Board of Directors
Updated Aug. 18, 2020: The DTH Media Corp. Board of Directors is recruiting for new student members. Applicants should commit to a training period in spring semester 2021, with a term to begin July 1, 2021. Apply here.
DTH Media Corp. bylaws can be read here.
The DTH Media Corp. Board of Directors is comprised of 12 members, spanning students to media professionals with expertise in journalism, public relations, nonprofits and the revenue side of the news industry.
For years, the Board of Directors was primarily populated by UNC students. Under the new structure, the Board will continue to have a strong student leadership that is accountable to the campus. But the increase in professionals should ensure greater financial oversight, more strategic planning and an increased focus on fundraising.
"Failure is not an option," Lingo said, "and not just because the DTH is a beloved campus institution but because it does great work now just as it has done great work for 125 years, and continues to train some of the best journalists in the nation."
Alex Mazer, President
Alex is a junior Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Sport Administration. Born and raised in Long Island, New York; Alex strives to identify obsolete processes and turn them on their head. He has extensive experience at the intersections of sports, business, and media, serving as the COO & Co-Founder of UNCUT, an unfiltered online platform for student-athletes to tell their stories beyond athletics, and as the President of the Board of Directors at the Daily Tar Heel.
“I joined the board because it was the perfect intersection between business & journalism, and Carolina. The DTH is ripe with past tradition and rooted in present-day importance; to help push this Chapel Hill cornerstone is a true privilege.”
Maian Adams, Vice President
Maian Adams is a second-year law student at UNC School of Law. Maian currently serves as the Vice President of the Daily Tar Heel Board. She is also the Chief of External Relations and Advocacy (CERA) for the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF). Maian is a staunch advocate for social justice and lives by the wise words parted on to her by an Aboriginal friend:“we are all the same, bunji.” In her spare time, Maian likes to go on hikes with her bearded canine companion, Lila Lemon. She also enjoys hot yoga, traveling, and Krav Maga.
"I joined the Daily Tar Heel Board because it was an opportunity as a professional student to be a part of an organization that valued providing honest, unadulterated information to the local community. I value First Amendment rights, and believe in the power of truthful storytelling and the Daily Tar Heel does just that."
Raymond Palma, Treasurer
Ray is a second-year undergraduate student from Durham, NC. He is studying Public Policy with a Spanish minor and hopes to add a Business double major. Ray is interested in the intersection of government, policy, and business and hopes to one day serve in an elected capacity on the state level.
“As a child, my family had a tradition of going to Franklin St. for dinner on Fridays and each time, I would take home and read the latest DTH publication. More than I realized at the time, the weekly readings meant so much to my growth and interests. I want to ensure that the DTH is always financially and operationally healthy and able to provide its students, alumni, and community, the information and resources that allow people to grow.”
Alyssa Floyd, Secretary
Alyssa is a junior studying Information Sciences and Strategic Communications. She's passionate about where journalism and business meet technology and brings this passion to the Daily Tar Heel as the chairwoman of the Human Resources Committee. Outside of the DTH, she's involved in the Association for Information Science and Technology, Carolina Social Influencers and has an active role in her sorority's leadership team.
"I joined the board to get involved with the Daily Tar Heel from a back-room perspective. Being apart of something so vital to our campus and community in ways that I could contribute has been so fulfilling and I've loved being apart of it since my freshman year."
Hailey Moore, student member
Hailey Moore is a sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina. She is studying Pre-Business and English with an Education minor at UNC. Her interests include writing, business, and journalism.
"I initially joined the board simply because of my love of the Daily Tar Heel and journalism as a whole. I now value this position as it is teaching me how a non-profit operates and the role of student journalism in today's society."
Hailey Steihl, student member
Hailey Stiehl is a junior from Apex, NC. Hailey is majoring in Journalism and Sports Administration and is interested in studying the power that sports storytelling holds. She is the Vice-President of Membership Recruitment for Alpha Phi Sorority, Newsletter Editor for UNCUT, and the Molly Mckay Scholarship Recipient for the 2020-2021 academic year. Currently, Hailey serves as a Communications Intern for The Graduate School at Duke University for the 2020-2021 year.
