Hadar Harris, a human rights attorney and non-profit leader with a passion for working with and on behalf of students, joined the SPLC on Sept. 6, 2017.She previously served as the executive director of the Northern California Innocence Project. For 13 years, Harris was executive director of the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law. Earlier in her career, Harris served as executive director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, a bipartisan legislative service organization of the US House of Representatives, under the leadership of the late Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA). Following her graduation from law school, she worked in private practice at the law firm Littler Mendelson.Harris holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Diana Mitsu Klos is a former executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press, as well as a longtime staff member with the American Society of News Editors, where her portfolio included running the ASNE's journalism-education programming. As executive director of the NSPA/ACP from 2013-16, Klos oversaw eight national high school and collegiate conventions annually, plus several other training and recognition programs. While with ASNE from 1996-2012, Klos launched the High School Journalism Initiative. With support from the Knight and Reynolds foundations, the initiative included a two-week training program for more than 2,300 media advisers; the first, free national website hosting service for student publications; an educational website and a national online advertising network. Klos grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., graduated from the City College of New York, and worked as an award-winning reporter, city editor and managing editor for news organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.
Mike Hiestand has been integral to SPLC's success since 1989. He was an SPLC intern, its first legal fellow and then served as full-time staff attorney from from 1991-2003. Over the years, he has assisted about 15,000 student journalists and advisers. He currently works from the west coast on the SPLC hotline and related projects. In 2013-14, Hiestand traveled around the country with Mary Beth Tinker, teaching and speaking out on behalf of student press rights and free expression. "Tinker Tour USA" kicked off on Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The bus logged 15,595 miles across the American east coast, midwest and southeast speaking to more than 20,000 students and teachers at 58 stops, including schools, colleges, churches, a youth detention facility, courts and several national conventions. In the spring of 2014, The Tinker Tour moved on to schools and events in the American west, midwest and southwest, as well as a stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Vancouver, Canada. Hiestand, who grew up in Alaska, graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage and went on to Marquette University's College of Journalism and Cornell Law School.
Linda Riedemann Norbut is a recent graduate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is also a two-time graduate of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, earning both her bachelor’s in telecommunication and master’s in communication law. During her graduate and legal studies, Norbut focused her academic interests to those legal issues faced by journalists, students, entertainers, and others who struggle to exercise their right to free expression. Norbut is the former editor of the Brechner Report, a monthly publication that focused on Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine laws, and has won multiple awards for her writing on issues related to the First Amendment.
Roxann Elliott is a recent graduate from the journalism master’s program at the University of Colorado – Boulder. During her graduate career, she worked on the documentary, “Taking the Lede” as a student producer. The film focused on the exemplary journalism done by Colorado students in the 25 years since that state passed its Student Free Expression Law. This was her first introduction to the challenges facing student press around the country, and to the Student Press Law Center. After filming wrapped, she continued working to promote the film and grew increasingly impassioned around the topic of student free expression, which led her to apply for the Fellowship at SPLC. She grew up in Montana, and holds a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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.
Danielle Dieterich graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Convergence Journalism in 2016. While in college, she interned for the Student Press Law Center, helping to grow its social media and online presence and working on the Active Voice program launch. After going back to school and graduating, Dieterich spent a year working as an engagement editor for digital news company Newsy before being hired back to the SPLC as a journalism fellow.
Stephanie Leibert has made it her life’s mission to empower young women and ensure their voices are heard. She is excited to be joining Active Voice after years of mentoring current college students and young alum of her alma mater, Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Leibert graduated Magna Cum Laude with from Barnard in 2004 with honors in Political Science. After graduation, Leibert accepted a full-tuition Fellowship to Hofstra Law School where she graduated Cum Laude and served as editor of the Family Law Review, and graduated with the prestigious honor as Distinguished Scholar in the Field of Constitutional Law. After three years practicing corporate litigation, Leibert enrolled in a Masters of Teaching Program where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and first in her class. With three years of litigation experience and over six years working in public high school education, she is thrilled to be a part of Active Voice's pilot program.
Emily Goodell is a recent graduate from Whitworth University is Spokane, WA and holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication. She has worked as a Yakima, WA correspondent for Northwest Public Radio, a city government/education reporter for The Daily Record in Ellensburg, WA, production assistant at KIMA Action News, arts & culture reporting intern for The Pacific Northwest Inlander, content editor/writer for the online publication Explore! Interactive and a news reporting intern for Spokane Public Radio. During her college career, she worked as a reporter for Whitworth’s campus weekly, The Whitworthian. She has worked on and presented several collaborative research projects on professional women working in communication.She studied journalism and political science in South Africa and the impact of media in New York City and Washington, D.C., where she attended and reported on the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Her main journalistic passion is investigative reporting and its relationship to social justice.
Samuel hails from the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire, an hour north of Boston. For the past three years, he has been in Los Angeles attending Pomona College, where he majors in sociology. He has written extensively for The Student Life, the student newspaper of the Claremont Colleges, and served as its Development Associate this past spring. In his free time, he enjoys contra dancing, backpacking, and listening to copious amounts of NPR.
Shine Cho is a junior majoring in political science at the University of California-San Diego, where she has served as news editor of the Triton student newspaper. She has been a contributor at inewssource, an investigative reporting agency, and an intern with the investigative unit of CBS News in Los Angeles. During 2016-17, Shine was part of the inaugural fellowship class of The Active Voice, a project developed by the Student Press Law Center to address the censorship issues afflicting teen girls in high schools. This fall, she will begin work as Community Manager for the Active Voice program, helping coordinate the work of the 2017-18 fellows.