The Huntington News

Board of Directors

For inquiries about our Board of Directors, please email the Board student liaison, Hannah Bernstein, 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 a former lecturer in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. He works now as climate editor of the National Catholic Reporter ( and previously worked on digital initiatives at the Detroit Free Press, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Poynter Institute. Before 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.

Carlene Hempel is an associate teaching professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. She specializes in teaching basic and advanced journalism, narrative journalism and the art of international reporting. She lives in Concord with her husband and two children.

Eliot Sherman is a senior finance lecturer in the D’Amore McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. His education includes an MS in taxation and an MBA in finance. Before joining the faculty at Northeastern, he served in various financial and leadership roles in nonprofits, including at Chelsea Neighborhood Housing Services and Chelsea Human Services Collaborative. He is an expert in nonprofit management.

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 reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she covers crime, courts, and the death penalty with a focus on data reporting.

Hannah Bernstein is a third-year journalism and environmental science double major. She has served in many roles on The News, including as staff writer, deputy city editor, managing editor, and now as the Board of Directors liaison. She is a science communicator and an environmental journalist. As the Board liaison, she facilitates the Board’s operations and manages all new membership requests.

James Ross is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. He recently co-edited, with Song Lihong, The Image of Jews in Contemporary China. He served as a reporter and bureau chief for the Hartford Courant for eight years. He was a visiting journalism professor at the Shanghai Foreign Languages Institute in the summers of 1985 and 1986.

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 as an editor at American Lawyer Media and The Hartford Courant.

Lincoln McKie, Jr. 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

Meredith O’Brien has been teaching journalism at Northeastern University since 2015, and previously taught journalism and writing at UMass-Amherst and Framingham State University. A former newspaper reporter, investigative journalist, and columnist, Meredith has authored three books, including her latest, Mr. Clark’s Big Band, an award-winning work of creative nonfiction.

Nicholas Daniloff is a professor emeritus who retired from Northeastern University in 2014 after teaching in the School of Journalism for 25 years. He worked as a journalist from 1956-1986 for The Washington Post, United Press International, and U.S. News and World Report. He also served as the director of the School of Journalism from 1992-1999. He is currently taking courses at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.