Judges : National

Stephen Buckley

Dean of Faculty, Poynter Institute

Stephen Buckley is the Dean of Faculty at the Poynter Institute where he is in charge of all education programs. Previously, Buckley was the first publisher of tampabay.com, the website of the St. Petersburg Times also owned by Poynter. The position was created in 2008 to sharpen and accelerate the Times' push into electronic publishing. He had previously been managing editor of the Times. Before becoming managing editor, he served as the Times' World Editor, directing coverage of national and international news. In 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Times Publishing Company.

Buckley spent twelve years reporting at The Washington Post, first as a metro reporter for five years and then as a foreign correspondent. He served as their Africa bureau chief based in Nairobi, Kenya and then Brazil bureau chief, based in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2002, he won the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, one of the state's highest writing honors. In 1998, he won the National Association of Black Journalists first place award for international reporting, and the InterAction award for humanitarian reporting.

Buckley graduated from Duke University, where he majored in political science. He is married to Cathleen Buckley, a science teacher. They have two children.