Jacqui Banaszynski


Jacqui is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, editor, and globetrotting coach. She currently holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism. In the past 30 years she has traveled to all seven continents, including Antarctica, for stories.

Kelley Benham


Kelley was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her story on the premature birth of her daughter. She currently teaches reporting and writing at Indiana University. In her career, she has reported from the delivery room and the death chamber, and from at least five strip clubs in two states.

Tudor Giurgiu

Tudor Giurgiu directed and produced numerous short or feature films, as well as commercials and music videos. He is also the founder and President of the President of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). His third feature film – Why me? – will be released this fall.

Leigh Hafrey

Leigh uses stories as a touchstone of his courses on communication, ethics, and leadership in the MBA program of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is currently working on a sequel to his first book, The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business.

Chris Jones


Chris is an award winning writer-at-large for Esquire and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has won two National Magazine Awards; one of them, in 2010, for a heartbreaking story that chronicled the return of the body of an American soldier from Iraq to Scottsburg, Indiana.

Amy O'Leary


Amy is a digital innovator. She has worked at The New York Times as a reporter, editor and multimedia producer specializing in digital storytelling and newsroom integration since 2007. In her work as a reporter, she has covered viral celebrities, social media phenomena and addictive apps.

Ernst-Jan Pfauth


Ernst-Jan is the former Editor-in-chief of Internet at NRC Media, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. In 2008, he co-founded The Next Web Blog, which is now amongst the ten most-visited blogs of the world. At De Correspondent, co-founder Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

Lisa Pollak


Lisa is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and radio producer who specializes in narrative stories about ordinary people. After 12 years as a features writer at daily newspapers, including The Baltimore Sun, she spent a decade as a reporter, writer and producer for This American Life.

Jonah Sachs


Jonah is the co-founder and CEO of Free Range Studios and an internationally recognized storyteller, author, marketer, designer and entrepreneur. His book, Winning the Story Wars, discusses how values-driven stories will not only revolutionize marketing, but also represent humanity’s greatest hope for the future.

Lea Thau


Lea is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director. During the ten years she spent as the director of The Moth, the show grew from a small series of local events to a global community with millions of listeners. She is currently the creator and host of the radio show Strangers.

Rob Wijnberg


Rob is a philosopher and publicist who, before founding De Correspondent, served as Editor-in-chief of nrc.next, a spin-off from NRC Handelsblad, the Netherlands' premier daily national newspaper.

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