2015 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Amy Guth hosts talk radio on WGN Radio, is president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago, and serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project‘s Public Voices Fellowship. She founded and serves as Executive Director of the Chicago-based documentary production company, Strangewaze, co-founded podcast network, Yak Channel, and is author of the novel “Three Fallen Women.” Her work has appeared in Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Review of Books, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, Kveller, Jewcy, among others, and on WGN-TV, CLTV, and WBEZ. @AmyGuth

 

TREASURER

Megan Bungeroth is currently the managing editor for a B2B tech magazine, Sync. She earned her master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on arts and culture and multimedia reporting. She spent four years working for local newspapers in Manhattan, as a reporter and then editor. Bungeroth also writes essays, which have appeared on The Hairpin, New York Press and The Second City Network, and is at work on a memoir.

 

 

SECRETARY

Nneka McGuire is a senior editor at StayWell, a health engagement company. Her journalism experience is multifaceted; she has worked for print, television and radio news organizations. She previously interned at the Chicago Tribune, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and National Public Radio. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and CS Magazine. She is a former mentor for the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program, a joint theater criticism project of AWJ and the Goodman Theatre, and serves on the AWJ board development committee. 


BOARD MEMBERS-AT-LARGE (alphabetical by surname)

Kim Bellware is the associate editor of HuffPost Chicago and reports on Chicago news of national interest. She also serves as managing editor of The Paper Machete, Chicago’s only weekly live magazine that brings together journalists, authors, politicians, comedians, actors, artists and neighbors to cover pop culture, current events and American manners. Additionally, she has been a part of The Chicago Independent Radio Project, an online community radio station since before the station launch in 2010. She is the chair of the AWJ program committee.

 

Allison Bowen is a features editor at the Chicago Tribune, where she oversees local and national lifestyle content. Previously, she edited the books section at Metro newspapers in New York City, following stints as the senior features writer and a general assignment news reporter. She has written for the New York Times, the New York Daily News and the Latin America News Dispatch, among others, and she's appeared on the BBC and NBC for her stories. A Kansas City native, she's studied journalism at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and has a joint master's degree in Journalism and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. Allison serves on the AWJ board development committee. 

  

Jessica Brown is a Professional in Residence in the Journalism Department at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. She specializes in layout and editing, but also teaches writing and multimedia storytelling. Previously, she was a designer and editor on the sports desk at the Orlando Sentinel, a graphic artist at the Rockford Register Star and an editor on the sports desk at The Post-Standard. Brown has a master’s degree in journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and is pursuing her M.Ed. in higher education from Loyola University.​

 

Anne Johnsos left her position as a WGN Radio executive producer to write a book. Before WGN she was a lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a writer/editor for WBBM radio. Starting out in theater after graduating from Yale University, Anne later turned to broadcasting, producing broadcasts of Cubs, Bears, Roy Leonard’s entertainment program and the morning show with Bob Collins at WGN. In 1997 she earned her master's degree from Medill and has has written and field produced for WFLD-TV and WBBM-TV. She also spent six years at Towers Productions, during which time she won a medal from the New York Festivals for her Hurricane Andrew documentary.

 

Jackie Kostek is a producer at WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning.” She was formerly a video reporter/producer for DNAinfo.com Chicago and a regular contributor on Fox 32’s weekly live segment, “Untold Stories.” She is an alum of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Teach For America and the University of Kansas.

 

 

Felicia Oliver is the editor of the Building Safety Journal Online, the journal of the International Code Council. She also manages social media for the Council. Previously, she was web editor and then a senior editor with Reed Business Information. She's also been a freelance writer and editor for Blackvoices.com at Tribune Interactive, a producer for Chicago Tonight, a production associate at Central City Productions, a freelance producer with Ebony/Jet Showcase, and assistant editor for the Independent Online in Cape Town, South Africa. Felicia is current chair of the web/communications committee.