The Huntington News

Board of Directors

For inquiries about our Board of Directors, please email the Outreach Coordinator Rachel Lee at [email protected] Our Board members serve in a voluntary, advisory capacity and do not control the editorial or business operations of the paper.

Bill Mitchell is publisher of the National Catholic Reporter and a former lecturer in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. He has worked on digital initiatives at the Detroit Free Press, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Poynter Institute. Before he began working in digital journalism, he served as a Washington correspondent and European correspondent for the Free Press & Knight Ridder, and as a bureau chief for TIME. He can be reached at [email protected]

Carlene Hempel is a teaching professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. She specializes in basic and advanced writing, long-form narrative journalism and international reporting. She lives in Concord with her husband and two children. She can be reached at .

Dan Zedek is Professor of the Practice at Northeastern’s School of Journalism where he leads the Media Innovation Studio. He heads a design firm specializing in content-driven design and strategy. As design director of The Boston Globe and, he led the print and digital design, news development, data visualization, and infographics teams, building an award-winning visual brand. The Society for News Design named “The World’s Best Designed News Site” at launch. Prior to the Globe, he was a designer or art director at numerous local and national publications including Natural Health, Seattle Weekly, The Dallas Observer, Parenting, Guitar World, and the Village Voice.

Gal Tziperman Lotan is a 2012 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Journalism and a former managing editor of The Huntington News. She is now a general assignment reporter for the Boston Globe. Previously she worked for the Orlando Sentinel, where she covered crime, courts, and the death penalty with a focus on data reporting. She can be reached at .

Laurel Leff is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and the associate director of the Jewish Studies program at Northeastern University. She is the author of Buried by The Times: The Holocaust and America’s Most Important Newspaper and previously worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and The Miami Herald, and an editor at American Lawyer Media and The Hartford Courant. She is an expert in media law. She can be reached at [email protected]

Lincoln McKie is a longtime journalist who has worked for three newspaper companies, including as a reporter, copy editor, city editor, managing editor, executive editor and publisher. He has taught journalism at Boston University, Northeastern University and Emerson College, and heads a communication consulting company that includes consulting with newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected]

Meredith O’Brien has been teaching journalism and writing at Northeastern University since 2015, and currently teaches writing for the Bay Path University MFA creative nonfiction program. She previously taught journalism and writing at UMass-Amherst and Framingham State University. A former newspaper reporter, investigative journalist, and syndicated columnist, Meredith has authored four books, including the award-winning Mr. Clark’s Big Band, and the 2020 medical memoir, Uncomfortably Numb. Learn more at her website ( or follow her Twitter (

Rachel Zarrell is a 2012 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Journalism, and served as managing editor and columnist for the Huntington News. She is an Executive Producer at BuzzFeed, focused on leading editorial and branded video teams. Rachel previously held roles at MTV News and the Boston Globe. In 2018 she was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for media. She can be reached at .

Zolan Kanno-Youngs is a White House correspondent for the New York Times. Kanno-Youngs joined The New York Times in 2019 to cover the Department of Homeland Security, breaking stories on the detention of migrants, immigration enforcement, the Secret Service, protests and the federal government’s response to national emergencies. He previously covered criminal justice for The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Northeastern University, Kanno-Youngs used the Co-op program to report for the Boston Globe and the Cape Times in South Africa. Raised in Cambridge, Mass, Kanno-Youngs also writes screenplays and has co-authored short-films that have premiered at multiple film festivals.