Our Board of Directors

MediaFile Publishing, Inc. is the parent publishing company of MediaFile, as incorporated with the District of Columbia. MediaFile Publishing, Inc. is a pending 501(c)(3) independent non-profit organization.

MediaFile Publishing, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors who weigh in on the editorial and business direction of MediaFile. The Board of Directors is nominated by the Editor-in-Chief and confirmed by the full Executive Board (the Editorial Board and Business Team). The Editor-in-Chief presides over the Board of Directors, and four voting Members are drawn from the following categories: two alumni of The George Washington University, one current professor at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, and one section editor of MediaFile. The Business Director serves on the Board in a non-voting capacity.

Thus, the 2017-2018 Board of Directors is as follows:

Anders Gyllenhaal – Vice President of News & Washington Editor, The McClatchy Company
Nikki Usher Layser -Assistant Professor, The George Washington University
Scott Nover – President of the Board, MediaFile
Julia Arciga – Editor-in-Chief, MediaFile
Talia Balakirsky – Deputy Editor, MediaFile
Abby Deardorff – Business Director, MediaFile (non-voting)

Anders Gyllenhaal
Board Member
Anders Gyllenhaal is a Member of the Board of Directors for MediaFile Publishing, Inc. Anders is the Senior Editor and Director, Leadership and Development at The McClatchy Company. Before this role he served as Vice President, News and Washington Editor of The McClatchy Company from November 2010 until August 2016. Before his corporate appointment, Gyllenhaal was the senior vice president and executive editor of the Miami Herald from 2007 to 2010. He has led two other McClatchy newsrooms over his career: From 2002 to 2007 he was editor and senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star Tribune under McClatchy ownership and from 1997 to 2007 he was executive editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Gyllenhaal began his journalism career in 1975 as a reporter for the Daily News Record in Harrisonburg, Va. In 1977 he moved to The Press in Atlantic City, N.J., and joined the Miami Herald in 1979, where he worked as a local news reporter, statewide correspondent, investigative reporter and Broward County editor. In 1991 he moved to The News & Observer, working as a metro editor and managing editor before becoming executive editor. Gyllenhaal served as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2009-10 and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 2001 to 2010.
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Debbie Cenziper
Board Member
Debbie Cenziper is a Member of the Board of Directors for MediaFile Publishing, Inc. Debbie joined The Washington Post’s Investigative staff after working at the Miami Herald for more than five years. She received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for her year-long investigation of housing corruption in Miami, which led to the convictions of several developers and to a federal takeover of the county housing agency. In 2006, Debbie was named a Pulitzer finalist in explanatory reporting for her series exposing breakdowns in the nation’s hurricane-warning system. At The Post, she has reported on local nonprofit groups that failed to provide services for people with AIDS and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s troubled housing-construction program for the poor, which led to changes in federal law. “Forced Out,” exposing dangerous conditions in the District’s rent-controlled apartments, was awarded Harvard University’s 2009 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She recently published her book with Jim Obergfell entitled Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Florida in 1992.
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Nikki Usher Layser
Board Member
Nikki Usher Layser is a Member of the Board of Directors for MediaFile Publishing, Inc. Nikki is an assistant professor at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Her book, Making News at The New York Times, is an in-depth, ethnographic portrait of the newspaper in the digital age. She is interested in the changing shape of journalism in a new media world and is particularly interested in news production and the future of journalism. She was recently named a Reynolds Fellow at The University of Missouri School of Journalism and a Tow Fellow at The Columbia School of Journalism. She regularly writes, comments, and consults on the future of journalism.
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