Ron Nixon, chairman of the board, is a Washington correspondent for The New York Times who covers the consumer beat, including Amtrak, the Postal Service, food and agriculture policy, airline, consumer and highway safety. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Roanoke Times in Virginia. Nixon was also training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has covered stories ranging from the U.S. role in the Arab Spring to companies violating the Iran Sanctions Act to lobbying by several former high ranking government officials in the Reagan Administration on behalf of the coup government in Honduras. Nixon has also reported from Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has trained journalist from Brazil, Peru, the United Kingdom and several African countries in investigative reporting techniques. He is the founder of The Ujima Project, an online portal of documents and data that allows journalists around the world to access information that may be restricted in their countries.

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Lori E. Gold, secretary of the board, is president of Lori Gold Consulting, Inc., which advises nonprofit organizations on fundraising, strategic planning and long-term sustainability. She is one of a handful of nationally certified grant professionals in the United States. As a civic activist, Ms. Gold fought the illegal taking of residents’ property by the state of Florida, which the state did for the economic benefit of businesses. She successfully advocated before the state Senate for a law that made partial restitution to millions of affected residents. She also helped send a corrupt agency director to prison, upon discovering that he was siphoning off millions in public dollars. She earned degrees from Columbia University/Barnard College and New York University/Stern School of Business.

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Diana Jean Schemo is president, co-founder and executive editor of 100Reporters.She is an author and award-winning veteran national and foreign correspondent, with more than 25 years at The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. She has covered poverty and child abuse, religion and culture. The Times nominated her coverage of education for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Her stories have appeared in Ms., Marie Claire, New York and The New York Times magazines. Schemo is the author of the 2010 book Skies to Conquer: A Year Inside the Air Force Academy(Wiley). She has reported from more than 25 countries and regions of the world, including Somalia.