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."
Ray Palma, President
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.”
Pratyush Seshadri, Vice President
Pratyush is a second-year undergraduate student from Raleigh, NC. He is studying Mathematics, Economics, and Philosophy, with an interest in understanding the complex systems that govern our world.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time at UNC, it’s that the DTH is a central part of Chapel Hill. It manages to perfectly capture the key moments of life here, the moments we’ll remember for many years to come, and it is integral to the sense of community in this town and university. By solidifying the operational health of this organization and securing its long-term stability, I hope to help ensure that the DTH is best positioned to continue having this kind of impact on our community”
Becca Segal, Treasurer
Becca is a second-year undergraduate student from Raleigh, North Carolina studying History and Economics with an intended minor in business. She is passionate about government and its role in global development and hopes to work in international policy and trade following her graduation.
“The work done by the Daily Tar Heel’s student writers and leaders inspired me months before I arrived on campus through its extensive COVID-19 coverage. I have continuously been impressed by the work done by students for students on this campus and am excited to be a part of the organization that makes it possible. I’m looking forward to working with our team to ensure this cornerstone of Carolina culture is financially and structurally sound for years to come.”
Maura Westbrook, Secretary
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
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."
Dana Anthony, community member
Dana Anthony is a DTH and UNC-Chapel Hill alum. In 2020, she graduated from the School of Media and Journalism with a master's in Media and Communication and served as an arts desk writer and fundraising specialist at DTH. In addition, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from N.C. Central University with a B.A. in Mass Communications in 2018. In her current role, she serves as an Account Executive at G&S Business Communications in Raleigh, NC.
"I am excited to serve the DTH in this new role. Having worked as a student and within an internal position, I am excited to bring my knowledge to help push the newsroom to its next level."
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.”
Erin Siegal McIntyre, faculty/staff member
For over a decade, Erin Siegal McIntyre has worked as a cross-platform investigative journalist and author. Her photography has been represented by Redux Pictures since 2007. Her book “Finding Fernanda” (Beacon Press 2012) was the basis for an hour-long CBS special investigation that won a 2015 Emmy and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and various other media outlets. Before joining the faculty at UNC in 2020, Siegal McIntyre was based in Tijuana, Mexico and was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. She holds degrees from Columbia University and Parsons. @ESMcIntyre
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.
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