Meet the Team

Andrew Heyward

Andrew Heyward

Senior Researcher

Andrew spent more than 30 years in local and network TV news, most of them at CBS. He served as President of CBS News for nearly a decade, from January 1996 to November 2005. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab, working at the intersection of journalism and technology.

Twitter: @andrewheyward


Frank Mungeam

Frank Mungeam

Professor of Practice

Frank conducts innovative experiments, including ones that stations suggest, from the Cronkite Newsroom. Most recently, Frank was VP of Digital Audience Engagement at TEGNA. Earlier, Frank worked in broadcast and digital journalism at several local TV stations in the Northwest.

Twitter: @frankwords

Alicia Barrón

Digital Producer

Alicia has worked as a reporter, web news producer, viral videos curator, and most recently as a writer during her 20 years as a journalist. She loves the ever-evolving world of news and thrives on learning about digital media and how it influences our day-to-day lives.

Twitter: @newsybarron

Jill Ryan

Research Associate

Jill is a graduate student studying investigative journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She has worked for NPR-affiliated WSHU Public Radio, as well as Long Island’s Newsday. Her undergraduate degree is from Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. She currently works as a researcher and contributor for the Knight-Cronkite News Lab.

Twitter: @Jill_C_Ryan


Mark Lodato

Associate Dean of the Cronkite School

Mark Lodato is associate dean of the Cronkite School and associate general manager of Arizona PBS at ASU. As associate dean, Lodato supervises undergraduate recruitment and retention efforts and leads the Cronkite School’s broadcast initiatives, including the Knight-Cronkite News Lab. Duties also include leadership of academic services and student success, establishing new media partnerships and development.

Twitter: @MarkLodatoASU