ThreeSixty's Board of Advisers

Duchesne Drew

Managing editor for operations, Star Tribune
President, Twin Cities Black Journalists

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Duchesne Paul Drew is the Star Tribune's Managing Editor for Operations. He's the newsroom's liaison to the circulation, production and advertising departments; he oversees the copy desk, the design desk, newsroom technology issues, training and recruitment; and he leads the newsroom's community outreach efforts. Prior to being named to his current position, Duchesne was the Assistant Managing Editor for Local News. In that role he coordinated the paper's metro section and supervised the teams that cover Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities suburbs and public safety issues. Duchesne was previously the Star Tribune's business editor, St. Paul bureau editor, an assistant editor on the paper's metro team and a longtime education reporter. Duchesne is president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Duchesne is a member of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information and a 2009 McCormick Media Fellow. Duchesne has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, where he majored in history, and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Duchesne is married to Angela Davis, who anchors the morning and midday shows at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. They live in St. Paul and have two children.

Brian Bellmont

Brian Bellmont

Co-owner and president of Bellmont Partners Public Relations

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Bellmont is a St. Thomas almnus and former reporter. He is currently the co-owner and
president of the Prior Lake-based Bellmont Partners Public Relations (http://www.bellmontpartners.com/).  

For the past 16 years, he has developed successful local and national public relations campaigns, produced award-winning videos, and written everything from news releases and brochures to magazine articles and books. His background includes experience as a television reporter in Wisconsin and as a national news producer, where he helped coordinate coverage for programs such as the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour," "Inside Edition," "American Journal" and The
Weather Channel.

Kristie Bunton

Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

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Kris Bunton is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, where she is also professor of communication and journalism and was department chair for several years.  Her doctoral degree in mass communication ethics and law is from Indiana University, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism are from the University of Missouri.  Dr. Bunton specializes in media ethics, and she is co-author and editor of The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination, published in 2012 by Continuum Books.

Mike Burbach

Editor at St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Mike Burbach is editor is the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A graduate of the
University of North Dakota, he has also worked at newspapers in the
Dakotas, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio. He and his family live in St. Paul.

Sue Campbell

Director of Custom Editorial at MSP Communications

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Sue Campbell worked in the Pioneer Press newsroom for nearly twenty years in
a variety of roles. Her last job was as senior editor for Metro and
Features, and editor of Spaces magazine.

She recently left the paper to become Director of Custom Editorial for MSP
Communications in Minneapolis, where she oversees Web site creation for a
range of clients. She has served on the boards of the Minnesota Waldorf
School and MNCOGI, as well as the ThreeSixtyJournalism Board.

David Cazares

Editor, Minnesota Public Radio
Dina Gavrilos

Dina Gavrilos

Assistant Professor at University of St. Thomas

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Dina Gavrilos has been a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas’ Department of Communication and Journalism for the past six years.  Professor Gavrilos teaches courses on media research and professional communication skills.  She earned her doctorate in mass communication from the University of Iowa in 2003.  Her research questions cultural assumptions about social identities including race/ethnicity, class and gender, among others, in light of social hierarchy, power and privilege.

Dr. Gavrilos’ teaching and research interests align with the mission of ThreeSixty Journalism, which seeks to empower high school students of color and low-income backgrounds with the journalism skills needed to tell stories that matter in their communities.  She has served as a ThreeSixty Journalism board member since 2009. 

Doug Hennes

Vice President for University and Government Relations at University of St. Thomas

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Doug Hennes is vice president for university and government relations at the University of St. Thomas. A 1977 journalism graduate of St. Thomas, Doug worked for 14 years in the newsroom at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a reporter and editor, including six years as metro editor, before returning to his alma mater to oversee University Relations in 1990.  In that position, he oversees a staff of 27 communications professionals and also is the university's lobbyist. He serves on the ThreeSixty board, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce board and the Mendota Heights Planning Commission.

Scott Libin

Vice President, News & Content Solutions at Internet Broadcasting

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Scott Libin has three decades of experience as a journalist, including jobs on camera and behind the scenes, as a news director and as an educator.  He is a consultant, coach and communications professional, specializing in broadcast and digital journalism. 

Libin has led newsrooms at WCCO-TV and KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, and WGHP-TV in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, N.C., market. He began his career as a congressional press secretary and as a bureau reporter in Washington, D.C.  He was a reporter and weekend anchor in North Carolina before entering management. 

In the spring of 2011, Libin joined Internet Broadcasting in St. Paul, Minn., where he is Vice President of News and Content Solutions.

Dennis McGrath

Owner, McGrath-Buckley Communications Counseling

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Dennis McGrath is co-founder and principal of McGrath Buckley Communications, a St. Paul-based public relations counseling firm.  He has over 40 years of experience in managing multi-country international public relations programs in Asia and Europe, balanced with a portfolio of assignments throughout the US and in the Upper Midwest.  For 10 years, he served as communications director for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. 

He previously was managing director and CEO of the Minneapolis office of Shandwick, an international PR firm, formerly known as Mona Meyer McGrath and Gavin. He is a 1963 Journalism graduate of the University of Minnesota.  McGrath and his wife, Betsy Buckley, live in Saint Paul and have three adult children and five grandchildren, one of whom is a graduate of Saint Thomas University.

Sara Pelissero

Web producer, WCCO-TV
Alumna, ThreeSixty Journalism
Lida Poletz

Lida Poletz

Vice President of Weber Shandwick

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Lida Poletz is a senior vice president at Weber Shandwick, a public relations agency in Minneapolis. She started her professional life in journalism, reporting for Reuters news agency from Kiev, London and New York. Lida is passionate about helping young people learn to tell their stories and find opportunities to stretch and grow creatively.

In addition to her work with ThreeSixty Journalism, she volunteers at a Twin Cities school that teaches Ukrainian language, music and culture to children of Ukrainian descent. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in Russian, and earned an MBA and master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. She enjoys travel, reading and pontooning on Minnesota lakes. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, Bob Ingrassia, and their two children.