New Membership Director to Support Nearly 4,000 Nonprofit News Staff

Michelle Morgante joins the Institute for Nonprofit News on Oct. 12 to facilitate connections among members and build added support for the nearly 4,000 people now working in INN member news organizations. Morgante will be working to fire up more peer groups, mentoring programs, a member award program, regional gatherings and other network opportunities to speed growth of the field and provide more resources for the individuals leading this nonprofit news movement.

A veteran of newsrooms across the United States and Latin America, Morgante has nearly 30 years of experience in print, digital and broadcast journalism as a reporter, editor and manager. Her background includes tenure as deputy managing editor for National Public Radio; managing editor of the award-winning McClatchy daily, The Merced Sun-Star; and more than two decades with The Associated Press, where Morgante was an editor and bureau chief, as well as a foreign correspondent. She was a co-founder of the AP's Diversity Council and has supported the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and CCNMA/Latino Journalists of California as a member and chapter officer.

 A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Morgante is bicultural and bilingual, with roots in Mexico. She lives in central California with her three sons and two beagles. 

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