Who We Are
Our leadership team holds the right combination of experience and connectivity to deliver on our strategies for sustainability.
Angilee Shah is an editor and entrepreneur who specializes in building teams and content for people and communities too often left out of media narratives. Shah was a founding editor of Global Nation,The World’s coverage of immigration in the US, where in one year she brought 50 new contributors to the program. As a reporter and editor, her work has been read and heard around the world, including a book about everyday lives in China and a trio of investigative stories about the end of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war. Angilee will be the editor-in-chief of New Public.
Ken Ikeda is New Public’s Publisher and CEO of the Association of Independents in Radio. He architected the blueprint for private equity “loans” in the FCC’s auction of noncommercial television spectrum; has been an advisor to McClatchy News and advised on media ventures with clients as diverse as O’Reilly Media, Intercorp (PE), and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Organizations under Ken’s direction have secured $150m in private equity investment and philanthropic support; managed an $8.5m loan fund; negotiated over $300m in mergers and acquisitions; consulted with over 250 public broadcasting station GM’s and University Trustees on business modeling and strategy; trained over 8,000 incumbent digital media employees annually for companies as diverse as Pixar and Wells Fargo; and received the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions by the MacArthur Foundation.
Hannah Eaves has deep experience building innovative, impactful digital platforms for the media sector. Over the last four years she has overseen product development on VuHaus, from ideation through launch and acquisition by NPR. NPR Live Sessions is a collaboration between 20 music discovery radio stations with 9000+ videos of live music sessions. Last year she led the development of REACH, a VR editing platform, in collaboration with Wall St. Journal’s Innovator of the Year Nonny de la Peña. REACH launched in private alpha as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and led to Emblematic Group winning Innovative Company of the Year at 2019's VR Awards. She has also led user research, ideation, and prototyping training for several large multinational companies. In addition to product development, she has consulted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on measuring the social impact of media. Hannah will oversee the development of Assignment and guide impact assessment of New Public.
Amanda Hickman is AIR’s Managing Director. She led BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and has taught reporting, multimedia storytelling and data visualization at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia Journalism School. She helped launch DocumentCloud, an award winning reporting tool and catalog of primary source documents now used by thousands of journalists around the world, and her work as Director of Technology at Gotham Gazette, won numerous awards, including multiple notable entries to the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism, General Excellence in Online Journalism from the Online News Association and multiple Knight News Challenge Innovation grants. Amanda will manage the gathering and analysis of data from Assignment and New Public to share learning about the costs of professional journalism, and inform AIR’s industry compensation recommendations.
Phyllis Fletcher is the senior editor for APM Podcasts from American Public Media and is a decorated mentor and journalist. She began her career as a volunteer in a public radio pledge drive and her first radio story was about racism that happens on the phone. She is a former NPR Bureau Chief for the western states, is President Emerita of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists, was named the inaugural Editor of the Year by Public Radio News Directors, Inc. and has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow award, two Gracies, a Sigma Delta Chi medal and two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists.
John Davidow served as WBUR’s Managing Director of Digital and Executive Editor of new media, where he oversaw the growth of the award-winning wbur.org. Davidow joined WBUR as news director/managing editor after spending more than two decades as a journalist in Boston. Davidow’s work has been recognized with regional awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Associated Press and UPI.
Ernesto Aguilar serves a diversity of rural, tribal, Latino and more media outlets via the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the nation’s oldest organization supporting hyperlocal media. He was previously a noncommercial radio program director, where he led news initiatives, youth radio and on-air fundraising. A Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education Fellow (Advanced Leadership) and Online News Association Leadership cohort selection, Aguilar holds a B.A. in journalism, with minors in sociology and Women’s Studies, a Management and Leadership Certification from the University of Houston and a Nonprofit Fund Development Certification from Rice University.