Alfred Friendly Press Partners has selected five new members of our Advisory Board. The journalists and former journalists, who began their terms in January 2018, come from two prestigious news organizations, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit organization and two international wire services.

Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew joins us from U.S. News & World Report, where he works as the assistant managing editor of international news. A University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate, Drew has more than 25 years of experience working across news platforms and traveling Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. He is currently based in Washington D.C.

See his bio here.



Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker GuevaraMarina Walker Guevara is the deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and managed the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, the two largest collaborations of reporters in history. Guevara earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and was an Alfred Friendly fellow herself in 2002.

See her bio here.


Francesco Marconi

Francesco MarconiAlso an MU graduate, Francesco Marconi joins us from The Associated Press in New York City, where he manages strategy and co-leads AP’s automation and artificial intelligence efforts. Marconi specializes in emerging media and how news companies can adopt tomorrow’s technologies to tell powerful stories today.

See his bio here.



Jackie Combs Nelson

Jackie Combs Nelson

Jackie Combs Nelson worked in the news industry from 38 years, culminating in 23 years at the Chicago Tribune. Nelson has been involved with the Alfred Friendly program since 1988, when she first hosted and mentored a Friendly fellow at the Tribune. Now retired, she and her husband are currently traveling the world and visiting Alfred Friendly alumni.

You can read her travel stories here, or see her bio here.



Joanna Ossinger

Joanne OssingerJoanna Ossinger is a markets editor at Bloomberg News. She currently heads SABEW’s Best in Business Awards contest, and she is in the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows and a Patron of the Asia Society. Ossinger is a strong advocate and also fights for diversity within STEM, journalism and other fields.

See her full bio here.