Co-founder & Executive Director
Martin is Bay Area News Group senior editor for community engagement and the former editor of the Oakland Tribune. He began his career at the Tribune as a Chips Quinn Scholar intern in 1995. Since then he’s worked his way through the ranks as a reporter, assistant city editor, associate editor for special projects, managing editor and finally editor-in-chief in May 2008. He served as editor-in-chief until Dec. 2011 when he moved into a new regional role focusing on community engagement. Martin was one of the lead editors on the award-winning Chauncey Bailey Project. He has fostered relationships with academic and philanthropic institutions to expand the Tribune’s reach and serves on the board of directors of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. In 2013, Martin was named Innovator of the Year by the Tribune’s parent company, Digital First Media, and is an at-large board member of the Associated Press Media Editors. Martin is a Bay Area native. He was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and moved to Oakland in 2000. He lives in West Oakland with his wife and two children.
Dori is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Prior to being named president in January 2001, she directed the History Project, which leads the way in preserving and protecting the contributions of those courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Dori also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists more accurately cover their communities. She is the co-author of Letters to My Children, a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by her late father Bob Maynard, with introductory essays by Dori. As a reporter, she has experience on both coasts — The Bakersfield Californian, and The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass. — as well as a stint at the Detroit Free Press, covering senate and mayoral campaigns, and City Hall. In 1993 she and her father became the first father-daughter duo ever to be appointed Nieman scholars at Harvard University. Bob Maynard won this prestigious fellowship in 1966. While at Harvard, Dori specialized in research on public policy and poverty. She worked regularly with her father in researching and preparing for his appearances on This Week With David Brinkley and the MacNeil Lehrer Report. Maynard graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, with a B.A. in American history.
Oakland Voices Coordinator
Brenda Payton has been a journalist for 40 years. She was a columnist at the Oakland Tribune for 26 years. She contributed to KQED radio’s Perspective series for 20 years. She was a co-producer of “Your Loan Is Denied,” a documentary about lending discrimination that aired on PBS’ Frontline. She was a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner, the Boston Phoenix and the New Bedford Standard Times. She was a lecturer at San Francisco State University, teaching newswriting, reporting and feature writing.
Training Program Director
Evelyn is senior director of programs and operations for the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She began her journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she was a city hall reporter and a member of the investigative team. She spent eight years at The Washington Post as a metropolitan reporter covering politics and government and as an assistant editor for the paper’s weeklies. From the Post, she joined the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., as an associate director responsible for designing and leading seminars on editing, management and writing. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she worked on programs for students and on mid-career programs on management and writing. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and of the Maynard Institute’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association and was a key organizer of the first UNITY conference that brought together more than 5,000 journalists. She has served on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and on the board of the Student Press Law Center. She served on the Youth Services Committee of the Newspaper Association of America.
CHRISTOPHER M. JOHNSON
Christopher is a freelance journalist who spent seven years with National Public Radio as a producer, reporter, editor, commentator, and manager. He has worked on four NPR programs, including Morning Edition, and helped launch the shows Day To Day and News & Notes With Ed Gordon. As a reporter, Christopher covers popular culture, music, and technology. He is currently creating a Knight grant-funded radio series on Yoruba religion practiced by black Americans in the US.