Pham, de Laubenfels, Named Poynter Ethics Fellows

Thé N. Pham, the photography editor for the Houston Chronicle, and Heidi de Laubenfels, assistant managing editor for visuals and technology, The Seattle Times, have been named 2006 Ethics Fellows at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL.

This fifth class of sixteen Poynter Fellows will meet for one week in March, and again in 2007, to explore key ethical issues facing journalism. Pham has been an NPPA member since 1984, and de Laubenfels joined in 2000. The 2006 Ethics Fellows program is partially supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Including Pham and de Laubenfels, the 2006 Ethics Fellows are: Lori Aratani, education writer, The Washington Post; John F. Burnett, correspondent, National Public Radio; Richard Chacón, ombudsman, Boston Globe; Eric Eyre, reporter, The Charleston (WV) Gazette; Manny Garcia, metro editor, The Miami Herald; Jeannine Guttman, editor and vice president, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Lonnie Isabel, a 28-year veteran of daily newspapers and a university teacher; Tom Merriman, investigative reporter, WJW Fox 8 (Cleveland, OH); Dean Miller, managing editor, Idaho Falls Post Register; Amy Morris, executive producer, WLS TV (Chicago, IL); Tim Ryan, assistant news director, KUSA 9 News (Denver, CO); Joel Sappell, assistant managing editor and executive editor/Interactive, Los Angeles Times; Barbara White Stack, editorial writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and Jocelyn Wiener; reporter, The Sacramento Bee.

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists, future journalists, and teachers of journalism. Poynter conducts over 50 seminars annually in the areas of leadership and management, reporting and writing, broadcast, ethics and diversity, and visual journalism, as well as providing online learning through News University ( The school owns the Times Publishing Company, the parent company of the St. Petersburg Times, Congressional Quarterly and other publications.