"I joined the board because The Daily Tar Heel has been something that has played such a large part of my undergraduate years here at UNC. The DTH has been a reliable source of informing me of campus and community news, so when the opportunity to help continue that legacy of providing students and community members with timely and informative information came along, I knew it was the opportunity for me."
Michael Zhou, student member
Editor, Charlotte Agenda
Michael is a junior from Charlotte, NC. He is majoring in Economics and Advertising & PR. Outside of his DTH board membership, Michael serves as the Corporate Development Subchair for the Carolina For The Kids Foundation and an executive board member for Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.
“I joined the board because I view the DTH as a staple in the Chapel Hill community. It makes me feel more connected to the place that I call my second home. I aim to help secure a healthy financial future for The Daily Tar Heel so that our student journalists can continue to inform and bring together the local community."
Livis Freeman, faculty/staff member
Assistant Teaching Professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism and owner of 4ourFans, Inc.
Livis brings extensive experience in nonprofit boards and fundraising to the DTH. After graduating from UNC, he started a successful public relations company that helps professional athletes create their philanthropic identities. Now, he teaches the capstone PR campaigns classes at the MJ-School and this fall, he’ll teach the School’s first class in career preparation.
"I'm excited to be on the board because the DTH has been such a big part of my Carolina experience since I was an undergrad! It's as iconic and meaningful as the Bell Tower and Old Well. I will use my public relations expertise to help them continue making a difference in the lives of the locals and students they serve while navigating the ever-changing communications, journalism and media environment."
Will Lingo, community member
Will Lingo, ‘89, found both his calling and his wife, Kristen, at the DTH. Will recently stepped down as publisher of Baseball America, a publication that has employed countless DTH sportswriters over the years. Will knows that good journalism and good business aren’t mutually exclusive, and he brings to the board experience with niche publications.
“(The DTH) is as vital now as it has ever been, so we just need to figure out how the business and the journalism need to evolve. … I’m all about finding pragmatic solutions to problems, not dying over principle, and from what I’ve already seen from the staff, the board and the community around the DTH, we have the spirit and the smarts to figure this out.”
Amanda Reid, faculty/staff member
Assistant Professor at UNC Chapel Hill
Amanda teaches media law courses at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and she has a secondary appointment at Carolina Law. Prior to joining the Carolina faculty, she was a professor of law. After graduating from the University of Florida, Amanda clerked for two federal judges and practiced as a civil litigator. While in law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of UF’s Journal of Law & Public Policy.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I take the First Amendment seriously. I’m excited to watch local media in action."
Jennifer Wing Rothacker, community member
Community Engagement Officer, Trees Charlotte
Jennifer Wing Rothacker, ‘92, was editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel (fun fact: she was hired by Kristen Lingo). In nearly 20 years as a reporter and editor with the Charlotte Observer, Jen spearheaded many of the Observer’s new revenue projects, including the Charlotte Five newsletter and a budding events model. She’s now working for the nonprofit Trees Charlotte. Jen is known for her energy and ability to cut to the chase and ask smart questions.
“When the DTH gives so much to you as a student, the least you can do is give back to it as an alum. It's a befuddling yet promising time for newspapers as they transform into smart, digital products. Can't wait to see how we figure it out!”
Jed Williams, community member
Chief innovation Officer, Local Media Association
Jed’s undergraduate college media experience came at the Cavalier Daily at UVA, but he joined the DTH Board of Directors the first time when he came to the j-school for a master’s in the media business concentration in 2008-10. Jed returns to the board to bring extensive expertise in building new revenue lines for local media. He is chief innovation officer for the Local Media Association, a nonprofit that helps local media organizations of all types and sizes manage the digital transition.