City & State Establishes New Advisory Board to Help Guide Coverage of New York’s Diverse Communities
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City & State Establishes New Advisory Board to Help Guide Coverage of New York’s Diverse Communities

March 9, 2021

New York, NY (March 9, 2021) — City & State, the premier media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy, has created an advisory board that will provide strategic guidance on their focus on issues surrounding diversity and inclusion across their editorial portfolio, including City & State’s power lists and rankings.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon, a City & State contributing editor who is currently the chief communications officer for the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, the 13-member panel comes in response to City & State’s commitment to reflecting all of New York’s diverse communities in their coverage of local and state politics and government. 

“Newsrooms all over the nation are at a point of reckoning for the need to cover the communities they serve more inclusively,” said Salomon. “The newly-created advisory board is just one way that City & State is embracing this need, and I’m thrilled to join a distinguished group of board members to embark on this process with the editorial team.”

The advisory board members are as follows:

  • Sayu Bhojwani, founder of Women’s Democracy Lab
  • Gregg Bishop, interim executive director of Coro New York
  • Maite Junco, vice chancellor for communications and marketing at the City University of New York
  • David Jones, leader of the Community Services Society and member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority board
  • Andrew Kirtzman, former host of NY1’s “Inside City Hall” and WCBS-TV’s “Kirtzman and Co.,” President of Kirtzman Strategies
  • Tara L. Martin, director of political outreach at Madison Square Garden Entertainment
  • Mike NievesCEO and President of Spanish language television network HITN
  • Juanita Scarlett, advisory committee board member for the NYU Wagner School of Public Health NYC 2025, partner with Bolton-St. Johns 
  • Larry Scott Blackmon, CEO of political consulting and communications firm The Blackmon Organization
  • Lupe Todd Medina, president of Effective Media Strategies, LLC 
  • Ashwin Vassan, Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons/NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital; president and CEO of Fountain House
  • Trip Yang, founder and president of Trip Yang Strategies

In addition to previously mentioned counsel, the advisory board will provide valuable insights around shaping City & State’s power lists and rankings, which are developed through deep research based on a set criteria. When developing their noteworthy power lists and rankings, City & State sets out to ensure that the rankings reflect who is powerful, influential, or noteworthy within various industries. Inclusion on a list does not equal an endorsement or moral judgment on a person’s record in their industry. 

More information about City & State’s advisory board members can be found here. In the coming weeks, the advisory board will have its first meeting to review upcoming City & State lists and rankings, providing guidance that ensure diverse communities remain a top focus and consideration during editorial research and reporting. 


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