Leadership

The NC Local News Workshop is housed at the Elon University School of Communications and is led by Executive Director Shannan Bowen. The initiative is funded by the NC Local News Lab Fund at the NC Community Foundation.

Shannan BowenKenn GaitherMelanie Sill

Shannan Bowen
Executive Director, NC Local News Workshop
Schar Hall – Communications Bld 108F
2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
sbowen5@elon.edu

Kenn Gaither
Interim Dean, School of Communications,
A.J. Fletcher Endowed Professor of Strategic Communications
Schar Hall – Communications Bld,
Office 108D 2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
tgaither@elon.edu

Melanie Sill
Senior Advisor, NC Local News Workshop
Schar Hall – Communications Bld 202A
2850 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
(336) 278-5738
msill@elon.edu


Eric Frederick

Eric Frederick Editor, NC Local newsletter
nclocal@elon.edu

Eric has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades, all of it in North Carolina. A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, he worked for more than 35 years at The News and Observer in Raleigh in editing, reporting and senior leadership roles focused on news, audience and strategy. He is now the news and audience editor for EducationNC and a freelance writer.