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Reynolds Center staff

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is based in Phoenix at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. But we are available at BusinessJournalism.org all the time. Look around this site for tips, tools and a network of journalists. Or reach out and contact any of us at the center.

Andrew Leckey, President

Andrew Leckey was named president of the Reynolds Center and became the Reynolds Endowed Chair in
AndrewLeckeyMug Business Journalism in 2009. He was the first director of the center at its launch in 2003. Andrew was previously a long-time syndicated investment columnist for the Chicago Tribune, a CNBC anchor and the author or editor of 10 financial books. He received the National Association of Investors Corporation’s “Distinguished Award in Investment Education” and was the first director of the Bloomberg Business Journalism Program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is frequently interviewed on business and business journalism topics, most recently by The New York Times, Newsweek, The Guardian in London and the PBS “NewsHour,” as well as China’s CCTV and Oriental Outlook magazine.
E-mail Andrew or 602-496-9186


Micheline Maynard, Director Micki Maynard, Reynolds Center director
Micheline Maynard was named director of the Reynolds Center and an ASU professor of practice in 2014. She served as Detroit bureau chief and senior business correspondent at the New York Times, based in Detroit, where she covered the automobile and airline industries. In 2010, she become senior editor of the public radio project, Changing Gears, which received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of the Midwest economy. She edits the crowd-funded journalism venture, Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around, examining why people are driving less and turning to different types of transportation. She is a contributor to Forbes Magazine, which published the Curbing Cars eBook in 2014. Micki is the author of four other books, including The End of Detroit: How The Big Three Lost Their Grip On The American Car Market. She was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University, a media fellow of The Japan Society, a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.
E-mail Micki or 602-496-5176


Robin J PhillipsRobin J. Phillips, Digital director

Robin J. Phillips joined Reynolds Center in August 2009, after working as online community manager for azcentral.com, the Web site of The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She has also served as deputy business editor at The Republic and Newsday, as well as editor for BusinessWeek Online’s small business channel. Robin teaches a course on the Business & Future of Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was an adjunct professor of new media at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented at various journalism organizations on the use of social media as a reporting tool. She is a co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter-based gathering of web journalists. She holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Hawaii and is a master’s candidate at ASU.
E-mail Robin or 602-496-9190

Cassandra Nicholson
Cassandra Nicholson, Coordinator Senior

Cassandra Nicholson joined the Center as in October 2009. She is responsible for registrations and workshop materials and coordinates entries for the Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism. Before joining the Center, Cassandra worked at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She participated in the NASA Space Grant Internship program at the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and later went on to work as a program aide for the Mars Space Flight Facility. Cassandra holds a B.A. in Journalism from ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
E-mail Cassandra or 602-496-9189

The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication at Arizona State University. The Center was launched in 2003 at the American Press Institute with a grant from the Las Vegas-based Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. It sponsors daylong workshops, online seminars and a website devoted to covering business better. The Cronkite School, named for the long-time CBS news anchor, serves more than 1,200 undergraduate and master’s journalism students.