Dr. John Caputo, Director and Founder of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media is Professor, Chair and Walter Ong, S.J. Scholar in the Department of Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center and has been teaching communication courses for more than 35 years. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication. He is the author of six books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture; Public Speaking Handbook:A Liberal Arts Approach; and Effective Communication. Dr. Caputo has written more than 30 articles in professional journals, his guest editorials have appeared in several daily newspapers, he has been a guest on several radio and television programs, he speaks nationally and internationally about media and social values and has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and as Fulbright Exchange Scholar to England. He has received numerous teaching awards from the University of Texas, the Western States Communication Association, and Gonzaga University. Additionally, Dr. Caputo directs the Cagli Project, multi-media cultural immersion project in central, Italy each summer and the Gonzaga-in-Derry Project on Peacebuilding through Dialogue in Northern Ireland.
Executive Board Members
Friends of KSPS Public Television
Dawn Bayman is Director of Member Services at Friends of KSPS Public Television. She has many years’ experience as a television producer, executive producer, and manager at commercial and non-commercial television stations, including directing news, local programming, production and promotion departments. Dawn is also an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University where she teaches television news and production classes.
Heather Crandall teaches media literacy and rhetorical criticism. She has been on the Board of the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media since 2007 and organizes the NW-ARM’s film and discussion series each year.
Carolyn Cunningham Ph.D
Assistant Professor, MA in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University
Carolyn Cunningham teaches at Gonzaga University and conducts research on girls and media. She is passionate about helping kids use media to express themselves.
Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council
Linda Thompson began her lifework in substance abuse prevention as a result of the August 1986 death of her three-year-old son at the wheels of a several time repeat drunk driver. As Executive Director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC) since July 1993, she is a dedicated substance abuse and violence prevention community organizer focused on a balanced approach of Prevention, Treatment, and Law/Justice. Linda is a Certified Prevention Professional with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a certificate in Public Relations from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Happily married to her husband Richard, Linda is the proud mother/in law/gramma of her daughter Katee Claros and her husband Jack, darling granddaughters Jaylee and Aubree and her son Nate Thompson and his wife Laura.
James McPherson is a former professional newspaper journalist who teaches media studies and journalism, and is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association. He as authored two books, The Conservatism Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present, along with numerous other book chapters and journal articles. He also advises Whitworth University’s student newspaper, which the Society of Professional Journalists tabbed as 2009’s best non-daily student newspaper in the nation. He blogs about media and politics athttp://jmcpherson.wordpress.com/.
Graduated with honors with an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Her previous degrees include a BS in biology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Kristina worked 13 years as a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review where she earned several writing awards. Kristina teaches journalism, mass media history, public relations, profile writing and speech at Gonzaga University in the Communication Arts department. She was a recipient of Faculty of the Year Service Learning Award for her Community Journalism class. She also teaches master’s level writing for the MA in Communication and Leadership Studies program at Gonzaga University.
Editor of The Fig Tree
Mary Stamp edits The Fig Tree media, which include a newspaper published monthly from September through June, a website at http://www.thefigtree.org, and an annual Resource Directory: Guide to Congregations and Community Resources. The media cover and connect people in the faith and nonprofit communities in the Inland Northwest, sharing stories of people making a difference by living their faith and values. The media seek to model media responsibility and educate on media literacy issues. Mary has served on the NWARM Board since 2007.
Shadle Park High School, Assistant Principal Student Services
Phil High-Edward has been an educator with Spokane Public Schools for 12 years and he currently an assistant principal at Shadle Park High School. He has focused on addressing bullying and harassment in the high school while speaking often about cyber-bullying. Phil has also worked to reduce the number of suspensions at all area schools as he partners with the community to introduce restorative practices.
Early Learning Project Coordinator & Communications Specialist
Jill Johnson works for Community-Minded Enterprises, home to CMTV14 Spokane’s Public Access Television Station. Before joining the nonprofit ranks, Jill spent 15 years with KREM 2 News in various producing role. She is still involved in producing live and taped broadcasts as a freelance producer for KSPS-7 Public Television in Spokane.