The Top Media Stars that Have Made an Impact This Year

  • Lindsey Loving
  • 04.29.2016

News Media Alliance Introduces “Top 30 Under 30”

News Media Alliance is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural “Top 30 Under 30” Awards program, honoring young industry leaders in every aspect of the newspaper business. The program provides an opportunity to showcase the energy, innovation and vitality of the news media industry – and its rising stars – at mediaXchange 2016, three exciting days of proven success strategies and networking with the top news media and advertising executives in North America.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Must be employed at a News Media Alliance member news media company (journalists or those in business or technology departments)
  • Must be younger than age 30 before March 31, 2016
  • Must have demonstrated professional excellence in their field in the last six months
  • Must display a commitment to the industry

Featuring the winners:

News Media Alliance feature articles on each of the winners will be published on its website from May to August 2016, which can be found by clicking on the names of the winners below.

Without further ado, News Media Alliance would like to congratulate the following recipients: 

David Beniot
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Ashley Bethard
Digital Manager, Cox Media Group Ohio

Rafael Carranza
Digital Producer and Reporter, La Voz

Brittany Coale
Automotive & Grocery Manager, The Kansas City Star

Christina Contreras
Circulation Marketing Manager, Arizona Republic

Anna Costello
Director of Business Development, Adpay, Inc.

Adam Fitzgerald
Business Development Manager, NANDO Media Company

Shannon Green
Senior Multimedia Producer, USA Today

Bob Hagh
Marketing and Multimedia Manger, The News & Observer

Sandy Hooper
Sports Video Producer, USA Today

Ashley Howard
Circulation Digital Audience Development, The Oklahoman Media Company

Hannah Hunsinger
Staff Photographer, The Sanford Herald Newspaper

Elizabeth Jespersen
Content Initiatives Coordinator, GateHouse Media

Nathan Kelly
Video Planning Editor, Arizona Republic

Nina Mandell
For The Win Managing Editor, USA Today Sports Media Group

Joe Martin
Technology, Money and Legal Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Michael Matthews
Circulation Marketing Manager, The New & Advance

Clare McMahon
Client Strategy Manager, Democrat and Chronicle Media

Mark Pan
Partnership Strategist, Newsela

Clifford Parody
Reporter, The Ledger

Joshua Peterson
Publisher, Manchester Times

Allison Petty
Reporter, Herald & Review

Adam Playford
Director of Data/Digital Enterprise, Tampa Bay Times

Arielle Ray
Video Journalist, The Wall Street Journal

Joshua Robinson
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Richard Romeo
Senior Account Executive, Cox Media Group – Austin American Statesman

Allison Sebelius
Marketing and Event Coordinator, The World Company

Chris Segal
Managing Editor, The Daily News Jacksonville NC

Elizabeth Varin
Web Producer, American News

Eric Webb
Social Media & Engagement Editor, Austin American Statesman



  • Lindsey Loving
Lindsey is the Communications Manager for the News Media Alliance. Prior to joining the Alliance, she led communications for a food and nutrition nonprofit in Washington, D.C. for over eight years.