Team

Tina Dyakon

Tina Dyakon is Poynter’s director of advertising and marketing. She works to inspire journalists and professional communicators to connect with Poynter to improve skills and enrich careers. Before joining The Poynter Institute in 2014, Tina managed a full-service digital advertising agency, led the employment and education franchises for the nation’s fifth largest newspaper and created a start-up sales and B2B marketing arm for Florida’s award-winning destination marketing organization, Visit Florida. Tina earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She resides in the Tampa Bay area and enjoys being a mom.

Wendy Wallace

Wendy Wallace leads The Poynter Institute for Media Studies’ marketing and development team as Director of Advancement. She works closely with foundations, corporations and individuals who support the teaching and thought leadership of Poynter, a nonprofit based in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wendy came to Poynter as the high school program director in 2004, organizing workshops for students and teaching at high school journalism conventions across the country. She organized a national news literacy summit in 2014 through a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and in 2018 led Poynter’s work to launch MediaWise, a Google Inc. initiative to teach 1-million U.S. teens new skills for knowing what’s true online. She was editor of her high school and college newspapers and interned at The Washington Post and Milwaukee Journal before joining the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) as a reporter. She covered general assignment, police, schools and business, then worked in circulation marketing, finance and as marketing director. She earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and decision sciences, and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University.

Michelle Cuilla Lipkin

Michelle Ciulla Lipkinis the Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Michelle has helped NAMLE grow to be the preeminent media literacy education association in the U.S. She launched the first ever Media Literacy Week in the U.S., developed strategic partnerships with media companies such as Participant Media, Nickelodeon, and Twitter, and restructured both the governance and membership of the organization. She has also overseen three national conferences and done countless appearances at conferences and in the media. Michelle has has advocated for media literacy in interviews with CNN, PBS News Hour, NPR, The New York Times, and Al Jazeera English. See Michelle’s recent CNN appearances here. To read about Michelle’s personal journey to media literacy, see this article from PBS News Hour.

Chris Krug

Chris Krug is the President of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity. Chris brings to Franklin more than 25 years of experience in the media industry. He is the former publisher of the suburban Chicago Pioneer Press newspaper chain. Prior to his tenure as a vice president at Sun-Times Media Network and oversight of Pioneer, he was responsible for all news operations and managed properties in the suburbs as a vice president for Shaw Suburban Media. During that time, he worked directly with teams at the Northwest Herald, Kane County Chronicle, DeKalb Daily-Chronicle, the Lake County Journals, and the bilingual El Conquistador. Chris has also served as a deputy editor at the Denver Post. In 2008, the Local Media Association honored Chris as national editor of the year. Chris also is the former president of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. Presstime magazine named Krug a 40 under 40 in 2008. Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College (Pa.) and his Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest (Ill.) Graduate School of Management.

Joel Breakstone

Joel Breakstone directs the Stanford History Education Group. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Along with Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, he led the development of SHEG’s assessment website, Beyond the Bubble. He received the Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies in 2014. Before Stanford, he taught high school history in Thetford, Vermont.