Our Team

John Hamer – President

JOHN HAMER is President of the Washington News Council, an independent forum for media fairness that he co-founded in 1998.

He was Associate Editorial-Page Editor at The Seattle Times and previously Associate Editor with Congressional Quarterly/Editorial Research Reports in Washington, D.C. After leaving The Times, Hamer became senior fellow at Discovery Institute and co-authored “International Seattle: Creating a Globally Competitive Community.” He later became co-editor of CounterPoint, a monthly media-critique newsletter, and co-authored the bi-weekly “Watchdogs” media column in Seattle Weekly and Eastsideweek. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University.

See John Hamer’s Resume

Kathy Schrier

Kathy Schrier is part-time executive assistant for the Washington News Council and is also part-time director of the Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA).

She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1975) and a Masters in Education from Antioch University, Seattle (2004). Besides teaching and being very involved in journalism education, in a past life Schrier ran a small Seattle publishing company, producing magazines and business publications for a range of clients.

Her work on Student Press Rights legislation in Washington state earned her the WJEA Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award and the national Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit (both in 2007). In 2008 she received the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association.

Brian Glanz

While serving as the Washington News Council’s Technical Projects Manager and director of our Washington News Lab, Brian is the designer-developer of this online community and related projects such as Media Bugs and the TAO of Journalism online.

Brian is also founder and director of the Open Science Federation, a nonprofit focused in science communications which shares the values of our TAO of Journalism — Transparency, Accountability, Openness. The News Council uses open source technologies developed in part by the Open Science Federation.

Brian first volunteered with the Washington News Council after the 2010 Journalism That Matters conference “Re-imagining News and Community in the Pacific Northwest.” Also in Open Journalism, he has design-developed online communities and web sites for Journalism That MattersPublic Eye Northwest, and constituent projects such as Social Capital Review and Public Data Ferret.

Jacob Caggiano

JACOB CAGGIANO is the Council’s Communication Strategist. It’s his job to pitch ideas and get audiences to latch on. He also dedicates long hours behind the scenes working with the website, the Washington News Lab, and other experiments designed to change the way we interact with news and information.

Some would consider him a jack of all trades, with a background in theater, videography, and music, but he prefers the term “Renaissance Man.”  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University with an emphasis on Journalism and Digital Media.

In the past he was the Production Manager for the CBS affiliate of Southeast Alaska, where he also became one of the most infatuating tour guides to ever roam the Last Frontier.