THE EDITORIAL BOARD: Meet the members of USA TODAY's board

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USA TODAY's Editorial Board forms the opinions expressed in USA TODAY's editorials. Its members are selected by USA TODAY's opinion editor, with a goal of reflecting the diversity of the nation's conversation. The board operates by consensus and reaches its opinions independently from any other part of USA TODAY or its parent company, Gannett. It is not aligned with any political party. More broadly, the Editorial Board strives to present an opinion section online and in print that reflects the fullness of the national dialogue, offering commentary from columnists, readers and its own writers on a wide range of issues from many perspectives.

Kristen DelGuzzi
Kristen DelGuzzi

Kristen DelGuzzi

@kristendel

Kristen DelGuzzi is the opinion editor. She joined USA TODAY in 2018 as managing editor for politics and world and moved to opinion in 2021, after leading coverage of the Trump administration, the 2020 presidential election, the Mueller investigation, the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices, two impeachments, and reporting from inside Iran. She previously was at The Arizona Republic, where she was senior director for digital and audience growth and, before that, national politics editor overseeing Sen. John McCain’s 2008 run for the White House, border and immigration issues, and the Mexico City bureau. She was part of teams that were finalists for breaking news Pulitzer Prizes in 2012 and 2014 and the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. She has been a business editor and has written about legal and political issues in Cincinnati, Cleveland and New Orleans. DelGuzzi is a graduate of Kent State University, which honored her in 2018 with the Taylor Award, the School of Journalism’s highest recognition.

Suzette Hackney
Suzette Hackney

Suzette Hackney

@suzyscribe

Suzette Hackney is deputy editor/national columnist. She joined USA TODAY and the Editorial Board in 2020. Previously, she was a columnist and the director of Opinion & Community Engagement for The Indianapolis Star. Before joining the IndyStar in 2015, she worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, and as an editorial writer and columnist for the Toledo Blade. She has been recognized for her work with a National Headliner, a national Edward R. Murrow, numerous National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence awards and the Association for Women in Communications' Clarion. She was also a finalist for the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award. Her work has also appeared online in The Washington Post and Politico. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in nonfiction writing from Butler University and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Tim Swarens
Tim Swarens

Tim Swarens

@tswarens

Tim Swarens is deputy opinion editor. A former former opinion editor and columnist with The Indianapolis Star, he joined USA TODAY Opinion in 2018 as Hidden Common Ground editor. He was the editor or writer on projects that won national awards from Sigma Delta Chi, National Headliners, Scripps Howard, American Society of Newspaper Editors and Robert F. Kennedy Excellence in Journalism. In 2018, he was the author of the EXPLOITED project, a 10-part series that investigated child sex trafficking in the United States and internationally. His work as editor of The Manual Project, a yearlong examination of conditions at an urban Indianapolis high school, led to creation of the Our City, Our Children initiative, which raised millions of dollars to aid youth in Central Indiana and inspired thousands of people to serve as mentors and tutors for at-risk children. Swarens is a graduate of Indiana University and Vincennes University with degrees in journalism. He and his wife live in Indianapolis.

Louie Villalobos

@louievillalobos

Louie Villalobos became the audience development editor for USA TODAY Opinion in 2021, after working for more than two years as a politics editor for USA TODAY. He was one of several editors to lead the political coverage of the 2020 presidential election and the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining USA TODAY in 2018, he worked for 14 years at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. He was an editor on the Republic team that was a Pulitzer finalist in 2014 for breaking news reporting and helped create the audience/social media plan for the border wall project that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. His first journalism job was in 1999, when he worked in the sports department of the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. He is a first-generation American who grew up on the U.S. border with Mexico in California and went on to write about the border as a reporter in Arizona.

