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2015 JoLT Professional Fellows

Maggie Farley

Maggie Farley is a JoLT Professional Fellow

Maggie Farley brings a career in journalism and experience in educational game development to the JoLT Program. Farley spent 14 years as an award-winning foreign correspondent and reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She was based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, covering Southeast Asia and then China before returning to New York to head the U.N. Bureau. Farley hopped to new media from old media in 2009, as a partner of Lucky G Media, creating educational content for the web and the iPhone. Lucky Grasshopper, an animated app for learning Chinese characters, hit the App Store’s top ten in educational apps in 2010. After Lucky G was acquired in 2011, Farley has been designing digital education projects for Pearson Foundation, bgC3, and the News Literacy Project. She has a BA from Brown, an MA from Harvard, and is delighted to be back at school again at American University.

Mitch Gelman

Mitch Gelman is a JoLT Professional Fellow

As Vice President, Product for Gannett Digital, Mitch Gelman oversees engineering, design and operations for the company’s media properties, including 46 broadcast television and 81 newspapers. In 2014, he led the company’s work in experiential storytelling, applying virtual reality, gaming interaction and 360-degree 3D video to news coverage.

Prior to coming to Gannett, Gelman was a Vice President at and Chief Operating Officer at THX, Ltd. From 2001 to 2008, he headed editorial and operations at as Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, extending the CNN brand to multiple digital platforms and achieving double-digit revenue and traffic growth for eight consecutive years. During that time, was the number one news and information site online and garnered numerous awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow award and recognition by the Knight Foundation for excellence in news innovation. From 1998 to 2000, Gelman was executive editor of, the No. 3 sports site in the U.S.

In addition, Gelman worked as projects editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, editor-in-chief of and as a reporter at New York Newsday when it won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news coverage of a fatal subway crash. He also worked as a stringer for Time magazine and authored six children’s books for the interactive “Play-It-Your-Way” sports series.

Gelman holds a BA in Humanities, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Rotary Foundation Fellow at the National University of Singapore where he studied the political economy of Southeast and East Asia.

Tory Hargro

Tory Hargro is a JoLT Professional Fellow

Tory Hargro is the design manager at USA TODAY. With over 10 years of experience at the intersections of design, technology and news, Tory leads a talented team of developers, producers and designers in the creation of new visual storytelling forms. Based in McLean, VA he is also a part of USA TODAY’s Network national News desk, a team charged with creating engaging digital stories and applications for over 100 news properties.

Tory is a recipient of the 2012 Gannett Digital Excellence Award and has received multiple Society for News Design Awards throughout his career. Before joining the company in 2008 he was a multimedia producer with the Orlando Sentinel and was awarded a visual journalism fellowship to the Poynter institute for Media Studies.

The native Mississippian can usually be found grilling, enjoying new cultural experiences and volunteering with teenagers and young adults in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson is a JoLT Professional Fellow

Matt Thompson just started this January as the deputy editor of Previously, as Director of Vertical Initiatives (and Mischief) at NPR, he worked with teams across the company to guide the development of topic-focused verticals covering race, ethnicity and culture; education; and global health and development.

From 2013-2014, Thompson taught media and technology management as an adjunct professor at American University. He currently serves as the vice-chairman of the board of the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative journalism nonprofit. He's also the co-founder of an organization called Spark Camp, which convenes diverse groups of leaders from a variety of industries.

Before joining NPR in 2010, Thompson served as the interim Online Community Manager for the Knight Foundation. Before that, he completed a Donald W. Reynolds Fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, was the deputy web editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and an online reporter/producer for the Fresno Bee.

Thompson was the Poynter Institute's 2003-04 Naughton Fellow for Online Reporting and Writing. While at Poynter, he and his colleague Robin Sloan produced the Flash movie EPIC 2014. Presenting a picture of the media past set 10 years in the future, the movie was written up in The New York Times, Financial Times, USA Today, the Guardian, and on MSNBC. In 2010, Thompson completed a four-year term on Poynter's National Advisory Board. A graduate with honors in English from Harvard College, Thompson wrote his senior thesis on the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He blogs at, jogs along the Potomac and occasionally sings barbershop music with friends.

Bob Hone

Bob Hone is a JoLT Professional Fellow

Bob Hone has had distinguished, award-winning careers in engineering, journalism, as well as interactive and videogame design and production. As the founder and Creative Director of Red Hill Studios, Bob oversaw the design and production of mobile educational apps, online educational games, health games, museum exhibitions, educational game research, and broadcast television documentaries. He was the lead designer of the acclaimed Painting With Time iPad app (Editor’s Choice Children’s Technology Review, Parent’s Choice Award) and other Red Hill apps including Painting with Time: Climate Change (Yale Forum Top Climate Change app 2012), and BeThere: San Francisco (an innovative virtual presence app).

From 2009 – 2012, He was the Principal Investigator of four grants totaling $2.2 million from the NSF and NIH to develop serious games for education and health. He and former Red Hill Senior Programmer Charlie Brown designed Games for Gait and Balance – a set of Kinect™-based physical therapy games to improve balance in people with Parkinson’s disease.

He is a frequent speaker on educational and health game design – presenting to diverse audiences including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation summits, White House Health Game Summit, Game Developers Conference, Games for Health Conference, Games, Learning and Society, among many others.

He received a B.S. and M.S. from M.I.T. in 1980 in the field of chemical engineering, after which he worked for three years as an R&D engineer for DuPont. In 1983, He made his first big transition – leaping into the field of science journalism to pursue an interest in communicating science topics to the general public. After receiving a Masters in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley, he joined the documentary staff at KQED and received the AAAS/Westinghouse award in 1987 for his series of documentaries shorts on science, medicine, and health: Science Notes. In 1989, he joined the science production unit at WGBH in Boston to serve as one of the Producers on the acclaimed and Peabody award-winning PBS/BBC television series about the history of the computer, The Machine That Changed the World.

In his second major transition, Bob returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 to start Red Hill Studios. Over the past 20 years, Bob has won nearly every award possible in the field of educational software including a Codie, the Prix Mobius award, a Muse Award, several Cine Golden Eagles, Communication Arts, numerous Invision Awards, and several National Education Media Network awards.

He helped found the landmark Multimedia Studies Program at San Francisco State, which grew from an initial class of 32 students to more than 1,500 in three short years. He taught video editing, visual special effects, and interactive design for nearly 10 years at the MSP.

He is currently working on a book about timescales, “The Many Layers of Now,” and a Kickstarter campaign to produce the “Now & Then Cam” app that will empower citizens to chronicle the transformation of their local environments due to climate change.