Our Mission

Help news organizations build financial sustainability—because the public deserves access to quality journalism.

Our Story

From the beginning, our goal has been to help news organizations achieve greater financial sustainability.

We help our members implement fundraising models, automate time consuming processes, conduct experiments, adopt best practices, and more.

We take care of the heavy lifting so our members can focus on what they do best: producing high quality journalism.

How to support our work

• Support our partner newsrooms here.

• Donate to the Hub here.

• To donate to the Hub through a donor advised, to fund us through a grant or foundation, or to change an existing contribution, contact us at [email protected].

The Hub Team

Mary Walter-Brown, CEO/President & Founder

Mary launched the News Revenue Hub in 2016 to help news organizations achieve greater financial sustainability. Prior to founding the Hub, Mary was the Publisher/COO of Voice of San Diego. During her seven-year tenure, she spearheaded the creation of VOSD’s membership program and grew the organization’s annual revenue by nearly $1 million.

Tristan Loper, Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

Tristan oversees News Revenue Hub product and membership teams, and helps set company strategy. Previously, he served as Digital Director at Voice of San Diego and ran programs in digital media and user experience at University of California, San Diego.

Daniel Craigmile, VP of Technology

Daniel develops software, improves processes and helps to set technology direction for the News Revenue Hub. Daniel joined the News Revenue Hub from the Texas Tribune where he served as Chief Technology and Security Officer. In previous roles he worked at Mutual Mobile, The University of Texas at Austin, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Christina Shih, VP of Business Development

Christina works to ensure the Hub reaches its partner and revenue goals. Prior to the Hub, Christina managed Voice of San Diego’s membership program. She has a background in mission driven event planning and spent four years planning high-level donor cultivation events for art museums.

Rebecca Quarls, Senior Director of Membership

Rebecca helps Hub partners advance their membership strategies. Previously, Rebecca served as Membership and Marketing Manager at the Texas Tribune, where she focused on building a sustainable membership program that was replicable by anyone. Rebecca helped the organization grow its ranks of members by more than 70% and achieve its best-ever revenue and retention rates.

Evan Mackinder, Director of Audience Development

Evan helps Hub partners craft strategies to grow audiences. Prior to joining the Hub, Evan worked as a senior audience editor at Slate. He has more than six years’ experience working in non-profit news.

Sam Hoisington, Project Manager

Sam helps partners implement new membership programs and refine existing ones. Prior to joining the Hub, Sam worked as a journalist in Arkansas and Washington, D.C.

Alma Washington, Project Manager

Alma helps partners create and maintain sustainable membership programs. Prior to joining the Hub, she worked as an audience producer for The News & Observer and a data & interactive journalist for The Dallas Morning News.

Anne Marie Grisanti, Business Development Coordinator

Anne Marie helps the Hub team with prospecting and project management. For more than six years she worked for various Kentucky nonprofits doing community engagement and development work, and she arrived at the Hub via a nonprofit newsroom in Louisville, Kentucky.

Board of Directors

Corey Fayman, Officer

Corey Fayman is a longtime supporter of nonprofit journalism. Now retired, he has taught at University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, and the Art Institute of San Diego.

Eric Poerschke, Secretary and Treasurer

Eric is the Managing Director and Chief Strategic Officer at the marketing firm, NextLevel Thinking. For more than two decades, Eric has helped organizations develop strategic marketing plans.

Irving Washington, Officer

Irving Washington is executive director for the Online News Association (ONA), the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists. Irving has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals and students worldwide. Prior to joining ONA, he worked for the National Association of Black Journalists and the Radio-Television Digital News Association.

Sisi Wei, Officer

Sisi Wei is the Director of Programs at OpenNews, which supports a community of practitioners and leaders in journalism/tech working to transform newsrooms into being more equitable, inclusive and collaborative. Before joining OpenNews, Sisi was the Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica, where she edited and managed news apps, graphics, visual investigations and large, interdisciplinary projects.

Support Staff

David Chatsuthiphan is a Hawaii-based user experience (UX) designer, photographer and content creator. His work has included projects for Hawaiian Airlines, Bank of Hawaii and Hawaiian Telcom. David has also designed for FORTUNE 500® brands like Microsoft and DaVita (a national healthcare provider). He currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tiffany Coe crafts timely appeals for Hub partners. She has more than a decade of experience in the media and marketing industries and has worked for companies including National Public Radio, Atlantic Media Company, and CFO Publishing/The Economist Group. She currently serves as a consultant to several B2B and B2C brands—assisting with events, branded content, website optimization, ghostwriting, and overall marketing strategy.

Anna Crotty helps News Revenue Hub partners manage and customize their Salesforce databases. She helps organizations develop automated processes, comprehensive reports and customized tools that help bolster fundraising strategies with clear metrics and outcomes. Anna has worked with numerous news organizations to implement membership programs, including Mother Jones, Texas Tribune and Voice of San Diego.

Eba Hamid-Rivera is an editor and digital strategist based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work centers news organizations, nonprofits and artists who want to understand, grow and sustain their online audiences. Previous clients and employers include The New York Times, PBS NewsHour Weekend, The Trace and PEN America, as well as local newspapers across the United States.

Eric Garcia McKinley is an evaluation consultant and research analyst. He previously worked at American Public Media, as Senior Research Analyst for Engagement and Inclusion. Since 2018, he has worked as a consultant at The Impact Architects, where he has helped the Hub develop research practices to understand media landscapes. Eric holds a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a freelance writer and journalism consultant. She has worked at CNN and the Poynter Institute, and trained hundreds of journalists across the country. Katie helps organize Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media, and currently runs the mentoring website DigitalWomenLeaders.com. She lives in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida.

Erin Mishkin crafts timely appeals for Hub partners. Prior to joining the Hub, she worked in public media for 15+ yrs, specializing in communications, community engagement, and talent development. Erin has a background in arts education and has worked for NPR, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, AIR, and The Urban Institute, to name a few.

Evan Nagle is a software developer and tech columnist. He has worked on a number of digital literary ventures, including Civil Beat, First Look Media, The Intercept, and Voice of San Diego. He currently resides in Kaaawa, Hawaii.

Mark Olinger helps Hub partners implement technology solutions for membership. He specializes in application integration, cloud based solutions and CRM implementations. Mark has worked in the IT field for 20+ years as an architect and software developer.

Lucy Rayner helps Hub partners get the most out of their donor data. She has worked for 12+ years as a software developer in various tech companies around the globe, with a focus on web based reporting and location based services, and was recently involved in a local Business Acceleration program.

Arjuna Soriano is a journalist, developer, and product manager focused on newsroom sustainability and audience engagement. Before joining the Hub he was the Senior Editorial Developer for Marketplace and has taught journalism at USC and ASU.

Shay Totten is a longtime journalist, nonprofit consultant, and communications professional who lives and works in his home state of Vermont. After a long career as an investigative and political columnist, he is now focused on improving communications and outreach tools for nonprofit media and member-based grassroots organizations.

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