Our Advisers

News-Decoder is advised by a committee of experts in media, education, finance and not-for-profit strategy. Here are our advisers.


 tagnew_originalTim Agnew has more than 30 years of experience in commercial finance and economic development. He is a principal of Masthead Venture Partners, a Cambridge, Massachusetts venture capital firm, and serves on the boards of the Maine Venture Fund and CEI Community Ventures. Before joining Masthead, he was chief executive officer of the Finance Authority of Maine.




Jui Chakravorty is founder and managing editor of b-yond.tv, a digital video startup that offers glimpses of cultures from around the world by training and working with aspiring journalists on the ground. An award-winning journalist with nine years experience at Reuters and two in television news, she has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict out of the Gaza Strip, the U.S. auto industry and Arab America out of Detroit, and mergers and acquisitions out of New York.


ccheney_originalCatherine Cheney is Special Projects Editor at NationSwell, a media company that seeks solutions to America’s challenges. Previously she worked as a web producer and staff writer at POLITICO, wrote for World Politics Review and served as social media editor for Al-Monitor. Her reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Der Spiegel, where she was based on a fellowship. A recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award, Catherine works for the Newseum in Washington, DC, as part of its program for young journalists.


bgoldfarb_originalBen Goldfarb is a correspondent for High Country News, an award-winning magazine that covers natural resources in the western United States. His writing has also appeared in Scientific American, The Guardian, OnEarth Magazine and Earth Island Journal, and his work has been supported by the Solutions Journalism Network, the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources and the Yale Climate and Energy Institute. His stories frequently involve wildlife management, sustainable fisheries and public land politics.


tosenton_originalTom Osenton is a best-selling author and leading growth strategist for nonprofits. Tom spent more than 25 years in senior management positions at CapCities/ABC and Billboard, and served as president, CEO and publisher of The Sporting News Publishing Co. He has worked on three Olympic Games and written three best-selling business books, including “The Death of Demand,” which introduced a groundbreaking economic theory based on analysis of more than 50 years of data from S&P 500 companies.


Betty Wong was global managing editor of Reuters from 2008-2011, with 29 years of experience at the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. She covered white collar crime on Wall Street from Ivan Boesky to Michael Milken in the 1980s, led U.S. corporate news coverage from the dot com bubble to rubble and was global equities editor for Reuters.