Tom Johnson's 35-year career in journalism has taken him from the classroom to the newsroom and back many times. Johnson began using computers to tease meaning out of data in the early 1970s while a Ph.D. candidate studying the impact of technology on urban spaces. By the early 1980s, he was writing about dedicated word processing systems (think $13,000 in 1978 dollars) and covering the early stages of personal computing in Silicon Valley for TIME and Popular Science. Johnson was a reporter for TIME Magazine in El Salvador in the mid-1980s, the start-up editor of MacWEEK magazine and a deputy editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Boston University’s College of Communication and lectured and conducted workshops in England, Poland, South Africa and Latin America. In 2011, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars selected him for inclusion on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. He is Professor of Journalism (Emeritus) at San Francisco State University and the founder and co-director of the Institute for Analytic Journalism in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.jtjohnson.com
Helena Ribe is an international development economist, recently retired from the World Bank. She has worked with policy-makers, academics and civil society organizations all over the world. Her recent book (coauthored): “From Right to Reality: Incentives, Labor Markets and the Challenge of Universal Social Protection in Latin America and the Caribbean” has been widely quoted including in The Economist and in the World Development Reports published by the World Bank. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Economics from Yale University.
She had a number of senior managerial positions in the World Bank. Her last assignment was as manager of the Social Protection program in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her program’s objective was to improve social protection systems to extend coverage of health services and pensions; to improve employment, training and information services; to foster awareness of the causes and solutions to malnutrition; and to improve safety nets to protect the most vulnerable from economic shocks and natural disasters. Previously, she managed the World Bank’s programs of studies, technical assistance and financing in Human Development in Southern and West Africa.
Helena has appeared frequently in the media. She was profiled by CNN as a successful Latin American working in the United States. She appeared in a BBC documentary, in the PBS News Hour with Ray Suarez, in the New York Times by Tina Rosenberg, in CNN with Gabriela Frias, in NPR’s Marketplace with Jeff Tyler, and in the Latin American TV, press and radio. She is a frequent speaker in Conferences and academia (most recently in Columbia and Harvard Universities).
She is now a non-profit Director and economic development consultant, and is involved in community and cultural activities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Pro-Mujer International, of the Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation, of the Women International Study Center and of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. She also serves in the organizing committee of the Mentor to Market program of the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe and mentors Cuban artists.
Helena was born in Colombia and is a US citizen. She is the mother of Matthew and Isabel and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.