NCDJ Staff

Kristin Gilger, Director

Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Gilger helped bring the NCDJ to the Cronkite School and provides administrative oversight for the organization. As associate dean, she directs the school’s 50-plus part-time faculty members and oversees the school’s professional programs. She also serves as executive editor of the national News21 program, headquartered at the Cronkite School. She was director of Student Media at ASU from 2002-2007. She spent 21 years in various reporting and editing roles at newspapers across the country, including the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La., the Salem Statesman Journal in Oregon and The Arizona Republic. She conducts training at newspapers and for newspaper associations nationally and internationally.

She can be reached at kristin.gilger@asu.edu

Grace Clark, Graduate Assistant

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Grace Clark is a graduate student and teaching assistant at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication. She is focusing on broadcast and web media with an emphasis on science communication. Before returning to Phoenix to pursue her master’s degree, she worked in Los Angeles as an assistant talent agent at Creative Artists Agency and assistant film producer for Entertainment One.

She can be reached at gcclark3@asu.edu

Jenna Miller, Graduate Assistant

Jenna Miller

Jenna Miller is a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. She has worked as a fellow in the Carnegie-Knight News21 investigative journalism program and as an intern at the Arizona Capital Times. Miller is a multimedia journalist who has reported from Albania to Arizona on environmental issues, LGBTQ rights and business issues.

She can be reached at jmmill49@asu.edu

Jake Geller, Inaugural Director

Jake GellerJake Geller completed his Masters of Mass Communication with an emphasis in print journalism and public relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in May 2010.

Geller received his undergraduate degree from the Cronkite School in broadcasting in 2002 and worked professionally in television news writing and production before going back to school for his graduate degree. Among his positions were those of freelance assistant producer at KTVK-TV and video editor with the city of Phoenix.

Geller’s own disability has motivated his academic research, which focuses on how the media cover people with disabilities and disability issues. He has been active in the disability community and adaptive sports for people with disabilities. Geller is co-founder and head coach of the ASU Sailing Club and has led the club for the past four years. One of the club’s missions is to bring together people with and without disabilities to sail together on an even playing field.

Geller helped launch the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Cronkite School and continues to serve in an advisory role. He can be reached at jgeller@asu.edu.

Cronkite student Annie Woods has a profile of Geller and his experience with muscular dystrophy.

Jake Geller, NCDJ coordinator, talks about the changes wrought by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the challenges he and others with disabilities still face.