Veronica Molina – 2019 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Veronica Molina is Vice President of News Standards and Practices (S&P) at CNN Worldwide, the department that works to uphold CNN’s brand and journalism standards. Molina has S&P oversight of domestic and international TV programming, newsgathering and digital content, and partners with those departments to ensure that CNN’s reporting is fair, accurate and responsible. Molina and her team review breaking news, long-form and investigative content that is sensitive, controversial or that alleges wrongdoing. She also works closely with PR, marketing and ad sales to review unique campaigns and business deals. 

Molina plays a crucial role in ensuring that CNN platforms are inclusive and often challenge conventional viewpoints. She also conducts seminars on ethics in journalism for CNN employees. 

As a leader in diversity efforts, Molina has organized internal company-wide conversations and editorial panels about critical issues, including “The Importance of the Hispanic Vote” and “Being Muslim in America.” She also negotiated partnerships with outside organizations for cross-platform editorial projects on under-reported topics and minority groups. She has demonstrated that diversity business initiatives grow ratings, digital engagement and business revenue. She was awarded the 2017 CNN Diversity Ovation award. 

Molina joined CNN in 2011 after working at Telemundo for nine years. She was Senior Producer for the national nightly newscast Noticiero Telemundo, in charge of investigations, special events coverage, sponsored series and creating the overall strategy for online enterprises. She was key in planning and executing extensive coverage of major news events like the 2008 US Presidential elections, the Beijing Olympic Games, the death of Pope John Paul II and the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. She garnered the NAHJ award for best investigative report for a series highlighting the dangers of hospital-acquired infections in the US. Before that, she wrote and produced long-format investigative, political, consumer and breaking news stories for the newsmagazine program Sin Fronteras. She was part of the team honored with the Dalton Pen Award for Excellence in Journalism. 

Molina started her career at Univision in 1997, where she worked in various editorial roles, including producing breaking news stories and investigations for the newsmagazine show Primer Impacto, the national newscast Noticiero Univision and the newsmagazine program Aqui y Ahora.  

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Florida International University. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Development Program at UVA’s Darden School of Business and was honored with NAMIC’s 2018 “Next Generation Leader” award.

Molina is a member of the Turner Women’s board, where she works to inspire, empower and advance women at Warner Media. She is an avid mentor of media professionals through CNN, WICT and NAMIC.

She enjoys running, camping and coaching her son’s soccer team.




Brent Renaud – 2019 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Global journalist and documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud will bring his storytelling skills to the School of Journalism and Strategic Media.

 Renaud, a writer, a photographer and a Peabody Award winning documentary filmmaker, serves as the 2019 visiting distinguished professor for the Center for Ethics in Journalism.

Students have the opportunity to learn from Renaud as he lectures in journalism classes and showcases his works September 9-13, October 14-18, and November 18-22. As visiting distinguished professor, Renaud discusses journalism ethical issues he has faced while covering national, and international stories. 

Renaud has spent the last two decades telling humanistic véritéstories from some of the world’s hot spots. His film and television projects have covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, youth violence in Chicago, political turmoil in Egypt and Libya, the fight for Mosul, extremism in Africa, and cartel violence in Mexico.

After spending months or even years with his subjects, Renaud seeks to produce immersive journalistic work that has a tangible impact on the communities he profiles. His 2015 short documentary for the New York Times, “Beyond Borders,” helped bring a new level of awareness to the youth migrant crisis in Central America, and his award-winning 2018 feature film “Shelter”, distributed by Vice Media, has raised millions of dollars to combat the youth homeless crisis in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Renaud earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University and was a 2019 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. He is currently writing and producing the documentary podcast “American Jihadi”, to be released next year by Endeavor Audio.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —   University of Arkansas Center for Ethics in Journalism has appointed an award-winning journalist as the fall 2018 visiting professor. 

The center welcomes Steven A. Holmes, who has more than 40 years of experience in the news business and has had the title of Executive Director, CNN’s Office of Standards and Practices since 2008.  In that position he works to ensure that stories, photos, videos and graphics that appear on all CNN platforms meet the network’s high standards for accuracy, fairness, and balance.

Prior to his time at CNN, he was a deputy national editor at the Washington Post supervising the paper’s domestic news bureaus outside of Washington. While there, he wrote one story and edited others for the Post’s award-winning series, “Being A Black Man.”

