Leadership & Management Group Leader
Leadership & Management, Broadcast, Newsroom Culture, Leading Through Change, Ethics & Diversity
Jill Geisler joined the Poynter Institute in 1998 after a 25-year career in broadcast journalism.
She was the country's first female news director of a major market network affiliate, and built an award-winning newsroom culture at WITI in Milwaukee, her home town.
Hers was a teaching newsroom, where coaching and collaboration were as important as ethics and enterprise.
Today, as head of the Poynter Institute's
Leadership and Management group, she
is responsible for the Institute's seminars for print, broadcast and online managers.
brings humanity, humor and a passion for journalism to the thousands of aspiring and accomplished leaders she
is the author of numerous articles on journalism leadership issues and the book, "Leadership: At the Head of the Class.
weekly online "Leading Lines" column, serving thousands of subscribers.
She has led programs for the Knight and Nieman Fellows, minority journalism organizations, the Radio-TV News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors, and the International Women's Media Foundation.
teaches and consults in news organizations, including The Washington Post
, The Boston Globe
, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
, The Oregonian
, along with an array of television stations and station groups in the U.S. and abroad.
was the University of Wisconsin Journalism School's
1972 "Outstanding Journalism Graduate," and recipient of its 2004 Distinguished Service in Journalism award.
She earned a Masters degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University in 2004.
commutes from Wisconsin to Poynter
, a trip that is especially enjoyable in the winter.
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