Our Board of Trustees

News-Decoder is part of the French not-for-profit Nouvelles-Découvertes, which is governed by a five-person board of trustees. The academic institutions that are enrolled in News-Decoder’s program are members of Nouvelles-Découvertes and eligible to participate in its annual general meeting.

Here are profiles of the trustees.


Nelson Graves is the founder of News-Decoder and an experienced educator and administrator who has taught and worked on three continents. He was a correspondent, bureau chief and regional managing editor at Reuters, holding posts in Washington, Paris, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Milan and Tokyo. He later served as admissions director at Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in international relations in Europe, and has worked with schools around the world.


Robert Holloway is a British-born French citizen who had a long career at Agence France-Presse as a journalist and editor before becoming director of the AFP Foundation, the international media training arm of the global news agency. He joined AFP in 1988 and served as Sydney bureau chief, foreign editor, head of the English desk in Paris, United Nations correspondent in New York, deputy managing editor and acting editor in chief.


Aralynn A. McMane is a journalism educator who has worked around the world in the interests of young readers and media literacy. With the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, she directed activities concerning the young and introduced publisher-educator partnerships in more than 20 countries. She helped improve the news publishing infrastructure for the non-government press in emerging democracies in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. She has served as an adviser for several UNESCO sectors.


Nancy Merritt Asthalter is a former professor of American History at the University of Paris. A U.S. citizen and long-time resident of France, Nancy served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Togo. She is co-founder of the Mission Interuniversitaire des Échanges entre la France et l’Amérique (MICEFA), a consortium of universities in Paris, and currently is director of MICEFA Medical Exchanges. She is on the board of the International Communications Center, affiliated with the American University of Paris.


Jo Weir directs media development projects and training globally for DMA Media, Europe’s largest independent media training company. During a 25-year career in media development, Jo, who is Canadian, has managed training programs in more than 85 countries and worked with local journalists to set up news platforms in Egypt, Iraq and Zimbabwe. Between 1989 and 2014 she worked with the Reuters Foundation and its successor, the Thomson Reuters Foundation.