Holmes worked for 15 years as a reporter and editor at the New York Times, covering Congress, the Presidential campaigns of Al Gore, Pat Buchanan, Jesse Jackson and H. Ross Perot. He also specialized in race and demographic issues and was a reporter and editor on the Times’ series, “How Race is Lived in America,” which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

While at the Times, he played a pivotal role on the committee headed by Allan M. Siegal that conducted a postmortem in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. That panel’s most noteworthy recommendation was the establishment of the Times’ first ombudsman.

For 10 years, he was a correspondent for Time, working out of the magazine’s bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Washington. Before that, he was City Hall Reporter at the Atlanta Constitution and a reporter/editor for United Press International in Dallas.

He is the author of “Ron Brown, An Uncommon Life,” a biography of the former commerce secretary who was the first African American to lead a major political party.

Holmes attended City College of New York and worked his way through school driving a New York City taxicab at night; an experience he considers the second best job he ever had.

Alicia “Lisa” Shepard – 2017 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics


Award-winning journalist and media writer Alicia (Lisa) Shepard has been selected as the 2017 visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism for the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas.

Shepard, who lives in Arlington, Virginia, has traveled the world, both for work and personal enjoyment.  She is also a contributing writer on the media for USA Today’s opinion page.

In 2014, Shepard moved to Kabul, Afghanistan to work with non-profits and the United States Agency for International Development, working Afghan journalists for two years.  From 2007 to 2011, she was ombudsman for National Public Radio (NPR).

She taught media ethics at Georgetown University for three years, and at American University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In 2006, she authored, “Woodward and Bernstein:  Life in the Shadow of Watergate.” She is co-author of, “Running Toward Danger: Breaking News Behind 9/11,” about the legal, ethical, logistical and emotional challenges journalists faced in New York City, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania and for those traveling with President George W. Bush.

Shepard has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.  For 10 years, she wrote about ethics, the newspaper industry and how journalism works – or doesn’t – for American Journalism Review.  For that work, the National Press Club awarded her its top media criticism prize three different years.


Jesse Holland – 2016 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Holland is the Race and Ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press (AP), and he has covered the Supreme Court as well as presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, the White House and Congress. He founded, curated and managed the AP Politics Facebook page and managed @AP_Politics on Twitter. In addition, Holland wrote the stylebook used by the AP Washington bureau for tweeting political and government stories. He has also spoken at several conferences about social media in journalism.

Holland is the author of three books; The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves In the White House; Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C. and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Finn’s Story.

Holland has won several awards including, Presstime Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 and the Associated Press Managing Editor Association John L. Doughtery Excellence Award. He was also one of the youngest people named as one of the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. In 2011, named Holland one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans.


David Handschuh – 2015 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Handschuh was the fall 2015 visiting distinguished professor of ethics in journalism. He has 30 years of experience in the field of photojournalism. and he has won numerous awards. Handschuh has shot everything from features, food and travel to the tragic events at ground zero. Handschuh worked for the New York Daily News for more than 28 years as a news photographer. He was the president of the National Press Photographers Association. Handschuh was the recipient of DART and Poynter fellowships focusing on trauma in journalism and the ethical coverage of traumatic events. He co-authored The National Media Guide for Emergency and Disaster Incidents.


Deborah Potter – 2014 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Potter is founder and executive director of NewsLab, a journalism resource center based in Washington, D.C. She has been a contributing correspondent on the PBS program Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. From the late 1970s until mid-1990s Potter was a leading correspondent for CBS News and CNN. She has taught journalism as a visiting professor at dozens of universities, including the Poynter Institute and American University. Her workshops for professionals focus on reporting and writing the news, visual and online storytelling, newsroom management and journalism ethics. She is co-author of Advancing the Story: Journalism in a Multimedia World (3rd ed., CQ Press, 2014), two handbooks and an international guide on independent journalism. She received her bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and motion pictures and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

Gene Foreman – 2013 Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Gene Foreman was on campus during Fall 2013, directing the construction of the Ethics Center’s website and making guest presentations in journalism classes, delivering public lectures and facilitating seminars for professionals. He excelled in newspaper journalism 41 years, the last 25 as managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. During his Inquirer tenure, the newspaper won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. After his retirement in 1998, he joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Communications, becoming the inaugural Larry and Ellen Foster Professor of Writing and Editing. Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2006, he has continued as a Penn State visiting professor and has written the textbook The Ethical Journalist: Making Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News (Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). He earned a B.A. from Arkansas State University.