Chris Krewson
Executive Director

Chris Krewson was most recently the vice president of strategy for Spirited Media, which was the parent company of three independent news sites: Billy Penn, The Incline and Denverite. He was the founding editor when Billy Penn launched in 2014. Prior to his five years at Spirited Media, Krewson was the top digital editor at both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. He is also the former executive online editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and held a variety of digital roles at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. He started his career as a reporter at the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, children, dogs, cat and goldfish.

Phayvanh Luekhamhan
Director of Operations

Phayvanh Luekhamhan was most recently VTDigger’s associate publisher. She was previously the executive director for Montpelier Alive, Montpelier’s non-profit downtown revitalization organization, where she increased the organization’s public profile with coordinated marketing and promotional efforts that contributed to successful fundraising campaigns. Her work on Montpelier Art Walk, PoemCity and Capital City Cash earned awards from the Vermont Downtown & Village Centers Program. She is co-founder of PoemCity and serves as its Vermont state coordinator. She has received non-profit training from Marlboro College and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). A life-long Vermonter, she lives in Barre.

Anika Anand
Deputy Director

Anika Anand was most recently the cofounder of The Evergrey, and the storytelling and product director of WhereBy.Us, parent company of The Evergrey. She was the engagement editor for The Seattle Times Education Lab, when she also helped produce Under Our Skin, a project exploring words we use to talk about race that won multiple awards, including a 2017 Online Journalism Award in Explanatory Reporting. Before that, she was the product and engagement director at Chalkbeat and led the development of a WordPress plugin to track journalistic impact. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s in business and economics reporting from the CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle by Seattle Met Magazine and participated in the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. Originally from North Carolina, she lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

Lisa Heyamoto
GNI Startups Lab Program Manager
Lisa Heyamoto will be overseeing our new GNI Startups Lab program. For the past nine years, Lisa has been a senior instructor at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, where she focused on community building through storytelling, and before that, worked as a columnist and reporter for The Sacramento Bee and The Seattle Times. She also co founded The 32 Percent Project, which explores what drives and disrupts public trust in the news media. Lisa brings an incredible wealth of experience in developing new ways of teaching and training, an invaluable skill set in developing our Startups Lab program. Lisa is based in Eugene, Oregon.
Ben DeJarnette
Entrepreneurial Journalism Community Manager
Ben DeJarnette will be the community manager for our soon-to-be-launched entrepreneurial journalism community, part of the GNI Startups Lab program. Ben founded Bridgeliner, a WhereBy.Us news site and newsletter covering Portland, Oregon, and most recently served as its editor. He’s also the co-author of the book Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World, and has worked with GroundSource, the Agora Journalism Center and MediaShift. We look forward to drawing on Ben’s experience from helping launch the Gather community for engagement journalism professionals. Ben is based in Portland, Oregon.
Mariko Lochridge
Tiny News Collective Product Manager
Mariko Lochridge was most recently a small business consultant in Los Angeles county serving over 200 entrepreneurs in the Japanese diaspora. During her time in that role she conceptualized and launched a community driven small business incubator based in the historic community of Little Tokyo. The project provided the opportunity for the next generation of Nikkei entrepreneurs to explore a brick and mortar storefront business model while also examining themes of community control and self-determination through the lens of entrepreneurship. In 2020 she supported mom and pop small businesses through the small business funding application process helping mostly monolingual Japanese speakers cumulatively access over 2 million in federal, state and local stimulus capital. Prior to her time as a consultant, Mariko worked as a breaking news journalist reporting from over 12 countries worldwide for Reuters Video News and later Japanese broadcaster Nippon Television. Raised in Tokyo, Japan she currently resides in downtown Los Angeles.