Staff

Frank LoMonte, Executive Director

Frank LoMonte joined SPLC in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia. LoMonte graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the Georgia Law Review. His articles about the First Amendment and media-law topics have been widely published in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, the American University Law Review, the University of North Carolina First Amendment Law Review, and in many other outlets.
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Adam Goldstein, Attorney Advocate

Adam Goldstein graduated from Fordham University School of Law in May 2002. He received his undergraduate degree in Internet journalism from Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where he was editor-in-chief of the FCLC Observer. For three years, Goldstein worked as a freelance producer and editor for FoxNews.com.
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Karin Flom, Outreach and Development Associate

Karin Flom grew up in North Dakota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010. For three and a half years in high school she worked on a student publication which drew her to the SPLC's job posting for an Outreach and Development Associate. Before joining SPLC in August 2014 she had two positions in development focusing on the day to day operations of fundraising. She has also spent a year in South Korea as an ESL teacher.
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Mark Keierleber, McCormick Foundation Publications Fellow

Mark Keierleber studied journalism at Indiana University, where he served as a reporter and editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student. He also served as co-editor of the Northwest Trail at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. Previous internships include The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington, D.C., The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind., and the News Letter Journal in Newcastle, Wyo.
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Sara Gregory, Investigative Reporting Fellow

Sara Gregory studied history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but spent most of her time working at The Daily Tar Heel. In addition to spending two years as the paper's managing editor, she has interned at The Tampa Bay Times (formerly The St. Petersburg Times), The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and The (Greensboro) News & Record.
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Mike Hiestand, Project Attorney

Mike Hiestand grew up in Alaska and is a graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Marquette University's College of Journalism and Cornell Law School. Hiestand was the Student Press Law Center's staff attorney from 1991-2003. Over the years, he has assisted nearly 15,000 student journalists and advisers. He now works from the West Coast on occasional projects for the SPLC.
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Interns

Megan Smith, Project and Outreach Intern

Megan Smith is a junior journalism student at the University of Georgia where she writes for her school's positive press publication, The Chapel Bell. She is also a freelance writer and has worked on projects for MARS, Inc. and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Elaina Koros, Reporting Intern

Elaina Koros is a junior at Georgetown University, where she studies English and government and minors in journalism. She is a staff writer for Georgetown's newspaper of record, The Hoya, and has written for U.S. News & World Report.

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Katherine Schaeffer, Reporting Intern

Katherine Schaeffer graduated from Kent State University with a degree in magazine journalism. She spent four semesters on staff at Kent State's student newspaper, The Kent Stater, reporting and editing. She has also interned at the San Antonio Express-News, where she covered the education beat.

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Mariana Viera, Reporting Intern

Mariana Viera is a junior at the University of Georgia, where she studies journalism and political science. She has worked for UGA’s student newspaper, The Red and Black, as a staff writer and Greek beat reporter.

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