Kelsey Bloom
Kelsey Bloom

Kelsey Bloom

@KelseyCBloom

Kelsey Bloom has been the voices editor of USA TODAY since 2018. She solicits and edits first-person opinion columns and narratives that have a broader national appeal. Previously, she was an associate opinion editor at The Hill, a political reporter for the Independent Journal Review and a 2014 Collegiate Network fellow with USA TODAY’s Editorial Board. Bloom is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied economics and political science. As a student, she was editor of the magazine Carolina Review and interned for The Washington Examiner and The (Raleigh) News & Observer. Bloom grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and now lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Austin Bogues
Austin Bogues

Austin Bogues

@AustinBogues

Austin Bogues joined USA TODAY's Opinion team as commentary editor in September 2021. He spent the past year as a fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where he focused on social, cultural and political polarization. He previously covered race relations, politics, the city of Asbury Park and Neptune Township in New Jersey at the Asbury Park Press. He is a graduate of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

Thuan Le Elston
Thuan Le Elston

Thuan Le Elston

@thuanelston

Thuan Le Elston has been Opinion operations editor since 2005. Her responsibilities include page layout, copy editing, and print and online publishing. She also writes editorials, opinion columns, poetry and fiction. Previously, she was a news copy editor for The Salt Lake Tribune and USA TODAY, and a news reporter for the Greenwich (Connecticut) Time and the Los Angeles Times. She was born in South Vietnam and left a week before Saigon fell in 1975. She received a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. One of her few non-journalism jobs was a speaking role in Oliver Stone's movie “Heaven and Earth.” She's married with four children. Her historical fiction novel, "Rendezvous at the Altar: From Vietnam to Virginia," was published Sept. 14, 2021.

David Mastio
David Mastio

David Mastio

@DavidMastio

David Mastio is an opinion writer. He rejoined USA TODAY in 2012 and also has been forum editor and deputy editorial page editor. Previously, he was a USA TODAY editorial writer and assistant forum editor first hired by the newspaper in 1995. In his years away from USA TODAY, he was founding editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner, deputy editorial page editor and senior editor for online opinion at The Washington Times, an editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot and a Washington correspondent for The Detroit News. Outside of newspapers, he was a speechwriter for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and founded BlogNetNews.com, which tracked the best state and local news-focused blogs in all 50 states. He was born in Mons, Belgium, and has lived in eight states from California to Virginia. He's a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa journalism school.

Eileen Rivers
Eileen Rivers

Eileen Rivers

@msdc14

Eileen Rivers is the Opinion projects editor. She started and edits the USA TODAY vertical Policing the USA, and her series on recidivism for the site won an Emmy in 2018. She joined Opinion as digital content editor in 2008. Before joining USA TODAY, she was a copy editor for The Washington Post's Metro section and also wrote for The Post's Real Estate, Metro, Style and Arts sections for eight years. Before that, she was a reporter for The Augusta (Georgia) Focus, where she won a Phoenix award for investigative journalism for a series on the experiences of the first female firefighters admitted to the Augusta/Richmond County Fire Department. Before entering journalism, she was an Arabic and Spanish linguist in the U.S. Army; studied Arabic at the Army's Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California; and lived and worked in Kuwait, Ecuador and Honduras. She was born in Aberdeen, Maryland; raised in Severn, Maryland; and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. degree in journalism and a minor in linguistics. She recently published the book "Beyond the Call," about women who served on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson

@ThompsonToons

Mike Thompson is the editorial cartoonist/animator for USA TODAY and the Detroit Free Press. A four-time Pulitzer finalist, Thompson is winner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and is also a two-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national award for cartooning. His other awards include the Overseas Press Club, the National Press Foundation, the National Headliner, the Scripps Howard and the Association for Women in Communications' Clarion. Thompson began his career as a contributing cartoonist for The Milwaukee Journal and later worked as staff cartoonist for the St. Louis Sun and the Copley Illinois newspapers before joining the Detroit Free Press in 1998. He resides in suburban Detroit with his wife and their two daughters.

Gregg Zoroya
Gregg Zoroya

Gregg Zoroya

@greggzoroya

Gregg Zoroya became an editorial writer in 2016. He writes about the environment, military and foreign policy, and world affairs. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism before working for newspapers in California, the last of which was the Orange County Register. Zoroya joined USA TODAY in 1998 and in 2001 was sent to cover the war in Afghanistan. He wrote from Jerusalem about the Palestinian uprising known as the Second Intifada in 2002, embedded with U.S. forces during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan more than a dozen times, writing largely about the impact of war on troops and their families. He is the author of the nonfiction book “The Chosen Few: A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan” (Da Capo: 2017).

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USA TODAY Editorial Board: Who we are, how reach our members